Second City Classic Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Neighborhoods: Gold Coast & Old Town



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).

Explore historic Mom & Pop specialty food shops and indulge in classic Chicago tastes in Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods [Seasonal]

  • Go behind the scenes with the famous Chicago food artisans and specialty food shop owners in the Gold Coast & Old Town neighborhoods
  • Get off-the-beaten-path and live like a Chicago local for a few hours while noshing on Chicago's most popular, classic dishes and recipes
  • Discover the fascinating 19th and 20th century architecture and learn about the hidden cultural gems, parks and more from your tour guide
  • Enjoy private demonstrations & interactive tastings from our exclusive specialty partners including tea, spices, chocolate and olive oils
  • Foodies will walk away with new culinary perspectives, big smiles, satisfied taste buds and the confidence to continue exploring these areas

Departs every half hour beginning at 11:00am, every day of the week.

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

Restrooms available during the experience.

Small groups of no more than 16 guests per guide.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Due to staircases, it is not wheelchair accessible.

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

What to Expect

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On our #1 TripAdvisor Rated Second City Classic Food Tour, you’ll visit six Chicago culinary hot-spots within the epicurean goldmine that is the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, just slightly north and west of downtown by a few blocks. Enjoy the best Chicago restaurants while eating local foods as we explore how Chicago’s top chefs and food artisans continue to surprise us with their take on guilty indulgences from Mom-and-Pop specialty food stores and one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries.

Designed by foodies for both beginners and gourmands, this culinary experience is ideal for anybody interested in experiencing the life of a local Chicagoan as you stroll the bustling tree-lined streets of the celebrated Near North neighborhoods while learning about Chicago’s storied past and eccentric culture of today. Our enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, beautiful gardens, historic mansions, backdoor venues, hidden parks and exciting local attractions and restaurants. You’ll even get the inside scoop on the Original Playboy Mansion and the comedic happenings of The Second City Comedy Club and it’s legendary performers.

Ever wonder why Chicago is called “The Second City”?  We’ll recount this classic story and many more as you’ll visit America’s #1 rated spice and herb store, take a deep dive into Deep Dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, and taste the most delicious butter toffee and Middle-Eastern falafel you’ve ever tried.   The Second City Classic is perfect for Chicago natives and tourists interested in awakening their inner foodie or deepening your culinary expertise inside and outside the kitchen with in-depth presentations from local food masters while noshing on the time-honored flavors of both sweet and savory Chicago foods. Whether you’re a Chicagoan excited to be a tourist in your own city or visiting for the first time, we guarantee that you will walk way with new historical and architectural perspectives and a greater appreciation for Chicago’s culinary scene. Join us today on the Second City Class Food Tour and connect with Chicago food in unexpected ways!

Meet the top Chicago food artisans off-the-beaten-path on our original tour in the beautiful Gold Coast & Old Town neighborhoods

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!

Old Jerusalem

Owner, Ahmed Ali Awad studied the culinary arts back in Lebanon. Since, 1976 his family has been serving authentic Middle Eastern dishes in Chicago’s Old Town area.

The Fudge Pot

3rd generation candy maker, David Dattalo, now operates Chicago's oldest chocolate confectioner, butter toffee & home-made fudge shop which was started by his father in 1962.

Wow Bao

From the famed Lettuce Entertain You group comes another Chicago invention; fresh, hot and healthy Asian steamed buns within a dynamic, small footprint restaurant concept.

Corcoran's Grill & Pub (Weekdays Only)

Specializing in authentic Midwestern fare, this long-running hangout for Second City performers serves locally brewed specialty beers and to-die-for Wisconsin sourced cheese curds.

Tea Gschwendner

Chicago's leading specialty loose Green, Black, Oolong and White teas merchant whose passion for tea began in the late 70's when they opened their first small tea shop in Germany.

The Spice House (Currently closed due to roof fire; awaiting reopen date)

Owners of The Spice House, Tom and Patty Erd, are 2nd generation spice merchants whose love of hand-prepared spices, blends and artisan seasonings will rub off on you.

    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- all guests must purchase a ticket whether they plan to partake in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not able to join the experience for any reason(s). The ticket fees help cover the costs of all the food samplings and also to pay for your tour guide(s) wages, whom are offering valuable commentary on historical, architectural, cultural and restaurant information during our neighborhood food experiences.

    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.

    Yes, Chicago Food Planet Gift Certificates are available for all tours offered. To purchase or learn more about our Gift Certificates, please call (312) 932-0800 or click on our Gift Certificates page.

    Tours generally last between 2 to 3.25 hour depending on the tour route, and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least two sit-down locations on all of our tours for at least 45 minutes total during the tour.

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    A wonderful way to see some of Chicago, hear about the history of "signature" places, and eat some tasty food! Thoroughly enjoyable. Kent was a terrific guide: knowledgeable and friendly. A fun time! Well worth the price.

    Megan L., TripAdvisor

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