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Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood is one of the largest Chinatowns in the United States, with a rich history and a thriving culture. Every summer, the Chinatown Summer Fair brings the community to life in a celebration of the Chinese culture.

This year the fair will be held Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, it will be a true feast for the senses. Visitors are greeted by the smell of sizzling street food, the sounds of traditional Chinese music, and the vibrant colors of dragon and lion dancers. The fair is filled with vendors selling everything from traditional Chinese goods, like silks and paper lanterns, to modern trinkets and toys.

Food is one of the biggest draws of the Chinatown Summer Fair. Stalls lining the street offer an array of Chinese dishes, from savory dumplings to sweet steamed buns, and even more exotic treats like fried grasshoppers. The fair is a great opportunity to sample some of the best of Chinese cuisine, with many restaurants in the neighborhood offering special dishes and discounts for the occasion.

As good as the food is, if you missed out on the music and dancing…it would be a crime! Local performers showcase their talents in traditional Chinese songs, dances, and acrobatics. From the dynamic and energetic lion dancers to the graceful and delicate movements of Chinese fan and ribbon dancers, visitors are treated to a feast of sights and sounds. Children can even participate in hands-on activities, like making their own paper lanterns or trying their hand at calligraphy.

The Chinatown Summer Fair has the food, music, and good times to keep anyone busy, but when you’re there, you also have the opportunity to learn more about the rich history and culture of the neighborhood. Explore the nearby Ping Tom Memorial Park, take a walk along the scenic riverfront, or visit the historic Nine Dragon Wall. It’s a symbol of good luck and prosperity in Chinese culture.

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