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Overview
Chicago's famous food scene is a huge part of its identity but finding the best of all the options can be daunting. Let a foodie-guide show you the way on this culinary-focused tour of the River North neighborhood. Fill your belly with five tastings of the famous cuisine and avoid waiting in any queues with skip-the-line VIP privileges.
Highlights
  • Explore Chicago on foot, with food tastings to fuel you
  • Enough tastings to make for a full lunch
  • Learn about places you might like to go back to during your stay
  • Details about Chicago's culinary history from a foodie-guide
What to Expect
Naturally, the meeting point for this Chicago food tour is Lou Malnati's pizzeria, where you'll get to know your guide and group and get your taste of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza. This tour allows you to skip any waiting lines and sink your teeth into that piece of pie right away, which will fuel you up for the next 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers) or so of walking.  Learn about the origins of some of Chicago's famous dishes while you walk, a commentary often missing in do-it-yourself food tours. Your guide is well-versed in the history and culinary culture of each tasting you'll have over the next few hours. You'll also see some major landmarks as you try pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, roast beef, and other local specialties.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Duration
150–180 minutes
Return Details
Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Maginificent Mile, 165 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Inclusions
  • Food tastings, enough for a full lunch
  • Neighborhood guide
  • 1.4 miles of walking, helping you to explore Chicago
  • Lunch
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Participants are urged to bring sun glasses, sun screen, and/or a hat during the summer months.
  • Participants will be on their feet and outdoors for most of the walking tour, so please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes (flip-flops, high heels, and dress-shoes are not recommended.)
  • Check the weather! Umbrellas on rainy days, warm layers on cold days, and cool clothing on hot days will make your experience much more enjoyable.
  • During the months of December through March, the tour is decreased to 2.5 hours and does not stop at XOCO
  • 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 16 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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Jd c wrote a review Today
6 contributions1 helpful vote
The food tour was well planned and we sampled some of the best classic local food. David M was our guide and he was beyond excellent. He not only introduced Chicago (food, architecture, history, etc) to us in a fun way, but also went the extra mile to accommodate every request
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Date of experience: February 2020
M C wrote a review 15 Feb
86 contributions9 helpful votes
I did the "Best in Chow" tour today with Terry. Having used multiple tour companies in the past (in diff cities/countries), I was extremely impressed with his easygoing and friendly demeanor. We had 16 in our group and he learned all our names. We tried pizza, hot dogs, beef
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Mike R wrote a review 8 Feb
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My girlfriend surprised me with this amazing food tour for my birthday, and I was not disappointed!!! Our tour guide Luke was a charismatic and extremely knowledgeable guide--he made the tour flow so effortlessly that the time flew by with a ton of fun!! The food was fantastic,
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cyndi g wrote a review 5 Feb
17 contributions24 helpful votes
Food provided was average at best. had an issue with some of the food/toppings with people in group. No substitutions are made. One place gave like 5 pieces of popcorn. Really? Bad experience. told the company and they did absolutely nothing. Spend your money going to these
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Date of experience: January 2020
Montay B wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We were privileged to have Luke as our tour guide. He was entertaining as well as informative. We learned a lot of great history and tried some awesome food. I found a new favorite pizza place!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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By: Chicago Food Planet
Jd c
31
David M is a great guide!
The food tour was well planned and we sampled some of the best classic local food. David M was our guide and he
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cmcrawford
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
20
Navy Pier Tasting
Our food tour in Navy Pier was a blast and a great way to try Chicago’s best foods! We appreciated too that it was
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M C
139
Good experience
I did the "Best in Chow" tour today with Terry. Having used multiple tour companies in the past (in diff
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Tiera T
10
Navy Pier Food Tour
I booked this tour this past weekend for the Navy Pier food tour. Our tour guide was Faith, who was personable,
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Mike R
10
Best Birthday Present Ever!
My girlfriend surprised me with this amazing food tour for my birthday, and I was not disappointed!!! Our tour
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cyndi g
Fishers, Indiana
1624
Don't waste your money
Food provided was average at best. had an issue with some of the food/toppings with people in group. No
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cld2310
21
Fantastic Tour!
We stumbled on this tour during a weekend trip to Chicago and it was amazing! Our guide Terry was very fun and
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Montay B
Sheffield, Ohio
31
Awesome Food Tour
We were privileged to have Luke as our tour guide. He was entertaining as well as informative. We learned a lot of
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Rebecca
Bakersfield, California
11
Excellent guide!
Luke is the best guide! His knowledge of the city is great. Highly recommend the chow tour with them.
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REbecca M
Gothenburg, Sweden
21
Great tour
I went on this tour with a friend and 2 teenage daughters during a long weekend in Chicago. The food tour was a
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  • Duration: 150–180 minutes
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