Before organized food tours, those looking to sample multiple flavors from one neighborhood had to haphazardly lick random sections of sidewalk. Take a more concrete cruise with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a ticket for a food tour from Chicago Food Planet Food Tours (a $45 value). Choose between the following tours:
The normal price of tickets for adolescents is $30 and for children is $15. Scale the appetizing apexes of the Near North or Bucktown/Wicker Park areas on walking tours led by flavor-familiar, neighborhood-knowledgeable guides who augment experiences with historical and architectural facts. On the Near North tour, edibles enthusiasts will be guided through the Gold Coast, Old Town, and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, with savory stops at award-winning Bacino's Pizzeria, spice and seasoning store The Spice House, European bakery Delightful Pastries, authentic Jewish deli Ashkenaz Deli, olive oil and balsamic purveyor Old Town Oil, international tea merchant Tea Gschwendner, and chocolate confectioner The Fudge Pot. The Near North tour meets near Rush and Division Streets seven days a week.
On the Bucktown/Wicker Park tour, food fanatics will be guided through the art-gallery-peppered landscape of these neighborhoods, with scrumptious sojourns to long-standing George's Hot Dogs, James Beard Award finalist Hot Chocolate, gourmet grocer Goddess and Grocer, authentic Middle Eastern deli Sultan's Market, pizzeria and microbrewery Piece, and iCream, an ice-cream parlor that creates custom ice creams, frozen yogurts, and sorbets for each guest. Both tours are three hours long, and include enough food tastings and samples to make a meal or a fully digestible jigsaw puzzle. The Bucktown/Wicker Park tour meets near North, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues Tuesday through Saturday.