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Best in Chow: Chicago River North Food Tour

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Learn the meaning of “Chicago-Style” on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour (depending on the season) as you experience 5 iconic dishes from the famous restaurants that perfected them in downtown Chicago. Get up close and personal with "Chicago Style" dishes like pizza, hot dog, Italian beef, popcorn and brownies. The hustle and bustle of Chicago can be intimidating; relax as an expert guide teaches you the ins and outs of River North & Streeterville. The tour is the only experience where you can taste all of these iconic dishes in just 2.5 or 3 hours! Eating the best foods usually comes with a price of long lines and waits - not here! Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this culinary adventure!
Highlights
  • Explore Chicago on foot, with food tastings to fuel you
  • Enough tastings to make for a full lunch
  • Learn about places you might like to go back to during your stay
  • Details about Chicago's culinary history from a foodie-guide
What to Expect
Naturally, the meeting point for this Chicago food tour is Lou Malnati's pizzeria, where you'll get to know your guide and group and get your taste of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza. This tour allows you to skip any waiting lines and sink your teeth into that piece of pie right away, which will fuel you up for the next 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers) or so of walking. 
Learn about the origins of some of Chicago's famous dishes while you walk, a commentary often missing in do-it-yourself food tours. Your guide is well-versed in the history and culinary culture of each tasting you'll have over the next few hours. You'll also see some major landmarks as you try pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, roast beef, and other local specialties.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and i spent a few days in Chicago in early August and we are SO happy that we booked this tour! David M. was a great guide and very knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Highly recommend!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BostonChickie
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've been on a lot of tours, I've eaten a lot of food and, I live in Chicago. All that said, this was the best tour offering some authentic Chicago specialities guided by an incredible tour guide that made it fun and memorable. Let's start...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Edward B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

David M was a great foodie/eatie guide. He loves Chicago and has tons of history that he intertwined with the amazing taste of Chicago. From the best deep dish pizza and why it is called that, to a original Chicago hotdogs and what not to...More

Thank FirstMateTeri
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the Best in Chow: Chicago RiverNorth tour with guide David M. He was very informative with facts and stories along the way. We did the tour with our 14 year old daughter, though some of the information she may not have been interested...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Bosche3
Mandi C, Customer Service/Front Office at Chicago Food Planet, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're so glad that the whole family enjoyed themselves. It's true - EVERYONE loves food! We hope we have the opportunity to host you and your family again soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great little walking and food tour of the River North area. Along the way we stopped at some iconic Chicago eatery’s and sampled food they are well known for. Also learnt about classic buildings and architecture. David M was a great guide, informative and...More

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Mandi C, Customer Service/Front Office at Chicago Food Planet, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad you had fun with David. Hope to see you again soon!

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Response from Dnc6471 | Reviewed this property |
If you have been to these establishments, I wouldn't spend the money on a food tour. However, if you are a foodie, then book a tour. There are other tours from other companies, but we chose this one due to the cost and the... More
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The tour was a VERY slow "amble" through Chicago. We were there with snow on the streets and it was a very comfortable walk with LOTS of stops along the way. And TONS of food to weigh you down in between. Easy peasy.
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