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Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown, Chicago, IL

Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

4.1
4.1
769 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
Lao Sze Chuan Downtown is Chicago’s premiere restaurant for gourmet, authentic Chinese cuisine - most notably, our Szechuan flavors, traditional Peking Duck, and handmade dim sum. Lao Sze Chuan is beloved locally and nationally since our founding in 1998 in Chicago's Chinatown and is rated as one of the best Chinese Restaurants in the USA. To make a reservation or order delivery/takeout, please visit www.laoszechuanusa.com. We look forward to sharing our delicious food with you soon!


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Dim Sum
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 595-0888
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Please call (312) 595-0888 or email magmile.laoszechuan@gmail.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lao Sze Chuan Downtown can accommodate all your special event needs. Please email magmile.laoszechuan@gmail.com to inquire or give us a ring at 312-595-0888.
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross street
    Ohio St.
  • Parking details
    Discount parking validation is available when you dine in at Lao Sze Chuan Downtown. Validation terms are good at The Shops at North Bridge parking garages located at 10 E. Grand with access from Ohio-Grand-Wabash and at 516 N. Rush. Parking ticket will be validated only if you park three hours or less. Validated parking rate is $15.
  • Public transit
    We are accessible off the Grand Red Line CTA stop as well as many buses that run on Michigan Avenue.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 769 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

769 Reviews
  1. SeafoodFan

    Chicago

    118 reviews

    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good food and friendly, helpful staff make dining at Lao Szechuan a pleasure. Love their new robot that brings entrees to the table for the server. Our only 'complaint' of the menu is that the potsticker dough is thicker than we prefer.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation and we arriced early and they seated us right away. Food was great!!!

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  3. DavidP

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Got a reservation and when we arrived they had no tables we were seated at the bar, and our service suffered drastically. Our meal took 2 hours in total and no apps were ordered. Just ridiculous. We would’ve left but it was a weekend so options were limited for 5 people

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  4. StephenT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was wonderful. The service and waitstaff was great and attentive. Food was wonderful.

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  5. Richardt

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and love the robot service!! Will return back

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! Food is delicious - wide range to choose from on extensive menu. Waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. Can always have a business or personal conversation without having to speak too loudly because the environment is quiet.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Tokyo

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food tasted great with good portions. We ordered the shrimp with lemon sauce, xian long bao and Peking duck. The shrimp was sweet so our 3yo son also loved it. It was my husband’s birthday, so they served us a chocolate cake with a robot singing happy birthday for him. I didn’t order it, so I thought it was on the restaurant. However, when we got the check, we were charged $11 for that cake! That was the only disappointment… I wish they had asked us if they were going to charge us, which has never happened to me in the past…

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely incredible. The server had zero personality or interest in being there. I tried to tell her how good it was.....not interested. I'll go back because I love to go there when I'm in town. Service could improve.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and authentic! Food and service were fabulous.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Way over priced for Chinese food. Better to stay in Chinatown. Average bill of of $60 per person

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food showed up an after an hour. It was tasty. Our server was apologetic. They took 15% off the bill. But the owner told us “this happens all the time” which is a you problem, not a me problem. Never again will we be going to this location.

