This tour takes you to some of the city’s best spots alongside a local guide who gives you the inside scoop on what makes Chicago so special.
Lonely Planet Experiences: Chicago Food Tour
- Get a taste of Chicago’s most famous food in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.
- Discover why locals have so much passion for their very own Chicago-style hot dog.
- Enjoy a slice of pizza taken to a whole new level in deep-dish form.
- Tap into Chicago’s immigrant roots with a bite of Italian beef from one of the city’s original vendors.
- Share some delicious dessert in a local setting well off the tourist track.
- Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with six-months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 6-12
- Young Child Ages 5 & under
Chicago Walking Food Tour
Join us for the ultimate foodie adventure in Chicago’s historic River North area along with a local guide who can show you the best spots for some of the city’s best-loved dishes. From deep dish pizza to Chicago-style hot dogs, this tour leaves you filled with delicious local foods as well as some insider knowledge into the city’s culinary history and culture.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide and a variety of food samples (such as a Chicago-style hot dog, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef)
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 2 hours
- Meeting point: Historic Water Tower (outside the entrance), 806 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
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- Starting time: 1 p.m.
- Ending point: A central location in the River North neighborhood near the Chicago Brown Line “L” Station
Your Chicago food tour takes you through the River North neighborhood — the original Chicago foodie destination — to sample some world-famous Chicago dishes, local favorites, and a sweet treat. It’s an afternoon that leaves you full of delicious food and memories for a lifetime!
We start with a very well-known Chicago dish: the Chicago-style hot dog. Perfect for summers at a baseball game (cheering on the Cubs or Sox, of course) or for a quick lunch on a work day, this local take on a hot dog is a debate-worthy food in Chicago and is taken very seriously by locals. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you get a chance to try your guide’s favorite version.
Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza! An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. Your guide takes you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself.
After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, we take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential when it comes to Chicago’s food culture. One is a sight to behold — this uniquely Midwest phenomenon is filled to the brim with kitsch and 1950s retro love, and you have to see it to believe it. The other stop is a restaurant born in Chicago and recognized by nearly everyone on earth. This location is something special, with impeccable design elements, a live vertical garden, solar panels, and a beautiful atrium.
We then continue our tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef. This hearty meal came about during the Depression, and it’s here to stay. Sample this sandwich in a real city institution — no-frills decor included!
Finally, it’s time for something sweet inside a truly local hangout. Your guide shows you to one of the oldest establishments in the city — either a classic Italian restaurant or a local watering hole with deep Prohibition roots. Enjoy a dessert with the opportunity to relax and purchase a beverage of your choice.
We conclude your Chicago foodie experience here, with easy access to the “L.” Even if you say you’ll never be hungry again, don’t forget to note some great dinner recommendations from you guide. You won’t regret it!
Dress standard: Please dress comfortably, casually, and appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your trip: You are in a small group of a maximum of 12 people for your Urban Adventure.
Confirmation of booking: Once you get your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional information: This tour runs year-round and will proceed rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at a discounted rate. Please select “child” when booking. Children under the age of 6 may join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions with advanced notice. Please notify us if you have any dietary requests in the “Additional information” box at checkout, or by emailing us at [email protected].