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Best in Chow: Chicago River North Food Tour

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Chicago's famous food scene is a huge part of its identity but finding the best of all the options can be daunting. Let a foodie-guide show you the way on this culinary-focused tour of the River North neighborhood. Fill your belly with five tastings of the famous cuisine and avoid waiting in any queues with skip-the-line VIP privileges.
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
2h 30m
Return Details
Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Maginificent Mile, 165 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  • Food tastings, enough for a full lunch
  • Neighborhood guide
  • 1.4 miles of walking, helping you to explore Chicago
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Participants are urged to bring sun glasses, sun screen, and/or a hat during the summer months.
  • Participants will be on their feet and outdoors for most of the walking tour, so please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes (flip-flops, high heels, and dress-shoes are not recommended.)
  • Check the weather! Umbrellas on rainy days, warm layers on cold days, and cool clothing on hot days will make your experience much more enjoyable.
  • During the months of December through March, the tour is decreased to 2.5 hours and does not stop at XOCO
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Terry was incredibly fun and informative, and the food was yummy! It's the perfect way to sample Chicago classics without the wait. And there was just enough walking to burn off the calories!
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My husband and I travel frequently. We have never done any type of tour. A friend mentioned she does a tour every year when they visit Chicago. I looked on Trip Advisor for ideas. The “Best in Chow” sounded perfect for what we would enjoy. Our guide Terry was just a cool guy.
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Our guide Terry was great! We got to taste iconic foods Chicago has to offer in a few hours, plus explored the city, and learned about the history. Thanks for a fun tour!
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What an amazing experience! Terry our guide was amazing. I was a single on this tour and by the end I had made 15 new friends, thanks to Terry. The food is amazing and the history was really interesting. I highly recommend!
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Had a great time on this trip, our guide was Dave who was full of knowledge of Chicago and all the foods we tried. Great way to see parts of Chicago and try there local food.
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