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  12. HungryGirl

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I would not recommend this restaurant. First, it was very bright and very hot. Secondly, we were sitting for 30 minutes without anyone coming to our table except the busser with water. When we finally went to the bar to get a bottle of wine while we waited, the wait person saw us there, came and took the bottle from us (so she could put it on the tab??) and followed us to our table with it. Thirdly, she still didn't take a food order. We finally got her to our table after about 45 minutes to an hour. Duck took 30 minutes, came out cold, she didn't put our veggie orders in until after the duck (even though we had ordered those dishes the same time as the duck), and they took another 20 minutes, and then when we were still hungry and ordered chicken, pork and veggie fried rice, it came out 25 minutes later with only veggies. Oh, and we were sitting right by the aisle and the robo-server came by constantly with food on it and it was filthy, so not very appetizing. The one bright spot was the host--she came to our table more often than the wait person and was very friendly and great with recommendations.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We have eaten at the restaurant and ordered take out many times. The restaurant was completely understaffed and over booked. It was Christmas, but given it’s a holiday and they take reservations, they should have been staffed accordingly or taken reservations and walk-ins accordingly. We barely saw our server and had to flag other staff down for basic essentials like clean plates and spoons for dishes / sauces, and to order food. Our main dishes came out in waves (one dish then we waited at least 45-60 minutes for the other dishes) and we had to inquire about the status of our food numerous times. It should not have taken two+ hours to receive the bulk of the dishes we ordered. We saw other tables around us leave because service was so slow. Again, we have dined at this location previously and have ordered delivery / take out many times, but this dining experience was horrendous.

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  14. FernandoA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is great and the staff is awesome. Just wish the food didn't take so long to come out. Other than that I'd definitely go back again.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Went on Christmas Day and they did not prepare and were quite understaffed. We barely saw our waitress and had to keep flagging her down. It took an hour for entrees, we had to keep ordering appetizers. One of our entrees (sesame chicken) came out cold and slimy. We tried to exchange it but were told it would be 40 minutes longer for a new entree. We opted to just share the one entree (garlic chicken) we had. Drinks were good, we had martinis. Also loved their almond cookies. Overall it wasn’t terrible, but we likely won’t return next year.

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  16. HungryEye

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Hostess was in an unpleasant mood Server was very nice but lots of errors in what our table of three ordered. Nonetheless we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. This is a regular place for us

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Took 15 minutes to be greeted. No one checked in us after food was delivered (ever). I asked for table condiments and ultimately had to get them off the server station. It had always been such a treat to visit this restaurant. We will be trying a new place next year.

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  18. TimothyB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Dirty , Hand rail for the stairs was filthy. Glass barriers and walls were dirty. Looks abused and old.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great time in the restaurant. My children like this restaurant food especially fried rice.

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  20. FeiL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is wonderful, especially the Peking duck. Will go back for sure!

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  21. S1Lee

    Chicago

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Located on Michigan Avenue, this fourth floor restaurant has Asian-style appointments. The tables were clean. The waitress was cordial but not really friendly. The manager was friendly. I used a Groupon but I was unaware of a mandatory 20% tip. The seven courses included fried green beans and duck fried rice. The rest were not my favorite including the duck soup, and half Peking duck. I have been there before and it's not a bad non Chinatown restaurant.

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  22. MusicalFan

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were just okay. We did the seven course duck menu. Duck fried rice, green beans, and dessert (mini sesame balls) were decent. Food came out fast, but difficult to get server’s attention when needed. I think they are understaffed bc my husband noticed server was taking care of about ten tables. I had requested a window table because I read that the views are great. Window was small, and dirty, which detracted from the experience. Not sure if I’d go back.

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  23. Patwawa

    New York City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been generally happy with the restaurant, mainly because I liked the food there. The only thing that surprised and made me made was that they put a 20%service fee on the check without notifying me. I happened to look all the way to the bottom of the check to find the fee just before I was going to write a 20% tip. I was really mad about this because I had dined there twice in the past few months and each time I tipped 20%, knowing nothing that I had already been charged a 20% service fee. This means each time I gave a 40% tip in total and the service didn’t at all merit that much of a tip. Restaurants typically put down a service fee for a group, but I only had a party of two each time. At least the restaurant should have let me know they were charging the service fee. I don’t know if this has become a standard practice in the Windy City.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Charged a 20% service fee and still asked for tip - I’m not afraid of spending on a dinner but we got two simple meals with no sides and paid $71. The food was good, but not amazing.

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  25. PrazJazz

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a nice experience. The food was great and we had a good time.

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  26. BingC

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal for 6 consisting of Peking Duck, Salt and Pepper Squid, Garlic Green Beans, Beef Flat Rice Noodles, and Whole Steamed Fish in Ginger/Scallions. Excellent service and ambience.

