Frequent patrons of Sun Wah are using metered street parking in designated areas along Broadway and Argyle streets. The restaurant is not affilitated with any of the private lots in the vicinity. Chicago's PayBox meters for uptown has an hourly $1.50 rate. Parking in the Loop by comparison is $5 an hour! All meters are in effect from 8am to 9pm throughout the week including holidays. The stretch immediately in front of Sun Wah is a Tow Zone.
The difference between dining and waiting on a packed weekend night will depend on whether you've made reservations. Patrons with reservations are prioritized with a table set and waiting for their party at the designated time. Lately, reservations for any weekend night have been fully booked a couple nights in advance. To ensure a successful reservation, phone 773-769-1254 several days in advance. Provide your name, party total (including children), a contact number, and whether you are having the Beijing Duck Feast. Please arrive promptly or your table may be forfeited to the next-in-line. Last-minute increases or decreases to the party number may cause a delay in your seating. Seats will NOT be added if it blocks a designated aisle as this poses a fire and safety hazard.
The restaurant has a bar featuring wines, chilled beers, and a selection of cocktails. For patrons who wish to bring their own, corkage fee for wines is $5 per bottle and $2 for beers. Wines can be uncorked at the service bar. Buckets for chilling wine are available.
That tableside cart you see wheeled about? That's the Beijing Duck Dinner. First serving involves a tableside carving where guests take delight in assembling their bao using that succulent crispy duck skin, garnish, and hoisin sauce. The remaining meat from the carcass is next used in a serving of duck fried rice and duck soup with wintermelon. Phoning ahead to order in advance is recommended and helps ensure a duck is available for you in a timely manner during your visit.