Chicago is home to everything from casual fare to fine dining – with a number of city food tours inviting you to immerse yourself in the city’s rich and diverse culinary culture.
Even the pickiest of eaters are guaranteed to find something to satisfy them in Chicago. Quite simply, the city offers every type of food under the sun, with its melting pot of cultures having brought with them cuisines from across the globe. If you’d like to immerse yourself in Chicago’s foodie scene, here are 5 of the best food tours currently available in the city.
Chicago Food Tasting: 2.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour
Combine an enjoyable walk around Chicago’s downtown district with multiple stop-offs to sample some of the city’s most famous foods during this 2.5-hour guided tour. Along the way you’ll try Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, a classic Italian Beef sandwich, and a classic Windy City hot dog, as well as sweet treats. You’ll also pass along some of Chicago’s most beautiful spots including the Millennium Park, Michigan Ave, and the Riverwalk, while your expert guide regales you with stories of the city’s past. The tour price includes all food samples and your guide, and there’s also the chance to upgrade to a VIP craft beer package.
Chicago Underground Donut Tour
Book yourselves onto Chicago’s only donut tour, which includes four stops at some of the city’s best donut shops. You’ll get to tuck into curated samples at each location, such as glazed, cream-filled, and more, while learning about the history of donuts in the Windy City thanks to your knowledgeable guide. The tour caters to all size groups, both large and small, and is available in two versions: a Classic Downtown Tour and a local neighbourhood tour in Wicker Park. The tour price includes all donut samples and your guide.
Chicago’s Chinatown Food and Walking Tour
Chicago’s Chinatown district is one of the most famous in the world and lovers of Chinese cuisine can take a deep dive into the vibrant neighbourhood and its mouth-watering offerings by joining this 2-hour tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll learn about the cuisine of different regions of China and how Chinese culture has influenced Chicago and other areas. There’ll also be the chance to savour foodie samples from restaurants, delis and street stalls dotted across Chinatown. Dinner, alcoholic drinks and your guide are all inclusive of the tour price.
Chicago: Westside Food Tasting Bike Tour with Guide
Enjoy Chicago’s most delectable ethnic cuisines while biking through its most historic neighbourhoods and along the scenic 606 and Lakefront trails on this half-day tour. During your cycling and foodie adventure you’ll learn the stories of the immigrants from all over the world who helped make Chicago the city it is today, and gaze at the historic homes, warehouses, and skyscrapers of Chicago’s most historic districts. Foodie highlights will include Polish pierogis, award-winning Mexican tacos, chocolate tasting in the old town, ice cream in Lincoln Park, and a beer at a celebrity chef’s new brewpub.
Chicago: Secret Food Tour
With the route and stop-offs all kept hush hush, prepare to be surprised during this fun-packed 3-hour tour around Chicago’s buzzing central Loop district. Savor the flavours of the city in the company of a fun and enthusiastic local guide, learn about the influence of the Italian immigrants and other cultures at a selection of foodie venues, and marvel at Chicago’s eclectic mix of architecture and public art along the way. All food samples and your guide are included in the tour price.
By Paul Joseph