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Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town provided by Chicago Food Planet

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Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town

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Experience the flavors of Chicago at seven Gold Coast and Old Town shops and restaurants while learning about each neighborhood’s history along the way. This 3-hour walking tour will stop at a classic Chicago-style pizzeria, a European bakery, a candy shop and specialty tea shop and more. Each guided outing is restricted to just 18 guests for an intimate small-group tour.
  • Eat your way through two delicious Chicago neighborhoods
  • Learn about the history of the Gold Coast and Old Town from your local guide
  • Taste generous samples of classic dishes from seven shops and restaurants
  • A small-group walking tour that includes all tasting fees 
What to Expect
Meet your local guide at Lou Malnati’s, a Chicago-style pizzeria, where you’ll sample a traditional deep-dish pizza. From there, your small group of 18 or fewer participants will walk through the historic Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods. You’ll visit seven shops and eateries, with tasting locations including the oldest chocolate confectioner in Chicago, The Fudge Pot, The Spice House spice merchant, the Middle Eastern restaurant Old Jerusalem and more. All tastings are included and together are generous enough equal a full lunch. While strolling the tree-lined streets and sampling some of the Windy City's classic dishes, you’ll hear about Chicago history, culture and architecture. Your tour ends at the authentic French bakery La Fournette.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Food tastings at 6 different locations
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking is located at 12 E. Cedar St 1 block away, around the corner from Lou Malnati's. Pricing: Mon - Sat, in by 10am and out by 7pm, $14. After 10am or Sundays, 3-12 hours parking; $23. 12-24 hour is $26. Cash only.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate amount of walking is involved
  • There are enough food tastings, that for most people, lunch afterwards is not needed
  • In the special requirements field at check out please say if you are a vegetarian, have any food allergies and are under 21
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Just_Me_Bernie wrote a review Dec 2019
Bowie, Maryland768 contributions139 helpful votes
The Food Tour included....Lou Malnati's, Delightful Pastries, Kamehachi Old Town, The Fudge Pot, The Spice House, Old Town Oil, Tea Gschwendner and La Fournette. Quite a bit of, educational, great tour guide. Definitely a must do! The pizza at Malnati's was my
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Jon B wrote a review Sep 2019
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Wonderful tour, great experience! Learned a lot about the neighborhoods and enjoyed getting a wide-range of tastes and experiences in.
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Date of experience: September 2019
NBantleon wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We had a great time on the Second City Classic with Dave as our host. It was fun to try Chicago deep-dish pizza and experience the phenomenon of Wow Bao. So cool! I had never seen anything like that before! Our favorite stop was by far the tea shop, where we gained such a wealth
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Kathleen H wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois26 contributions2 helpful votes
Enjoyed a fun Saturday with Amber and my daughter today. Amber brought lots of energy and knowledge as well as some fun tastes of Chicago. It was the perfect mix of tastes. Be sure to wear comfy shoes. There’s plenty to see. And you won’t go away hungry. It was a great way to
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SaltSandFood wrote a review Sep 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I took this tour with Dave a few weekends ago. Dave did an excellent job. He handled the transitions with ease and took time to individually talk to each of us. We really enjoyed the variety of foods on this tour. The educational talk in the tea shop was very
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Date of experience: August 2019
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By: Chicago Food Planet
There was no tour guide and the phones went to automated messages. There was no tour and it was rather unfortunate
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Me and my family I went yesterday and it was horrible but it is five starts since Ii can't be mean to anybody but t
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Amazing tour tasting the traditional Chicago food
The restaurant selection, the food, the experience... everything was AMAZING... we were SO LUCKY to have LUKE as ou
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It was awesome!
We were super lucky to be in this group! We had a great time and Dave was an awesome tour guide! Would recommend fo
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West loop food tour
David was a great guide. Enjoyed the history narrative and of course the food. Great way to sample multiple restaur
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Ronald C
Fun and Great Food
We were a group of 4 and had Bill as our guide - we all had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and had some great tasting
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Chicago Chinatown Tour with the Family...Awesome!
The Chicago Food Planet Tour of Chinatown with Philip was awesome! We had a beautiful early March day and enjoyed
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Morgan P
Great for anyone looking to experience new foods in the west loop
kinda pricey but definitely worth it! all of the food was amazing and our tour guide was great and very information
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Informative and delicious
I went on the West Loop tour with some colleagues and it was great. Bill was our tour guide, and even though we are
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Great Tour
We had a great time waking around the West Loop and learning the history of the area. The food was great! This is
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Definitely worth it!
The food was great and I also got to learn not only about the history of the food but also bit of Chicago history.
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Best food tour EVER!!!
David was the best tour guide ever! I did the Best in Chow food tour, and we had a delicious deep dish pizza with a
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Great Local Food Tour with a side of History
The food tour hit all the original locations of Chicago’s favorites!! Luke was our tour guide and was able to shar
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Fantastic Tour!!
Dave was an awesome tour guide! We highly recommend doing as many of these tours as you can, while in town!
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Wonderful tour of the West Loop
I had been to the West Loop before, but not being from Chicago, I walked past everything with no knowledge of where
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