Tastes & Tours of Albany Park 2018 @ Nighthawk Chicago, Chicago [from 28 to 29 April]

Tastes & Tours of Albany Park 2018

28 - 29
10:00 - 15:00

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Nighthawk Chicago
4744 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625
North River Commission and the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce are pleased to partner with Albany Park Dines (a project of Albany Park Neighbors), Chicago for Chicagoans, North Branch Projects and Bikes N' Roses for organized tours and activities highlighting our great community of Albany Park over the weekend of April 28-29.

Visit Albany Park and discover its rich history through walking history and architecture tours, walking food tours, arts activities, and a community bike ride, all led by various community partners. We encourage you to attend as many portions of the event as possible; below is the weekend schedule and details on all event sessions from walking tours, book binding, and a bike ride.

Visit our official event page for RSVPs/tickets!

Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, April 28
All day: Locally roasted coffee by brü coffeeworks will be sold at event headquarters, Nighthawk Chicago
10am-12pm: Bookbinding activity with North Branch Projects (free)
11am-1pm: Jewish history walking tour with Chicago for Chicagoans
2:30pm-5:30pm: Food tour and tastings at 7 local businesses

Sunday, April 29
All day: Locally roasted coffee by Bru Coffeeworks will be sold at event headquarters, Nighthawk
10am-12pm: Bookbinding activity with North Branch Projects (free)
11am-1pm: Albany Park history walking tour with Chicago for Chicagoans
11am-1pm: West Albany Park history walking tour in Spanish with Chicago for Chicagoans' special guest
1pm-3pm: «Bikes and Books» bookbinding activity with North Branch Projects at Bikes N Roses (free)
2:30pm-3pm: Optional group bike ride from Bikes N Roses to North Park Village
3pm-4:30pm: Walking tour of North Park Village; optional dinner/drinks after

Visit our official event page for RSVPs/tickets!


Whether you are partaking in just one or many sessions of the event, drop into Nighthawk Coffee Bar & Tavern for a coffee, latte, pastry, beer, or cocktail — your one-stop-shop to fuel up for a fun day in Albany Park! Event volunteers will be available for questions and directions. Be sure to stop in for bookbinding sessions and for this-weekend-only specially roasted coffee by local roaster, Bru Coffeeworks.

Nighthawk is located just across from the Kimball brown line station at 4744 N. Kimball Ave at the intersections of Kimball and Lawrence.


Grab a hyper-local cup of joe, made especially for this weekend event by local roaster, Bru Coffeeworks. Located at 3005 W. Lawrence, Bru is a single origin coffee roaster in Albany Park. Both cups and bags of this «Albany Park» coffee roast will be available for purchase at Nighthawk.


At Nighthawk Coffee Bar & Tavern, grab a seat with Regin Igloria of North Branch Projects for a free, all ages, family-friendly foldable bookbinding workshop. Learn fun facts about the Albany Park community during this hands-on activity and leave with your own miniture history book. Whether you are resting your feet between tours or just coming in for the bookbinding, come when you can and stay as long as you like. Donations kindly accepted.

(1/2) Bookbinding 101

Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 from 10am — 12pm
Location: Nighthawk Coffee Bar & Tavern

Before your walking tour(s) or as you grab a cup of Albany Park coffee roasted by Bru Coffeeworks, at Nighthawk, workshop participants will learn how to make various single-sheet folds and pamphlets, and have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing Neighborhood Archive, a collection of interactive books. Guests will come away with a small collection of simple book forms that represent unique aspects of Albany Park.

(2/2) Bookbinding & Bikes Activity

Sunday, April 29 from 1pm — 3pm
Location: Bikes N Roses (4747 N. Sawyer Ave)

Guests will learn basic bookbinding techniques for various zines (single-sheet folds) and pamphlets, and walk away with a small collection of Albany Park history, including a map and historical facts about the neighborhood in simple book forms. Learn about these organizations' community efforts and how bikes and books go together as we host this activity at Bikes N Roses. This activity is great for all ages!

