We Speak Food!

We believe food is the universal language that connects people and at Chicago Food Planet, we are your ambassador to all things connected to Chicago Food.

We love showcasing the delicious food, robust history and unique culture Chicago has to offer. We believe food is the universal language that unites people. Our experiences are curated to connect you to the greatest food city in the world and the people within it. That's why our goal is to curate experiences that showcase Chicago as the greatest food city in the world.

Our friendly and passionate Food Ambassadors are proud to share our cultural discoveries and culinary knowledge with you. Let us take you on a journey that introduces you to the best of the best, opening up a whole new world just waiting to be explored! We can't wait to show you Chicago!

Bon appétit!

- Your Friends At Chicago Food Planet

We love Chicago (especially the food). Let us show you why!


Meet Our Team That Makes It All Happen!

Our team members are Chicago locals that are inspired by the roaring food scene. Let us take you on an tasty adventure full of food, humor, and history.

Shane Kost

Shane Kost

CEO & Founder

Shane founded CFP in 2006. Shane has traveled to over 40 countries and between 2009 & 2013, he drove his motorcycle from Chicago, IL to Patagonia, Argentina; covering more than 25,000 miles.

Best Bite: Anything from Yusho's Japanese Grill

Loved Libation: Caipirinha

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Gina Schammel

Sales & Private Events Director

I'm frequently trying new restaurants and cocktail bars. I also love to travel - last trip was to Boston & Portland, ME. My favorite trip thus far is my visit to Peru a few years ago!

Best Bite: Ramen from Wasabi

Loved Libation: The Finn Tonic at Chicago Distilling Company

Brian Tuttle

Brian Tuttle

Senior Tour & Events Director

Brian is relatively new to the food tour industry, coming from a long career in arts and non-profit leadership. In his free time he writes, chases soccer balls and dreams about playing pro ping pong.

Best Bite: Spring Rolls from Belly Up

Loved Libation: Malted Milk ball Madness from Burger Bar

Marketing Director

Randi Alexander

Marketing Director

Randi grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. After traveling the United States looking for the best hole-in-the-wall bars and mom and pop restaurants, she found her home with Chicago Food Planet.

Best Bite: Cheeseburger from Small Cheval

Loved Libation: Old Fashioned from Buck's Chicken & Biscuits

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Shannon

Senior Operations Coordinator

I moved here from Tucson to finish my business degree at Columbia College Chicago and came to CFP in 2016. I love to eat, ride my bike across the city & then eat again because I'm always hungry!

Best Bite: LOVE The Chicago Mix Popcorn from Berco's

Loved Libation: House Old Fashioned from Fat Rice

Jade

Jade

Food Ambassador & Route Captain

I have lived in Chicago since 2005 and love discovering new restaurants. Although I am a vegetarian, I can always find unique things to eat. Additionally, I love coffee & reading anything I can find.

Best Bite: The Southern Food at Wishbone

Loved Libation: Intelligentsia -They have hands down the best coffee in the city

Philip

Philip

Food Ambassador & Route Captain

Philip moved to Chicago from New Mexico. He works on stage and on camera in Chicago when he isn't leading tours. Philip holds his BA in communication, media, & theatre from Northeastern IL University.

Best Bite: The Modern Cuisine Creations from Next

Loved Libation: Revolution Brewery's "Fist City"

Jaci

Jaci

Food Ambassador & Route Captain

I was brought up as a child of the military, which means travel has been a big part of my life since birth. I love talking about books, trying to finish the NYT crossword and listening to musicals.

Best Bite: Elly's Pancake House in Old Town

Loved Libation: Koval Bourbon Whiskey, made here in Chicago.

Rachel

Rachel

Food Ambassador & Route Captain

My love for this city fueled me and led me to this job. A friend calls me 'Chicago's most enthusiastic resident', and I think that pretty much sums it up.

Best Bite: Sausage Sampler at Gene's Sausage Shop's rooftop beer garden

Loved Libation: Port Sour cocktail at Band of Bohemia

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Terry

Food Ambassador

Born in Chicago, grew up in Texas, transferred back to Chicago for business 25 years ago. When I’m not enjoying the Chicago food scene, I enjoy bike riding with my cycling friends & seeing live music

Best Bite: Anything from Twin Anchors

Loved Libation: Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island

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Jess L

Food Ambassador

I'm a lousy cook. But I'm really good at ordering food and going out to restaurants. Sushi, rueben sandwiches, lobster rolls = yes, please. I've lived in Wicker Park for the past 8 years & love it!

Best Bite: Steak from RPM Steak

Loved Libation: Daily Grog from Queen Mary

Alex

Alex

Food Ambassador

Originally from Los Angeles, Alex is a writer, actor, musician, and improviser in Chicago. She performs improv and musical theatre around the city, as well as play piano for musical improv and sketch.

Best Bite: All of the Ramen!

Loved Libation: Any cocktail from Barrelhouse Flat in Lincoln Park

Cat

Cat

Food Ambassador

I will try anything at least once. If I'm not sippin' on bubble tea in Chinatown or enjoying some delightful Pho you can probably find me either performing in or watching an improv comedy show.

Best Bite: Ribs from Twin Anchors in Old Town

Loved Libation: Rye Manhattan from The Green Mill

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Jim

Food Ambassador

I moved to Chicago in 2015 from Las Vegas, Nevada. I grew up in both New England and the South which means I can speak with a “wicked good” southern or northern accent, y’all.

Best Bite: Deep Dish Pizza topped w/ meatballs & ricotta

Loved Libation: The Northman Bar, Northman House Cider

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Bailey

Food Ambassador

I'm a Chicago-born writer and comedian. I've spent lots of time living in Switzerland, where I subsided on a diet of potatoes and cheese. I now get to share my love of carbs with our tour participants

Best Bite: Brownies From Any Chicago Restaurant

Loved Libation: The Portillo's Cake Shake

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Anne

Food Ambassador

Anne is a Chicago native and an actor, singer, and writer who works on-camera and in the Chicago theatre community. She is also a nonprofit development consultant.

Best Bite: Bleu Burger from Moody's Pub

Loved Libation: Manhattan from Calo Ristorante

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Jess S.

Food Ambassador

I absolutely love this city and spend almost all of my disposable income on fine dining in Chicago. I have an adventurous palate and sometimes I'll even ask the waiter to select my meal for me.

Best Bite: Jalapeno Queso Dip at Bandera

Loved Libation: Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita from Revolucion Steakhouse

Allie

Allie

Food Ambassador

When she’s not paddle-boarding on Lake Michigan or heading to the latest and great brunch spot, you’ll find her running to her next acting audition or drinking wine with friends on a Chicago rooftop.

Best Bite: Buck's Chicken and Biscuits in Wicker Park

Loved Libation: The Chai Latte's at The Bourgeois Pig

Mona

Mona

Hungry Hound

Hi! I'm Mona, a smooth Collie that likes to be pet, lay in the sun and herd all animals (or Food Ambassadors) when given the chance!

Best Bite: The best are found under the table.

Loved Libation: Water from The Hose


Interested in joining our team and leading tours?

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