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Eat & Explore Tours
  • Want to explore Chicago’s unique neighborhoods – experiencing the city’s diverse food culture firsthand and exploring its streets? Then book an Eat & Explore walking tour. We’ll guide you off the beaten path, sharing the city’s history and stories of the many immigrants that have made Chicago a one-of-a-kind destination. You’ll enjoy plenty of food tastings along the way at carefully selected ethnic markets, snack shops and specialty gourmet stores. Whether you’re visiting from out-of-town or a local resident, you’ll find there’s a great deal to Eat & Explore in Chicago! Eat & Explore: Lincoln Square Join us for a 2 ½-hour walking tour of Lincoln Square, a North Side neighborhood beloved for its European charm. Learn about the history and culture of this historically German enclave. See the last building designed by famed American architect Louis Sullivan and other dynamic public art. Visit the Square’s popular gourmet shops, including Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, Savory Spice Shop, The Chopping Block and Flirty Cupcakes, enjoying delectable food tastings along the way! Don’t miss this great neighborhood adventure! Eat & Explore: Devon Avenue (Chicago’s Little India) Join us for a 2 ½-hour Culinary Tour of Devon Avenue, one of Chicago's most dynamic commercial districts! We'll lead you to fresh turmeric, cardamom, and a host of other pantry treasures. Enjoy stops at two Indian grocery stores, a specialty shop that sells imported kitchenware, a home goods store and a snack shop for a warm cup of chai. Partake in plenty of snacking along the way! Tour participants receive copies of the guide Chef Susan's favorite South Indian family recipes and a tip sheet for selecting spices. THE GUIDE Susan Pachikara is a trained chef, cooking teacher and long-time Chicago resident. She has South Indian roots and loves to frequent Chicago ethnic neighborhoods to fill her pantry and belly. Susan also curates the Cardamom Kitchen food blog.