Holiday Hike: Season Sampling Walking Tour
Taste your way through the holiday season on this food and beverage walking tour! This holiday-themed tour begins at the end of November and runs through Christmas Eve. Bobby’s Holiday Hike is a great way to experience all that Chicago has to offer during the winter holidays in a single afternoon stroll! See the lights of the Magnificent Mile, enjoy a warm and filling deep dish pizza, experience the German-inspired festivities of Christkindlmarket, and toast to a joyful season over local craft beer! This three-hour Chicago holiday tour is perfect for families, friends, holiday parties, and anyone looking to celebrate the season in an exciting new way. All Food & Beverage Samples included in Ticket Price.
The adventure begins at Giordano’s Pizzeria on Lake Street. Here you’ll meet your fun-loving and enthusiastic tour guide who will introduce you to the beautiful city and our history of holiday cheer. Your group will share a hot, cheesy, deep dish pizza, one of Chicago’s favorite holiday meals—often shipped around the country as a gift! You’ll learn about the history of this goliath pie and taste why it’s become a global phenomenon.
After pizza, your guide will lead you to Millennium Park. At this stop you’ll catch a peek of some of our favorite (and most-heavily Instagrammed) works of public art such as Cloud Gate, the Pritzker Pavilion, and the Crown Fountain. You’ll learn about Chicago’s long history of Christmas tree distribution and see the annual city Christmas tree, donned with thousands of twinkling lights. Ample photo opportunities guaranteed!
The tour will then head over to State Street for a glimpse of the Christmas window displays at the flagship Marshall Field’s department store (now a Macy’s). These narrative dioramas have been drawing crowds since their debut in the 1940s, and get more creative and elaborate every year.
Next up is Chicago’s legendary Christkindlmarket, a German and European-inspired open-air holiday bizarre. Dozens of vendors from around the world set up shop in Daley Plaza to sell some of the finest holiday foods and gifts available in the city. You’ll get a taste of the highly sought-after hot apple cider and feast on a Nuremberg-style bratwurst.
After the excitement of the market, you’ll get a chance to relax in the elegantly-decorated lobby of the Palmer House hotel. The Palmer House is the longest continually-operating hotel in North America, but is better known for its famous dessert invention: the brownie! You’ll get to try one of the original recipe treats for yourself while the guide regales stories of famous Palmer House guests and performers.
To finish off the afternoon, the group will head to a famous Loop watering hole for some local craft beer and cheerful atmosphere. You’ll enjoy a refreshing pour and learn about other Bobby-approved holiday activities to enjoy during your stay in Chicago.
The tour will conclude at Exchequer Pub on South Wabash.
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!
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 Chicago municipal Christmas tree has been a Windy City tradition since 1913. The tree is locally grown and decorated with thousands of lights, lit for the first time in an annual lighting ceremony.
The Marshall Field’s Christmas Windows have been cheering up the sidewalks of State Street since the 1940s. These playful, holiday-themed displays draw crowds from all over the midwest with their elaborate theming and animatronics.
The Loop is Chicago’s bustling business district, named for its location within the rectangular convergence of multiple “El” train tracks.
Hot apple cider is one of the most popular treats enjoyed at the Christkindlmarket every season. Spiced and soothing, this drink is the perfect way to warm up on chilly a Chicago afternoon!
Traditional german bratwurst is a favorite holiday food in this sausage-loving town. Served two-to-a-bun, this sandwich a Christkindlmarket bestseller.
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!
The Magnificent Mile lights are a twinkling sensation in the downtown shopping district. The illumination kicks off with an annual festival and parade, with thousands of lights lining Michigan Avenue and beyond.
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.
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!
Christkindlmarket is Chicago’s largest open-air holiday market and is well-known for its vendors’ high quality gifts and food, holiday cheer, and for being the ideal place for families to create their own holiday traditions.
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 around the Holidays.
What Our Customers Are Saying“We did the Holiday Hike walking tour and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about the history of Chicago and some fun holiday-specific history. It was a great way to see and taste your way through Chicago!”
– Gretchen P. Arlington, Virginia