Gateway To The West Loop™

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Neighborhoods: West Loop

Adult No Alcohol

$55

Adult W/ Alcohol

$75

Youth

$35

Age 12-

Tickets must be purchased by 11am for today's tour(s).

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Discover Chicago’s hottest foodie neighborhood as you taste foods from award-winning chefs & learn about West Loop’s restaurant revolution.

  • Be dazzled by the neighborhood's charm and restaurant excellence as you enjoy signature foods from some of the city's best hidden gems.
  • Our exclusive partnerships get you a behind the scenes, insider’s look at some of Chicago's best restaurants and hot spots.
  • The perfect experience for Chicago locals looking to discover new West Loop gems or out-of-towners looking for a genuine foodie discovery.
  • Add 3 thirst-quenching alcoholic beverages to upgrade your experience, forget the stress of the work week, or kick date night up a notch.
  • We share vibrant stories of Chicago's past and an exciting view into the most transformed and revitalized neighborhood in the Second City.
  • Is your palate looking to discover new flavors? Enjoy elevated comfort food and beverage pairings that are perfect for the winter season.

Departs at 1 and/or 4pm Friday through Monday. Email for additional availability.

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

Small 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 most ages and fitness levels.


What to Expect

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Gateway To The West Loop™ is truly that, as it’s an introduction to the West Loop’s renowned and extensive food scene. Take a short stroll down Randolph Street, which has been called, “Chicago’s Best Foodie Street.” This title comes as no surprise as this area is 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 places as fascinating as Illinois’ only USDA certified salumeria to the restaurant winner of the revered 2017 Caputo Cup (an award given to the Best Neapolitan Pizza Maker in the U.S). Hungry yet?

As one of the most transformed neighborhoods in Chicago, The West Loop continues to grow it’s history and presence with community events, artistic life and culinary innovations. The West Loop was significantly affected by the Industrial Revolution with warehouse, factory and railroad developments and in the 1880’s the West Loop became a bustling center of industry. By the turn of the century the neighborhood was one of the most densely populated in the entire city. At this point, Daniel Burnham, articulated his vision for the West Loop moving forward as “the gateway from the West to the Loop.” Hence, the name “Gateway To The West Loop™.” This experience is truly that, an introduction (or gateway) to the West Loop’s renowned and extensive food scene.

In this neighborhood, 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. On this Chicago Food Planet neighborhood food experience you get to see and more importantly get a taste of why Chicago has been named “Best Restaurant City of 2017” by both Bon Appetit magazine and Conde Nest Traveler.

What’re you waiting for? Come learn more and eat your way down Restaurant Row with us!

Uncover the old-time industrial charm and modern culinary delights of the West Loop on this hip neighborhood journey featuring:

Forno Rosso

Chef and Owner, Nick Nittiti has combined his love for his Italian heritage with his culinary knowledge and creativity to establish the best Neapolitan Restaurant in the state.

West Loop Salumi

Salumiere Greg Laketek trained in Italy to keep his Italian roots and salumi traditions alive to open this one-of-a-kind shop and Illinois’ first USDA salumeria.

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.

Urban Belly/BellyQ

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim reimagines Korean noodles, dumplings, soups & rice using only the most authentic ingredients. It's rated one of the best restaurants in the entire city!



    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!

    Sarah
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