The Wentworth Avenue strip used to be the only main drag until Chinatown Square opened in 1993. The majority of this outdoor "mall" consists of authentic eateries packed with locals, but you'll also find a few random shops selling candies, teas, tchotchkes, and even liquor. Don't miss a photo opp out front with the animal sculptures of the Chinese zodiac.
Chinatown Square, 2154 South Archer Avenue (between Cermak Road and 21st Street); 312-808-1745.
Photo: Courtesy of Cara Hunt