Double Ten Parade in Chinatown

| October 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

By: MJ Tam
October 6, 2008 – This Saturday October 11th at 12:30pm, the ever bustling Chinatown will be celebrating Chinese Independence, the 97th Anniversary of National Day in Republic of China. See the Double Ten parade on Wentworth St. featuring lion dances, Chinese patriots, marching bands, local school floats, and the 100 ft. mystical dragon.

Although Chinatown has lots of pay parking, I suggest that you either stay away from driving into Chinatown or come really early. The red line train station stops in Chinatown, or you can take 62 Archer bus from downtown and get off in Chinatown.

If you decide to come really early (and I mean early like 7:30am), you must try to get some Dimsum @ Shui Wah. Shui Wah is inexpensive and quite popular for the local Chinatown community. At most Saturdays by 9:00am, you will probably line up before you can get seated. The food is delicious, and authentic. So if you are not too hungry, then it is worth your wait.

If you still have some time to kill, then check out the many gift stores that Chinatown has to offer. Perfect timing to purchase your Halloween costumes don’t you think? Scour through for some beautiful Cheongsam (traditional Chinese dress) or maybe a Kung Fu outfit. There are also many inexpensive Grocery stores where you can find some fresh Asian vegetables, or maybe buy different kind of teas like chrysanthemum, oolong, or jasmine.

After the parade, you will probably want to get some lunch. I would recommend eating @ Saints Alp for a super cheap and satisfying lunch selection. Saints Alp is quite popular for their bubble teas. My kids and I enjoy going there and strollers are easy to maneuver in and out.

So before it even gets colder outside, take advantage of coming out this Saturday to enjoy Chinatown!

This is an original Chicagonista article

Category: Cultural Voice

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  1. Asianmommy says:

    Too bad we’ll be going out-of-town this weekend. This celebration sounds like fun. I’ll have to try Shui Wah–we’re always looking for good dim sum!

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