“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
For an immersion experience in Chinese culture, just take the Red line train to Cermak stop and dive into Chinatown. Enter through Chinatown gate, pay respects to the ancestors at Buddhist Enlightenment Temple, dine on dim sum at Phoenix Restaurant, and use an abacus to count the tiled dragons on the falsely modest Nine Dragon Wall (hint: there are more than 500). For a taste of Italy in the heart of Chinatown, try the pies at Connie's Pizza or enjoy pasta and jukebox opera at Bertucci's Corner. Nearby, catch White Sox baseball games at U.S. Cellular Field.