You never run out of adventures living in Chicago, and I love taking advantage of all the city has to offer. My three kids, though, would often rather play video games and watch TV than go on family outings.
Luckily, I've found a sweet incentive to get them off the couch: food.
It can be tough to get my 12- and 14-year-old boys motivated to go on a tour of Chinatown or Devon Avenue's Indian neighborhood, but if the payoff is a good meal, everyone's suddenly hungry for the urban adventure I've planned.
Here's what's on my menu of fun family food trips in Chicago.
- Andrea Guthmann
A visit to Chicago's Chinatown, the fourth largest in the U.S., is like visiting another country without ever leaving the city. Our family enjoys visiting Chinatown Square, the two-story outdoor pedestrian mall selling everything from Chinese toys and trinkets to health food and teas. In the southwest corner of Chinatown Square is Lao Sze Chuan, restaurateur Tony Hu's flagship eatery.
Hu's dynasty of Chinese restaurants includes seven within Chinatown. If you want a taste of Hu's empire, you'll typically have to wait an hour for a table on a Saturday night; Lao Sze Chuan only takes reservations for parties of six or more. Best thing to do is leave your name as soon as you arrive and begin your adventure visiting the surrounding gift shops.
No visit would be complete without stopping by Joy Yee's Smoothie Bar for a bubble tea with tapioca balls-a sweet treat we only get in Chinatown.
Lao Sze Chuan
Joy Yee's Smoothie Bar