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Polish, Mexican, Yuppie History on a Food Tour

By Amanda on October 10, 2016


Our Old Polonia and Wicker Walking Tour with Food has been a great hit this summer. Unlike our mostly-indoor downtown walking tours, this food tour spends a good amount of time outside. Though our weekly summertime offering is done, you get one last chance to come join us on Sunday, October 30 at 11am.

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Exploring Outside Downtown

One of my goals when I started Chicago Detours was to get people out of downtown and into the neighborhoods. Alas, tourists from around the world and midwesterners coming into the city on day trips want to be downtown more than anywhere else. But now my six-year-old business has grown. We offer an awesome variety of walking tours to the public, including some that explore our Chicago neighborhoods.

New Tactics for a New Food Tour

Whenever I develop a new tour, I like to run it myself several times before training another guide to lead it. It allows me to see how people react to certain stories or ideas, and to experiment with slightly different routes.

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It was interesting to see the different reasons why tour guests were attracted to our tour. We had a few former Chicagoan ladies who were vacationing back home together, and chose to stay at an AirBnb in the neighborhood. A recent young transplant to Wicker Park brought her two parents. We got quite a few people with Polish blood looking to learn more about the experience of their ancestors. They also took advantage of the delicious pierogis we eat on the tour, too. 😉

When we offered this tour as an event for the University of Chicago Alumni Club and it sold out within days of being released.

See You On October 30th!

Late October in Chicago can still bring a heat wave! We hope you’ll take advantage of this special occasion. We love exploring the neighborhoods, as well as the people and history, of Noble Square and Wicker Park. Spots are limited, so sign up now!

— Amanda Scotese, Executive Director


Chicago Detours offers guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups. We are a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and are proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Google and TripAdvisor.


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