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Where to Eat and Drink in Chinatown

Discover a trove of Asian delicacies on the South Side

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The sights and smells of Chinatown can be both intoxicating and overwhelming for the uninitiated. That’s why the following map will help guide diners through the neighborhood by highlighting the top places to satisfy those Chinese food cravings. Whether it’s dim sum, soup dumplings, or fiery Sichuan dishes, there are a variety of different styles and flavors at these 20 spots. New additions to the list include north regional street fare at Xi’an Cuisine, and noodle shops Daguan Noodle and Slurp Slurp Noodles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Snack Planet

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2002 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-9390
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Tucked away in the basement of the Richland Center is a food court lined with various vendors. One of those, Snack Planet, cooks up an eclectic selection of stir-fried and cold dishes that’ll excite adventurous eaters. Spicy rabbit, fried pig kidney, fried intestines, and other offal-y bites are some of the rewards for discovering this hidden gem.

2. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

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2002 S Wentworth Ave #103
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 799-1118
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What started out as a Chinatown food court stall has blossomed into one of Chicago’s best dumpling spots. The specialty here is made-to-order soup dumplings filled with lamb, pork, beef, chicken, seafood, and more. They’re served without broth but each one holds a burst of soup-y goodness inside. Don’t forget to add a few of the well-seasoned barbecue skewers, either.

Fresh fish dumplings will definitely compensate the upsetting weather in Chicago they are healthy, juicy, and worth a try.

Posted by Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
2100 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-6888
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This second-story restaurant inside Chinatown Square is renowned for dim sum thanks to first-rate versions of chicken feet, siu mai, creamy egg yolk buns, and more. The banquet-sized dining room is decked out with chandeliers and able to accommodate large parties so bring companions in order to sample as many bites as possible. Additionally, there’s also an extensive menu of Cantonese classics, such as braised sea cucumber and abalone.

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Posted by Cai on Friday, December 21, 2012

4. Joy Yee

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2139 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 328-0001
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Crowds form both inside and outside of Joy Yee, where bubble tea is the main attraction. The restaurant serves budget-friendly, sizeable portions of noodles, soups, rice dishes, and more, but Asian beverages are the most popular item. Guests can order their drinks at the walk-up window and customize them with ingredients like lychee, papaya, taro, avocado, and chewy tapioca pearls.

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Posted by Joy Yee Noodles on Friday, July 20, 2018

5. Hing Kee

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2140 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-9538
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Hing Kee is not short on options — the expansive menu covers Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. Skip the spicy tuna rolls and stick with the hand-pulled noodle soups and house-made xiaolongbao, addictive soup dumplings that erupt with flavorful broth. Diners can even watch as they’re being made from the dining room or outside.

6. BBQ King House

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2148 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-1219
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Eaters can feast like a king but dine on a dime at this Asian barbecue spot. The family-style dinners provide ample food, and value to boot. The Peking duck spread, priced at $33.88, serves three to four people and comes with crispy duck baos, duck bone soup, shredded duck, and fried shrimp. Diners who’d rather order a la carte can try favorites like roasted pork and soy sauce chicken.

7. Chi Cafe

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2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-9993
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Chinatown is home to plenty of late-night dining establishments and Chi Cafe is among the busiest. The cheap, all-encompassing menu has everything from congee and noodle soups to beef, pork, chicken, and seafood entrees. On weekends, the restaurant is open almost 24 hours so that General Tso’s chicken and sizzling beef tenderloin will be there to comfort guests no matter how late they stay out.

Barbecue pork fried rice Chi Cafe [Official Photo]

8. Phoenix

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2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 328-0848
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Few places in town offer the traditional experience found at this Chinatown stalwart. Instead of ordering dim sum off a menu on the weekends, servers push food carts around the dining room for guests to choose items from. It’s a unique way of eating and the continual flow of sweet and savory bites helps ensure that everyone leaves satiated. The restaurant also hosts large parties with family-style feasts that include all the Chinese essentials.

Dim sum at Phoenix
Phoenix [Official Photo]

9. MingHin Cuisine

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2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1999
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Arguably the most well-known restaurant in Chinatown, MingHin is a consistent and reliable source for dim sum and other well-executed dishes. Start the day off by enjoying shrimp dumplings, spare ribs, barbecue pork buns, and Macau-style crispy pork belly served with a bowl of dipping sugar. Dim sum is available late at night, as well, while the rest of the menu offers delicacies like pan-fried foie gras and braised bird’s nest soup.

