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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