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🐠 who live or have lived in Chicago - how was your experience when it came to friendliness, diversity/racism, and access to Asian foods and grocery stores? I’m considering relocating to the South loop neighborhood - single person in their 30s, not interested in suburbia life

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Where are you moving from? Chicago’s a generally friendly place — I get weird stares when I smile at or say hi to people on the street nowadays (well, not that it matters now with masks). It’s unfortunately a very segregated city, but I’ve experienced more overt racism in SF than I have in Chicago. Asian grocery access has improved with the H Mart downtown, but Mitsuwa is still quite a trek away. As far as Asian food goes, the better spots can compete nationally but of course it doesn’t have the breadth or a NY or LA.

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Born/raised/college/job all in Chicago. Overall people mind their own business for the most part but racism exists. Chicago is super super segregated though so people’s reaction to you really depends on who you’re interacting with. Ex: my high school friends were minorities or immigrants, never really felt racism from them, but i deal with a lot of micro aggressions from my suburban white college friends / colleagues. Access to Asian food stores is good. If you don’t have a car, i would suggest living in west loop gate near the Hmart there. Otherwise you’d have to go up north for Tai Nam, Northwest for joong boo, and into the burbs (Niles) for the other Hmart. Feel free to DM me with any specifics! Been here my whole life so I can give you any insider knowledge.

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I've lived in the suburbs/city almost my whole life, super friendly city overall. Haven't encountered overt racism here. Grocery stores - two really good ones in Chinatown (88 marketplace is my fav) h-Mart in west loop, and several up north near the last Brown line stop Kimball. South Loop seems to be popular with your demographic, along with wicker park/bucktown/west loop. The asian food is pretty good but not on the scale of the west coast or new York City and tends to be congregated in a few different things neighborhoods

Agree with the recs above. Hidden gem for Filipino groceries - Seafood City! There’s also a Jollibee there. Just moved away a few months ago but I loved the city. Lived in a few different neighborhoods, and each area has its own charm.

Great Asian restaurant and bubble tea options in Chinatown and Vietnamese town. A lot more Asian food delivery options recently via apps such as Chowbus and Fantuan. Better than most cities. Of course not as good as New York, Bay Area, LA, and maybe Houston.

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