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Chinatown Chicago Illinois United States
Chicago

The Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, is on the South Side (located in theArmour Square community area), centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues, and is an example of an American Chinatown, or ethnic-Chinese neighborhood. By the 2000 Census, Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas has 68,021 Chinese. Chicago is the second oldest settlement of Chinese in America after the Chinese fled persecution in California.

Chinatown should not be confused with an area on the city's North Side sometimes referred to as "New Chinatown", which is centered around Argyle Street and is somewhat of a misnomergiven that it is largely represented by people of Southeast Asian heritage.

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