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Big Shoulders Historic Food and Bus Tour
  • Connect the history of Chicago’s food and drink with the story of Bridgeport, a historically working class neighborhood. On this tour, guests explore the area’s history of industry and politics while enjoying beers, good company and local fare. Normally only offered to private groups, this one-off tour for the public gives a rare chance to have this special experience.

    The title for this tour comes from a Carl Sandburg poem. His phrase “big shoulders” has come to be a common reference to the city’s labor roots. Bridgeport is Chicago’s oldest neighborhood and borders an industrial district.

    In its earlier years, the Bridgeport neighborhood communities were Lithuanian, German, Polish, Czech and Irish. Chinese and Mexican immigrants have moved in recent decades. Most recently, hipsters have joined into the chronology.

    We go to three Chicago historic bars that are quintessential to Bridgeport history. One historic bar is actually a secret bar, and not open to the public. You’ll hear fascinating stories culled from the family lore of barkeepers. The foods on our food tour are used as elements of cultural history. Foods we try include an authentic Chinese bao, Lithuanian beer, a Polish cookie, and the “mother-in-law” sandwich–a South Side Chicago specialty.

    For this pub crawl tour, you will eat, drink and learn with a group of mostly fellow Chicagoans. A luxury coach whisks you from one experience to another on a luxury 37-passenger coach. We take a short walking tour for a more up-close look at the architecture of the neighborhood, including a look at homes and neighborhood corner buildings on the very old-timey Lituanica Street.

    The driving portion of our tour includes the Chicago Stock Yards Gate, the former “Bucket of Blood,” the White Sox Stadium, historic factories, art centers, street art murals and a quarry-turned-park.

Big Shoulders Historic Food and Bus Tour
  • Location: Chicago Detours
  • Address: Various Locations
  • May 12, 2018
  • Chicago Detours