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An Introduction to Chicago’s Chinatown

Chinatown Food & Culture Walking Tour

Curious about Chinatown but unsure where to start? Let our Bobby’s Bike Hike Chinatown Food and Culture Walking Tour be your local guide on this Chicago Chinatown tour!

Chicago’s Chinatown, located next door to the Loop on Cermak Street and Wentworth Avenue, bursts with colorful shops, impressive monuments, and of course, delicious restaurants. Like a Chinese menu, the sheer number of possibilities can be overwhelming. Fortunately, the experts at Bobby’s Bike Hike have created the perfect overview. You’ll sample culinary delights from five distinct Chinese regions while learning interesting facts about China and the history of Chinese immigration. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a Chicago native, our walking culinary tour of this thriving neighborhood will whet your appetite for another visit!  All food samples included in ticket price, but consider upgrading to our VIP package to include samples of plum wine, bubble tea, and a specialty jasmine Chicago craft beer only served at Phoenix Restaurant.

Chinatown Chicago Food & Culture Walking Tour

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Posted by Bobby's Bike Hike – Chicago Tours on Friday, February 16, 2018

What To Expect

Wentworth Avenue is the main artery of Chicago’s Chinatown district, and home to some of the most popular shopping and dining in the area.

Cantonese cuisine comes from the southeastern region of Guangdong, formerly known as Canton. The Cantonese were some of the first Chinese to emigrate to the United States and their influence is seen in most American Chinese restaurants today.

Dim sum is a traditional Cantonese appetizer, served in small bite-sized portions in steamer baskets. When paired with tea, dim sum makes for a complete Chinese brunch.

Chinese tea, the other component of a dim sum brunch, is world-famous. China has been growing tea leaves for centuries and has a rich tradition of refined tea flavors.

Portuguese-Chinese bakery treats come from the Portuguese Macau territory of China, and combine traditional and colonial flavors.

Xi’an cuisine comes from the northwestern city of Xi’an, one of China’s ancient dynastic capitals. It is rare in the United States, a special delicacy in Chicago’s Chinatown.

Lao Sze Chuan is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the United States, opened by celebrity chef Tony Hu, who is lovingly regarded as the unofficial mayor of Chicago’s Chinatown.

Sichuan chicken is made with famous Sichuan chili peppers, which are popular in dishes from every region of China.

Chinatown Square is a two-story outdoor mall in the center of Chicago’s Chinatown, packed with popular shopping and dining.

Mongolian hot pot centers on a large cauldron of broth placed in the center of the table. Once the broth comes to a boil guests dip thinly sliced meats and vegetables in the broth then pair with dipping sauce for a truly unique culinary experience.

Make Reservations for Your Chicago Chinatown Food Tour Today

Whether you live in the city or you’re visiting from out of town, you’ll enjoy one of the best Chicago food tours of Chinatown! If you are here on vacation or business, we recommend you take our tours at the beginning of your stay. This gives you background knowledge you can draw on throughout the rest of your time here. It may also give you ideas for how you want to spend the rest of your time in Chicago.

What more can we say about Bobby’s Bike Hike? Our company has earned many superlatives over the years, such as:

  • Mentions in national magazines such as National Geographic and Midwest Living
  • Ten years as Trip Advisor’s top-rated tour company in Chicago
  • Viator’s Award of Distinction

We also have an excellent safety record. Our well-trained guides can assist you with any concerns as you walk your way through the city, enjoying all the culinary spoils of Chinatown while also learning more than you ever thought possible about Chicago’s history. Educating yourself while you eat? It’s the perfect way to celebrate Chicago.

Get in touch with Bobby’s Bike Hike to book your Chinatown food tour. We can accommodate individuals or groups. Contact us today to make a reservation.

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Our Vendors

Triple Crown Restaurant has been a Chinatown institution since the 1990s, serving up fine Cantonese cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and dim sum.

Chiu Quon Bakery is the oldest bakery in Chicago’s Chinatown, specializing in treats from the Macau region of China with a colonial Portuguese influence.

Xi’an Cuisine serves up dishes from the northwestern Xi’an region of China, a rarity in the United States.

A Chicago original since 1998, Lao Sze Chuan has since expanded to locations all over the country, and was named “Best Chinese Restaurant in the U.S.” by both Travel & Leisure and The Daily Mail.

Little Lamb Hot Pot is famous for their traditional Chinese broth-meat-and-vegetables shared meal, and boasts over 500 locations worldwide.

What Our Customers Are Saying“Our guide was very knowledgeable of the history of Chinatown and its roots in Chicago. We had 5 stops in total: Dim Sum, Custard Tarts, Lamb Sandwich with Bubble Tea and Hot Pot. All the food we sampled was excellent and things we wouldn’t have ordinarily ordered.”

– Craig O. Chicago, IL

Chinatown Food & Culture Walking Tour

Duration: 2.5 hrs
Length: 1 mile
Level: Very Easy
Schedule: 4pm Fri & Sat
Age: 1+

(Discount Online Rate includes Food Samples.)

Price: Fri-Sun Mon-Thurs
Adults $59.99 $54.99
Youth (Ages 4-11) $54.99 $49.99
Infants (Ages 0-3) when sharing w/ Adult $9.99 $8.99
Squad Price (Private Groups up to 9 people) $549.99 $549.99
VIP Craft Cocktail & Beer/Wine Tasting Upgrade $19.99

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