Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

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What To Expect

Explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and food of the vibrant and changing neighborhoods of Noble Square and Wicker Park.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Chicago
Departs From:
Chicago
Meeting Point:
Holy Trinity Polish Church
Duration:
2 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
Product Code:
15154
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Description

Walking through the Noble Square and Wicker Park , you will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and food of these vibrant neighborhoods. Studied by sociologists around the world for its rapid transformation in the 80s and 90s, the Wicker Park neighborhood used to suffer from a bad reputation because of gang bangers, drug addicts and prostitutes, but nowadays it is considered as on of the "coolest neighborhoods" in America, and so is Noble Square.

Start at the former "Polish Broadway" with a visit inside a dazzling Polish Catholic Church, filled with paintings, gold leaf details and many other beautiful elements. See the incredible contrasts of old and new, like a taqueria in a building from a 1930s hamburger joint, or one of Chicago's last newspaper stands.

Enjoy a mexican huitlacoche quesadilla with home-made tortillas, and sample home-style Polish food in a typical restaurant. Beyond just eating, learn about he places you visit, 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.

Then, take the CTA up to the Damen stop to stroll through the blooming park of Wicker Park, before walking aroung "Beer Baron Row" to see massive 19th century mansions while hearing the history of the Turkish Baths. Enjoy the new school vibe of the hip neighborhood with a gourmet doughnut from Stan's Donuts. Your tour ends by the massive gears of a bank vault, now a Walgreen's Pharmacy.

Highlights:

  • 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

Includes

  • Expert guide commentary

  • Tastings at top-rated establishments

  • Special Gifts

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks

  • CTA train fare - You must bring your own Ventra card for one train ride with the tour group.

Please Note

  • This tour takes approximately 2 hour and 30 minutes. Walking distance is approximately 0.9 mile (1.4 kilometers).

  • This tour runs even during rainy days.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% cancellation fee. Non-refundable.

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