The Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, is on the South Side (located in the Armour Square community area), centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues, and is an example of an American Chinatown, or ethnic-Chinese neighborhood. By the 2000 Census, Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas has 68,021 Chinese. Chicago is the second oldest settlement of Chinese in America after the Chinese fled persecution in California.

Chicago’s Chinatown is home to a number of banks, Chinese restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores, Chinese medicine stores, as well as a number of services that cater to people interested in Chinese culture, including those speaking Chinese, especially the Cantonese dialect. It is a community hub for Chinese people in Chicago metropolitan area, a business center for Chinese in the Midwest, as well as a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Source: Wikipedia

Other Neighborhood Resources:

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

Heart of Chicago

Pilsen is the heart of Chicago’s Mexican-American community whose wealth of restaurants and shops is matched by its cultural riches, much of which is found in a renowned museum. A recent influx of public art murals and galleries has given rise to a bustling Chicago Arts District. The adjoining Heart of Chicago community also has deep Northern Italian roots best experienced through its top-rated restaurants.

Little Italy

Little Italy is a neighborhood on the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois. The current boundaries of Little Italy are Ashland Avenue on the west and Morgan Street on the east — bracketed by Harrison Street on the north and Roosevelt Road; i.e., 12th Street, on the south.

Today, it is primarily a restaurant district, with a mixed, multi-ethnic character, although several Italian-American restaurants remain. The neighborhood also hosts the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame as well as the historic Roman Catholic churches Our Lady of Pompeii, Notre Dame de Chicago, and Holy Family. Source: Wikipedia


Pilsen has always been a port of entry for successive waves of poor foreign immigrants. The first Bohemian (Czech) families came to Chicago in 1853 and began settling in Pilsen in 1868 in large numbers. Nowadays, the heart of Pilsen is along 18th Street, an active commercial corridor, with Mexican bakeries, restaurants and groceries. East Pilsen, around 18th and Halsted, has become a vibrant art gallery community. Source: Wikipedia

Other Neighborhood Resources:

Eighteenth Street Development Corporation
Pilsen Portal
Art Pilsen

West Loop

The southern West Loop, is part of a former a former manufacturing corridor turned art-edgy neighborhood. It consists primarily of warehouses that are still in use or have been converted to loft condominiums (loftominiums), restaurants, night clubs, art galleries and some retail. The community is home to mixed-income residents from ethnically diverse socio-economic backgrounds as a result of immigration, urban renewal, gentrification and the growth of the resident student and faculty population of the university. Source: Wikipedia