• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 52.00 View price calendar

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Explore the past and present of two Chicago neighborhoods on this guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. Visit Wicker Park, once infamous as a home for gang bangers, drug addicts and prostitutes, it’s now widely considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in America. Then walk through the West Town district of Noble Square, formerly known as ‘Old Polonia.’ Along the way, see many popular points of interest and enjoy food tastings at some of the area’s best eateries.

Highlights

  • Tour the Chicago neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Noble Square
  • Compare the past with the present in these ‘hip’ locales
  • Visit popular points of interest along the way
  • Enjoy food tastings at some of the area’s best restaurants

What You Can Expect

Old Polonia and Wicker Park History and Food Tour

Learn about both neighborhoods' fascinating history

This walking tour through two of Chicago’s ‘coolest’ neighborhoods begins at the former ‘Polish Broadway.’ Visit a Polish Catholic church and walk around the Noble Square neighborhood, once known as ‘Old Polonia.’ Also, take a walk through Wicker Park, observing the diversity among its residents as well as huge, 19th-century mansions.

Elsewhere, see the massive gears of a bank vault inside what is now a Walgreens Pharmacy; a Mexican restaurant that was once a 1930’s hamburger stand; and one of Chicago’s last newspaper stands.

Along the way, enjoy food tastings at top-rated establishments like Lovely: A Bake Shop, featuring fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches plus specialty coffee drinks; Podhalanka, an old-school neighborhood bar and restaurant serving homestyle Polish fare; and Stan's Donuts and Coffee, serving fresh donuts and gourmet coffee daily.

Customer Reviews

Laura O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing. It gave me such a great insight into the history of Chicago and the impact of immigration and gentrification over the years. I loved getting out into some neighbourhoods and a bit off the beaten track. Amanda was a great tour guide and the food was delicious!

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