Tom and dan - chinatown my chinatown - washington and lee swing


Looking to escape the anti-Chinese violence that had broken out on the west coast, the first Chinese arrived in Chicago after 1869 when the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed. [5] By the late 1800s, 25% of Chicago's approximately 600 Chinese residents settled along Clark Street between Van Buren and Harrison Streets in Chicago's Loop . [6] In 1889, 16 Chinese-owned businesses were located along the two-block stretch, including eight grocery stores, two butcher shops and a restaurant. [7] In 1912, the Chinese living in this area began moving south to Armour Square . Some historians say this was due to increasing rent prices. [6] [8] Others see more complex causes: discrimination, overcrowding, a high non-Chinese crime rate, and disagreements between the two associations ("tongs") within the community, the Hip Sing Tong and the On Leong Tong. [9] [10] The move to the new South Side Chinatown was led by the On Leong Merchants Association who, in 1912, had a building constructed along Cermak Avenue (then 22nd Street) that could house 15 stores, 30 apartments and the Association's headquarters. While the building's design was typical of the period, it also featured Chinese accents such as tile trim adorned with dragons. [11]

I enjoyed the tight neighborhoods of the tour. I really felt we were exposed to flavors of the neighborhood. Tom introduced us to warm friendly shopkeepers and interesting stores.


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