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Chicago: Food, Architecture and History Tour

Product ID: 243137
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Join a tour of some of the city’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats and iconic Chicago dishes, a uniquely Chicago transit ride, stunning river views and much more!
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the stunning Chicago skyline and discover why Chicago’s architecture is among the best in the world
  • Discover why locals have so much passion for their Chicago-style classics
  • Enjoy a couple of classic made-in-Chicago snacks like Chicago-style popcorn and homemade chocolate
  • Get a taste for the city's most famous food in a historic neighborhood
Full description
Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater (which you might recognize from the movie-musical Chicago) before heading off into the bustling city. Your first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core.

Then head towards the Chicago Pedway, a uniquely Chicago feature used by locals and commuters daily. Afterward, head back above-ground near City Hall and head inside to see the classic interior design and architecture.

Next, enjoy a sweet treat, and local tradition: Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower.

From there, either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi on the Chicago River (depending on the weather and time of year). Each option offers a uniquely Chicago experience! Once you’re back on solid ground, make your way to another delicious destination where you can sample locally made chocolate from a Chicago institution.

Next, take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. End up in the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture.
By then, you’ll hopefully have built up an appetite because it’s time to begin your ultimate food experience.  Travel with your guide up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination.

Start your food tour with a well-known Chicago fare: the Chicago-style hot dog. Every Chicagoan has their own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you’ll get a chance to try your guides’ favorite version.

Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza, the staple of the Chicago food scene. Visit 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, take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential to Chicago’s food culture. Then continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef.  Sample this sandwich in a real Chicago institution — no-frills decor included! Your tour ends here, and your guide will be happy to direct you back to your accommodation or share tips for what else to see and do in the city.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Popcorn tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Water taxi or "L" ticket
  • Transportation between tour locations
  • A variety of food samples
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Chicago Theatre (underneath the marquee), 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please dress comfortably and casually in weather-appropriate attire. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 243137