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Albany Park Restaurant Crawl Cuts Ticket Price in Half

By Patty Wetli | August 16, 2013 10:23am
 Sample cuisines from around the world Tuesday during a tasting tour of Albany Park.
Sample cuisines from around the world Tuesday during a tasting tour of Albany Park.
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ALBANY PARK — If you haven't purchased a ticket yet for "Bon Appetit," Albany Park's fourth annual restaurant crawl, procrastination has its rewards — the ticket price has been slashed in half.

For just $20 ($10 for kids), attendees can enjoy the multicultural tasting tour, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Guests will experience a sampling of cuisines from around the world: Filipino, Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, Persian, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and that universal favorite — chocolate.

New this year: A stilt walker will roam up and down Kedzie Avenue, students from Edison Regional Gifted Center will set up lemonade stands at various points along the walk, and members of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society will offer up bits of information about the neighborhood's past.

"We've really worked to make the event more family friendly, more like a festival," said Carla Agostinelli, director of the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce.

"Our hope is to get children and families more involved in the community."

The crawl includes Kedzie, Kimball and Foster avenues — dipping into North Park — with check-in at 4736 N. Kedzie Ave., where guests will receive a map and "passport" containing tickets for each venue. Free parking will be available at 5225 N. Kedzie, with a shuttle to transport guests to check-in.

Rumor has it, Agostinelli said, that certain restaurants have a habit of plying patrons with heaps of food.

"Be prepared for samples," she advised potential diners, "but if people give you more, lucky you."

Purchase tickets here; kids under age 5 eat free.