Downtown Chicago’s Best Bets for Chinese Food

Downtown Chicago’s Best Bets for Chinese Food

Enjoy noodles, dim sum, and other Asian delicacies

Szechwan JMC is one of the premier places for spicy foods. | Szechwan JMC

Though restaurants are slowly starting to open back up for indoor dining, a large number of Chicagoans still rely on delivery and takeout to satisfy their cravings. Chinese cuisine, which encompasses many regions and dishes, is one of the most popular options. The following list highlights the best spots in the downtown area to order from. Chinatown eateries are also included due to their close proximity and ability to deliver to the Loop, River North, and beyond. For more essential Chinese restaurants that span throughout the entire city, click here.

As of February 10, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Shanghai Terrace

108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-6695
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The Peninsula hotel’s swanky Chinese restaurant presents skyline views and upscale versions of classic dishes. Dim sum it up with crab shumai and lobster and chicken dumplings with black truffle or feast on dinner specials like shredded duck in XO sauce and wok-fried scallops in black truffle sauce. The prices may seem high compared to other places, but the quality of the food is undeniable. Order carryout through OpenTable.


2. Brightwok Kitchen

631 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 366-2999
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This veggie-centric stir fry spot has locations in River North and the Loop. Guests can order bowls like “Everyday Eat Right” (Thai basil, brown rice, onions, broccoli, peppers, carrots, choice of protein) and “Earth, Curry and Fire” (chili coconut curry, white rice, kale, onions, carrots, peppers, crispy egg, choice of protein). For those who prefer to cook at home, Brightwok also sells five-minute meal kits for two or four people. Place carryout and delivery orders here.

A person holding a bowl of stir fry.
Brightwok Kitchen focuses on healthy stir frys.
 Brightwok [Official Photo]

3. Big Bowl

60 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-1888
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Lettuce Entertain You’s pan-Asian specialist has an approachable menu consisting of items like potstickers, orange chicken, kung pao beef, and sweet and sour shrimp. Order here carryout and delivery.

A variety of Asian dishes spread on a table.
Big Bowl’s bold flavors are inspired by Chinese and Thai cuisines.
 Big Bowl [Official Photo]

4. Lao Sze Chuan

520 Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-0888
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Spice fanatics can feel the burn at the River North outpost of this Sichuan restaurant. Lao Sze Chuan packs a punch with dishes like dry-chili chicken, mapo tofu, and dan dan noodles. Of course milder American Chinese go-tos, such as Mongolian beef and shrimp with lobster sauce, are available too. Order carryout or delivery through the restaurant’s website.


5. MingHin Cuisine

333 E Benton Pl #300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 228-1333
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Dim sum expert MingHin Cuisine provides traditional Cantonese small dishes to enjoy at home. All six of the restaurant’s locations have reopened so that Chicagoans can get their fill of siu mai, shrimp dumplings, barbecue pork buns, chicken feet, congee, and much more. Online ordering is available here.



18 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60602
(773) 598-4093
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The team behind renowned dumpling maker Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings opened this downtown spin-off in 2019. Unlike the original, Jiao offers quick-service ordering so the food is ready in minutes. The menu features eight types of dumplings, which are available steamed or pan fried, a few appetizers, and cold tea drinks. Customers can order carryout through the restaurant’s mobile app or use third party services for delivery.

7. My Place

1307 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 763-6935
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A Chinatown favorite that relocated to the South Loop last year, My Place boasts fresh lobster and seafood, different types of congee, baked proteins over rice or spaghetti, and the standard American Chinese dishes. Order here for carryout and delivery.

8. Shan Shaan Taste

2002 S Wentworth Ave basement 10
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 375-3122

Hidden away in the basement food court of Richland Center mall, Shan Shaan Taste dabbles in cuisine from the Shaanxi province. Owner Richard Zhou’s signature dish is liangpi — cold skin noodles made in-house and topped with cucumbers, black vinegar, raw garlic, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and chili oil. Those same noodles can also be prepared stir-fried or with soup. Other highlights include rou jia mo, Chinese-style burgers featuring cumin beef or lamb sandwiched between griddled fleatbread. Call 312-375-3122 for carryout; delivery orders can be placed through third party services. 

