2012 is the Year of the Dragon 4710 and also marks the 100th anniversary of Chinatown in Chicago. The neighborhood is located on the South side, with the core of it on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues. Chicago is the second oldest settlement of Chinese in America after the Chinese fled persecution in California.¹

Chinatown in Chicago is a wonderful place to wander around and explore. The colors are vibrant and the wonderful aroma of Asian food floats through the air. When I am in the depths of it I feel like a tourist from another land.

I tried wandering to parts of the area to photograph bits that are both popular and not so well-known. The images reflect the vivid colors, spirit and decor. I hope you enjoy them.