Discover Chicago’s hottest foodie neighborhood as you nosh on cuisine from the master chefs that started a dining revolution. [Year-Round]Get Tickets
Devour all five of the iconic “Chicago-style” dishes from the eateries that perfected them on our most popular downtown tour. [Year-Round]
Departs daily every half hour beginning at 11:00am - check calendar.
Experiences happen rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly (ponchos are provided).
Suitable for all 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.
On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Best In Chow Food Tour, a local food guide navigates you through the bustling River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the fascinating history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago while noshing on all of the top-rated, iconic Chicago-style dishes and recipes from the artisans that perfected them. Stroll through the main streets near the Loop Chicago which offers a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants, bars and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the Chicago Water Tower.
Chicago is known across the world for inventing and perfecting five authentic dishes that are “must eats” and the Best in Chow Food Tour is the only culinary event in the city that visits them all. You’ll enjoy VIP, exclusive access on visits to Lou Malnati’s (Chicago-style deep dish), Al’s Beef (Italian Beef Sandwich), Garrett Popcorn (Chicago-style Popcorn), Portillo’s (Chicago-style Hot Dog) and the Chicago-created brownie (Copper Fox).
On this 3-hour culinary adventure, your expert guide will offer a taste of daily life in two of Chicago’s premiere neighborhoods as you indulge in full-size tastings at the venues that locals still cherish and meet the colorful characters behind these classic eats and hear their amazing stories. Join us today on the Best in Chow Food Tour and connect with iconic Chicago foods in unexpected ways!
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.
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!