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“Chicago Food Planet Near North Tour”

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Ranked #2 of 61 Food & Drink in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rated 'Best Chicago Tour' by Lonely Planet and featured on The Today Show (NBC), USA Today and Bon Appetit, Chicago Food Planet Food Tours & Experiences offer delicious 2 & 3-hour neighborhood food experiences focused exclusively in Chicago's historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods near downtown including River North, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Chinatown, Bucktown, Old Town and Wicker Park. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, each walking food experience provides a non-touristy, local perspective so you feel like a native Chicagoan. These guided Food Tours & Experiences include mouth-watering food samples, enough for a large lunch or dinner, from unique specialty food stores, local restaurants and ethnic eateries while providing a detailed insiders view of Chicago's most famous communities- their rich histories, treasured architecture, dazzling entertainment offerings and restaurant recommendations. Tours run 7 days a week between March and November and Thursday-Sunday during winter months (November to March). The earliest tour departure leaves at 11am and depending on the experience, will last between 2-3 hours. Tickets start at $35 adult for youth tickets and $42 for adult tickets. Please note, Chicago Food Planet can accommodate vegetarians and alcohol-free dietary restrictions if possible at tasting locations, but cannot accommodate other allergies or restrictions. The 3-1-Chew (Bucktown/Wicker Park) food experience is the only experience that can accommodate gluten-free.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 17, 2012

We did a walking food tasting tour in NYC a couple years ago and was so pleased with it we wanted to try to have a similar experience in Chicago. Now we are two for two and can't wait to try more of the tours offered by Chicago Food Planet. We would have loved to spend an entire day with our guide Heather, who was extremely knowledgeable and fun! This tour offered a nice variety of food and culture of the premier neighborhood in Chicago. We especially loved that all our stops were to small businesses and not large chains. These are truly the places in a big city that most tourists don't get to experience, so we really appreciate this perspective! The only thing that we wished was that we were allowed a small amount of shopping time in some of the spots. We didn't get a chance to make it back to some of them and would have most definitely given them some business had time allowed.

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Both I and my 18 year old son loved this tour. Food was delicious and interesting. Even better was our friendly, knowledgeable guide Kara. She shared lots and lots of historical, cultural and architectural information in a relaxed and fascinating manner. We definitely plan to try the Old Town or Chinatown tour on our next trip to Chicago!

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We had a great time on the Near North food tour. Kent was knowledgeable and friendly. We got to sample some really wonderful stuff from reubens to pizza to olive oils, tea and chocolate. An excellent mix of foods - with the addition of interesting tidbits both at the stops and along the way. We look forward to doing other tours with food planet on our next trip to Chicago.

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

My husband and our two teenagers took the Near North Food Tour and loved it. Colleen was our guide - she was very knowledgeable, energetic, and well-versed on the food and the history of the area. The food was plentiful, definitely enough for lunch. But what we enjoyed the most were the visits to shops in Old Town that we would never have discovered on our own - a tea merchant, spice shop, and an olive oil store. We went back to all three of those shops and used the discount coupons we received on the tour. Well done!

Thank KB1955
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We did the near north tour, it was good.
The Reuben was great
The deep dish pizza was awesome.
The tea tasting, 'wasn't my cup up of tea' haha
The spice store was cool, we bought some stuff from there later
The vinegar and oil store was okay
The chocolate store was tasty, could've used more samples.
The bakery was pretty good.

Overall, there wasn't that much food, considering you pay $70. I wasn't expecting to get Stuffed, but I thought $70 was a lot for 1/2 a Reuben, 1 slice of deep dish, smelling some spices, tasting some oil, 2 2-inch pieces of butter toffee, and 1 parogee and a macaroon. The history on the tour wasn't that interesting. The city burned and the Germans rebuilt it.

Go to Ashkenaz Deli, go around the corner for pizza.
Then the spice store in Old Town. Those are the highlights.

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chicagofoodplanet, Manager at Chicago Food Planet, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Thanks for the feedback and taking the time to leave a Review of your experience with Chicago Food Planet Food Tours! We greatly appreciate your comments-- we only wanted to point out to any interested readers that the Near North Food Tour, which is described here in this review, is not $70 per ticket; that is incorrect. All the foods and tastings described above (enough for lunch) in combination with the historical, architectural and cultural information provided during our guided, 3-hour Near North Food Tour is actually only $45 per ticket. We hope this helps clarify any confusion as to the value and experience you can expect to receive with Chicago Food Planet!

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