9. Tsaocaa

2026 S Clark St unit g
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 624-9650
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Sip on a variety of refreshing beverages at Chinese bubble tea chain Tsaocaa. Customers can mix their drinks with fruits or try cheese tea, a popular food trend featuring a foamy top layer of milk, cream cheese, and salt. There are also snacks like fried chicken and egg waffles on the menu. Delivery and takeout orders can be placed online.

Four cups of milk teas on a counter.
Recharge with a milk tea from Tsaocaa.
 Tsaocaa [Official Photo]

10. Joy Yee

2139 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 328-0001
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The popular pan-Asian eatery is most known for its bubble teas and smoothies. Guests have a vast amount of fruits and toppings to customize their drinks with, while generous portions of noodles and proteins served over rice are the stars on the food side. Order here for pickup and delivery.

11. Golden Bull

242 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1668
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Savor homestyle cooking from this Chinatown stalwart. The menu offers intriguing choices, such as beef tongue in XO sauce and fried pigeon, alongside satisfying rice casseroles loaded with meats. To-go ordering is available here.


12. Xi'an Cuisine

225 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-3171
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Focusing on the food from the Shaanxi province in Northern China, this Chinatown spot makes hand-stretched noodles, fried skewers, and delectable flatbread sandwiches filled with meats like cumin lamb and marinated pork. Online ordering is available through Xi’an Cuisine’s site.

A flatbread sandwich on a plate.
Xi’an Cuisine’s flatbread sandwiches are a must-try.
 Xi’an Cuisine [Official Photo]

13. Szechwan JMC

243 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-2212
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Mouth-numbing spices draw diners into this small and bustling Sichuan restaurant. Crank up the heat with highlights such as Chongqing popcorn chicken tossed with fries, stir-fried “fatty” beef, and jumbo shrimp dry hot pot. Call 312-929-2212 for carryout; delivery is available through third party services.

A bowl of beef with chili peppers.
Szechwan JMC brings the spice.
 Szechwan JMC [Official Photo]

14. Triple Crown

2217 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-0088
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The longstanding Chinatown restaurant serves an array of Cantonese staples as well as dim sum between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The daily $7.95 lunch specials are also delicious bargains. Click here to order.

Fried rice being cooked in a wok.
Dim sum is available every day at Triple Crown.
 Triple Crown [Official Photo]

15. Gao’s Kabob

232 W 22nd Pl
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 526-3836
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Devour lamb, beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and veggie kebabs from this Chinese barbecue joint. Most are priced at just a few bucks so sampling an assortment of skewers won’t break the bank. Order pickup here; delivery is available through third party services.

A plate of kabobs and edamame.
Skewers of meats are the main attraction at this Chinatown spot.
 Gao’s Kabob [Official Photo]

16. Original Triple Crown

211 W 22nd Pl
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-1030
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Located above a grocery store on a side street off of Wentworth Avenue, Original Triple Crown (not to be confused with Triple Crown) is the place to go for a late-night bite. Seafood dishes and the “hundred flavored” beef, chicken, and shrimp are notable standouts. Order here for delivery and carryout, or call 312-791-1030.

17. Daguan Noodle

2230 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-2758
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Michelin Bib Gourmand designee Daguan Noodle specializes in a host of rice noodle soups. Diners choose a broth and protein and receive the ingredients at the table, where they’re then cooked in a hot stone pot. The comforting dish is perfect for winter and can be paired with a beef or pork bun. Order pickup here or use third party services for delivery.

18. Go 4 Food

212 W 23rd St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-8688
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Instead of the usual American Chinese menu, Go 4 Food offers what’s best described as Cantonese fusion cuisine. The eclectic lineup is heavy on seafood and includes dishes like Manilla clams with black bean sauce, salted egg yolk shrimp, crispy soft shell crab, and chili fusion fish fillets. Taco baos and “Millionaire-style” fried rice are big hits as well. Call 312-842-8688 for carryout; delivery is available through third party services.

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