Lucky 7s: The Top 5 Chinese Restaurants in Chicago

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So it’s the year of the Rabbit, which brings ambition, tenacity and luck. Let’s ring in the Chinese New Year with a celebration of epic proportions- dim sum, dragons and dressed to kill.

1 Red Light

Chicago’s venerable West Loop locale for Pan-Asian cuisine, celebrates Chinese New Year with a menu of savory specials featuring rabbit by their new Executive Chef Ryan Fowler. Menu specials will include a Whole Roasted Rabbit for two ($60), Pulled Rabbit Siu Mai with a Spicy Mango Chili Sauce and Crunchy Thai Slaw ($10); Stuffed Fried Rabbit Loin, stuffed with Goat Cheese, Gailon and Dried Asian Pear served with a Rabbit Demi-Glace and Red Rice Risotto ($26); and a whimsical Carrot Cake for dessert ($8).

820 W. Randolph St. 312.733.8880.

2 Chen’s

Ring in the New Year with a special, “Good Luck” menu beginning Wednesday, February 2 available through Sunday, February 13.  Dishes include Seafood Pan Fried Noodles – noodles bring long life in the New Year – and Lychee Chicken for prosperity. The festival continues with traditional Chinese Lion Dancer performances and a special menu of symbolic dishes.

3506 N. Clark St.773.549.9100.

3 Lao Sze Chuan

As one of the allusive Chinatown spots to be featured on Check, Please!,  Lao Sze Chuan is a no frills spot that offers Gourmet spicy Szechuan that’s about as authentic as you can find in Chicago.

2172 S. Archer Ave. 312.326.5040.

4 Ben Pao

From robust Mongolian Dishes to bold and spicy Sichuan, light and crispy Cantonese and savory and enticing Shanghai favorites, every dish interprets China with the highest quality ingredients in a trendy, upscale atmosphere.

52 W. Illinois St. 312.222.1888.

5 Go 4 Food

One of the less "hole in the wall" looking places in Chinatown, Go 4 Food is a contemporary chinese eatery. With the slogan, dining is more then just eating, they ensure a good ambiance to compliment great dishes.

212 W. 23rd St. 312.842.8688.

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