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About Chinatown

Chinatown is full of rich and vibrant culture that is evident from the moment you walk through the Chinatown Gate, which welcomes residents and visitors from all walks of life to explore this charming neighborhood. Located on the near South Side, you can see the proud heritage of Chinatown reflected in the storefronts, murals, architecture, cuisine, and landmarks. You'll experience everything from authentic restaurants serving dim sum to shopping along Wentworth Avenue and Chinatown Square.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $149,000 to $499,000

Closed Prices: $208,000 to $558,000

Median Sale Price: $316,500

Average $ per sq ft: $324

Association Fee Ranges: $340 to $600, $225 to $420/quarter, $0, $0 to $505/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1885 to 2010

Sq. Ft.: 343 to 2497 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Chinatown

Around Chinatown

The majority of homes in Chinatown are attached residences that display unique architectural attributes. Chinatown is a densely packed neighborhood with shops and restaurants sharing building space with condo units, lofts, and townhomes. Residences in the busy Chinatown Square or along the shopping district on Wentworth Avenue are more crowded and noisy due to the shared space between buildings. A few of the side streets may be less noisy because they are away from the main shopping street.

Chinatown is famous for its traditional Chinese cuisine. You'll find a huge selection of restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, tea stores, and coffee shops. Take a walk in any direction in Chinatown to find a restaurant that offers delectable menu items from new concept restaurants offering Chinese tapas to the more traditional Cantonese and Szechwan dishes. Chinese cuisine is the main star in this neighborhood, but you'll also have a few other options like Italian, Vietnamese, fast food, and pizza to suit your taste buds.

Chinatown is a bustling neighborhood with families and children as well as a few working professionals who want to be close to Downtown Chicago. Although it's a bit crowded with limited open and green spaces, you'll witness people strolling along the main streets going to restaurants, museums, bars, and stores or socializing around the Chinatown Gateway. Seasonal events, like the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in February, draw large crowds to this amazing neighborhood. The parade consists of floats, marching bands, and a mystical dragon in honor of Chinatown's heritage and culture.

Although nightlife options are limited in Chinatown, you can still have fun in the neighborhood. For a low-key night, grab dinner at one of the many restaurants on Wentworth Avenue with your significant other. If you feel like testing your singing voice in front of a crowd, then you can feel at home at one of the karaoke bars on Cermak Road or Wentworth Avenue. If you're looking for an established music scene, check out a jazz bar where you can sip on delicious drinks while listening to live entertainment.

Enjoy a traditional Chinese brunch of dim sum or visit a tea shop that has a wide selection of herbs and loose leaf Chinese teas. Chinatown Square is lined with antique shops, boutiques, and other stores that have everything from silk slippers to beautifully crafted tea sets. You can also visit one of the two parks in the area to enjoy the outdoors or stroll through the neighborhood to view the beautiful murals and art displays along walls of buildings. If you want to see art, go to the museum to learn about the history and art of Asian culture.

Locals Love

  • Plenty of shopping
  • Festivals
  • Authentic cuisine
  • Arts & culture
  • Access to public transportation

Locals Don't Love

  • Traffic
  • Limited street parking
  • Limited open and green space
  • Crowded neighborhood

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