Learn the meaning of “Chicago-Style” as you experience 6 iconic dishes from the famous restaurants that perfected them in downtown Chicago.Get Tickets
Explore the remarkable culture and ethnicity that define mainland China and Hong Kong as you eat from five unique and authentic restaurants.
Hourly departures Friday-Sunday beginning at 11:00am
Tours run rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly (ponchos are provided).
Small group sizes (12 people maximum) allow for a more personalized experience
Our experience is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Restrooms available periodically throughout experience.
Vegetarian substitutions are available. Notify us of SERIOUS allergies.
Previously called the Chinatown Food Tour, our Chinatown Adventure visits five sit-down tasting locations in Chicago’s historic Chinatown community. The Chinatown Adventure uncovers China’s sophisticated flavors and vast spectrum of regional cooking styles in a neighborhood filled with a rich ethnic heritage and modern mystique. Bypass the language and cultural barriers and join us as we take you behind the scenes in the heart of Chicago’s most iconic food destination waiting to be explored.
Between samples of Hong-Kong Dim Sum and Roasted Duck, you’ll receive a behind-the-scenes look at Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood with visits to intriguing cultural, religious and historic landmarks. Your informative guide will share their expertise of local customs, eclectic folklore and authentic Chinese specialty stores.
Our Chinatown Adventure is ideal for Chicago residents and travelers eager to discover the culinary secrets and ancient traditions of this extraordinary neighborhood. Whether you’re vacationing in Chicago for the first time or a proud Chicagoan- we guarantee that you’ll walk way with a greater understanding of the geographic diversity and culinary techniques of Asia’s finest cuisine.
Triple Crown was opened by Ling Ling Tin in 1996, who originally came from Hong Kon and established this Canton regional cuisine and Hong Kong style Dim Sum family restaurant.
Chef/owner Sam Ma procures barbecue pork, chicken and roast duck are the specialties at this Hong Kong style Chinatown smokehouse.
Chef Tony shaped Lao Sze Chuan into one of the America’s most beloved Chinese restaurants with a nationally-acclaimed reputation for Sze Chuan regional-style cuisine.
Featuring traditional baked goods, Chiu Quon, first opened in 1986, and is the oldest existing bakery in Chinatown. Owner, Pui Chiu, came from Hong Kong in the late-1970's.
Traditional Chinese-style baked goods, desserts and Shanghai-French inspired pastries that has been serving Chicago since 1994.
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.
Chicago Food Planet Neighborhood Food Experiences serve enough food that for most participants, lunch afterwards is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings along with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand our experiences are not intended to replace two meals, so please consider eating breakfast before afternoon tours or lunch before evening tours.
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.
Tickets must be purchased in advance as the Gold Coast and Old Town Food Tour, Bucktown/Wicker Park Food Tour, Lincoln Park Food Tour and Chinatown Food Tour typically sell out quickly ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling (312) 932-0800. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional experience on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability. We also have Private Group and Custom Tour options available which allow more flexibility with date and time availabilities, please see our Private Group Experience page for more details.
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The pacing of the tour was pitch perfect with just the right amount of interesting stories, history and a mixture of subjects; just the right amount of walking and stopping for unusual hidden gems in Chinatown and of course, the food was delicious. I was impressed by the whole package!