Duration: 3.5 hours
Location: The Argyle and Andersonville neighborhoods on Chicago's far north side.
All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are nonrefundable. If you cannot make the tour, contact us 24 hours prior and we will make every effort to reschedule. Tours will operate rain or shine
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30am - 3:00pm
Small group tours of 12 or less
Adult beverage included (must be 21 or over)
Your guide will greet you inside of Nha Hang Viet Nam, 1032 W. Argyle Street, just 2 blocks east of the Argyle Red Line stop.
During our one and a quarter mile walk, we’ll make two stops at Vietnamese restaurants in the Argyle neighborhood, then take a short walk to Andersonville where we’ll pop into the Swedish American Museum, then eat Swedish carryout in an old time tavern. Next we stop for Middle Eastern food, before finishing with a short walk to a cozy pie shop.
The tour ends at 5357 N. Ashland Avenue, just shy of one mile from the starting point. Please consider the extra activity when determining if this tour is right for your group. Public transportation is available to return to the starting point.
Nha Hang Viet Nam
This is the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that your friends will thank you for finding. Simply the best Vietnamese food in Chicago.
Ba Le Sandwich Shop
Chicago's first and favorite banh mi shop has won many Michelin and Zagat awards.
Swedish American Museum
See relics from the 1893 Columbian Exposition, hear about a royal visit and take in Scandinavian crafts and designer goods.
Svea Restaurant and Simon's Tavern
We pick up takeout from a cute, but tiny, Swedish diner to enjoy in a friendly, 84-year old bar steeped in stories of neighborhood history.
Middle East Bakery & Grocery
This Andersonville staple has been serving up the freshest pita and hummus since 1981. Browse their great grocery selection as you taste.
First Slice Pie Cafe
This cozy non-profit eatery makes a sweet end to a fun adventure.
- Parking lot at 5017 N. Winthrop $6 available through ParkWhiz.com (recommended)
- Free side street parking is usually available on Winnemac, Carmen or Winona streets just west of Broadway Avenue. Allow 15 minutes to find street parking.
- Metered parking is free on Sunday. We do not recommended for Saturday due to time limits.
- Train: Red Line to Argyle stop
- First time Lyft users receive a $5 credit when using CHICAGOFOODWAYS in the referral code.
Parking is available at each tour’s starting location. After you purchase tickets, you’ll receive an email with parking recommendations.
We welcome children on our Chicago Foodways Tours, we do not recommend a tour for most. Keep in mind that there is a lot of standing involved and children may not be as interested in historical facts. The tasting samples are designed to give participants an authentic taste of the cuisine, ranging from basic to somewhat exotic. There will be no substitutions available for children’s taste. If your child has a true interest in cuisine and history, by all means, please bring him/her along. Note that the ticket price remains the same if the child will be taking part in tastings. Infants and children in strollers are welcome at no charge.
You will be asked upon booking for any food allergies or sensitivities. We take your comfort and safety seriously and will make every effort to meet your needs, or to alert you if we cannot. As we strive to provide an authentic cultural experience we do not recommend our tours for those on gluten free and vegan diets.
Yes, restrooms are available during the tour at most, if not all food-tasting locations. In addition, hand wipes and sanitizer are available to all guests at each tasting.
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. We provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately. Keep in mind for springtime and early summer tours, that it can be up to 20 degrees cooler near Lake Michigan where our Saigon to Stockholm tour is located.
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Mike S., Lake Tahoe, NV via TripAdvisor
"We've walked through these neighborhoods many times and yet learned so much from Phyllis about the history, cultures and other aspects of the Argyle Asian district and Andersonville. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in terrific food, diverse cultures and historical neighborhoods."