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
Important Info
  • 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.

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 Deep Dish Pizza

Secret Butter Toffee Recipe

Explore Famous Neighborhoods

Top-Rated Specialty Tea Store

Authentic Falafel Recipe

Hot Asian Steamed Buns

Where this tour starts

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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