Chicago Food Planet's Story

We began our research over 15 years ago when we started strolling the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods in search of the famous foods Chicago was known for.

The love affair began with our first bite of Chicago deep-dish pizza from Lou’s, quickly followed by the aroma and taste of the Lake Shore Drive seasoning from The Spice House, and for dessert a delicious piece of butter toffee from The Fudge Pot.

We continued exploring Chicago’s other celebrated neighborhoods one delicious taste at a time and devoured as much historical, architectural and cultural anecdotes along the way.

The team at Chicago Food Planet is proud to share our knowledge and discoveries with you today and our hope is that you’ll return to these neighborhoods with confidence and take advantage of the wide range of food, entertainment and cultural options they have to offer.

Famous for: AMAZING neighborhood food experiences

Founded by: Shane Kost, current CEO of Chicago Food Planet and Founder/President of the Global Food Tourism Association.

Savor Chinatown with a full immersion into the culinary & ethnic pageantry at five authentic, mouthwatering sit-down restaurants [Seasonal]

Tour Length3 hours
Cost$75 Adult | $90 Adult VIP | $40 Youth
Tour Distance1.3 Miles
NeighborhoodsChinatown

Explore historic Mom & Pop specialty food shops and indulge in classic Chicago tastes in Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods [Seasonal]

Tour Length3 hours
Cost$60 Adult | $72 Adult VIP | $35 Youth
Tour Distance1.3 Miles
NeighborhoodsGold Coast & Old Town