“A Gem Hidden In Chicago” Despite having grown up visiting Chicago frequently, I had no idea this quaint neighborhood existed. Diverse cuisine, wonderful sights and smells, and some insight to the history of Chicago’s “Little India” made for an amazing afternoon! I highly recommend this tour and I can’t wait to go back to explore more! — MaryCate27
“This tour was thoroughly enjoyable!” This tour was thoroughly enjoyable! The food was varied and delicious, and the guide was interesting and knowledgable. Even though I live only 3 miles away from this stretch of Devon avenue, in many ways I felt as if I was in a foreign land. I highly recommend this tour. –Johnskrb
“Enjoyed the Cultural Tour” What a great tour! I felt like I was in a foreign country. I was truly in another culture for a day.
It was quite an experience going into the Sikh temple because that is something I NEVER would have experienced otherwise. I obviously enjoyed tasting all the different foods- they were all very tasty & some were very spicy. I liked trying on a sari, wearing a bindi (jewel on forehead), & getting henna.
The tour guide spoke about the Indian culture, but didn’t go overboard with lecturing. You walk a little bit, but never more than a block or two, so don’t worry about the weather. — Maddie R
“Worth every penny!” My sister and I joined our guide with one other couple for a great day through Chicago’s “Indiatown”. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and has great passion for this area, it’s people and businesses. I highly recommend this tour if you have any interest in eating generous portions of delicious food, trying on traditional Indian clothing and getting henna tattoos, and learning about Indian religions and culture. –Cheeseheads
This is one of those rare experiences that actually deserves five stars. Devon Ave can be intimidating, but the tour’s value is in making this wonderful Chicago neighborhood accessible and exciting. Mohammad, the tour guide, public school history teacher and company owner, lived on Devon for more than a decade and grew up with the places he visits. His passion and generosity is great and it’s obvious he cares more about the community than the money you’ll pay.
It’s more than food too. It’s a cultural experience. Although, don’t eat before you go. The tour can be a bit long because of the meals so plan accordingly, but no minute is wasted. It’s worth a day to discover parts of the “real” Chicago. — John C.
Wow. I’ve been going to Devon Street for several years and thought I knew everything about…ok, somewhat. I joined a friend for the Spice of Life Tour and found that there was much more than I expected.
The group met at a Book/Media store that gives you the option to get an idea of Indian/Pakistan culture. The tour guide, Ali, gives a brief taste of some food and drinks. My friend received a Henna Tattoo, which was really cool.
The tour goes through a few restaurants to sample various foods. I love Indian food and not afraid to try something new. However, if you’ve never had it before it can be rather confusing on to try. Ali was very helpful on explaining what some of the foods were made of and how they were prepared. It’s an excellent chance to find out what you like, so when you go to any of the restaurant you’ll be able to order like you’ve been eating for a long time.
We also visited a temple, which I had walked by many times without realizing what it was. I’ve never been inside one. There are rule to follow! No shoes and hair must be covered. Unfortunately, the service had ended before we arrived.
Also on the tour, you’ll stop in a few clothing stores. Don’t expect to find blue jeans and tennis shoes. You’ll learn about traditional Indian/Pakistani clothing. One of the women on the tour was fitted in a Sari to demonstrate Indian fashion. The clothing for men and women is quite interesting.
Overall, I learned about odds and ends that I just never crossed my mind. If you want to learn/experience Devon Street, I would highly encourage you to join the tour.
Thanks Ali! –Ryan C.