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Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute

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Address: 2126 S Archer Ave, Chinatown Square by the Zodiac Animal Statues, Chicago, IL 60616-1536
Phone Number:
+1 312-842-1988
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We host public and private events relating to Chinese culture and the...

We host public and private events relating to Chinese culture and the history of Chinatown. Please contact us if you wish to host a private event or tour. Below is a list of our public events:

Public Walking Tours are available in the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings starting at 10:00 am.

We also offer Dumpling Making Lunch/Dinner for adults and children under 12.

We also arrange private events all times of year for groups of all sizes. Private groups can take a group tour of Chinatown either walking or on their bus, enjoy a food or medicine tour, get lunch, learn how to make dumplings, kites, or paper cut art. Experience a Tai Chi class and much more.

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Wonderful food tour! Great family experience!

We loved our food tour on Sunday, January 16. It was a fabulous family experience! Charles was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed everything from the... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Stephen T
Elmhurst, Illinois

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

We loved our food tour on Sunday, January 16. It was a fabulous family experience! Charles was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed everything from the restaurants to the historical elements of the tour. We traveled China's culinary delights via three restaurants finishing with a delightful bakery. Charles was also very nice to share a list... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Four of us took a food tour on Saturday, August 27 at Noon through the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute. April Hu was our point of contact, arranging the restaurant reservations and food selections as far as I could tell. Charles was our willing and available guide. This was a wonderful experience for all of us woman, having been raised in... More 

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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

April was very knowledgeable, patient, and helpful tour guide. My friend and I brought our young children so we had to spot a few times during the tour. April was very accommodating while not leaving out details of the tour. I highly recommend this tour!

Thank kdoyle04
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

I went on the Chinese Cultural Tour yesterday and I found it very interesting and fun. It's fascinating what treasures Chinatown has to offer. I had explored it on my own once or twice, but it wasn't until I had a guide, who was very informative and knowledgeable, that I was able to see for myself what other aspects I... More 

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

We live in Chicago and have visited Chinatown a number of times, but didn't really know much about it (other than that the restaurants are great). This tour was informative and fun, and our kids (ages 10 and 13) enjoyed it too. The tour guide was energetic and funny, and she made great recommendations for lunch and shopping after the... More 

1 Thank Julie C
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Our guide was very knowledgeable. She lives in Chinatown and was able to give us lots of insight on the architecture and art in the neighborhood. She taught us plenty of things that I never even thought about. We were able to visit a Buddhist temple and even a Chinese Catholic Church attended by Al Capone's family of all things.... More 

1 Thank lorijs17
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

The tour guide was a college student who lives in the area, she was very knowledgeable about Chinatown, and was very enthusiastic about the tour. Very cheap for the tour. Well worth the money and very interesting

1 Thank Leela2015
New Lenox, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

We booked a tour through Groupon for a 90 minute walking tour. The Chinatown Cultural Institute presented it, and our guide, Mallory, was fantastic! We began off Archer Ave. in the newer area just north of the Chinatown entrance. She used a headphone so it was easy to hear everything.and to understand as well. she impressed us with her knowledge... More 

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Winter Park, Florida
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

My husband and I visited Chicago for the first this past weekend. We don't like to get caught in the tourist traps unless they are a must see like Sears Tower. We found a groupon 2 for 1 for a walking tour of chinatown so we decided to give it a try. The tour was 1.5 hours and stared in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

Z.J., our guide, gave us a history of Chinatown from the perspective of someone deeply committed to educating people about the history of it's residents. Very informative (including a visit to an alley where a movie was filmed) tour of the architecture and restaurants (even a Buddhist Temple). Because I booked the food tour, we stopped for dim sum appetizers... More 

1 Thank Darlene43

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Chinatown may be one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods geographically, but it's big on character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. In this South Side neighborhood, you’ll find authentic Chinese restaurants dotting the length of Wentworth Avenue. After a meal of dim sum, noodles, duck or other tantalizing food specialties, satiate your visual appetite with dozens of public art sculptures sprinkled throughout the neighborhood ranging from animal structures to pagodas, a tile mosaic, Chinatown Gate, and a Buddhist Temple.
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