Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

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.

Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour 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

Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food Includes
* Expert guide commentary
* Special Gifts
* Tastings at top-rated establishments

What to Bring

Bring Ventra Card for CTA Fare

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I like wandering Chicago by foot, stopping to imagine what goes on inside unmarked buildings or where passersby are headed. I studied Chicago history, architectural history, and anything Chicago through my M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. My love for stories was enriched by my B.A. in Literature from the University of Michigan. My travel writing has appeared in print and online, including Rick Steves’ Italy best-selling travel guides, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Chicago Like a Local. Chicago is a world-class city and I love to show it off as a Chicago tour guide.

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