Chicken With Baby Bok Choy

Posted by Ming Hin Cuisine on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

10. Lao Sze Chuan

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2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040
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Spicy food fanatics come to this Sichuan spot to set their taste buds ablaze. Nearly every dish is loaded with chilies and peppercorns, and favorites include mapo tofu and the signature dry chili chicken. For an all-you-can-eat experience, order the fiery hot pot to cook the proteins and veggies tableside.

To life, liberty, and the pursuit of Dan Dan noodles.

Posted by Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant - Chinatown on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

11. Golden Bull

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242 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1668
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Dependable home-style cooking is this unassuming restaurant’s forte and the menu yields interesting options that go beyond the norm. French-style steak and jumbo steamed oysters are expected hits, but delve deeper to find beef tongue in XO sauce, jelly fish, and fried pigeon, too. Those in need of late-night sustenance should order the hearty rice casseroles that are packed with chicken, quail, frog, and more.

Chinese Sausage Rice casserole

Posted by Golden Bull Restaurant on Friday, December 2, 2016

12. Three Happiness

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209 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-1964
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Diners often find true happiness while scarfing down chow mein and fried rice in the middle of the night. This no-frills spot is open 24/7 and serves an array of Cantonese dishes and dim sum. It’s quick, inexpensive, and dependable like any good neighborhood standby should be.

13. Xi'an Cuisine

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225 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3171
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Sandwiches are an underrepresented part of Chinese cuisine but it gets top billing at this Xi’an restaurant. The kitchen makes flatbreads from scratch daily and stuffs them with savory riches like cumin lamb and marinated pork. Other dishes similarly showcase the street fare of China’s northern region, such as potato slices in sour and spicy sauce, lamb soup, and biangbiang noodles.

Lamb flatbread at Xi’an Cuisine
Xi’an Cuisine [Official Photo]

14. Dolo

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2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 877-5117
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Dolo arrived with a splash in 2015 when it was named one of the country’s best new restaurants by Esquire. The contemporary spot emphasizes fresh seafood prepared with inventive spins. Get messy with a Cajun-style boil or chow on made-to-order egg tarts, chicken feet, crepes, and other dim sum bites. As an added bonus, the restaurant has its own parking lot.

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Posted by Dolo Restaurant on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

15. Original Triple Crown

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211 W 22nd Pl
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-1030
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Not to be confused with the Triple Crown on Wentworth Avenue, this late-night favorite located above a grocery store is the place to go for a fix of Cantonese fare and solid seafood. Try the “hundred flavored” beef, chicken, or shrimp for a flavor kick.

Stir-fried lo mein with chicken
Original Triple Crown [Official Photo]

16. Daguan Noodle

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2230 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-2758
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From lo mein to chow fun, there are a variety of different noodle styles in Chinese cooking. This Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient focuses on rice noodle soups, bringing the broth and ingredients to the table and cooking it all together in a stone pot. Protein choices include oxtail, beef shank, and spicy pig intestines. It’s rounded out with sides like pork buns and pumpkin pancakes.  

Daguan Noodle’s bao Daguan Noodle [Official Photo]

17. Chiu Quon Bakery

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2253 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-6608
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Grab a pastry or bun from the oldest bakery in the neighborhood for a cheap and filling snack. Popular items include pork buns, sesame balls with bean paste, and egg tarts. There’s also a limited dim sum menu.

Sesame pork cookies
Chiu Quon Bakery [Official Photo]

18. Slurp Slurp Noodles

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2011, 2247 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 982-2969
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Noodles can be found on almost any menu in the neighborhood but very few produce them in house. Like all the finest things in life, the offerings here are made by hand. Patrons have the choice of hand-pulled or shaved noodles, enjoyed in either a soup broth or stir-fry. The end results are chewy, textural bites that put Slurp Slurp ahead of the competition.

19. Go 4 Food

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212 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-8688
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The aptly-named Cantonese restaurant is a great place to go for ... food. The menu is littered with American-Chinese staples and creative dishes like taco baos, chili fusion Dungeness crab, and “Millionaire-style” fried rice. Alcohol is BYOB.

