OLD POLONIA AND WICKER PARK FOOD TOUR DETAILS
Chicago Detours was started by UChicago alum Amanda Scotese, AM ’13. She will be the guide. Our events with UChicago alumni almost always sell out. Group size is limited! We advise you to book ASAP if interested!
Wicker Park has been studied by sociologists around the world for its rapid transformation in the ’80s and ’90s. Wicker Park had been home to gang bangers, drug addicts and prostitutes. Instead today it is often ranked in lists of “Coolest Neighborhoods” in America. Now neighboring Ukrainian Village and Noble Square have been moving in the same direction, too.
Versus other Chicago food tours where it can be quantity over quality, we have three food stops on our Wicker Park food tour. The Chicago Detours kind of neighborhood food tour means that beyond just eating, we are going to really learn. To have a more meaningful connection with the places we visit, stories on this Wicker Park food tour range from the voyage of Polish immigrants to the “bard of the down-and-outer” of Nelson Algren, to the “Die Yuppie Scum” graffiti of the ’90s gentrification movement.
Our neighborhood walking food 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. Our walk around the Old Polonia neighborhood reveals clues to incredible contrasts of old and new, like a taqueria in a building from a 1930s hamburger joint or one of Chicago’s last newspaper stands. 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 going to visit your Polish grandmother.
The neighborhood tour group takes the CTA up to the Damen stop to stroll through the blooming park of Wicker Park (guests bring their own train cards). In this vibrant park we begin to see the Wicker Park neighborhood’s diverse mix of people, before wandering down “Beer Baron Row” to see massive 19th century mansions.
On this Wicker Park food tour, you’ll hear the history of the Turkish Baths, which often piques interest from riders on the CTA’s adjacent Blue Line. We’ll consume an example the neighborhood’s new, hip vibe with a gourmet doughnut from Stan’s Donuts. And our Chicago neighborhood tour concludes at a special spot at the massive gears of a bank vault, now the inside of a pharmacy.
We hope you’ll join us. You’ll get to meet the ever-interesting community of UChicago alumni! Book your tour now as our events with the University of Chicago Alumni Club have all sold out. If you can’t make it on this date, please consider our other UChicago Alumni Association tours we are offering:
- Bridgeport Boats, Arts, Monks and Lunch Walking Tour – UChicago Alumni – Sat. Sept. 29th at 10:15am and 2:00pm
If you can’t make it on this date, please consider our other UChicago Alumni Association tours we are offering this fall. Our events with UChicago alumni sell out quickly. This is limited to 14 guests. We advise you to book asap if interested! OR IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, WE OFFER THE TOUR REGULARLY TO THE PUBLIC. SEE PUBLIC TOUR SCHEDULE HERE.