Chicago Favorites Walking & Food Tour
Taste your way through Chicago’s most famous recipes on this relaxing and fun walking food tour. In an exciting two and a half hours, you’ll feast on Chicago culinary legends such as deep dish pizza, locally crafted beer, a Chicago-style hot dog, and the world’s premiere brownie!
The guided stroll includes history of the dishes and the establishments that created them, as well as an informative romp through some of the Windy City’s most beloved landmarks. Our food walking tour of Chicago is a an active, VIP adventure through town; the perfect way to see and taste the city in a single afternoon!
Why Head Out on a Chicago-style Food Tour?
The best way to see Chicago is from the streets. Whether you are visiting The Windy City for the first time or you have lived here your entire life, there are places on our tour you would probably never find on your own. That’s where we come in. We have been giving tours of Chicago for years and we’re the city’s most popular bike tour, walking tour and food tour company.
We give you a unique look at the city from a foodie’s perspective. Have you always dreamed of eating your way through Chi-town? Then our Chicago culinary tours are for you. We bring you to the hottest places in town — ones you might have to wait weeks to get a reservation for on your own. Once you arrive with our tour guide, you’re treated like an MVP.
Chefs often give our guests off-menu samples and specials that restaurant diners don’t get to order. Plus, when you embark on our Chicago food walking tour, you know you’ll be burning calories as you traipse through town — so feel free to load up your plate! Other benefits of going on one of our tours include:
- Expert guides who keep you engaged and amused while you go on the tour
- Outstanding stories about and insights into Chicago culture
- A chance to stimulate all five senses as you walk around town
The tour begins at Giordano’s pizzeria on Lake Street. Here you’ll meet your entertaining and energetic guide who will give you an introduction to Chicago’s epic history before the group shares a bubbling, cheesy, stuffed pie. You’ll learn how the goliath pizza is made and you’ll taste why visitors travel from all over the world to get their hands on a slice.
After Giordano’s the tour heads to Millennium Park, home of Chicago’s most famous and beloved works of public art. On colder days, the guide will lead you underground through our cozy Chicago pedway system. In warmer months, you’ll stay at street level and enjoy the rolling downtown promenades.
Once in Millennium Park, you’ll meet Cloud Gate, affectionately known as “The Bean.” This giant, stainless-steel masterpiece shares the park with the LED-faces of The Crown Fountain, and the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion.
Next, you’ll walk to a nearby watering hole and enjoy a craft beer from one of countless local breweries. Your guide will provide an exciting history of Chicago beer, as well as share some of our favorite present-day drinking traditions.
The tour will then travel into the Loop, Chicago’s downtown business district. You’ll stop outside the Art Institute of Chicago, named the #1 Museum in the World by TripAdvisor, and learn a little bit about its unbelievable collection and curation.
The group will later feast on some Chicago-style dogs, the totally unique Windy City interpretation of the hotdog. You’ll learn all about the genesis of this one-of-a-kind sandwich, and why Chicagoans are totally against pairing it with ketchup.
From there it’s only a quick walk over to State Street, a historic retail district that has been drawing crowds since the mid-1800s. You’ll stop in to marvel at the beautiful the Palmer House Hilton and enjoy one of their most famous creations: the brownie!
After dessert, the group will head to a famous Chicago pub to taste another local pour. Your guide will share stories of Chicago’s Prohibition days and recommend Bobby-approved restaurants and bars to enjoy during the rest of your time in town.
The tour will conclude at Exchequer Pub on South Wabash after a delicious and satisfying afternoon.
What To Expect
Deep-dish pizza is one of Chicago’s most famous recipes, and lures pizza enthusiasts from all over the world. Learn the history of this epic pie and taste some of the best for yourself!
The Chicago-style hot dog is unlike any sausage creation you’ve had before—all beef frank, mustard, tomato, pickle, relish, onion, sport pepper, celery salt… But never ketchup! Have one and change the way you eat this ballpark favorite.
Chicago is making a name for itself as an American craft beer capital. We’re home to some of America’s favorite breweries, with new microbreweries appearing every year. Taste some of the most refined and refreshing pours as you learn about Chicago’s rich brewing history.
Fun fact: Chicago is home to the world’s first brownie! Served as a portable dessert during the 1893 World’s Fair, the brownie has been pleasing Chicagoans and visitors alike for generations. Taste the original recipe—with walnuts and an apricot glaze—at the Palmer House Hilton today!
Cloud Gate, known affectionately as “The Bean” debuted in Millennium Park in 2006. Designed by famed Indian artist, Anish Kapoor, this giant, stainless steel masterpiece has become one of the most famous symbols of Chicago arts and culture.
The Crown Fountain was designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa and features two fifty-foot tall statues of glass brick that showcase the LED faces of over 1000 Chicagoans laughing, smiling, and spitting.
The Art Institute of Chicago was named #1 Museum in World by TripAdvisor and is home to 260,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years.
The Loop is Chicago’s bustling business district, named for its location within the rectangular convergence of multiple “El” train tracks.
Designed by world-famous architect, Frank Gehry, The Pritzker Pavilion is a stunning and unique band shell located in Grant Park. The lattice tower of speaker systems ensures full volume for all spectators at countless summer concerts and movie screenings.
The State Street historic district has been the center of Chicago retail since the mid-1800s. The strip is home to countless upscale department stores and hotels, including the original Marshall Field’s.
Sign Up for Your Chicago Walking Food Tour Today
We could go on and on about the many reasons you should take our tour, such as our exceptional safety record and nationwide recognition for the quality of our tours, which have been mentioned in publications such as Midwest Living and National Geographic. But the best way to find out if we live up to our reputation is to sign up for a tour and see for yourself!
We encourage you to ask any questions you may have beforehand. Many people want to know what sort of fitness levels we accommodate. Our walking tours are:
- Accessible to people of any fitness level
- Perfect for all ages
In fact, we get people from a range of ages on our tours. We love showing you the sites you might otherwise miss, even if you’re a Chicago native. We’re proud of how many people tell us this set them up for an awesome week in Chicago, giving them the background they needed to gain a better appreciation of the city and its history.
Are you ready to book our Chicago walking food tour? Get in touch with us today to make a reservation! We look forward to leading you all over town for a taste of Chicago you won’t forget.
Giordano’s has been serving up their original “stuffed pizza” since 1974, and has been named “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, New York Times, Concierge Preferred, and more!
Located directly below the world-famous “Cloud Gate,” Park Grill serves upscale American food and delicious beverages to Millennium Park visitors every day of the week. Enjoy a cozy of view of the McCormick Ice Rink skaters in the winter, and vibrant patio people watching in the summer!
Max’s Take Out is the oldest hot dog stand in the Loop, dating back to the early 1980s. They serve up some of best Chicago-style dogs in the city, and have been inducted into the Vienna Beef Hall of Fame.
The Lockwood is an upscale restaurant located within the historic Palmer House Hilton, famous for their extravagant Christmas dinners and their original-recipe chocolate brownie.
Exchequer Pub has existed in various iterations since the 1920s. Famous for their baby back ribs, deep dish pizza, and Exchequer Amber lager, the pub is a financial-district favorite for locals and visitors alike.
What Our Customers Are Saying“I liked the balance between learning the history of Chicago and all the delicious food. I was pleasantly surprised by the serving size. I would consider the tour to be a great value.”
– Mercedez H. Tampa, FL