Located in Chicago's South Side, this Chinatown was one of the first non-coastal Asian enclaves in the U.S. Chinese from the coasts (mostly from California) moved here in the late 19th and early 20th century to find work and escape discrimination. Even here early Chinese residents who wanted to set up businesses or own property had to secure their holdings through intermediaries.
The Chinatown district is a mixture of old and new. Some of the original stores and restaurants are still in operation, as they have been since the 1920s. In the 1990s, a new development called Chinatown Square was built on the edge of the current district. A greenspace, Ping Tom Memorial Park, was also developed during that decade. These additions have brought more residents to Chinatown, but also made it more of a tourist destination as well.