Grab your bike and meet us outside Bikes N Roses at 2:30pm on Sunday for those interested in our North Park Village tour.

(1/4) L'dor Vador: The Jewish History of Albany Park

Saturday, April 28 from 11am — 1pm
Start: Kimball Brown Line; End: Steingold's Station

From the early 1920s to the late 1970s, Albany Park was the center of the Northside Jewish population. Home to huge synagogues, multiple after-school youth centers, a Chicago library branch stocked with books on Jewish life and culture, and countless Jewish-owned delis and businesses, the Albany Park community was a bustling and vibrant example of American Jewry pre-urban flight. Albany Park historian Patti Swanson of Chicago for Chicagoans joins fourth-generation city resident and longtime collaborator Samantha Prestigiacomo for a tour that traces the history of the neighborhood and its residents, with a special focus on the Jewish roots that have faded into the neighborhood’s modern tapestry. Beginning at the Kimball Brown Line station, the tour will end at Steingold's Station, where participants are encouraged to enjoy Jewish deli fare with the group!

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy a meal with the group after the tour. As always, Chicago for Chicagoans has a suggested, but optional, donation of $10-20 per person. Advanced RSVPs are required.

(2/4) From Beavers to Brickyards: Exploring the Chicago River in Albany Park

Sunday, April 29 from 11am — 1:30pm
Start: Francisco Brown Line; End: Marie's Pizza & Liquors

Join Chicago for Chicagoans on April 29th for a one-of-a-kind Albany Park tour, exploring the history of the Chicago River and the way it has impacted the growth, identity, and shape of our community. From the earliest days of Native Americans and European explorers capturing beavers along the banks, to the impact of the industrial revolution's settlement, sewers, and brickyards, to the modern-day revival of this captivating natural resource, you'll discover how the history of the North Branch is inextricably intertwined with the history of our picturesque neighborhood. Beginning at the Francisco Brown Line station, the tour will wind through Albany Park along the path of the Chicago River's North Branch, ending at Marie's Pizza and Liquors (4127-29 W Lawrence Ave).

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy a meal with the group after the tour. As always, Chicago for Chicagoans has a suggested, but optional, donation of $10-20 per person. Advanced RSVPs are required.

(3/4) West Albany Park Walking Tour — CONDUCTED IN SPANISH

Sunday, April 29 from 11am — 1:30pm
Start: Kimball Brown Line; End: Marie’s Pizza & Liquors

Chicago for Chicagoans is excited to present their first Spanish-language tour, led by Elizabeth Nieto and Audrey Marquez! ​Beginning at the Kimball Brown Line station, we'll explore the western half of Albany Park — one of the city's most brilliantly diverse neighborhoods. Discover quaint rows of bungalows and iconic Clarence Hatzfeld-designed fieldhouses as we tell the history of the area's many immigrants, notorious theatres, horse racetracks, and 198 acres of parks. The tour will end at Marie's Pizza and Liquors (4127-29 W Lawrence Ave), where participants are encouraged to enjoy a meal with the group.

As always, Chicago for Chicagoans has a suggested, but optional, donation of $10-20 per person. Advanced RSVPs are required.
Chicago for Chicagoans esta feliz de presentar el primer tour en español con Elizabeth Nieto y Audrey Marquez!

El tour empezará en la parada Kimball de la linea cafe y continuará a el lado oeste de Albany Park-- el lado más multicultural y diverso. En esta área descubriremos las casas típicas de Chicago las Bungalow, las casas de campo icónicas que han sido diseñadas por el arquitecto Clarence Hatzfelt, y también la historia de los inmigrantes del área, teatros notables, hipódromos y 198 acres de parques. El tour terminara en Marie’s Pizza and Liquors (4127-29 W Lawrence Ave), donde los invitamos a los participantes para almorzar con el grupo.

Chicago for Chicagoans es una organización sin fines de lucro donde se “paga-lo-que-se-pueda”. Un tip de $10-20 por cada participante es sugerido y apreciado. Si no, una revisión en yelp o post en Facebook, y simplemente promocionando nos es invaluable.

