The Foods of Albany Park | Newberry

The Foods of Albany Park

Led by Jean Iversen. Two sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturdays, September 28 - October 5

1 - 3 pm

This seminar has been canceled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $110
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $121

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

** This seminar has been canceled. **

Seminar Description

This walking tour will introduce you to the history and foods of Albany Park’s Kedzie Retail District, known for its Middle Eastern restaurants, bakeries, and groceries. You will spend the first session at the Newberry, learning more about the history of this culturally rich neighborhood. The second session will consist of a walking culinary tour of the Kedzie Retail District and will stop at 4-5 venues, allowing participants the opportunity to sample the area’s signature fare, from falafel to baklava to charcoal-grilled kabobs. The walking tour will cover approximately 1 mile, starting near the Kedzie stop on the CTA Brown Line.

Two sessions. E - $110, L - $121

Jean Iversen is a Chicago-based writer and editor. Her most recent book, Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods, was published in 2018 by Northwestern University Press. She is also the author of three editions of BYOB Chicago.

Materials List


  • Jean Iversen, Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods. Northwestern University Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-0810136717

First Reading:

For the first class please read:

  • Chapter Eight: “Noon O Kabab: King of Kedzie”, in Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods.
  • Timothy B. Neary, “Albany Park”, In The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. (Chicago: Chicago Historical Society). Available at:

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.