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Chicago: River North Walking Food Tour

Product ID: 192240
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Discover the best food in Chicago with this 3-hour walking tour of the historic River North neighborhood. Explore the history and culture of the city with an expert local guide while tasting regional specialties at some of the best restaurants around.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit 5 uniquely different mom-and-pop shops, ethnic eateries and restaurants
  • Get an insider's look into how the foods are made at these ethnic eateries and trendy restaurants
  • Explore the best hidden gourmet gems and off-the-beaten path spots
  • Go home with a full belly and a deeper appreciation for what goes into the local food scene
Full description
Come enjoy the luxury and opulence of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast on this guided food tour, a tour through the historically affluent River North neighborhood. Explore the remarkable and historic River North neighborhood known for its extreme affluence, typified by the Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast. Boasting Chicago's highest concentration of restaurants and art galleries, the River North neighborhood has become a favorite destination for foodies. You will taste foods from five unique restaurants and bakeries, and your food tour guides are experts not only at temporarily filling stomachs, but at plumping up tour-goers' local food knowledge too.

This 3-hour walking tour offers a look into the history and culture of the neighborhood in between each of your 5 food tastings. While the stops are subject to change, we usually stop to taste at five of the following food places:

• The Doughnut Vault (est. 2011): Food and Wine Magazine named it the best doughnut in America in 2012

• Lou Malnati's (est. 1971): Rudy Malnati is generally considered to be the inventor of Chicago deep-dish pizza

• Xoco- (est. 2009): Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless is one of the best known chefs for Mexican cuisine in America

• Iberico- (est. 1992): Serving you the most authentic tapas and regional specialties from all across Spain

• Al's Beef- (est. 1938): Founder Al Ferrari invented the sandwich in Chicago's Little Italy back in 1938

• Fabcakes Bakery- (est. 2012): Delicious pastries inspired by the seasons

Your informative guide will point out examples of historic architecture and beautiful public spaces that help make the River North neighborhood one of Chicago's most notable.
  • All food tastings
What’s Not Included
  • Bottled water (some establishments will provide water)
  • Gratuities for your guide (typically 15-20%)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet the tour guide 15 minutes early. We will be meeting in front of the main entrance to The Merchandise Mart. (222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction when you purchase your tickets
• All tastings are prepared in advance at each location, based on the information you provided to us at the time of ticket purchase
• Please be sure to purchase your tickets in advance so that we have adequate time to prepare your tasting substitutions, last minute dietary changes on the tour will not be accommodated
• Our tastings are designed to bring you the best of what each renowned food establishment has to offer
• At locations that specialize in traditional, family recipes, there isn’t always a “next best” option we can offer that will meet your specific dietary needs
• If you have severe food allergies, please contact us or call us at 877-56-TOURS before purchasing tickets for any of our food tours
• We do a fair amount of walking on our tours, you should dress casually and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
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4.7 / 5
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Sidewalk Food Tours

Product ID: 192240