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  27. EatOutAlot

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Music was loud but they did turn it down. One server who was also the hostess. Food was good, but nothing special. Would NOT go back

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ! The best Chinese food , loved every plate .

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible food and decent ambience and not so great service

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Birthday Dinner! Will definitely be back next time in the Windy City!

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  31. LisaB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding. Food is great. Service is great and food comes out quickly. Large portions as well.

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  32. MudradG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good food and service. love the house special fried rice, Xiao Long Bao, szchewan chicken, MAPO tofu and everything else.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    YUM this place was seriously so good. Food - amazing! Get the duck! Vibes - amazing! I was not expecting much when I saw the sign saying “food court” (side note — it was kind of hard to find the door) BUT it’s not a food court it’s a lovely 2 floor restaurant with windows overlooking the city and you can see the ducks roasting when you walk in. The server was very helpful with food recs PLUS there are two adorable little robot servers to assist. One with a BOW TIE (this is the manager robot I assume). Lots of food and unique options.

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  34. Lori

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Kong was an amazing server! The food was great!

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  35. Gene

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Chicago. I took a family visiting and they loved the food. All of their restaurants do a wonderful job!

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  36. MKinChicago

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food. Great service. Waiter made good recommendations. We had a lovely meal and experience. Would return again!!

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  37. docjon

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the fact that they now have a robot helping the servers. It had the food arrive much more efficiently. Our waitress was also very helpful.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly and helpful service in using the host and busier!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is always excellent. The downtown location use to be my absolute favorite. I brought my two young family members with me to eat. When it came time to pay, I asked our waitress to split the bill, as the two young girls would be paying “for themselves” and I would pay for the adults. The girls had received cash to go shopping and wanted to use their own money to pay. I thought nothing of this being an issue as I was still covering the tip for us as if it was paid all on 1. As the girls hand the woman their payment, they state “no change”, which would have equated to a $3 tip. While I know this wasn’t enough to cover 20%, I had additional cash laid on the table with my check. The waitress comes back over to the girls and begins laughing at them and yelling “this is only $3 tip. You need more money” when it was very much enough to cover their bill. I was taken aback by the comments made, and I was very close to removing my tip all together. However, I provided the girls with the additional tip money to bring straight over to this waitress, since she apparently did NOT have the patience to wait until we’d gotten up to look at her additional tip on the table as well as the tip I’d left on my receipt. The girls were confounded at this instance, as it was one of their first times “paying as adults”. It was a strange situation, and I will not let this experience ruin my overall feelings about the food. I’m not going to sit here and say it was due to our table being POC, but it didn’t appear anyone else in the restaurant at this time received any type of treatment similar to us during this dining experience. I will continue to support Lao Sze Chuan, however, I will do so at the other locations.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love LSC l! Very appetizing food, as always. Our classic order is scallion pancakes, garlic string beans, house special spicy sole fish fillet, lamb with cumin powder, dry chilli chicken and house special friend rice. The servers are prompt and very friendly.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown using the Order Online button. Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 595-0888.

Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown is rated 4.1 stars by 769 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

520 North Michigan Ave, Suite 420, Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ohio St.
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch & Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Chinese (Sichuan), Dim Sum
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Discount parking validation is available when you dine in at Lao Sze Chuan Downtown. Validation terms are good at The Shops at North Bridge parking garages located at 10 E. Grand with access from Ohio-Grand-Wabash and at 516 N. Rush. Parking ticket will be validated only if you park three hours or less. Validated parking rate is $15.
  • Public transit
    We are accessible off the Grand Red Line CTA stop as well as many buses that run on Michigan Avenue.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 595-0888
  • Catering
    Please call (312) 595-0888 or email magmile.laoszechuan@gmail.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Lao Sze Chuan Downtown can accommodate all your special event needs. Please email magmile.laoszechuan@gmail.com to inquire or give us a ring at 312-595-0888.
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