A Food Tour of Chicago Classics
Chicago Favorites Walking & Food Tour
Taste your way through Chicago’s most famous recipes on this relaxing and fun Chicago walking food tour. In an exciting two and a half hours, you’ll feast on Chicago culinary legends such as deep dish pizza, Italian Beef, a Chicago-style hot dog, and a delectable dessert! All Food samples are included in ticket price. You can add a VIP Craft Beer package to any ticket (over 21 please) so you can sample 3 of our favorite local craft beers (three 9oz pours).
The guided walking culinary tour 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 Park Grill in Millennium Park, right underneath the world famous ‘Chicago Bean.’ Here you’ll meet your entertaining and energetic guide who will give you an introduction to Chicago’s epic history before the group enjoys a traditional Chicago style hot dog as well as a locally crafted beer (for those purchasing the VIP craft beer package). The group will 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.
The tour then explores the heart of Millennium Park, home of Chicago’s most famous and beloved works of public art, including Cloud Gate (dubbed ‘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, we’ll head to Giordano’s pizzeria on Lake Street to indulge in a bubbling, cheesy, stuffed Chicago pizza 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. Pair your pizza slice with a locally crafted Chicago beer with the VIP package.
From there you’ll walk right up to the Chicago Theater and it’s famous ‘CHICAGO’ marquee. Your guide will provide running commentary throughout the tour to keep you informed and in-the-know. The tour will then travel up to the Chicago River, where we’ll make a stop in the heart of Chicago’s Riverwalk and marvel at the downtown skyline and architecture and learn why Chicago is so highly ranked in the world by TripAdvisor. Here, we’ll make a stop to enjoy an Italian beef sandwich at a local Italian family run business that has been serving up the best take on this sandwich in the entire City.
From there we’ll walk directly underneath arguably Chicago’s most iconic old building, the Wrigley Building, which has been the jewel of the Magnificent Mile of Chicago since it’s existence. We’ll stroll down Michigan Avenue, the City’s most bustling shopping district, where the tour will conclude at Eataly and pay homage to the slow food movement. Here we’ll sample some of their delicious pasticcini and artisanal chocolate.
After desert, the tour guide will conclude with some suggestions for the rest of your Chicago visit. We’ll hug (if you’re a hugger) and say our goodbyes after a delicious and satisfying afternoon.
Guests who are over 21 can add-on the VIP Craft Beer Package for only $19.75, which includes three 9oz pours of our favorite local brews.
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.
An Italian beef sandwich, originating in Chicago, composed of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, simmered and served au jus on a long Italian-style roll. Ours will be topped with sweet green Italian peppers. The sandwich’s history dates back to the 1930s.
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. Guests who are over 21 can add-on the VIP Craft Beer Package for only $19.75, which includes three 9oz pours of our favorite local brews.
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.
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 Loop is Chicago’s bustling business district, named for its location within the rectangular convergence of multiple “El” train tracks. We’ll make a stop at the iconic Chicago Theater marquee.
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.
Chicago Riverwalk is our newest tourist attraction, running right through the heart of downtown’s most beautiful architecture. We’ll make a stop right in the heart of the Riverwalk.
Michigan Avenue and the Wrigley Building will be the end of our tour, right on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and home to premier shopping and restaurants.
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 one of the best Chicago food tours? 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!
Located in the heart of the Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Kernel serves up gourmet Chicago-mix popcorn – setting higher standards for taste, quality and customer service. Locals often refer to Chicago Kernel as “The City’s Best Kept Secret.”
Specializing in Italian Beef and thin crust pizzas, Bongiorno’s is a family run business and takes pride in providing you with the best home cooked Italian food and service in Chicago. There many awards from the Hungry Hound, Chicago Magazine, and TripAdvisor speak well for their work.
Eataly, a worldwide phenomenon in the slow-food movement, has a simple idea: to gather under one roof high-quality food at sustainable and reasonable prices for ALL, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create an informal, natural, and simple place to eat, shop, and learn.
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
(Discount Online Rate includes Food Samples.)
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