Chicago’s Chinatown is technically in the Armour Square Community, but it also falls within the boundaries of the South Loop as we have defined them.
Chinatown’s general borders are 16th Street on the north, the expressways on the South, the Chicago River on the west, and Clark Street on the east. It is primarily an ethnic Chinese neighborhood and business center for Chinese in the Midwest, but other Chicagoans and out-of-town tourists love to come here to eat, shop, learn and explore.
Early Chinese immigrants had originally settled further north in Chicago’s Loop, but in the early part of the 20th Century they started moving south. Led by business and community leaders, initial development highlighted the residents’ Chinese heritage and reflected their cultural pride, creating several buildings of architectural significance, like the one now known as the Pui Tak Center.
That pride continues to be evident in more recent development, which has led to the creation of new notable landmarks like Chinatown Square, the Chinatown Mural, Nine Dragon Wall, the Ping Tom Memorial Park and Athletic Facility, and the Chinatown Library. It’s also evident in the annual events held here, including the Chinese New Year Festival, the Dragon Boat Races fundraiser, and the Chinatown Summer Fair. You can read more about how Chinatown is thriving and its unique success here and here.