Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food


49 USD

We will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and foods of these vibrant and changing neighborhoods of Noble Square and Wicker Park.

Duration: 2.5 hours
    Available in
  • English


  • Step inside a dazzling Catholic Church
  • Walk by Gilded Age Mansions on "Beer Baron Row"
  • Eat Polish Food Like Grandma Used to Make
  • See Writer Nelson Algren's home
  • Step Inside a Bank Vault, Now a Pharmacy

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On our walking tour of the Noble Square and Wicker Park neighborhoods, we will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and foods of these vibrant and very much changing communities. Studied by sociologists around the world for its rapid transformation in the '80s and '90s, the Wicker Park neighborhood had previously been home to gang bangers, drug addicts and prostitutes. Today it is often ranked in lists of "Coolest Neighborhoods" in America, and now neighboring Ukrainian Village and Noble Square are going the same direction, too.

The Chicago Detours kind of food tour means that beyond just eating, we are going to really learn. Over chile relleno tacos, we consider Mexican immigration to Chicago and Ashland Avenue’s “taco row.” We will sample home-style Polish food in a restaurant that feels just like going to visit your Polish grandmother. We’ll consider Wicker Park's new, hip vibe with a gourmet doughnut from Stan’s Donuts.

0.9-mile walking distance.

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What’s included & not included

  • Expert guide commentary
  • Special Gifts
  • Tastings at top-rated establishments
  • CTA train fare - you must bring your own Ventra card for one train ride

Meeting point

Holy Trinity Polish Church - 1118 N Noble St, Chicago, IL 60642

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49 USD
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

Tour operated by: Chicago Detours