Experience “Chicago-Style” food as you devour 5 iconic dishes from the famous restaurants that perfected them - taste the "Best In Chow".Get Tickets
Learn the meaning of “Chicago-Style” as you experience 6 iconic dishes from the famous restaurants that perfected them in downtown Chicago.
Departs every half hour beginning at 11:00am, on select days of the week - check calendar.
Experiences happen rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly (ponchos are provided).
Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
Restrooms available during the experience.
Small groups of no more than 16 guests per expert guide.
Vegetarian substitutions are available. Notify us of SERIOUS allergies or aversions.
An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower. The areas visited are popular destinations for tourists and locals alike as quality entertainment is easy to find.
When visiting Chicago there are leading restaurants that are “must visits” and this tour is the only one that visits them all. You try the best of Chicago’s chow – now do you get the “Best In Chow”?
You’ll visit Lou Malnatis (Chicago-style deep dish), Al’s Beef (Italian Beef Sandwich), Garrett Popcorn (Chicago-style Popcorn), and Portillo’s (Chicago-style Hot Dog). Plus, Rick Bayless is quite possibly our city’s most beloved chef and guests (on Tuesday-Saturday tours) will have the unique opportunity to taste his contemporary take on churros. Visiting on Sundays? Enjoy a unique donut from Firecakes, a renowned donut shop loved by locals.
Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!
Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.
The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.
The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.
From Florence to Chicago, Chef Courtney's passion for food is contagious as he serves up delicious comfort foods with a creative twist in this modern American Gastropub.
Rick and Deann Bayless have been well-known and loved names in the Chicago restaurant scene since 1987. They opened this contemporary expression of Mexico’s beloved street food.
One of Chicago's favorite donut shops, Chef and Dough Master, Jonathan Fox, opened this old fashioned style sweet shop with heirloom recipes.
We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians, but we CANNOT provide substitutions for any other allergies or dietary preferences. Allergies and preferences must be indicated in advance at the time of ticket purchase. Please notify us of any serious allergies so we can tell you which food(s) to avoid.
We provide water for you at many of the tasting locations. However, we always recommend that guests bring their own refillable water bottle to help prevent waste. Alcohol is not provided on the Best In Chow experience, however at the final tasting location (Copper Fox Gastropub) guests are provided with an opportunity to add-on a “boozy chocolate milk” and stay behind to relax with a craft cocktail or local beer while digesting the “Best in Chow”.
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the experience so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative narrative and food tastings in a timely manner. We ask you allow time at the end of the experience to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. The experiences 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.
We do offer Neighborhood Food Experiences all year-round. However, due to Chicago’s feisty winters, we offer short experiences during the winter and longer experiences in the summer. Our winter experiences are both shorter in distance covered (less than .4 miles) and also in duration (2 hours in length). The World’s Fare is our only experience that runs year-round. The Classic, 3-1-Chew, Chinatown Adventure and Best In Chow all run March-November while Winter Delights runs November to March. Click on our Tour Calendar to see the updated list of events.
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This was our first Chicago Food Planet tour and it met all our expectations -- fabulous and diverse tastings at all stops, well detailed & enjoyable discussions along the scenic walk of the neighborhood, homes, and architecture. We enjoyed the other guests and it made for a great afternoon!