Exploring is always more fun when you are with someone else. Luckily I have found someone (a wonderful dude) who is equally into trying new things and going to new places in and around Chicago. One neighborhood in particular that neither of us had yet to visit was Chinatown. Well, that was at least until last Friday.
Chinatown is an easy El ride on the red line southbound right off of Cermak. The neighborhood’s borders are the south branch of the Chicago River on the north, Clark Street to the east, 26th Street to the south, and Halsted to the west. There are an estimated 8,000 residents, the majority of whom are Chinese. Did you know the first Chinese arrived in Chicago after 1869 when the first Transcontinental Railroad was completed?
Based on a recommendation for dinner we went to Lao You Ju on Wentworth. Walking in, the restaurant was very busy filled with young, hip locals. The décor was urban chic – a mix of black, white, and red with glass chandeliers. I felt pretty swanky sitting at our table. The menu was definitely not lacking and included pictures – which I think is a bonus.
Settling on pot stickers as an appetizer we then scoured the large menu for our main course. I chose the ginger chicken and my dude decided to go with the spicy fish soup. The pot stickers were amazing! I have never seen such a unique presentation that tasted so good. Dinner was equally fabulous and I definitely went home with leftovers for the next day.
We were looking forward to doing a little exploring after dinner but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. But that just means we have another reason to go back, right?