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Posted by Go 4 Food on Thursday, August 23, 2018

20. Seven Treasures

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2312 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-2668
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There are plenty of treasures, such as shrimp wonton noodle soup, on the menu at this bare-bones spot. The most popular dish among those in the know, though, is simply dubbed the “554.” It features a plate of steamed rice topped with char siu pork and two fried eggs. Folks can order the “554” any time but it’s particularly appetizing as a late night meal because the kitchen is open until 2 a.m.

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1. Snack Planet

2002 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Tucked away in the basement of the Richland Center is a food court lined with various vendors. One of those, Snack Planet, cooks up an eclectic selection of stir-fried and cold dishes that’ll excite adventurous eaters. Spicy rabbit, fried pig kidney, fried intestines, and other offal-y bites are some of the rewards for discovering this hidden gem.

2002 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

2. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

2002 S Wentworth Ave #103, Chicago, IL 60616

What started out as a Chinatown food court stall has blossomed into one of Chicago’s best dumpling spots. The specialty here is made-to-order soup dumplings filled with lamb, pork, beef, chicken, seafood, and more. They’re served without broth but each one holds a burst of soup-y goodness inside. Don’t forget to add a few of the well-seasoned barbecue skewers, either.

2002 S Wentworth Ave #103
Chicago, IL 60616

3. Cai

2100 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

This second-story restaurant inside Chinatown Square is renowned for dim sum thanks to first-rate versions of chicken feet, siu mai, creamy egg yolk buns, and more. The banquet-sized dining room is decked out with chandeliers and able to accommodate large parties so bring companions in order to sample as many bites as possible. Additionally, there’s also an extensive menu of Cantonese classics, such as braised sea cucumber and abalone.

2100 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

4. Joy Yee

2139 S China Pl, Chicago, IL 60616

Crowds form both inside and outside of Joy Yee, where bubble tea is the main attraction. The restaurant serves budget-friendly, sizeable portions of noodles, soups, rice dishes, and more, but Asian beverages are the most popular item. Guests can order their drinks at the walk-up window and customize them with ingredients like lychee, papaya, taro, avocado, and chewy tapioca pearls.

2139 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616

5. Hing Kee

2140 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Hing Kee is not short on options — the expansive menu covers Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. Skip the spicy tuna rolls and stick with the hand-pulled noodle soups and house-made xiaolongbao, addictive soup dumplings that erupt with flavorful broth. Diners can even watch as they’re being made from the dining room or outside.

2140 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

6. BBQ King House

2148 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Eaters can feast like a king but dine on a dime at this Asian barbecue spot. The family-style dinners provide ample food, and value to boot. The Peking duck spread, priced at $33.88, serves three to four people and comes with crispy duck baos, duck bone soup, shredded duck, and fried shrimp. Diners who’d rather order a la carte can try favorites like roasted pork and soy sauce chicken.

2148 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Chi Cafe

2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Barbecue pork fried rice Chi Cafe [Official Photo]

Chinatown is home to plenty of late-night dining establishments and Chi Cafe is among the busiest. The cheap, all-encompassing menu has everything from congee and noodle soups to beef, pork, chicken, and seafood entrees. On weekends, the restaurant is open almost 24 hours so that General Tso’s chicken and sizzling beef tenderloin will be there to comfort guests no matter how late they stay out.

2160 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

8. Phoenix

2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Dim sum at Phoenix
Phoenix [Official Photo]

Few places in town offer the traditional experience found at this Chinatown stalwart. Instead of ordering dim sum off a menu on the weekends, servers push food carts around the dining room for guests to choose items from. It’s a unique way of eating and the continual flow of sweet and savory bites helps ensure that everyone leaves satiated. The restaurant also hosts large parties with family-style feasts that include all the Chinese essentials.

2131 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

9. MingHin Cuisine

2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Arguably the most well-known restaurant in Chinatown, MingHin is a consistent and reliable source for dim sum and other well-executed dishes. Start the day off by enjoying shrimp dumplings, spare ribs, barbecue pork buns, and Macau-style crispy pork belly served with a bowl of dipping sugar. Dim sum is available late at night, as well, while the rest of the menu offers delicacies like pan-fried foie gras and braised bird’s nest soup.

