If it sometimes feels like summer brings an itch for travel that
can't quite be scratched, we've got a solution for you. Head to
Chinatown, which offers visitors a taste of Asia-without having to
take a long, pricey flight. And this month, Chinatown presents two
annual favorites sure to appeal to your family.
On July 13, check out the Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, where
teams speed down the Chicago River in beautifully decorated dragon
boats. If it's a nice day, bring a lunch (or order from one of
Chinatown's many delicious restaurants) and enjoy a picnic in Ping
Tom Park, one of our favorite spots in the city. And since all
proceeds promote literacy, you can feel good knowing any money you
spend is going to a worthy cause.
stop by the Chinatown Summer Fair on July 21, a day packed full
of cultural entertainment, yummy food and authentic arts and
crafts. We can't wait for the gorgeous, colorful Lion Dance
Procession. Plus, kids will love the area just for them, complete
with a petting zoo and pony rides.
If you're headed to the South Side, don't forget that the
CTA's Red Line is closed, so be prepared to park and walk. There's
also a nonstop shuttle between the Roosevelt and Cermak-Chinatown
stations, if you prefer public transit. It'll be your little
reminder that you're still in the Windy City, even if it feels like
you've magically arrived on the other side of the world.
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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