Saigon to Stockholm Food Tour

Taste and Explore Chicago's Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Swedish Enclaves

Discover Argyle & Andersonville, two of Chicago's most eclectic neighborhoods, on one tour! Enjoy foods from Vietnam, the Middle East and Sweden.

Location

Chicago - Northside

Description

WE ARE OPEN! Our Saigon to Stockholm Food Tour began running again with Covid protocols in September. Join us!

Discover Argyle & Andersonville, two of Chicago's best neighborhoods, on one tour! Enjoy foods from Vietnam, the Middle East and Sweden.

  • Experience Asia on Argyle. Chicago's 'other' Chinatown is now home to the city's Southeast Asian community.
  • Taste different aspects of Vietnamese cuisine as it changed through colonization.
  • Time-travel through a century's worth of immigrant stories at The Roots of Argyle mural.
  • Discover a forgotten silent film studio and hear why Hollywood's biggest star turned his back on Chicago.
  • Explore the spice routes of the Middle East with a guided spice tasting.
  • Celebrate the vibrant, welcoming culture the Swedes brought to Andersonville.
  • Find that perfect treasure or souvenir as you pass through the "Shop Local Capital of Chicago."
  • Taste the apple pie that made Food & Wine's list of Best in America.

 

What You'll Experience:

An great mix of cultures from authentic family businesses:

 

Nha Hang Viet Nam

This is the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that your friends will thank you for finding. Simply the best Vietnamese food in Chicago.

 

Ba Le Sandwich Shop

Chicago's first and favorite banh mi shop has won many Michelin and Zagat awards.

 

T'oui Macaron

Enter a wonderland of French inflected pastries and sample the goods.

 

Swedish American Museum

Find that perfect souvenir in the cutest Swedish gift shop while you sample smörgåsbord staples.

 

Middle East Bakery & Grocery

This Andersonville institution has been serving up the freshest pita and hummus since 1981. Browse their great grocery selection as you taste.

 

First Slice Pie Cafe

This cozy non-profit eatery makes a sweet end to a fun adventure.

What to Expect:

WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR SAFETY:

  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask at all times except when eating.
  • Guests who signed up separately will be kept 6 feet apart, as will the tour guide.
  • Individual portions will be served and guests will be given their own kits with forks, gloves, napkins and some tasting items to eliminate contact during the tour. 
  • Plenty of hand sanitizer will be available.
  • All mask removal for eating will be down outside only. 

Your guide will greet you in front of Nha Hang Viet Nam, 1032 W. Argyle Street, just 2 blocks east of the Argyle Red Line stop.

During our one and a quarter mile walk, we’ll make two stops at Vietnamese restaurants in the Argyle neighborhood, then take a short walk to Andersonville for a spice tasting in a dazzling Middle Eastern market. Then we pop into the Swedish American Museum before finishing with a short walk to a cozy pie shop.

The tour ends at 5357 N. Ashland Avenue, just shy of one mile from the starting point.  Please consider the extra activity when determining if this tour is right for your group.  Public transportation is available to return to the starting point.

Parking & Transportation:

PARKING:
- Parking lot at 5017 N. Winthrop $6 for 12 hrs thru ParkWhiz or SpotHero (recommended)
- Free side street parking is usually available on Winnemac, Carmen or Winona streets just west of Broadway Avenue. Allow 15 minutes to find street parking.
- Metered parking: only recommended with ParkChicago app, due to time limits
CTA:
- Train: Red Line to Argyle stop
RIDESHARE:
- First time Lyft users receive a $5 credit when using CHICAGOFOODWAYS in the referral code.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there parking available?

Parking is available at each tour’s starting location. After you purchase tickets, you’ll receive an email with parking recommendations.

Are children allowed?

We welcome children on our Chicago Foodways Tours, we do not recommend a tour for most.  Keep in mind that there is a lot of standing involved and children may not be  as interested in historical facts.  The tasting samples are designed to give participants an authentic taste of the cuisine, ranging from basic to somewhat exotic.  There will be no substitutions available for children’s taste.  If your child has a true interest in cuisine and history, by all means, please bring him/her along.  Note that the ticket price remains the same if the child will be taking part in tastings. Infants and children in strollers are welcome at no charge.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

You will be asked upon booking for any food allergies or sensitivities.  We take your comfort and safety seriously and will make every effort to meet your needs, or to alert you if we cannot.  As we strive to provide an authentic cultural experience we do not recommend our tours for those on gluten free and vegan diets, however we can accommodate upon request.

Are restrooms available during the tour?

Due to restaurant COVID restrictions, restroom access is now limited on tour. We strongly encourage you to use a restroom before you arrive, or to avoid having large drinks before the tour. There will be opportunities midway through the tour to use restrooms. We apologize for any inconvenience. Want to do our best to keep you and our restaurant partners safe.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are held rain, shine, or snow.  We  provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise guests to check the weather conditions for your event day and dress appropriately.  Keep in mind for springtime and early summer tours, that it can be up to 20 degrees cooler near Lake Michigan where our Saigon to Stockholm tour is located.

Diet Preferences