Unlike other US cities which restricted their living situation, many early Chinese immigrants in Chicago chose to disperse themselves across the city to avoid being "targets of hostility."

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Further, Chinese immigration into Chicago was largely because of hostility toward the Chinese in the west:

With the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which had employed thousands of Chinese laborers, and growing legal discrimination and harassment in California, many Chinese migrated eastward in the 1870s to major cities like Chicago, New York, and Boston. Chinese settlers in Chicago attracted other migrants from the West Coast, and the population grew steadily, from 172 in 1880 to 1,179 in 1900 and 2,353 in 1920.