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Old September 8th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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Chicago - Chinatown

We took a quick trip with the older 2 kids to Chicago's Chinatown, this is the main tourist drag.

Big Changes in the area - old warehouse district.


Fist a very cheap brunch at a Chinese bakery ( Eldo )
A new one for me, Chinese Churro, piping hot. Girls decided Moon Pies were not for them, but the meat filled buns were a big hit.


Wentworth ave


The first of the big terracotta


08 Defying the sky


10 Some of the mystique has worn off now that both Chinese and American kids are firmly under the cultural dominance of the Japanese, my girls could name almost all the characters on all the kitsch.

11 NOT Walmart


13 Peacock with an attitude

14 White Lotus




18 The oldest finds a store where she can't read any of the signs, this must be good. Inside was an interesting seafood/butcher shop with live lobsters, crabs, fish, and frogs. Along with dried fish, squid, and octopi. $2 for 10 pair imitation ivory chopsticks. Too dark and crowded for photos.



21 These balconies must have been great before the sign was pasted on.

22 The gate to Chinatown - from the inside.

23 Viva la difference.

24 A common sign was "Very nice to look and hold, if you break it it is sold"

25 Trump Tower




29 Tidy side street


31 must come back at night


33 The newer section - strip mall in base of parking garage.


35 A newer building.



38 Some of the nicer stuff







45 Ferocious columns

46 The way beams are done.




50 Fresh Frozen Shrimp

51 Tidy alley - not the ChinaTown I read about back in the 70s.

Chinatown is a living community, the owners and tenants value function today over yesterdays history.

52 Crimes against terracotta.


54 Wooden second story on old brick building, with facade redone to hide it.

55 Vierling ___ Well & CO. Iorn Works, Chicago


57 Another iron storefront.

58 Somebody convinced this store owner that a big blue canopy with his name and number would be better for business than that old facade. The rock tile on the right ....

59 This store has kept up, and worked around their terracotta.




63 A few blocks east ( mandatory skyscraper construction shot )

64 Thank you for your time.
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Awesome Harry! Ever since I moved to the south loop two years ago I haven't been there, which makes no sense at all. Thanks for the sweet pics.
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These hats are only wear by farmers and Chinese don't put their hands together its only Buddism do this way.

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Very very interesting!! I didn't know that there was a good sized Chinatown in Chicago.
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These hats are only wear by farmers and Chinese don't put their hands together its only Buddism do this way.
Yeah I'll admit I was pretty surprised by this.
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These are perfect to go with soya milk or congee.

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Thanks harryc.

One interesting site is St. Therese Chinese Catholic church. The church dates back to the days when all this was an Italian neighborhood. I met the resident pastor a few years back and he had some interesting stories about the history of the area.
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What a great thread! I have never seen photos of Chicago's Chinatown, so thanks for taking the time to post these!
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Nice. Do you happen to have any photos of the community center by Studio Gang?
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