• Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?

    Tickets must be purchased in advance as the Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour, Bucktown/Wicker Park Food Tour, Lincoln Park Food Tour and Chinatown Food Tour typically sell out quickly ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling (312) 932-0800. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.

  • Do I need to purchase a ticket if I’m not eating?

    Yes- all guests must purchase a ticket whether they plan to partake in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not able to join the tour for any reason(s). The ticket fees help cover the costs of all the food samplings and also to pay for your tour guide(s) wages, whom are offering valuable commentary on historical, architectural, cultural and restaurant information during our tours.

  • If a food tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

    We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.

  • Are gift certificates available?

    Yes, Chicago Food Planet Gift Certificates are available for all tours offered. To purchase or learn more about our Gift Certificates, please call (312) 932-0800 or click on our Gift Certificates page.

  • Where do each of the Food Tours start? Which is closest?

    Each Food Tour starts at a different location depending on the tour route.

  • How much food is served on the food tour?

    Chicago Food Planet Food Tours serve enough food that for most participants, lunch afterwards is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings along with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.

  • What about taking children on the tour?

    While we offer both adolescent and children tickets, the tours range from 2 to 3.25 hours in length and some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.

  • Can I book a private group tour?

    Yes, Chicago Food Planet Private Group Tours are available for all tours offered. To set up or learn more, please visit our Private Group Tours page and submit a Private Group Tour Request Form. A member of Chicago Food Planet staff will respond within 24 hours.

  • How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?

    Tours generally last between 2 to 3.25 hour depending on the tour route, and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least two sit-down locations on all of our tours for at least 45 minutes total during the tour.

  • Do your tours have anything to offer a native Chicagoan?

    A majority of Chicago Food Planet attendees live right here in Chicago. Chicago locals partcipate to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live in as well as take advantage of knowing the best specialty food store locations and local restaurants in Chicago’s tastiest neighborhoods, away from Downtown and traditional tourists. Consider reviewing our Chicago Foodie Blog to learn more about the Chicago restaurant and dining scene.

  • What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

    We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians, gluten aversions and those who do not drink alcohol, but we CANNOT make substitutions for any other food allergies (such as lactose intolerant or dairy-free) or dietary preferences (such as vegan).

    Substitutions for vegetarians, gluten aversions and those who do not drink alcohol must be requested in advance with your ticket purchase. All food and beverage tastings have been prepared in advance at each location, based on the information you provide to us at the time of ticket purchase. Last minute dietary changes the day of the tour will not be accommodated for any dietary restrictions. This is a carefully produced foodie adventure!

    We work with only the best food partners. Therefore, keeping streamlined policies ensures that guests have a consistently high quality experience. Some partners see us mulitple times a day, so we want to minimize mistakes and ensure a positive experience for our partners and our guests.

    We are sorry if this is an inconvenience. Our Food Tours and events have been designed to highlight the best and most distinctive foods from each establishment. There isn’t always a “next best” option that meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we care about your health, palate and overall experience, we truly appreciate your understanding of this policy.

    If you have SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES and are concerned about contamination, please contact us or call us at 312-932-0800 x750 before purchasing tickets for any of our Food Tours or events.

  • Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?

    The Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour, Bucktown/Wicker Park Food Tour, and Lincoln Park Food Tour routes are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly and accessible. (Note: The Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour has one tasting location that is not wheelchair accessible; however the tasting will be conducted on-site outside.) The Chinatown Food Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Are there vegetarian options on the tour?

    Yes, all tours offer alternative tasting options for vegetarians.

  • Can I shop during the tour?

    We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. We ask you allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location so its important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the participants.

  • When is the best time to take the tour?

    We highly recommend taking our food tours at the beginning of your visit so you allow plenty of time to revisit the wonderful neighborhoods off-the-beaten-path and also enjoy returning to you favorite food tasting locations and redeeming your Tasting Location Coupons. Since tours usually sell out well in advance, there is not a better day of the week versus another.

  • Does the tour leader accept gratuities?

    Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.

  • Are any beverages served on the tour?

    A majority of Chicago Food Planet Food Tours have a drink tasting included in the tour. Additionally, water is provided throughout all of our tours.

  • Does the tour end at the same place we meet?

    No, Chicago Food Planet Food Tours do not finish at the same location as the meeting point. However, detailed instructions are provided after ticket purchase with starting and ending point locations, and all participants receive a map with return directions included at the beginning of the tour. Return trips can be accomplished by walking, taking a Chicago taxi, or taking the CTA “L” trains or bus.  The starting point and ending point locations are listed on each of the tour pages.

  • What restaurants will we visit on the tour?

    A list of all the current tasting locations can be found at the Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour, Bucktown & Wicker Park Food Tour, Lincoln Park Food Tour, or Chinatown Food Tour pages. Food-tasting locations can change without notice.

  • What types of foods are served on the tour?

    Food is provided by ethnic eateries, specialty food shops and local restaurants. For a better idea of what types of eateries we will visit, a list of the food tasting locations can be found on the Gold Coast and Old Town Food TourBucktown/Wicker Park Food Tour, Lincoln Park Food Tour and Chicago Chinatown Food Tour product pages.

  • Are tours offered only in English?

    Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please email us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour or if you are interested in a tour in a different language as we are able to accommodate most requests ahead of time.

  • Are the Food Tours run year-round?

    The Food Tours are run seasonally between March and November only. We do not operate any Food Tours between December and February. Click on our Tour Calendar to see the updated list of events.

  • What happens if it rains or snows?

    The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We also provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.

  • If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?

    If you are bringing an infant / very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets in the Notes section.

  • Are bathrooms available during the tour?

    Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.

  • Are cameras allowed on the tour?

    Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour.

  • Do we only walk around and sample food?

    Absolutely not! Chicago Food Planet Tours combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 3-hour experience. Imagine walking through Chicago eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals. Lastly, read our Chicago Foods, Dining and Restaurants Blog that gives an insiders view into the evolving Chicago food scene.

  • Is wine tasting included on the tour?

    Currently, we do not participate in wine tastings on any of our food tasting and cultural walking tours  However, we do participate in a sake tasting on the Gold Coast & Old Town Food Tour and a beer tasting on the Bucktown & Wicker Park Food Tour.

  • Is there parking near the tour meeting point?

    Yes, there is both private and public parking located near the meeting point of the Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour, Bucktown & Wicker Park Food Tour, Lincoln Park Food Tour and Chicago Chinatown Food Tour. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s) with location, pricing, and hours.