Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food for UChicago Alumni

Walk, eat and learn with your fellow UChicago Alumni.

Join fellow alumni on a visit to Wicker Park, a neighborhood that has been studied by sociologists around the world for its rapid transformation in the ’80s and ’90s. Prior to that time, the area was home to a humongous Polish population and decayed into a haven for criminals, drug addicts, and prostitutes. Today, it is often ranked in lists of “Coolest Neighborhoods” in America. 

This 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 Chicago Detours tour company has been bringing people to explore stories and places locals don't even know since 2010. Amanda started the company to offer unique tour experiences that integrate architecture, history and culture.

  If you have any questions regarding logistics of the event, e.g., where to meet, special assistance requests, parking, please contact the Amanda Scotese, AM'13 at Chicago Detours 312-350-1131.


To register over the phone call the event contact, Amanda Scotese, AM'13, at Chicago Detours 312-350-1131.

Event Information

Cost: $38.00/per person; Rate is special for the UChicago Alumni Club of Chicago.

Event limited to 14 spaces and tickets are non-refundable.
Not Included in tour price is a Ventra card for one ride on the CTA.


11:00AM - 1:30PM Fri 21 Jun 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Holy Trinity Polish Church
1118 N Noble St
Chicago, IL USA

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Event Contact
Amanda Scotese, AM'13