Want to experience The Far East in the Midwest? Chicago’s Chinatown community is one of the largest in the United States lauding 65,000 residents and if you are looking to experience Asian Culture in Chicago while you are in the Windy City, there are plenty of options to add to your itinerary.
The Nine Dragon Mural Wall
170 W. Cermak Rd., Chicago IL
Inspired by Beijing’s famous wall in Beihai Park, The Nine Dragon Mural Wall highlights hundreds of dragons that are painted in blue, gold, and red. There are only three replicas of the wall, with Chicago’s being one and it is certainly one of the city’s most frequented landmarks.
2100 S. Archer Ave., Chicago IL
Chinatown Square is an outdoor mall that also allows for some particularly exciting tourist options. In addition to housing the Pan Asian Cultural Center, the Square also is home to a number of Chinese Zodiac animal sculptures as well as a tile mosaic that contains 100,000 hand-cut pieces of glass that was imported from China.
1735 E. Columbia Dr., Chicago IL
One of the most beautiful sights to see in Chicago, the Osaka Garden is located just south of the Museum Of Sceience & Industry’s campus. Part of Jackson Park, the Garden is primarily known for its landscaping and was originally established for the Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exposition in 1893 as a gif from the people of Japan.
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 W., 19th St
If you are looking for a tranquil option, the Ping Tom Memorial Park has developed a reputation as being one of Chicago’s most peaceful places. Situated between the Chicago River’s South Branch and bustling streets, it is easily missed but certainly a place that you don’t want to.
Pui Tak Center
2216 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago IL
The Pui Tak Center is a brilliant piece of architecture that is critically-acclaimed for its terra cotta detailing and pagoda-style roof. The building was designed by Michaelsen and Rognstad in 1928 and at the time of its construction was called “the most expensive and elaborate buildings ever erected in America by the Chinese.”
Chinese American Museum of Chicago
238 W. 23rd St., Chicago IL
If you would like to learn more about the Asian culture, one of its Chicago staples is the Chinese American Museum. With its mission being to promote awareness of Chinese Americans in the Midwest, the Museum was reopened in 2010 after a devastating destroyed it in 2008.