Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food


52 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


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. To have a more meaningful connection with the places we visit, stories on this walking tour range from the voyage of Polish immigrants to the "bard of the down-and-outer" of Nelson Algren, to the "Die Yuppie Scum" graffiti of gentrification.

* Meet 15 minutes before tour start at Holy Trinity Church at 1118 N. Noble St. Tour ends at Walgreen’s, 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
* 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

From 52 USD per person

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Tour operated by: Chicago Detours