Orange Garden, Chicago, Illinois
by Peter Bella, Interesting Chicago
From a write-up of Chicago’s oldest Chinese restaurant.
Orange Garden is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago. It also boasts the oldest working neon sign in the city.
The restaurant was opened in 1926.* The original owner, W. Chan, needed a way to sell Chinese food to Americans.
Mr. Chan made his restaurant look like an American diner of the era. He designed the facade using an Art Deco theme. The interior had black booths along with Chinese decorations.
The interior is dim, with light filtering in through the front windows. There is an early 20th century feel to the place.