Taking a food tour is the best way to experience a city's unique tastes, followed closely by sticking your head out a cab window and opening your mouth. Get a taste of Chicago with this Groupon.
- $24 for a three-hour walking food tour for one (a $49 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 a Chicago-style hot dog at The Haute and The Dog, grabbing a snack at Antique Taco, or biting into Pizano's famous deep dish pizzas. In River North, guides might fill the day's edible itinerary with sweets from More Cupcakes—which also houses an art gallery—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. Click here for 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.