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Get to Know Asia on Argyle

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on June 5

Explore Asia on Argyle this Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Off the Argyle Red Line stop in Uptown, the area was transformed by Chinese immigrants as well as Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees in the ‘70s, who helped create the business district we know today.

Anti-Asian hate crimes and pandemic business struggles prompted organizer Sany Nguyễn to co-found Celebrate Argyle in 2021, an initiative to bring Chicagoans to support the small businesses. She shared her recs.

🍱 Something to eat: “Asia on Argyle boasts a neighborhood full of Southeast Asian cuisines. From snacks to meals to sweets, we recommend stopping by restaurants and asking for their most popular dishes. Neighborhood favorites include Bambu Desserts and First Sip Cafe!”

🎨 Something to see: “Murals! Asia on Argyle is full of beautiful murals from local and nationally known artists. You’ll see a mix of cultural and historical pieces that are beautifully curated for this neighborhood.”

🎤 Something to do: “Join in karaoke fun at Nha Trang Restaurant. Check out the complete lineup of their monthly events!”

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