Strings Ramen's flagship Chinatown location celebrates five-years, since opening Chicago's very first dedicated ramen shop,  introducing its signature bowls of steaming ramen and secret-recipe homemade noodles, pioneering what's become the city's vibrant and explosive ramen scene.


From Tonkotsu Ramen, featuring creamy, 48-hour slow simmered  pork bone broth, topped with Berkshire pork belly, to its fiendishly spicy Hell Ramen, available in 5 levels of increasing heat, Strings is consistently ranked among the best ramen shops in Chicago, and most recently named among "The 24 Best Ramen Shops in America" by Thrillist.

Under the direction of executive chef Katie Dong, Strings' menu has expanded to also include a line-up of appetizers, yakisoba, sashimi and meat rice bowls, maze soba and more. In 2017, Strings opened a second location in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, at 919 West Belmont Avenue, and in 2018, a Madison, Wisconsin outpost, at 311 North Frances Street.

 

To celebrate the 5-year milestone, Strings Ramen is offering traditional Japanese Fukubukuro, a "Lucky Bag," priced at $5.99, featuring a reusable tote filled with Strings' swag, like LED light-up chopsticks, secret savings coupons, plus a chance to score additional prizes and gift cards up to $50 value. The Fukubukuro "Lucky Bags" are available at both Strings' Chinatown (2141 South Archer Avenue, Chicago) and Lakeview (919 West Belmont Avenue) locations, through February 28, or while supplies last.