There's a section of Devon Avenue that's affectionately referred to as "Little India." It's a Desi-soaked stretch of restaurants, temples and independent boutiques that's miles away from downtown Chicago, but absolutely worth a visit. If you're without a henna tattoo or belly full of South Asian cuisine, Spice of Life Tours has a remedy for you. From tastings of authentic Indian food to the area's architectural marvels, our tour guide Ali showed us his Devon Avenue.
We came hungry for knowledge and, more importantly, Tandoori Masala. Thankfully, our tour guide led us through four restaurants, and each walk through was accompanied by a tasting. You won't have room for a single bite of Balushahi when this tour is over. The cuisine is delicious and our crew did a lot of eating. Spice of Life Tours does provide a vegetarian option, but reach out to Ali and his team to discuss dietary restrictions before your tour date.
The tour opens with the option of a complimentary henna tattoo, an intricate (and temporary) piece of body art. From there, we visited a Sikh Temple, down dog-ed our way through a traditional yoga demonstration and, of course, ate at a handful of delicious restaurants. Along the way, Ali discusses historic Devon Avenue, its various architectural marvels and the people that call the area home. It's a crash course in one of Chicago's most diverse neighborhoods, but the interactive experience (read: feasting) makes this tour an especially worthwhile adventure.
The Fine Print
The tour lasts 2.5 hours and tickets run $65 each. Attendees will also receive a "Mohammad Ali's Knockout! Guide to Devon Avenue." Tours are held rain or shine. For more information about ticket times and availability, click here.
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