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Old Polonia and Wicker Park History and Food Tour

Old Polonia and Wicker Park History and Food Tour
Walking & Biking Tours > Walking Tours > City Walk
$52
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Explore two of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods on this 2.5-hour food and walking tour. First, visit Noble Square: once known as “Old Polonia,” the neighborhood has a lively Polish heritage, and has also undergone rapid demographic and community changes in recent decades. See historic Polish landmarks and sample from the vendors on Noble Square’s “taco row” before venturing north to Wicker Park. Previously known for its crime and decay, the vibrant district is now one of the country’s trendiest neighborhoods. Peek inside local landmarks and chow down on neighborhood favorites while you learn about its unique history.

Learn about Chicago’s lively history by visiting two of its most fascinating neighborhoods — Noble Square and Wicker Park — on this friendly, 2.5-hour food and walking tour. Meet your guide in front of the historic Holy Trinity Polish Church and set out on a stroll. You'll learn all about the people, architecture, and dining culture that have made both neighborhoods destination-worthy.

First, visit the area of Noble Square that was previously known as “Polish Broadway.” Venture inside the Holy Trinity Polish Church, filled with paintings, gold leaf details, and sweeping arches. Then, set out around the neighborhood, where you’ll notice the juxtaposition between old and new everywhere you go, from taquerias inside former 1930s hamburger joints to old newspaper stands. Indulge in a delicious snack on Ashland Avenue’s “taco row” before sampling home-style Polish fare.

Next, hop on the L up to vibrant Wicker Park, which, in recent years, has gone from gangland to hipster paradise. Admire the mansions lining the 19th-century “Beer Baron Row,” visit a popular gourmet doughnut shop, and end your tour at a Walgreens Pharmacy with an unusual secret: namely, a gigantic bank vault hidden within.

Explore two of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods on this 2.5-hour food and walking tour. First, visit Noble Square: once known as “Old Polonia,” the neighborhood has a lively Polish heritage, and has also undergone rapid demographic and community changes in recent decades. See historic Polish landmarks and sample from the vendors on Noble Square’s “taco row” before venturing north to Wicker Park. Previously known for its crime and decay, the vibrant district is now one of the country’s trendiest neighborhoods. Peek inside local landmarks and chow down on neighborhood favorites while you learn about its unique history.