Old Polonia & Wicker Park Walking and Food Tour
We will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and foods of the vibrant and changing neighborhoods of Noble Square and Wicker Park.
What You Will Do
The walking tour starts at the former “Polish Broadway” with a visit inside a stunning Polish Catholic Church, filled with paintings, gold leaf details, and sweeping arches. You'll walk around the Old Polonia neighborhood and discover incredible contrasts of old and new. Over Mexican chile rellenos, we consider Mexican immigration to Chicago and Ashland Avenue’s “taco row.” Then we sample home-style Polish food in a restaurant that feels just like visiting your Polish grandmother.
We take the CTA Blue Line up to the Damen stop to stroll through the blooming greenery of Wicker Park. Here we begin to see the neighborhood's mix of people, before wandering down "Beer Baron Row" to see massive 19th century mansions. You'll hear the history of the Turkish Baths and consume an example the neighborhood's new, hip vibe with a gourmet doughnut. Your tour concludes at a special spot at the massive gears of a bank vault, now the inside of a pharmacy. Come hungry!
- Expert guide commentary
- Special Gifts
- Tastings at top-rated establishments: La Pasadita, Podhalanka, Stan's Donuts
Please meet 15 minutes before tour start time at the Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 N. Noble St.
*YOU MUST BRING VENTRA CARD FOR CTA FARE
- We recommend taking the CTA Blue Line to Division, the church is an 8-minute walk from there. If driving, you may park at the church, but please be aware that you must have pre-purchased a CTA pass for our train ride.
All sales are final, but tours can be rescheduled with at least 48 hours notice