Chicago’s Chinatown dominates the Chinese food scene in the city, you may have somewhere you like that’s closer to where you live, but for the real deal it’s Chinatown. So it’s no surprise that three of the five best places for Dim Sum in the city come from that small section near the South Loop.
2131 South Archer Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 312-328-0848 www.chinatownphoenix.com
Phoenix brings the most literal version of Dim Sum to its tables, making it a version of going to tea. The small meals at Phoenix are meant to be small treats that touch the heart. With an emphasis on the authenticity, it's a must-visit dim sum den.
108 East Superior Street Chicago, IL 312-573-6744 www.peninsula.com/Chicago
Of course there had to be some sort of luxury connection on the list. Shanghai Terrace in the five star Peninsula Hotel Chicago serves up Dim Sum crafted by the best chefs around. Any place that makes the list that isn’t located in Chinatown has to be great.
209 West Cermak Road Chicago, IL 312-842-1964
Three Happiness Original Restaurant
Three Happiness may be the most popular restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown. Specializing in Dim Sum and Cantonese dishes, it’s always the first place you think of when friends are visiting from out of town and craving Dim Sum. Because Chinatown seems like it’s own entity within the city, Three Happiness is like a tourist attraction for residents and travelers alike.
2217 S. Wentworth Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 312-842-0088 www.triplecrownchicago.com
Triple Crown Restaurant
Dim Sum is so popular at this Chinese food hotspot that they have developed Dim Sum night hours. From 10PM to 2AM in the morning they serve up Dim Sum to the night owls and party people of the city.
4936 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60640 773-271-1161 www.furamachicago.com
Furama has an extensive Dim Sum menu that has almost 100 items to choose from. The dishes go from extra small to extra large sizes and include everything from shrimp and pork dumplings to barbecue pork buns. No matter your appetite, there’s something for you.