Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food in Chicago, IL

Chicago DetoursHoly Trinity Polish ChurchChicago, IL 60642
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Enjoy delectable food and drink while learning about the culture, history, and stories of Wicker Park and “Old Polonia” neighborhood. Guests dine on a variety of foods, from home-style Polish food to gourmet doughnuts. Throughout the tour, guests will discover the deep history of the area and why many are flocking to this section of Chicago. Food and a little history pair nicely on this tour!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Tour duration approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Enjoy food samples as well as an educational guide.
  • Get the inside scoop on Chicago architecture and history!


from Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food
We will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and foods of these vibrant and changing neighborhoods of Noble Square and Wicker Park.

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. Over chile relleno tacos, we consider Mexican immigration to Chicago and Ashland Avenue’s “taco row.” We will sample home-style Polish food in a restaurant that feels just like going to visit your Polish grandmother. We’ll consider Wicker Park's new, hip vibe with a gourmet doughnut from Stan’s Donuts. Along the way, we'll explore the impact of neighborhood changes as seen through architecture, from stepping into a stunning Polish cathedral to concluding inside a bank vault that is now a pharmacy.

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
• Step Inside a Bank Vault, Now a Pharmacy

Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour Stories and Ideas:
* Polish and Mexican immigration to Chicago
* The gritty history of the ‘60s and ‘70s
* Gentrification of Wicker Park in the '90s
* Current changes in Chicago neighborhoods

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

Wicker Park Walking Tour Does Not Include:
• CTA train fare - you must bring your own Ventra card for one train ride

We meet 15 minutes before the tour starts at Holy Trinity Polish Church at 1118 N. Noble St. Tour ends at Walgreen’s, 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Terry P
Los Angeles, California
"Excellent tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2019 NEW
We wanted to familiarize ourselves with Chicago on our first day in the city so we selected Detours for a visit to local architecture in the Downtown area and we were glad we did. The tour was great. Brian, our guide, was a local architect who did a great job introducing us to several of the key downtown buildings. We also visited an old Methodist church and learned about the Pedway system. We highly recommend this tour.
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Ash T
"Fun, interactive and super educational tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 31, 2019
My husband and I live in Chicago but like to go on tours occasionally to learn fun new facts about our city. We ended up going on the 1893 World's Fair tour, with Elizabeth as our tour guide, and had a blast! Our tour guide led us to various different historic buildings (and bars) throughout downtown Chicago and had visual and audio aides ready the entire time. It honestly felt like witnessing a History Channel documentary come to life! She also had interactive games for us to play which made engaging with the history really fun. I'm astonished at the number of things I learned over the course of a few hours and can't wait to go on another tour of theirs! I can't recommend this company (or this specific tour) enough!
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Valerie M
Chicago, Illinois, USA
"These people really know what they are doing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019
This was a fun, interactive, and interesting way to check out the Fulton Market neighborhood in Chicago. I had actually lived in this area for about a decade, and was impressed by how much they had really dug into the local culture, history, and people. There were so many things I didn't know! Our tour guide Alex was terrific and the food choices were fabulous (although not necessarily the fancy stuff that you might expect from that neighborhood).
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Leslie W
Chicago, Illinois
"Monadnack Building Plus"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 06, 2019
We took a short walking tour of the historic preservation of the Monadnock Building with a most knowledgeable guide. We learned the difference between renovation and restoration, the fascinating history of the building itself, and observed first-hand the details which render this building to have a legitimate feel of the 90s...that would be 1890s. As someone who has walked by the building often, it was a wonderful revelation. The contrast between this restored building and the renovated Fisher building across the street was very clear. The building is truly a Chicago treasure.
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Ann W
Bella Vista, Arkansas
"Super Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2019
Had a super tour with Alex. He provided a great amount of information. Learned some interesting facts about the sights and history of the buildings we toured or passed by. Alex used a couple of quiz formats as vehicles to share historical and current facts; when relating info, he spoke quickly but clearly to and appropriately loud for our group size; he allowed time for group members to take photos. We experienced the pedway; have you even heard of it?! The tour was a fun way to explore some sights we might have otherwise missed. See the tour info for specifics.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

How long is the tour?
This tour has a length of 2.5 hours and a length of .9 mile. Please be prepared to walk or stand for this tour duration, though most tours have moments to sit.

Is food or drink provided?
There will be availability to purchase drinks on the tour, whether soda, water, wine or beer. It’s not included in the cost of the ticket.

Will I have to climb any stairs during the tour?
Yes, most tours have stairs involved. Sometimes there is an elevator available but not in every case. Please call ahead with mobility concerns.

Are kids welcome?
Adults generally have more fun on the tour, but children are welcome! Strollers are welcome on tours, even though there are stairs on some tours.

Are recording or audio devices allowed/provided?
No recording or audio devices on the tour.

Where does the tour start and end?
Tour starts in front of Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 N Noble St. and ends inside Walgreen’s, 1601 N Milwaukee Ave. For parking, you can leave your car for the duration of the tour or the entire afternoon at Holy Trinity Church parking lot by entering from Noble Street. Your tour guide will have a form for you to fill out and leave on your dashboard.

Are tours provided in multiple languages?
All tours are in English.

Will my walking tour be canceled for bad weather?
Rain or shine our walking tours go on! No refunds. In the case of serious or threatening conditions, we’ll call you.