Chicago Food Planet's Story
~ 2006 ~

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.

These experiences combined with many others inspired us to create Chicago’s first neighborhood food experiences through our most historic and savory “off-the-beaten-path” communities that visitors and even locals don’t typically encounter.

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.

Our Recos:

  • Many people don’t know we offer Private & Custom Group Experiences. This is great for when you have a celebration (like a birthday or bachelorette party) or perhaps a corporate or work outing (above you will see a fun picture of some of our staff having a work party at Piece Pizza with the owner and Doug from Hot Dougs.)If a private group experience is something you’re interested in let your guide know or contact our team at
  • Be adventurous! There are so many great neighborhood restaurants to explore in the city. Expand your palate and try, try, try.


We offer 5 other experiences:

  • The 3-1-Chew Tour (named after Named after Chicago’s primary area code (312), you’ll explore food & culture from the really hip neighborhoods of Bucktown & Wicker Park.
  • Our Second City Classic, which is our original tour started way back in 2006. This brings to life the Gold Coast & Old Town neighborhoods while you enjoy the diverse food and history of the Second City.
  • The World’s Fare is our signature evening happy hour experience Enjoy 4 bountiful food & drink pairings from around the world as we journey through Chicago’s past dating back to The World’s Fair of 1893.
  • Our cultural immersion experience, the Chinatown Adventure explores authentic regional styles of Chinese cuisine and teaches you more about this exceptional Chicago neighborhood and how it reflects from mainland China.
  • The Best In Chow tour, which is sampling the Greatest Hits of Chicago Food over a nice jaunt through the downtown River North and Streeterville neighborhoods.
  • Gateway To The West Loop allows you to discover what is largely considered Chicago’s hottest foodie neighborhood as you taste foods from award-winning chefs and learn about West Loop’s restaurant revolution.

Come Back & See Us!

10% Off Any Future Experiences. Use code "FOODIEFUN" on our website.

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

Tour Length3 hours
Cost$80 Adult | $50 Adolescent | Free Child (6 & Under)
Tour Distance1.3 Miles

Sunday Funday never tasted so good! Hop on this fast-paced tour as we brunch our way around Wrigleyville!

Tour Length3 Hours
Cost$85 Adult With Alcohol | $65 Adult (no alcohol) | $50 Adolescent | Free Child (6 & Under)
Tour Distance0.8 Miles
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