Visit Avondale

Thriving creativity hangs in the air in Greater Avondale. The communities that make up Greater Avondale are full of history, ornate temples, charming homes, and of course, great eats.

Whether you’re looking to see the wonders of sacred architecture at St. Hyacinth Basilica or St. Wenceslaus Church, take in the lovely pillars and parkways nestled between the streets of the Villa District, embarking on a trip to Chicago’s Polish Village along Milwaukee Avenue, or looking to indulge in Salsa lessons at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, you’ll find lots to see and do.
But Greater Avondale’s greatest treasure are its wealth of eateries. With such a flourishing mix of cultures, you’ll find an abundance of exciting eateries such as Smoque, Kuma’s Corner, Chinese Friendship Restaurant, Los Dos Primos, Staropolska, DiVita’s and plenty more.

With so much going on, it’s little wonder we’ve been noticed by the RedEye, Slam Radio, Forgotten Chicago, WBEZ, and WCIU TV.

If you’re looking to travel the world just around the corner, take a tour and learn about the communities of Greater Avondale-

Avondale
Belmont Gardens
Bricktown and the “Avondale Triangle”
Chicago’s Polish Village
California Park
Irving Park and Old Irving
Kelvyn Park and Hermosa
Kilbourn Park and Merchant Park
Kosciuszko Park
The Villa

Guided tours of Greater Avondale and Chicago’s Polish Village are available upon request. Please contact Executive Director Dan Pogorzelski HERE <>

A number of local eateries and Chamber members have been featured on the Chicago Office of Tourism’s monthly “Ethnic Eating Tours” including The Red Apple, La Humita, Square Bar and Grill, Manee Thai, and Pasieka Bakery. The Greater Avondale Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to make the Greater Avondale Area a shopping, dining and entertainment destination on Chicago’s Northwest Side.
Click here for more of what to see, do and taste in the Greater Avondale area, and be sure to check out the City of Chicago’s Official Tourism website, www.choosechicago.org for more information.

Several local organizations offer tours of portions of the Greater Avondale area.
Every summer and fall, the Villa Improvement League offers guided walking tours that present the history, architecture and special features of this Chicago Landmark District.  Featuring area homes and gardens, the neighborhood’s distinctive parkway streets and stone planters, as well as a house interior.  The tours are conducted by Villa residents trained by Chicago Architecture Foundation docents.

In 2013, tours are being held on the following dates:


Saturday, June 29

Sunday, September 15

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, October 6



Tours begin at 2 p.m. at the northeast corner of Addison Street (3600 North) and Pulaski Road (4000 West) and last between 90 minutes and two hours.  Street parking is available but be aware of permit parking on Harding Avenue. 



Reservations are recommended.  Tours can be scheduled on other dates for groups of six or more.  Cost is $10, payable on the day of the tour.  For more information or to confirm attendance, contact us at tours@thevillachicago.com.