Near South Side & Chinatown

Formerly known for crumbling housing projects, the Near South Side is enjoying a transformation. As nearby Columbia College students opt for affordable housing, this section of Chicago is welcoming more residents, more restaurants and more reasons for locals to consider moving south of downtown.

Sample dim sum at one of Chinatown's many eateries, or catch Chicago's other baseball team (the White Sox have actually won a World Series recently, which is a sore spot for Northside fans) at US Cellular Field. For a free way to enjoy this part of town, head east to the 31st Street Beach along Lake Michigan for an unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline.

For music lovers, Reggie's Rock Club in Chinatown hosts a mix of alternative, metal and punk bands each night of the week. For a more upscale evening without the noise, head to The Chicago Firehouse, a legendary steak destination in a converted - you guessed it - firehouse.


For the Love of Chocolate
Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts
Exposure Tapas
Beverly Arts Center
Kenwood Academy Auditorium
Lee's Unleaded Blues
Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli
New Apartment Lounge
New Parks Lounge
New Phillips Lounge
Blu 47
Cork & Kerry
Red Lobster
Reggie's Rock Club
Root Inn Lounge
South Dakota's New Dating Game
Velvet Lounge
Taste Entertainment Center
Celebrity Lounge


Sanchez Brothers Western Clothes
Beverly Arts Center
Monument to the Great Northern Migration
St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church
Clarke House Museum
Chicago Trolley Company
Epiphany Episcopal Chicago
For the Love of Chocolate
Mosque Maryam
Mosque Of Umar
Prairie Avenue Historic District
Official White Sox Team Store
Record Breakers Ltd
Washington Park
Stephen A. Douglas Tomb and Memorial
Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company
Hutchinson Field Grant Park
S.R. Crown Hall
Oskar Friedl Gallery


Sweet Station
Wing Chan Barbeque
Three Happiness
Won Kow Restaurant
Root Inn Lounge
Home Run Inn Pizza
Taste Entertainment Center
New Apartment Lounge
Red Lobster
Evergreen Family Restaurant
South Coast
Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute
Sikia Restaurant - Washburne Culinary Institute
South Dakota's New Dating Game
Blu 47
Royal Pacific
Le Fleur de Lis
Cafe 103
King Wah
Bridgeport Coffeehouse
Exposure Tapas

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