It can be hard to narrow down your eating options in such a great dining city. So make things easier by trying a guided dining tour. Whether you want to explore a certain neighborhood or learn about the history of meat, Chicago has a dining tour that will leave you with many delicious memories.
Chicago Food Planet's walking tours will help you discover the food scene in three different neighborhoods: Near North, Bucktown/Wicker Park, and Chinatown. During each tour, you'll visit five to seven restaurants, bakeries, and delis, which will give you a sense of where locals go to dine. In Near North, the tour includes a Jewish deli, a Polish bakery, and deep-dish pizza. In Bucktown, the tour includes hot dogs, a brewpub, and pastries, while the Chinatown tour features bites from Cantonese, Szechuan, and other Asian cuisines. The tours also provide cultural and historical details about the neighborhood.
Tastebud Tours will give you a crash course in Chicago cuisine over a three-hour walking tour. The Sweet Chicago tour highlights chocolates and desserts from restaurants and shops in the Gold Coast and on Michigan Avenue and includes a visit to The Drake Hotel's Palm Court Tea Room. For an overview of Chicago's classic dishes, sign up for the Flavors of Chicago tour, Savor Chicago tour, or Taste Chicago tour for deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and burgers.
A visit to Chicago isn't complete without a piping hot pizza, and Chicago Pizza Tours will take you on a tour bus and drive you to different neighborhoods so you can try deep dish, tavern style, artisanal, and Neapolitan pies. Pizzerias on the tour include Pequod's, Gino's East, Flo and Santos, and Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana. Make it a night out with the Pizza & Cocktails tour, which includes a glass of wine or beer at each stop.
Learn about the history of meat in Chicago with Chicago Detours' special tour, From Cuts to Cult, held June 1 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The walking tour, led by food writer David McAninch, takes you around Fulton Market and includes a tour of an old meatpacking plant, a visit to an artisan butcher, a tasting of grass-fed beef at Grange Hall Burger Bar, and a lesson on cutting meat at Northwestern Cutlery. Chicago Detours also offers regular architecture walks and bar tours.
Discover the city through its bars with walking tours from Chicago Beer Experience. There's a Lakeview and Lincoln Park tour and a Bucktown and Wicker Park tour, each of which will take you to a variety of bars and teach you about the history of beer in Chicago. The Lakeview and Lincoln Park tour includes visits to an Irish pub, a beer-and-bacon bar, a specialty liquor store, and other stops. On the Bucktown and Wicker Park tour, you'll visit an arcade bar, a comfort food-driven bar, and other bars.
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