Wicker Park may seem to some as ground zero for Chicago’s hipster movement, but long before gentrification set in, this area – especially around the Milwaukee, Ashland, Division intersection – was home to a large portion of Chicago’s Polish community. On Oct. 30, join Chicago Detours for a special walking tour of Old Polonia within Wicker Park and Noble Square, that starts inside the ornate Holy Trinity Polish Church before wandering around the neighborhood.
During the tour, you’ll indulge in cuisine that helped define the neighborhood’s different ethnic groups including Polish food at Podhalanka and tacos at La Pasadita. A quick jaunt on the blue line to the Damen stop will then lead you to the old “beer baron row” around Hoyne Avenue and Pierce Street to check out fabulously preserved 19th century mansions and a quick bite of modern Wicker Park: Stan’s Donuts. This is a great way to take in one of the country’s coolest neighborhoods while gaining insight into the area’s rich history.