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Best in Chow: Chicago River North Food Tour provided by Chicago Food Planet

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Best in Chow: Chicago River North Food Tour

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Chicago's famous food scene is a huge part of its identity but finding the best of all the options can be daunting. Let a foodie-guide show you the way on this culinary-focused tour of the River North neighborhood. Fill your belly with five tastings of the famous cuisine and avoid waiting in any queues with skip-the-line VIP privileges.
  • Explore Chicago on foot, with food tastings to fuel you
  • Enough tastings to make for a full lunch
  • Learn about places you might like to go back to during your stay
  • Details about Chicago's culinary history from a foodie-guide
What to Expect
Naturally, the meeting point for this Chicago food tour is Lou Malnati's pizzeria, where you'll get to know your guide and group and get your taste of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza. This tour allows you to skip any waiting lines and sink your teeth into that piece of pie right away, which will fuel you up for the next 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers) or so of walking.  Learn about the origins of some of Chicago's famous dishes while you walk, a commentary often missing in do-it-yourself food tours. Your guide is well-versed in the history and culinary culture of each tasting you'll have over the next few hours. You'll also see some major landmarks as you try pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, roast beef, and other local specialties.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
150–180 minutes
Return Details
Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Maginificent Mile, 165 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  • Food tastings, enough for a full lunch
  • Neighborhood guide
  • 1.4 miles of walking, helping you to explore Chicago
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Participants are urged to bring sun glasses, sun screen, and/or a hat during the summer months.
  • Participants will be on their feet and outdoors for most of the walking tour, so please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes (flip-flops, high heels, and dress-shoes are not recommended.)
  • Check the weather! Umbrellas on rainy days, warm layers on cold days, and cool clothing on hot days will make your experience much more enjoyable.
  • During the months of December through March, the tour is decreased to 2.5 hours and does not stop at XOCO
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Patricia A wrote a review Mar. 2020
Miami, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
The restaurant selection, the food, the experience... everything was AMAZING... we were SO LUCKY to have LUKE as our tour guide, he was fun, engaging, knowledgeable and a great storyteller! we will definitely do another tour with CHICAGO FOOD PLANET!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sydney H wrote a review Mar. 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
We were super lucky to be in this group! We had a great time and Dave was an awesome tour guide! Would recommend for anyone that is local or out of town.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Ashley M wrote a review Mar. 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
David was the best tour guide ever! I did the Best in Chow food tour, and we had a delicious deep dish pizza with a butter crust, a uniquely flavored Italian beef sandwich, one of Portillo’s famous hotdogs (the one with the pickle on it), Garrett’s mix popcorn, and a Nutella
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Date of experience: March 2020
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krisek-t wrote a review Mar. 2020
Sheboygan, Wisconsin27 contributions1 helpful vote
The food tour hit all the original locations of Chicago’s favorites!! Luke was our tour guide and was able to share a lot of history of the foods we tried, the neighborhoods we visited, and of the city! Deep Dish Pizza, Italian Beef and Chicago Hot Dogs oh my!!
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Chase W wrote a review Feb. 2020
1 contribution
Dave was an awesome tour guide! We highly recommend doing as many of these tours as you can, while in town!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Morgan P
Great for anyone looking to experience new foods in the west loop
kinda pricey but definitely worth it! all of the food was amazing and our tour guide was great and very information
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Informative and delicious
I went on the West Loop tour with some colleagues and it was great. Bill was our tour guide, and even though we are
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Great Tour
We had a great time waking around the West Loop and learning the history of the area. The food was great! This is
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Definitely worth it!
The food was great and I also got to learn not only about the history of the food but also bit of Chicago history.
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Wonderful tour of the West Loop
I had been to the West Loop before, but not being from Chicago, I walked past everything with no knowledge of where
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Great tour, great food, great fun
The tour was super fun, the history tid bits were informative and interesting, presented in a fun way. The food is
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Our food tour in Navy Pier was a blast and a great way to try Chicago’s best foods! We appreciated too that it was
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I booked this tour this past weekend for the Navy Pier food tour. Our tour guide was Faith, who was personable, and
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We stumbled on this tour during a weekend trip to Chicago and it was amazing! Our guide Terry was very fun and know
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  • Duration: 150–180 minutes
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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