Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour – Westside Foodie Ride
Hop on two wheels and discover a whole new side of Chicago dining! Taste your way through diverse neighborhoods as we explore Chicago’s immigrant history through food. Enjoy the local eateries and unique foods that make Chicago such an amazing and delicious place to live. All Food and Beverage samples included in ticket price.
On this popular Chicago food tour, you will embark upon an exciting bicycle adventure through our vibrant West Side neighborhoods. Inspired by some of the Windy City’s most prominent immigrant communities and original recipes, this tour showcases a fresh perspective of our diverse town. Bypass the wait at some of the city’s most popular restaurants and focus on enjoying amazing food and beverages! Mexican tlayudas, craft beer, Polish pierogi, gourmet barbeque sandwiches, Swedish liqueur, and rich gourmet chocolate flavor this thirteen mile ride with authentic Chicago style. Our enthusiastic tour guides will lead you through an unforgettable afternoon of history and cuisine, sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
The journey begins at the Bobby’s Bike Hike headquarters, where you’ll meet your fun-loving and safety-conscious tour guide.
From there, you’ll bike up to a beautiful view of The Chicago River, a critical component of the city’s growth and development. You’ll ride through our famous lower streets like they do in The Dark Knight films, and then roll by the upscale eateries and nightclubs of River North.
The first stop on the tour is the Fulton Market district, formerly home to meat packing and produce distribution companies. The area is now heavily sought-after real estate for tech giants, young startups, and trendy new restaurants.
Here you’ll feast on shareable Mexican tlayudas (hubcap-sized tostadas) served with award-winning Mexican craft beer. The brews vary with season, but always deliver on creativity and nuanced flavor.
From Fulton Market, the tour will ride into Ukrainian Village, home to a wide range of highly esteemed Eastern European eateries. You’ll taste three different Polish pierogi, guaranteed to satisfy any cravings for savory stuffed pastries.
Next up is Wicker Park, a well-known Chicago artists’ community. The food of this area is just as creative as the residents. While you’re here, you’ll enjoy a gourmet sandwich that’s changing the way Chicago sees barbecue.
Adjacent to Wicker Park is Bucktown, where you’ll partake in an age-old tradition: The Chicago Handshake. This Windy City rite-of-passage couples a shot of Swedish liquor with one of our most beloved craft beers. This is a once-in-a-lifetime toast, and a memory you’ll be slow to forget.
After that, you’ll head back over the river into Old Town, a historic Chicago neighborhood that began as an artists’ haven. You’ll experience one of Chicago’s finest chocolatiers, and sample their rich, decadent drinking chocolate before heading back downtown.
The final leg of your journey is a beautiful ride alongside Lake Michigan. Catch a glimpse of the beaches and the skyline that define this beautiful town, and be a part of the city’s vibrant bicycle culture while cruising the wide Lakefront Trail.
After thirteen miles and four hours, the tour wraps up back at Bobby’s headquarters in Streeterville.
What To Expect
The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows away from its mouth, and the reason for Chicago’s entire history of trade and commerce.
For the first 100 years of Chicago’s history, Fulton Market was a center of meatpacking and produce distribution. Now the trendy neighborhood and its low-rise warehouse buildings is home to some of the Windy City’s most esteemed restaurants and corporate headquarters.
There are few things that Chicagoans love more than craft beer. Microbreweries and big name beer brands have found a home and a loyal audience here for generations.
In 2016, online real estate brokerage Redfin named Ukrainian Village “the hottest neighborhood in the country” due to booming real estate prices and boasts an abundance of restaurants serving Eastern European fare.
Wicker Park is Chicago’s most famous arts district, home to more bookstores, record shops, and coffee houses per capita than any other neighborhood in Chicago.
The 606 Trail is a converted elevated freight line that now serves as a winding 2.7-mile bike and walking path on Chicago’s west side.
Jeppson’s Malort has been a Chicago bar favorite since the 1930s. This wormwood liqueur packs a punch and keeps Chicagoans warm all winter long.
Old Town is one of Chicago’s most historic North Side neighborhoods. Beloved by beatniks in the 1950s and 60s, and hippies in the 70s, Old Town is now a quiet, tree-line arts district.
Drinking chocolate, also known as “sipping chocolate,” is a rich treat made by melting small bits of fine chocolate and blending with milk or cream.
The Lakefront Trail has been connecting Chicago’s north and south side neighborhoods since 1963. It spans 18 miles of the beautiful Lake Michigan waterfront and has played a large role in connecting Chicago’s vibrant cycling community.
Cervecerìa Cruz Blanca is world-renowned chef Rick Bayless’ premiere brewery, serving up Mexican craft beer and Oaxacan-style street food in the West Loop. Named one of the top 35 best breweries in the United States by Beer Advocate.
Kasia’s Deli has been a West Town institution since the 1980s and was chosen as one of Chicago’s favorite comfort foods by Chicago’s Best in 2017.
Chicago native and current Food Network host Jeff Mauro opened Pork & Mindy’s in 2016 after winning Season 7 of Food Network Star. Pork & Mindy’s many awards include winner of ‘Best Restaurant’ at Taste of Chicago 2017.
The Bucktown Pub has been a Chicago staple since 1911. This historic West Side watering hole is a local favorite and hosts annual events honoring women in the beer industry.
Cocoa & Co is a gourmet chocolate cafe and coffee bar in the Old Town neighborhood, with a heavy focus on sustainability and terroir.
What Our Customers Are Saying“The Westside Foodie tour took us to many neighborhoods we would not have stumbled upon on our own – all of which were extremely safe and welcoming to our group. All of the food is excellent quality. Would definitely recommend…”
– Joe D. London, UK