Re: Old Loop photo's. Chop Suey
Date: December 18, 2014 01:41PM
This may explain the location of Chop Suey restaurants in the Loop. My source: the book Chinese Chicago by Huping Ling.
When the Chinese first arrived in Chicago in the 1870s, they established a small downtown loop business district - in the old cable car service area - Chinese grocery stores, laundries and restaurants. However, because of anti-Chinese sediments prevalent in the country - Chinese exclusion acts since the 1880s - in the 1910s, downtown property owners raised rents, making it difficult for the Chinese businesses to survive and forced the majority to move to the city's South Side.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/2014 11:14PM by nordsider.