What you'll do
The Chicago Detours kind of neighborhood food tour means that beyond just eating, we are going to really learn about the various people that have called these communities home. Our cultural food tour starts with a visit inside a stunning Polish Catholic Church. Then we walk the formerly Polish neighborhood to encounter contrasts of old and new, like a former '30s hamburger joint or one of Chicago’s last newspaper stands. We sample home-style Polish food in a restaurant that feels like your grandmother's house. Then over chile relleno tacos, we consider Mexican immigration to Chicago. You'll also hear about writer Nelson Algren, the “bard of the down-and-outer” and former neighborhood resident. Versus other Chicago food tours where it can be quantity over quality, we have three food stops on our Wicker Park food tour. You'll eat a full meal that isn't excessive. We take the CTA train up to the Damen stop to stroll through the blooming park. You'll learn about the rapid gentrification of Wicker Park in the ’80s and ’90s. We'll also view massive 19th-century mansions, one even with its own cannon. We end with a gourmet donut and step into a strikingly beautiful drug store.
Elizabeth And Marie
Elizabeth and Marie are tour guides for Chicago Detours, a tour company for curious people. Chicago Detours has been sharing stories and places locals don't even know through guided tours of interior architecture, historic bars, and Chicago neighborhoods since 2010. Elizabeth is a very Midwestern girl – born and raised in Chicago. History and languages are her passion. She's a graduate of UIC and went on to complete graduate coursework in France. Elizabeth has been a tour guide with Chicago Detours for over 7 years. Marie has an M.A. in US History and moved to Chicago to pursue a PhD in Urban History at UIC. She has been sharing her love for the city's history and architecture as a Chicago Detours tour guide since 2017.
Tastings at top-rated establishments that comprise a full meal with donut dessert. Don't eat beforehand! Gratuities included.
One water and one horchata (rice milk) beverage are included.
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Where you'll be
This experience is about half indoors, half outdoors. At Holy Trinity Catholic Church we will get exclusive access to the church and contemporary version of "catacombs" below. We also visit two historic restaurants - one Mexican and one Polish, which are the two largest immigrant groups in Chicago. We'll hop on the El train to the "Six Corners" and ultimately end the tour inside the dramatic atrium of a former bank building, now drugstore.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 8 guests aged 12 and up can attend.
Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food
£39 / person
£39 / person