After a goodnight’s sleep we checked out and said farewell to the Indian Lakes Resort and headed to downtown Chicago.
My Mom and Kate have been to Asia and have always wanted to take us to Hong Kong where my Dad grew up. Mom learned that Chicago has the largest Chinatown in the US* so going to it would probably be the closest we could get to Asia in the mid-west.
*The Chinatown in New York is geographically larger, but Chicago has a higher population
Mom and Kate were pretty impressed with how authentic Chinatown felt to a real Asian city. Kate thought it even smelled like Hong Kong- a mixture of food and gasoline.
Some of the buildings looked interesting:
Christian book store
Chicago public library
Well, it was time for lunch so we walked to the “Moon Palace Shanghai Restaurant.” it always a bit of a risk to walk eat authentic Chinese (or in this case Shanghainese) food. Last time I ate Dim Sum in a Chinatown I had an allergic reaction and broke into hives. Thankfully, Mom had looked up restaurant reviews online and had found the “Moon Palace” had good reviews.
Kate wearing a smirk on her face because she’s the only one who could eat her meal with chop sticks!
I used a spoon
After lunch we started walking back to the car:
We took a look at one of the grocery stores.
As soon as we set foot in the store, our nostrils caught the stench of dead fish and who knows what else. I think we regretted that we’d already eaten.
Dried Croaker Fish - Dried Fungus
Turnip Slices - Dried Shrimp - Mussels
Kate’s heading for the door…