Chinatown Square Plaza, Chicago

Chinatown Square Plaza, Chicago

After being confined for an extended period by highways and railroad tracks, Chinatown experienced a significant transformation when the Santa Fe Railroad relinquished its yards north of Archer Avenue. The initial structures to rise on the expansive thirty-acre site were brick retail strips, soon followed by diverse housing options. Fast forward to the present day, and you'll find a sprawling open-air mall occupying this very location. Opened in 1993, the mall is adorned with sculptures of animals, each representing one of the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac. Just below these sculptures, informative plaques shed light on the personalities associated with each birth year.

Other noteworthy attractions within the outdoor mall include the twin pagodas, an array of shops and restaurants, and the Chamber of Commerce. Exploring the small grocery stores stocked with exotic spices, a plethora of teas, medicinal herbs, and intriguing vegetables is a delightful experience in itself; however, the true allure of Chinatown Square Plaza lies in its culinary offerings. With over forty dining options to choose from, you'll find yourself spoiled for choice. Additionally, the mall serves as a hub for cultural performances and celebrations, attracting both locals and visitors alike.

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Sight Name: Chinatown Square Plaza
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Shopping
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