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Asian culture in Chicago

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Chicago is home to a diverse and resilient Asian community, from the thriving network of Vietnamese small businesses in Uptown to the bustling streets of our century-old Chinatown neighborhood.

Throughout the city, you’ll find cultural treasures that reflect the diversity of Chicago’s Asian heritage — colorful parades, unique takes on traditional cuisine, world-class art collections, and so much more.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Asian culture in Chicago, from the perspective of locals and lifelong community members.

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture, art, and cuisine in the city’s historic Chinatown and beyond with this itinerary from a lifelong Chicagoan.

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Explore Asian art and history

Dive into history, art, performance, and more at Chicago’s diverse museums and galleries that showcase the depth and breadth of Asian culture.

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Discover Asia on Argyle

The Uptown neighborhood is home to a melting pot of Asian cultures. Explore Asia on Argyle with this insider’s guide to restaurants, shopping, and more.

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Chicago's Asian neighborhoods

These Chicago neighborhoods are known for their close-knit communities, fascinating histories, and rich Asian heritage.

“Chinatown is one of the most
unique neighborhoods in Chicago.
Today, Chinatown comprises
30 blocks,
27,000 residents,
and more than 400 businesses.”

ZJ Tong, president of the
Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute 

 

 

Dive into Asian Culture in Uptown


Nha Hang

This casual restaurant blends cooking traditions from across Vietnam, with an extensive menu celebrating dishes from every region.

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The evolution of Uptown 

Learn more about how immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community helped shape this vibrant neighborhood.

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The history of Asia on Argyle

This cultural corridor has evolved into a hub for Southeast Asian cuisine — and a source of pride for the area’s international residents.

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Spotlight on Chicago's Asian voices

 Thai Dang: Haisous Vietnamese Kitchen

Thai Dang: Haisous Vietnamese Kitchen

“I always say I have one foot in Vietnam and one foot in America. I wanted to go back to my roots. I wanted to cook what my mom taught me, what I grew up eating. I am so honored to be able to do that and do it in my own style, in my own way.”

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Angela Leung: Hing Kee Restaurant

Angela Leung: Hing Kee Restaurant

“I’m a second generation business owner. I think what makes Hing Kee special is all the family recipes that are made with love. This is very much a family establishment. It’s hard to put into words, but it is quite special.”

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Kirti Sheth: Arya Bhavan

Kirti Sheth: Arya Bhavan

“Chicago is a very diverse city with lots of different cultures, which can be seen first and foremost in the diversity of the restaurant scene. You can get anything on Devon Avenue. There are so many different ethnic foods and international markets. It was my dream to own a restaurant here, so I’m proud to say that we are business owners on Devon Avenue.”

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Amy Li: Paragon Books

Amy Li: Paragon Books

We want people over here to know what Asia is now. Not just what was, but what is. And we’re hoping that people can stumble across us and learn something. We’re a bookstore about art and humanities, but you never know what you can find in our space that might interest you.”

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