(4/4) North Park Village: Uncover the History of this Hidden Gem

Sunday, April 29 from 3pm — 4:30pm
Start: NPV’s Peterson Park Gymnastics Center (5801 N. Pulaski); End: on campus

On the far north side of the city in the North Park community, which is just north of Albany Park, sits the 160 acre campus of North Park Village, bounded by the streets of Peterson, Pulaski, Central Park, and Bryn Mawr. It’s unique history began in 1915 as the former home of the city’s first public Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium where many Chicagoans were treated and provided long-term care. Nowadays, while several buildings remain including the historical Sanitarium, the campus is now home to 600 units of senior housing, city offices, a gymnastics center, and the North Park Village Nature Center. Led by North River Commission board member, Joel Bookman, join us for a walking tour as we cover the grounds of North Park Village and end with an optional dinner or drinks at the on-campus restaurant, Community Cafe or drinks at nearby Alarmist Brewing.

For those interested in reaching North Park Village by bike, North River Commission staff will lead a group bike ride to the campus. Cyclists should meet outside Bikes N Roses at 2:30pm. Please note the tour at NPV will be conducted on foot so bring your bike lock!


Saturday, April 28 from 2:30pm — 5:30pm
Start: Indo-Pak; End: Tortuga’s Latin Kitchen

It is easy to see the impact history has on architecture within Chicago, but you can taste the history in the many local cuisines of Albany Park. Past residents and immigrants have shaped both the demographic and food landscape, especially in this highly diverse neighborhood. Join us on a food quest to taste signature bites at local Albany Park restaurants, and speak with the owners or chefs to discover the full history of their business and their business’s cuisine. This tour is curated by Albany Park Neighbors' project called Albany Park Dines, and lead by local chef, Jairo Lopez, of Tortuga's Latin Kitchen. Food samples will be of a signature item in small portions — be prepared to be full however! Stops include:

Indo-Pak Grill — 3922 W. Lawrence (Indian and Pakistani)
El Siglo Xx — 3622 W. Lawrence (Colombian)
Nighthawk Chicago — 4744 N. Kimball (coffee break!)
Kabobi: Persian and Mediterranean Grill — 4748 N. Kedzie (Persian)
Pupuseria & Restaurant El Cuscatleco — 3125 W. Lawrence (Salvadoran)
El Jibarito Picosito — 3216 W. Lawrence (Puerto Rican)
Tortuga's Latin Kitchen — 3224 W. Lawrence (Guatemalan)

Please note: no vegetarian options. Very limited tickets available. Tickets are $25 per person. The food tour will be photographed by the official event photographer, Grace Pisula of Sweat Local!

We hope you enjoy learning and exploring more about Albany Park on Saturday or Sunday, April 28-29, 2018!

— Visit our official event page for RSVPs/tickets!
— Learn more about all the community partners:

North River Commission is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in our community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses.

Chicago for Chicagoans is a community-focused, «pay-what-you-can» nonprofit organization. A suggested tip of $10-20 per person for the tour is appreciated, but reviewing us on Yelp, liking us on Facebook, spreading the word, and attending future tours tells us how much you love us too. Advanced RSVPs are required.

Albany Park Neighbors strives to bring together residents with businesses, officials, and relevant agencies and develop practical, positive, and productive ways to improve our area for all who live, play, learn, and do business here.

North Branch Projects uses the book arts to expand the creative reach of individuals. Our aim is to encourage dialogue between people in an inclusive setting, making it possible for ideas to have a positive impact in society. Our studio community fosters an open approach to sharing work with new audiences and encourages collaboration and integration.

Bikes N' Roses is a youth-led non-profit organization in Albany Park and Belmont Cragin that is working to create a happier, healthier community by promoting the use of bicycles instead of cars. We believe biking is good for your health, your wallet, the environment, and that biking can be a primary means of transportation. Bikes and Roses is dedicated to teaching people how biking can benefit them and the communities of Chicago.
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