Chicago’s rich with diversity, from activities to people to food. That is why whether you are visiting or a native, a Chicago Food Tour is a phenomenal idea. Not only might you learn of a few new places to indulge in, but you are also able to taste food from many establishments at a very affordable price. Some of these tours are perfect for dates, others for families, beer lovers or chocolate fiends (such as myself). These tours are also a great excuse to get outside and venture the city while the weather is phenomenal.
Chicago Food Tours:
Chef Driven Food Tours
Chef Driven Food Tours is one of Chicago’s premiere walking food tours. They stand out in this delicious sector of business by not only featuring some of the best eateries in the city, but by also having a team that is comprised solely of native Chicago hospitality industry professionals. That means that everyone guiding you around has or currently works in Chicago’s restaurant or bar scene – there is a 10 year experience minimum requirement. There really is no better guide than someone who is in the know.
They don’t waste your time with chain restaurants and the typical Chicago staples, they take you off of the tourist path and into the hidden gems. You explore Chicago’s culture rich neighborhoods and the eateries that make them special. You won’t only learn about food, but also the sights, sounds, art and history of your surroundings.
Chicago Dine Around
Chicago Dine Around has unique layouts for their food tours. Their public offering is ‘the Progressive Dining Tour’ which stops at three different restaurants. The first treats you to wine and’hors d’oeuvres, the second is the entree and the third stop is for dessert and coffee. The transportation also gives you a nice tour of the city.
If you are looking for something different for your private event, or an outside the box corporate event, Chicago Dine Around has phenomenal choices to help you stand out and make it an unforgettable night.
Chicago Food Planet Tours
Chicago Food Planet Tours is a walking tour that everyone can enjoy. Their food tours typically last approximately 2-3.5 hours depending on location, but the most strenuous part is deciding when to call it the last bite so you are hungry for your next stop. They let you choose the neighborhood to explore-Gold Coast & Old Town,’Bucktown & Wicker Park,’Chinatown or’Lincoln Park. This give your the opportunity to view the places that interest you the most. Even if you are a Chicagoan, you will be able to get an expert look into a neighborhood that you may know nothing about.
Bikes, Bites, and Brews Tour
This’endearing idea comes to us from Bobby’s Bike Hike. Biking around Chicago is enjoyable all in itself’ add in food and beer and it escalates quickly. As you roll through the famous Wrigleyville, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview and Lincoln you’ll be able to take in the sights and prepare your appetite for the next stop. You’ll be taking in pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and of course beer (Vegi-options available). 4’hours and 13’miles later, you may just be ready for some more beer when you finish.
Chicago Favorites Food Tour
Bobby’s Bike Hike has is a very versatile business’ which is probably why they know that many people’s tastes are also versatile. This tour hangs out in downtown Chicago, showcasing some of the most beautiful and iconic restaurants. You will be treated to all the favorites’ pizza, hot dogs, craft beers and finishing it off with a brownie. Why a brownie? Because this brownie is made by the people that invented it. Yep, Chicago claims that title as well. This 3 hour tour spans 1.5 miles and is easily walkable.
Bobby’s Sweet Tooth Tour
This time, Bobby’s Bike Hike tackles the sweet goodness that is sprinkled around Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods. It isn’t the same thing over and over at each stop either. Garrett’s makes an appearance for their world famous popcorn. Sarah’s Candies on Oak Street will be very hard to leave. Lincoln Park provides you with Sweet Mandy B’s and their tantalizing cupcakes. Perfect for a hot summer day is the ice cream from Bobtail. This tour takes 3 hours and covers 3.5 miles of easy walking.
Historical Pub Crawl
A pub crawl is one of the most entertaining ways to spend the evening. Chicago Detours offers an informative look into Chicago’s deep roots into alcohol, especially the time around prohibition. This pub tour last around 2.5 hours and spans 3/4 of a mile as you visit historic bars and learn the history behind the stops including prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, architecture and social clubs. Eat, drink, learn and be merry.
Chinatown Food Tour
There may be a plethora of Chinatown food tours out there, but this is the only one where the guides are of full Chinese ancestry. Chinatown is truly a fascinating part of Chicago – it really does feel like you have stepped into a whole other country. This 3-hour tour will take you to 4 different authentic Chinese restaurants to taste delicacies from all of China’s regions. You will also be introduced to’traditional Chinese tea and medicine in some of Chinatown’s oldest shops.
Chicago Pizza Tours
Perhaps one of the most famous things to ever come out of the city is the famous Chicago deep dish pizza. This tour serves as a meal replacement so come hungry. Deep dish isn’t the only style on the menu though, thin crust and other forms rise to the occasion to allow you taste all Chicago has to offer. You will tour through downtown, as well as the neighborhoods, seeking out the best of the best. You will find yourself in the kitchens, learning about what makes these pies so special’ as well as the people that have created them.
Chocolate Tour of Chicago
To be completely honest’ I almost blacked out just thinking about this tour. Chocolate is my kryptonite. But not in a bad sense; in the sense that I am transported straight to a utopia with the first bite. Chicago has a deep history with chocolate, dating back to 1852. Ghirardelli is the second oldest chocolate company in the good ‘ole U.S. of A. The stops continue at West Town Bakery – their chocolate cake is so good that it doesn’t even make sense. Best part, they use organic, all natural ingredients in all of their goodies. Next is Vosges for their unique designer truffles – ginger to wasabi and much more in between. L’Appetito is Chicago’s first Italian bakery, known for their gelato. Glazed & Infused to sink your teeth into a fresh baked chocolate donut. Then to More Cupcakes for, well, cupcakes! This tour along the Magnificent Mile lasts around 2 hours.