Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

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In a Nutshell

Local guides talk about the architecture and history of River North or Wicker Park while stopping at places such as Xoco and Antique Taco

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Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Food tours begin April 1. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. 72 hours advance notice to reschedule a tour; otherwise $15 per person fee. Arrive 10 minutes early for tour. Vegetarian options available; no gluten-free or vegan options. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $42 for a three-hour walking food tour for one ($55 value)
  • $81 for a three-hour walking food tour for two ($110 value)

Customers explore the history, architecture, and food of either Chicago’s Wicker Park or River North neighborhood. On both tours, local guides lead small groups on a leisurely two-mile walk, pausing to point out interesting architecture and explain the history of the neighborhood and its cuisine. Along the way, groups sample six dishes from famous restaurants and lesser known eateries.

In Wicker Park, that might mean stopping for homemade meatballs and charcuterie at The Chop Shop or grabbing a snack at Antique Taco. In River North, guides might fill the day’s edible itinerary with buttermilk donuts at The Doughnut Vault or Mexican cuisine at Xoco, run by Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless.

Kids younger than 5 can tag along for free, provided they don’t participate in the tastings. With advanced notice, guides may also be able to accommodate culinary restrictions such as allergies. See the tour schedule.

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago introduces tourists and locals to the Windy City's thriving food scene via deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs, and ethnic cuisine. Two neighborhoods in particular brim with famous restaurants and hidden eateries: Wicker Park and River North.

On their streets, Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago's local guides lead groups on walking explorations, pausing frequently to taste everything from cupcakes to Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless's Mexican cuisine. Food stands at the crossroads of each neighborhood's culture, and the guides use it as a jumping off point to discuss local history and architecture. They might spin tales of how Wicker Park was once a hotbed of European immigration or how River North accumulated a wealth that would make John D. Rockefeller's piggy bank tremble with envy.

Customer Reviews

Such an amazing and awesome experience. Jodi, our tour guide was very sweet and funny! She was knowledgable about more than just the food but the city as well! We had a great time and would HIGHLY recommended it to anyone and everyone! Make sure you wear comfy shoes because you do walk quite a bit in the 3 hours, but the food and experience is worth it!
Kaitlyn B. · August 22, 2016
Very fun and such a great experience. Glad we did the food tour.
Angelica P. · April 6, 2014
Great food, interesting architecture, friendly and knowledgeable guide. I would highly recommend this tour!
Micki K. · December 10, 2013

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