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Little Italy

Taylor Street's "Little Italy", once home to almost all of Chicago's Calabrese and Sicilian immigrants, is now Chicago's "cucina Italiana" (Italian Kitchen). Revitalized and still in possession of its major landmarks, "Little Italy" remains a classic Chicago original.

Narrow streets with beautiful musical names like Lena Valentino Avenue and Angela DeVito Avenue mark the location of historic family businesses such as the Scafuri Bakery, Pompeii, Tufano's Vernon Park Inn, Gennaro's and Mario's Italian Lemonade. A statue of Joe DiMaggio occupies its own piazza as does a giant size sculpture of Christopher Columbus in nearby Arrigo Park. Our Lady of Pompeii Church, built to serve incoming hundreds of Southern Italians, is still a community center of good will and worship. Our Lady of Notre Dame Church, originally founded by a French-Canadian order, has baptized and educated hundreds of children whose primary language was Italian. As a modern day statement of pride, the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame brings in visitors from all over the U.S. Let there be no doubt that Italian pride is alive and well In Little Italy. Just ask any passerby and you will get a strong opinion.

Before the end of your walk, do not fail to ask your guide to stop for a cappuccino and a biscotti. "Little Italy" is a neighborhood that asks you to "mangia tutti cosi"…eat everything… and love life.

Schedule All Year
Time Call or email for available times
Meet Your Loop area hotel or inside the Randolph Street lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center at the corner of Michigan and Randolph.
Cost
accessibile tour
$35 per person. No Credit Cards.
Includes elevated train fare.
Children under 16 Half Price.



 
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