2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

10. Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Spicy food fanatics come to this Sichuan spot to set their taste buds ablaze. Nearly every dish is loaded with chilies and peppercorns, and favorites include mapo tofu and the signature dry chili chicken. For an all-you-can-eat experience, order the fiery hot pot to cook the proteins and veggies tableside.

2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

11. Golden Bull

242 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Dependable home-style cooking is this unassuming restaurant’s forte and the menu yields interesting options that go beyond the norm. French-style steak and jumbo steamed oysters are expected hits, but delve deeper to find beef tongue in XO sauce, jelly fish, and fried pigeon, too. Those in need of late-night sustenance should order the hearty rice casseroles that are packed with chicken, quail, frog, and more.

242 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

12. Three Happiness

209 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Diners often find true happiness while scarfing down chow mein and fried rice in the middle of the night. This no-frills spot is open 24/7 and serves an array of Cantonese dishes and dim sum. It’s quick, inexpensive, and dependable like any good neighborhood standby should be.

209 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

13. Xi'an Cuisine

225 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
Lamb flatbread at Xi’an Cuisine
Xi’an Cuisine [Official Photo]

Sandwiches are an underrepresented part of Chinese cuisine but it gets top billing at this Xi’an restaurant. The kitchen makes flatbreads from scratch daily and stuffs them with savory riches like cumin lamb and marinated pork. Other dishes similarly showcase the street fare of China’s northern region, such as potato slices in sour and spicy sauce, lamb soup, and biangbiang noodles.

225 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

14. Dolo

2222 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Dolo arrived with a splash in 2015 when it was named one of the country’s best new restaurants by Esquire. The contemporary spot emphasizes fresh seafood prepared with inventive spins. Get messy with a Cajun-style boil or chow on made-to-order egg tarts, chicken feet, crepes, and other dim sum bites. As an added bonus, the restaurant has its own parking lot.

2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

15. Original Triple Crown

211 W 22nd Pl, Chicago, IL 60616
Stir-fried lo mein with chicken
Original Triple Crown [Official Photo]

Not to be confused with the Triple Crown on Wentworth Avenue, this late-night favorite located above a grocery store is the place to go for a fix of Cantonese fare and solid seafood. Try the “hundred flavored” beef, chicken, or shrimp for a flavor kick.

211 W 22nd Pl
Chicago, IL 60616

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16. Daguan Noodle

2230 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Daguan Noodle’s bao Daguan Noodle [Official Photo]

From lo mein to chow fun, there are a variety of different noodle styles in Chinese cooking. This Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient focuses on rice noodle soups, bringing the broth and ingredients to the table and cooking it all together in a stone pot. Protein choices include oxtail, beef shank, and spicy pig intestines. It’s rounded out with sides like pork buns and pumpkin pancakes.  

2230 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Chiu Quon Bakery

2253 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Sesame pork cookies
Chiu Quon Bakery [Official Photo]

Grab a pastry or bun from the oldest bakery in the neighborhood for a cheap and filling snack. Popular items include pork buns, sesame balls with bean paste, and egg tarts. There’s also a limited dim sum menu.

2253 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Slurp Slurp Noodles

2011, 2247 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Noodles can be found on almost any menu in the neighborhood but very few produce them in house. Like all the finest things in life, the offerings here are made by hand. Patrons have the choice of hand-pulled or shaved noodles, enjoyed in either a soup broth or stir-fry. The end results are chewy, textural bites that put Slurp Slurp ahead of the competition.

2011, 2247 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

19. Go 4 Food

212 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616

The aptly-named Cantonese restaurant is a great place to go for ... food. The menu is littered with American-Chinese staples and creative dishes like taco baos, chili fusion Dungeness crab, and “Millionaire-style” fried rice. Alcohol is BYOB.

212 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60616

20. Seven Treasures

2312 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

There are plenty of treasures, such as shrimp wonton noodle soup, on the menu at this bare-bones spot. The most popular dish among those in the know, though, is simply dubbed the “554.” It features a plate of steamed rice topped with char siu pork and two fried eggs. Folks can order the “554” any time but it’s particularly appetizing as a late night meal because the kitchen is open until 2 a.m.

2312 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

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