Best in Chow Food Tour

Duration: 3 Hours

Neighborhoods: River North & Streeterville



No Alcohol

Adult VIP


+2 Drink Pairings



12 & Under

Prices shown in USD do not include tax or booking fees. All sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets must be purchased by 9am for today's tour(s).

Devour all four of the iconic “Chicago-style” dishes from the eateries that perfected them on our most popular downtown tour. [Year-Round]

  • Get up close and personal with all five of the "Chicago Style" dishes - pizza, hot dog, Italian beef, popcorn and brownie in 3 hours or less
  • Take advantage of our exclusive restaurant partners as we go behind the scenes and offer an insiders glimpse into local artisan chefs
  • Skip the long lines at the top-rated, #1 iconic brand names with VIP access to Lou Malnati's, Garrett's, Al's Beef and Portillo's
  • Your local food expert will provide an insiders look into the incredible history, culture and architecture of Streeterville and River North
  • Relax on the #1 Rated Chicago Activity with more than 3,700 TripAdvisor Reviews as you eat and drink your way through Chicago

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.

What to Expect

Chicago Tours

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!

On this exclusive VIP experience, skip the lines at Chicago's top-rated restaurants and discover the history of Chicago-style iconic dishes

Lou Malnati's

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!

Garrett Popcorn

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.

Al's Beef

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.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

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.

Copper Fox

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.

    Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

    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.

    Yes- water is provided at most of our partner locations.  Additionally, we offer Adult (21+ up) drink packages via the VIP Ticket option that includes a variety of curated food and drink pairings.

    Yes, Chicago Food Planet Private Group Tours are available for all tours offered. To set up or learn more, please visit our Private Group Tours page and submit a Private Group Tour Request Form. A member of Chicago Food Planet staff will respond within 24 hours.

    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.

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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!

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