When: Saturday, October 8, 2016, Parade steps-off at 1 pm. Flag raising before hand at the Chinatown Gate 24th and Wentworth.
Where: Parade route: Wentworth Ave. from 24th to 22nd St./West on 22nd to Princeton
This parade celebrates the overthrow of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing, and the founding of the Republic of China (ROC) on October 10, 1911. That revolution was inspired by Sun Yat-sen and the principles of democracy and we all know how that turned out. So Double 10 is celebrated more outside of China as the Communist Party had nothing to do with the revolution.
You’ll see dragon and lion dances, marching bands, floats, people marching – your standard parade stuff. Consider taking the Water Taxi to Chinatown. It’s fun! Guide to Chicago’s Water Taxi’s here.
Other things to do in Chinatown:
- Shopping: Chinatown has great deals on inexpensive knickknacks, lanterns, tiny silk purses, grosses of chopsticks etc. Try Chinatown Bazaar, 2221 S. Wentworth Ave., 312-225-1088. For cheap Woks ‘n’ Things try the store of the same name at 2234 S Wentworth Ave, 312-842-0701.
- Check out the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, 238 West 23rd Street, 312-949-1000
Suggested donation $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.
- Dining: Many restaurants in Chinatown don’t take reservations except for large groups so you’ll have to make your way through the crowd and get on the list. At the minimum try calling ahead to get a reservation.
- Lao Sze Chuan is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown but getting in quickly will be virtually impossible. Lao Sze Chuan, 2172 S. Archer Ave., 312-326-5040
- If you don’t want to wait you could head to the downtown outlet at the Shops at North Bridge, however it’s exponentially more expensive than the Chinatown original. Lao Sze Chuan Downtown, 520 North Michigan Ave, Suite 420, 312-595-0888
- Another option is MingHin in Lake Shore East (LSE). Since no one knows where LSE is it doesn’t get too crowded, the food is good and the prices are reasonable. MingHin Cuisine, 333 E. Randolph, 312-946-8885