Gateway to The West Loop Food Tour

Duration: 3 Hours

Neighborhoods: West Loop



No Alcohol

Adult VIP


+3 Drink Pairings



Age 12 & Under

*Tastings are subject to change. You will visit a combination of 4 of the restaurants listed.

Discover Chicago’s hottest foodie neighborhood as you nosh on cuisine from the master chefs that started a dining revolution. [Year-Round]

  • Discover a locals foodie paradise in Chicago's West Loop as you eat your way through famous restaurants and artisan hotspots
  • Our exclusive restaurant partnerships get you behind the scenes with an insiders look into the chefs and owners driving a food revolution
  • Enjoy the dazzling neighborhood charm and hidden cultural gems off-the-beaten-path as you taste signature food and drink with a local guide
  • The perfect experience for visitors looking for a genuine foodie discovery or Chicago natives looking to reengage with the new West Loop
  • Option to add three adult beverage pairings to the menu to help forget the stress of the work week or kick date-night up a notch

Tour times and availability varies by season. Please view calendar for official dates and times.

Experiences happen rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly (ponchos are provided).

Intimate groups of no more than 14 guests per expert guide.

Vegetarian substitutions are available. Notify us of SERIOUS allergies or aversions.

Restrooms available during the experience.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

What to Expect

On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Gateway To The West Loop Food Tour, you’ll experience an impressive introduction and subsequent deep dive into the West Loop’s renowned and extensive food and restaurant scene. You’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll down Randolph Street, often referred to as “Chicago’s Best Foodie Street”, and learn why this distinction comes as no surprise to locals living in the area as its home to a unique mixture of James Beard Award-winning chefs, old school diners, Chicago-based breweries and eclectic dive bars. The diversity of this culinary hub allows us to feature master chefs ranging from the founder of a burger bar that’s rated by the Food Network as one of the best hamburgers in the country, to an award-winning restaurant that has created over 1,500 different pizza recipes.

In the West Loop, the past is ever-present among the historic facades of what once was a meat-packing and warehouse district revolutionized into the delicious Restaurant Row of today.  At the turn of the 20th century, famous Chicago urban planner and architect Daniel Burnham articulated his vision for the West Loop moving forward as “the gateway from the West to the Loop.”  This experience is truly that-  an introduction, or Gateway, to the West Loop’s renowned and extensive food scene.

You’ll get to escape the crowds of downtown and really get a glimpse of daily life while tasting the best of what Chicago has to offer. You’ll visit a local donut factory,  meet the mom-and-pop restaurant owners offering the same recipes for generations and taste the most delicious Mexican torta sandwich you’ve ever tried. You’ll be sampling everything from an artisan handmade donut to a typical Roman street food snack. Along the way, your expert guide will educate and entertain you with stories and insights into the West Loop culture, architecture and history, while exploring the areas most fascinating offbeat landmarks.   Join us today on the Gateway To the West Loop Food Tour and connect with local, authentic Chicago foods in unexpected ways!

Uncover the old-time industrial charm and modern culinary delights of the West Loop on this hip neighborhood journey. (Tastings rotate)

Do-Rite Donuts

Chef & Co-owner, Francisco Brennan, uses his Michelin restaurant experience to create uniquely flavored, artisanal donuts in one of America's favorite donut shops.

Bonci Pizza

Rome-based Italian import selling scissor-cut slices featuring distinctive toppings, sold by weight.

Kuma's Corner [Excludes Fri-Sat Evening Tours]

Owners Mike and Rick combined three of their favorite things: burgers, beer and metal. Their ethos is simple: Support Your Community. Eat Beef. Band Your Head.

Nonna's & Formento's

Owner John Ross and Executive Chef Todd Stein bring a sense of warmth, family and unforgettable food that is reminiscent of Sunday family dinners at Ross' grandma's house.

Cemitas Puebla

Family owned restaurant specializing in traditional Poblano foods, using recipes that can be traced back to Tony Anteliz’s family in Puebla, Mexico

    Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

    Yes, bathrooms are available during all experiences at selected food-tasting locations.

    Absolutely not! Chicago Food Planet Neighborhood Food Experiences combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 2-3.5 hour experience. Imagine walking through Chicago eating our local artisans’ most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals. Lastly, read our Chicago Foods, Dining and Restaurants Blog that gives an insiders view into the evolving Chicago food scene.

    We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, conventions, festivals, parades, grand openings and more).

    A majority of Chicago Food Planet attendees live right here in Chicago. Chicago locals partcipate to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live in as well as take advantage of knowing the best specialty food store locations and local restaurants in Chicago’s tastiest neighborhoods, away from Downtown and traditional tourists. Consider reviewing our Chicago Foodie Blog to learn more about the Chicago restaurant and dining scene.

    Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.

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    As a Chicago local, I loved this tour. I got to see some hidden gems of West Loop that I wouldn't have known to go to on my own. It's the perfect amount of food and time spent outdoors in the winter. Can't wait to take my friends and family on this experience!

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