Saigon to Stockholm Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Location: The Argyle and Andersonville neighborhoods on Chicago's far north side.


$70

per person

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

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Give a Little PEACE, FOOD and UNDERSTANDING

Discover Argyle & Andersonville, two of Chicago's best neighborhoods, on one tour! Enjoy foods from Vietnam, the Middle East and Sweden.

  • Experience Asia on Argyle. Chicago's 'other' Chinatown is now home to the city's Southeast Asian community.
  • Get a hands-on lesson in making Vietnamese summer rolls.
  • Stumble on a forgotten silent film studio and hear why Hollywood's biggest star turned his back on Chicago.
  • Toast with the Vikings as you sip Swedish glögg in a haunted former speakeasy.
  • Celebrate Andersonville's Lebanese and Persian cultures with a guided Middle Eastern spice tasting.
  • Taste the apple pie that made Food & Wine's list of Best in America.
  • This lunchtime tour is close to Wrigley Field and makes a great activity before Cubs night games.

Saturdays and Sundays

11:30am - 2:30pm

Small group tours of 12 or less

Multicultural menu

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 for a spice tasting in a dazzling Middle Eastern market. Then we pop into the Swedish American Museum 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.

An great mix of cultures from authentic family businesses:

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

Find that perfect souvenir in the cutest little Swedish gift shop while you sample smögåsbord staples.

Middle East Bakery & Grocery

This Andersonville institution 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:
- Parking lot at 5017 N. Winthrop $6 for 12 hrs thru ParkWhiz or SpotHero (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: only recommended with ParkChicago app, due to time limits
CTA:
- Train: Red Line to Argyle stop
RIDESHARE:
- First time Lyft users receive a $5 credit when using CHICAGOFOODWAYS in the referral code.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Is there parking available?

Parking is available at each tour’s starting location. After you purchase tickets, you’ll receive an email with parking recommendations.

Are children allowed?

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.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

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.

Are restrooms available during the tour?

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.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

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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"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."

Mike S., Lake Tahoe, NV via TripAdvisor

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