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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"Pedway virtual tour"
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Reviewed April 09, 2020 NEW
Amanda presented a super introduction to the Pedway via a virtual tour during COVID19 stay-at-home time. She was informative and fun and provided downloads to a Great map and tips. I’ll definitely check out the Pedway the next time in Chicago.
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"Ghost tour"
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Reviewed March 16, 2020 NEW
I have lived in Chicago my entire life and still learn things on these tours. Cheap and interesting for tourists or residents.
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"Holidays were made brighter"
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Reviewed December 22, 2019
Would highly recommend the Holiday Tour of Drinks, Daley’s and Dead Guys. 2.5 hour walking tour of some of the most famous spots in Chicago. Started out at Miller’s Pub and ended at the Chriskindlmarket. Our tour guide Marie was AMAZING!! Friendly, knowledgeable and fun facts at each stop that most people don’t know. Drink stops at Miller’s Pub and The Walnut Room. If your looking for a fun afternoon check them out you won’t be disappointed.
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"Great tours of lobbies"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019
We're seven college roommates who love visiting Chicago and wanted to add something new for this visit and since the weather was very wintery a tour of building lobbies was perfect. Our guide, Marie, was enthusiastic, knowledgable, fun and flexible! We will definitely take other tours on future visits! Thanks, Marie!!
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Melbourne, Australia
"Informative and interactive "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019
We did the ‘loop interior architecture walking tour’ and our guide Alex was welcoming and knew his stuff! Always happy to answer any questions and a good sense of humour. If you’re looking for a not-so-main-stream experience this is it! Small groups and this particular tour is mostly indoors (parts of Ped-way included) so great for cold or snowy days in Chicago. Thank you Alex for a professional and friendly tour.
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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.