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Eat Your Way Through Albany Park's History During Taste & Tours Event

By Patty Wetli | October 17, 2017 9:10am
 Explore Albany Park through three experiences in one day, including walking and tasting tours Oct. 28.
Explore Albany Park through three experiences in one day, including walking and tasting tours Oct. 28.
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ALBANY PARK — Experience the history of Albany Park through taste, sight and touch during a unique day-long event planned for Oct. 28.

Organizers have arranged walking and food tours, as well as a bookbinding workshop, with people encouraged to take part in one, two or all three sessions.

Nighthawk Coffee Bar & Tavern will serve as the event's headquarters, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4744 N. Kimball Ave.

The schedule:

• A walking tour, led by Patti Swanson of Chicago for Chicagoans, will step off at 11 a.m. and wind its way through the neighborhood along the Chicago River, concluding at Marie's Pizza at 1 p.m., 4127 N. Lawrence Ave. The tour is free, though donations are suggested; an RSVP is required.

• Learn fun facts about Albany Park while creating a miniature history book during a family-friendly bookbinding workshop led by Regin Igloria of North Branch Projects, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Nighthawk. The workshop is free and participants can stop in at any point during the two-hour window.

• Various waves of immigrants have left their mark on Albany Park in ways that can still be tasted today. Chef Jairo Lopez of Tortuga's Latin Kitchen will serve as the guide of a tour through more than a half-dozen cuisines, with a sampling of signature dishes at each restaurant stop. The tour kicks off at 3 p.m. at El Siglo XX, 3622 W. Lawrence Ave., and winds up at 5:30 p.m. at Tortuga's, 3224 W. Lawrence Ave.

Tickets for the food tour are limited and cost $20. Note: No vegetarian options are available.

Click here for more information or to sign up for the walking or dining tour.