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Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town

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Discover Chicago's culinary side on this three-hour walking tour to taste the delicious flavors of the Gold Coast and Old Town. Along the way, your guide will show you the history and architecture in these culture-rich neighborhoods, just north of the downtown area. After stops at seven quintessential Chicago restaurants in these two neighborhoods, you'll feel like a real Chicagoan! The tour operates with a maximum of 18 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide. Tastings at 7 different locations is included.
  • Eat your way through two delicious Chicago neighborhoods
  • Learn about the history of the Gold Coast and Old Town from your local guide
  • Taste generous samples of classic dishes from seven shops and restaurants
  • A small-group walking tour that includes all tasting fees 
What to Expect
Meet your local guide at Lou Malnati’s, a Chicago-style pizzeria, where you’ll sample a traditional deep-dish pizza. From there, your small group of 18 or fewer participants will walk through the historic Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods. You’ll visit seven shops and eateries, with tasting locations including the oldest chocolate confectioner in Chicago, The Fudge Pot, The Spice House spice merchant, the Middle Eastern restaurant Old Jerusalem and more. All tastings are included and together are generous enough equal a full lunch. While strolling the tree-lined streets and sampling some of the Windy City's classic dishes, you’ll hear about Chicago history, culture and architecture. Your tour ends at the authentic French bakery La Fournette.
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Departure Point
1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Food tastings at 6 different locations
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking is located at 12 E. Cedar St 1 block away, around the corner from Lou Malnati's. Pricing: Mon - Sat, in by 10am and out by 7pm, $14. After 10am or Sundays, 3-12 hours parking; $23. 12-24 hour is $26. Cash only.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate amount of walking is involved
  • There are enough food tastings, that for most people, lunch afterwards is not needed
  • In the special requirements field at check out please say if you are a vegetarian, have any food allergies and are under 21
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I took this tour with Dave a few weekends ago. Dave did an excellent job. He handled the transitions with ease and took time to individually talk to each of us. We really enjoyed the variety of foods on this tour. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SaltSandFood
Reviewed 4 days ago

Amber was our host and she was amazing. All the locations we went to were delightful and loved learning the history of the places we walked through. The food was great just a lot of it! Make sure you come hungry.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Pamela V
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amber was an amazing guide. I loved her energy and her passion for food, architecture and the history of Chicago. We ate some delicious food, learned about tea, met some local purveyors of all things yummy and had an otherwise marvelous time. I highly recommend...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amber is one of the most dynamic tour guides i have had in quite some time! Well coordinated tour, great food and lots of it as well as history and a passion for architecture! Highly recommend. Great 3 hours and walking was easy!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank gallaghertrish
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All food tastings were great! Tea tasting and info on tea - loved. Amber was an excellent guide guide. All the historical knowledge was engaging. Highly recommend!

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Sharon P
9 September 2018|
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Response from lhockcpa | Reviewed this property |
About 2 hours. We stayed and walked around Old Town afterward. There is a great homemade ice cream place down there. I think it is called Jenny’s. You will have a great time!
28 April 2018|
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Response from GreenBayfan | Reviewed this property |
Oops maybe state st but it’s the same area
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