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Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour

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Explore the dramatic transformations of this industrial-to-chic neighborhood while sampling delicious gourmet foods. This walking tour highlights the local art, boutique culture and the massive corporation presences within a post-industrial neighborhood.
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Duration 2 hours
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  • Explore first-hand the effects of urban renewal and development with changing industries
  • Taste boutique quality treats, that currently operate in the post-industrial area
  • Experience the culture that has grown from an alternative late 20th century, now part of a high-income culture
  • Learn about the history of the industrial era, the effects and the current trends on consumerism
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Discover the dramatic transformations of Chicago’s most rapidly booming neighborhood on this walking tour. Over the course of this 2 hour excursion, you will get a glimpse of Fulton Market’s meatpacking past and enjoy a taste of its gourmet present.

The tour title “Factories to Calories” is named so because of the Fulton Market's shift from a place of production of appliances, furniture and meat products to a hub of consumption for food and drink. Starting with a grand view to see the train and highway systems that made Fulton Market into a vital industrial and meatpacking district throughout much of the 1900s. View the industrial features that have been updated into a design aesthetic showcasing the history.

A one mile jaunt through the neighborbood highlighting the features of dramatic change along the way. As recently as the 1980's and 90's, Fulton Market housed parties, drug busts and low-rent art galleries. The alternative culture have left their mark as today these commercial tenants are high-end retailers and youth-culture corporations like Google. The urban renewal history will be heavily broken down along the tour, as you will be able to taste the fruits of change. 

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Artisanal deli meat sample from Publican Quality Meats
  • Half-size signature sub at J.P. Graziano
  • Sample-size glass of beer and pickles at Haymarket Pub & Brewery
  • All gratuities for servers
  • Special gifts

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Meeting point

Stumptown Coffee at 311 N Morgan St

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Product ID: 155244