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Lonely Planet Experiences Private Chicago Food Tour

Join us for the ultimate culinary trip in Chicago's River North neighborhood, where you'll be accompanied by a local guide who will show you the best places to try some of the city's most popular delicacies.
Chicago, United States
Duration
Duration
2 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start at 4 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Chicago
What's Included

  • Local Guide
  • English-speaking guide 
  • Variety of food samples (such as a Chicago-style hot dog, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef)
What to Expect

Your private Chicago food tour will take you through the River North neighborhood — the original Chicago foodie destination — to sample some world-famous Chicago dishes, local favorites and a sweet treat. It’s an afternoon that will leave you full of delicious food and memories for a lifetime! 

 

We start with a very well-known Chicago dish: the Chicago-style hot dog. Perfect for summers at a baseball game (cheering on the Cubs or Sox of course), or for a quick lunch on a work day, this local take on a hot dog is a debate-worthy food in Chicago and is taken very seriously by locals. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you’ll get a chance to try your guide's favorite version. 

 

Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza! An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. Your guide will take you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself. 

 

After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, we’ll take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential when it comes to Chicago’s food culture. One is a sight to behold. This uniquely Midwest phenomenon is filled to the brim with kitsch and 1950s retro love, and you have to see it to believe it. The other stop is a restaurant born in Chicago and recognized by nearly everyone on earth. This location is something special, with impeccable design elements, a live vertical garden, solar panels and a beautiful atrium. 

 

We’ll then continue our tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef. This hearty meal came about during the Depression, and it’s here to stay. You’ll sample this sandwich in a real city institution — no-frills decor included! 

 

Finally, it’s time for something sweet inside a truly local hangout. Your guide will show you to one of the oldest establishments in the city — either a classic Italian restaurant or a local watering hole with deep Prohibition roots. Here, you’ll enjoy a dessert with the opportunity to relax and purchase a beverage of your choice.  

 

We’ll conclude your private Chicago foodie experience here, with easy access to the ‘L’.  Even if you say you’ll never be hungry again, don’t forget to note some great dinner recommendations from you guide. You won’t regret it! 

 

This tour is priced for a minimum group size of four travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for four travellers

Pickup Locations
  • <p>Holy Name Cathedral (outside the front entrance), 735 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654</p>
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