There's a saying in Chicago: For every taste, there is a tour. Well, not really, but it should be because if you have a taste for it, Chicago has a food tour for it.
For a tour of the melting pot that is Chicago, experience the cuisine of the city's ethnic communities with Chicago Food Planet Food Tours. Neighborhood dining tours touch on the multicultural influences and area history while you explore independent eateries and specialty food stores just off the beaten path. You might stop into a James Beard Award-winning spot in Bucktown, take a seat for some dim-sum in Chinatown or get a whiff of exotic seasoning blends at the Spice House in Old Town. Eat and shop like the locals do on these 3-hour epicurean adventures that include enough food samples to fill up for lunch... and enough walking to burn the calories off!
Join Tastebud Tours in the city of deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef. Have it all with samplings of these iconic dishes synonymous with our great city, plus get introduced to restaurants that are uniquely Chicago on the Taste Chicago Tour. Stops include the oldest family-run establishment in the nation as well as a landmark hotel that was the birthplace of the brownie. Or satisfy your sweet tooth with their Sweet Chicago Tour, where mouthwatering bites from candy to chocolate to pastries are the focus.
Considering Chicago's standing as the "Candy Capital of America," this tour is a delectable combination of history and dessert.
What better way to experience a culture than through food? Travel to the north side neighborhood of West Rogers Park for an immersive journey into Chicago's "Little India." With Spice of Life Tours, visit Devon Avenue to enjoy the many facets of the Indian/Pakistani community through its locally-owned restaurants and businesses. Sample some chaat before heading to a Henna tattoo parlor. Snack on samosas then stop by a Sikh Temple. Sip on Sufi wine after you browse the sari fashions. Finish with dessert and maybe drop in for a yoga demo. On this tour, you'll be spending just as much time picking up on the cultural traditions and customs as you will chowing down on food. Longtime Chicago resident Susan Pachikara (who herself is a trained chef and cooking instructor) leads Eat & Explore Tours. Soak in all the sights, sounds and tastes of Devon Avenue and walk away with a greater understanding of all the spices and flavor profiles, plus a collection of her favorite South Indian family recipes. For an immersion into Old World European charm, the Lincoln Square option will take you to some of the neighborhood's top gourmet shops.
Savor the city "one slice at a time" during a delicious exploration of culturally significant and locally-owned pizzerias with Chicago Pizza Tours. Serving up sample slices from downtown and neighborhood favorites, the selection is a tour de globe ranging from deep dish done the Chicago way to authentic Neapolitan pies and thin crust of the Bolzano region.
Each Chicago Dine-Around Progressive Dining Tour includes three famous Chicago restaurants. Hors d'oeuvres are served at the first restaurant, the main course at the second, and dessert at the third. Chicago Dine-Around selects restaurants that enjoy excellent reviews and that accommodate tour guests with preferential treatment. Meals include wine, and alternate menu options are available for vegetarians and those with food sensitivities.
It's not all about the grub, though. The Chicago Beer Experience celebrates one of the world's most beloved beverages with tasty walking tours. Choose from two neighborhood routes that are guided by certified beer experts. Beer tastings include several Midwestern craft brews, and a dose of local history as well.
Burn off a few calories while you sip and sample with Bobby's Bike Hike and their Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour. Take advantage of your wheels to see even more of the city as you cruise through multiple neighborhoods and sample from each of Chicago's four favorite food groups — pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and beer! A strictly-walking option, Chicago Favorites Food Tour, is available year round as well.
Please note: Some of the above tours are available seasonally and are weather dependent. Please check with each tour company for availability.