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Classic Chicago 3-Hour Food Tour

Product ID: 182258
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This tour has a little of everything – classic Chicago tastes, diverse culinary insights, plus amazing history and architecture. Escape the tourist areas and enjoy six Chicago classic culinary locations on the Gold Coast and in Old Town neighborhoods.
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  • Enjoy 5 tastings, bites and sips, enough for a light lunch, while enjoying vendor demonstrations, owner interaction and much more
  • Get away from the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue and instead dive deep into the heart of the charming Near North neighborhoods
  • Enjoy Chicago’s iconic foods, including Chicago-style deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s
  • Walk away with new culinary perspectives, big smiles, satisfied taste buds, and the confidence to continue exploring new areas
  • Receive a Neighborhood Guide booklet, which features valuable maps, neighborhood recommendations, and exclusive guest information
Full description
Visit six Chicago culinary locations within the epicurean hot-spot Near North area of Chicago. Enjoy the best of Chicago’s restaurants while tasting local foods from specialty food stores, famous Chicago attractions and one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries.

Between tastings, you’ll experience the life of a Chicagoan as you stroll the bustling tree-lined streets of Chicago’s celebrated Near North neighborhoods of the Gold Coast and Old Town. Enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, beautiful gardens, historic mansions, backdoor venues, hidden parks, and exciting local attractions and restaurants. You’ll even get the inside scoop on the Original Playboy Mansion and the comedic happenings of The Second City Comedy Club and its legendary performers. If you wonder why Chicago is called The Second City, then you'll hear the story during the tour.

This tour is perfect for Chicago natives and tourists interested in exploring their inner foodie with various samples of famous Chicago foods. Whether you’re a Chicagoan excited to be a tourist in your own city or visiting for the first time, it is guaranteed that you will walk away with new historical and architectural perspectives and a greater appreciation for Chicago’s culinary artisans.

Stops on the tour include:
• Lou Malnati's - Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself
• The Fudge Pot - 3rd generation candy maker, David Dattalo, now operates Chicago's oldest chocolate confectioner, butter toffee and home-made fudge shop which was started by his father in 1962
• The Spice House - Owners of The Spice House, Tom and Patty Erd, are 2nd generation spice merchants whose love of hand-prepared spices, blends, and artisan seasonings will rub off on you
•  Old Town Oil - Founded in 2007 by four brothers from Chicago, Old Town Oil is America's premier supplier of aged balsamic vinegar and 100% extra-virgin olive oils
• Tea Gschwendner - Chicago's leading specialty loose Green, Black, Oolong and White teas merchant whose passion for tea began in the late 70's when they opened their first small tea shop in Germany
• Old Jerusalem - Owner, Ahmed Ali Awad studied the culinary arts back in Lebanon. Since 1976 his family has been serving authentic Middle Eastern dishes in Chicago’s Old Town area
  • 6 tastings of food and drinks
  • Water
  • 3-hour tour of the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhood
  • Professional guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drink

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Meeting point

Meet at Lou Malnati's. Address: 1120 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60610. To get there on foot walk north on N Michigan Ave to E Oak St. Turn left on E Oak Street and walk two blocks to N Rush Street. Turn right on N Rush Street and walk two blocks until you reach Lou Malnati's, located on the west side (left) of the street. To get there by CTA "L" Train take the Red line to the 'Clark/Division' stop. Exit the underground station and continue walking east (towards Lake Michigan) for two blocks on Division Street to the stoplight at the intersection of Division Street and State Street. Turn right on State Street, and walk 1.5 blocks. Lou Malnati's will be located on the hand side of the street.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Restrooms are available during the experience
• The tour is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Unfortunately, due to staircases, it is not wheelchair accessible
• The experience happens rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly
• The tour will be in a small group of no more than 16 guests per guide
• Vegetarian substitutions are available. Please be sure to notify of any serious allergies and aversions
• Please note, tastings and locations are subject to change
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Chicago Food Planet

Product ID: 182258