Lao Sze Chuan
~ 1998 ~

Famous For: Serving authentic Szechuan specialties alongside traditional Chinese dishes.

Founded By: Tony Hu, celebrity chef who graduated from The Culinary Institute of Sichuan, the first culinary institute in China.

Fun Foodie Facts:

  • Tony (Xiao Jun) Hu is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, culinary teacher and mentor, and a community leader. In the past he has been known in the culinary world as Chicago’s “Mayor of Chinatown.”
  • “Lao” symbolizes old, traditional and authentic, and “Sze Chuan” is derived from the province from which Hu himself and the cuisine itself originates.
  • The Szechuan province is a landlocked region known traditionally to use a lot of methods such as salting and smoking to preserve their food.


Our Recos:

Try the Ma Po Tofu for a spicy dish outside your normal comfort zone.

Savor Chinatown with a full immersion into the culinary & ethnic pageantry at five authentic, mouthwatering sit-down restaurants [Seasonal]

Tour Length3 hours
Cost$75 Adult | $90 Adult VIP | $40 Youth
Tour Distance1.3 Miles

Explore historic Mom & Pop specialty food shops and indulge in classic Chicago tastes in Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods [Seasonal]

Tour Length3 hours
Cost$60 Adult | $72 Adult VIP | $35 Youth
Tour Distance1.3 Miles
NeighborhoodsGold Coast & Old Town
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