Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

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

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Duration: 2:30 - 3 hour(s)
Available: Wed and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Three (3) food tastings / Special Gifts
Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

Duration: 2:30 - 3 hour(s)
Available: Wed and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Three (3) food tastings / Special Gifts

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Schedule

Starting time: 11:00 - 14:00 (Show more)
  • 10:45

    Check-in at Holy Trinity Polish Church

  • Visit Polish Broadway

    Begin the tour at the former Polish Broadway with a visit to the Polish Catholic Church. Observe both the old and the new around the neighborhood like a taqueria in a former 1930s hamburger joint or one of Chicago's last newspaper stands.

  • Taste Delicious Ethnic Cuisine

    Savor home-style Polish food and taste a Mexican huitlacoche quesadilla with home-made tortillas in a local restaurant. Also learn about the voyage of Polish immigrants to the "bard of the down-and-outer" of Nelson Algren to the "Die Yuppie Scum" graffiti of gentrification.

  • Explore Wicker Park

    Explore the Wicker Park and the "Beer Baron Row" to see the massive 19th century mansions and then discover the history of the Turkish Baths. Afterwards, be sure sure to enjoy some gourmet doughnut from Stan's Donuts.

  • 13:30

    Check-out at Walgreen's Pharmacy

  • 14:00

    Check-in at Holy Trinity Polish Church

  • Visit Polish Broadway

    Begin the tour at the former Polish Broadway with a visit to the Polish Catholic Church. Observe both the old and the new around the neighborhood like a taqueria in a former 1930s hamburger joint or one of Chicago's last newspaper stands.

  • Taste Delicious Ethnic Cuisine

    Savor home-style Polish food and taste a Mexican huitlacoche quesadilla with home-made tortillas in a local restaurant. Also learn about the voyage of Polish immigrants to the "bard of the down-and-outer" of Nelson Algren to the "Die Yuppie Scum" graffiti of gentrification.

  • Explore Wicker Park

    Explore the Wicker Park and the "Beer Baron Row" to see the massive 19th century mansions and then discover the history of the Turkish Baths. Afterwards, be sure sure to enjoy some gourmet doughnut from Stan's Donuts.

  • 16:30

    Check-out at Walgreen's Pharmacy

  • (For Check-In) Holy Trinity Polish Church (Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 N Noble St, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 10:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Walgreen's Pharmacy (Walgreens, 1601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 13:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Holy Trinity Polish Church (Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 N Noble St, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 10:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Walgreen's Pharmacy (Walgreens, 1601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 13:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Holy Trinity Polish Church (Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 N Noble St, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 14:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Walgreen's Pharmacy (Walgreens, 1601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 16:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Holy Trinity Polish Church (Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 N Noble St, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 14:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Walgreen's Pharmacy (Walgreens, 1601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, United States) Time: 16:30:00

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

  • Guide

  • Three (3) food tastings

  • Special Gifts

Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • CTA train fare is not included. You must bring your own Ventra card for one train ride with the tour group.

  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Camera

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

  • Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Change Policy

Tour reservations can be changed up to 48 hours before the scheduled start time.

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