3 - 3 ½ hours
8 beer tastings
Local beer and culture
15 people max
English
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If you have any issues with payment, please email us at [email protected] with the city, date and time of tour, and how many adult and child's tickets you need so we can assist you.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

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What you'll do

As we wind through one of The Windy City's most lovely residential areas you'll drink numerous seasonal beers and learn about: how Chicago politics shaped the beer industry; Chicago's gritty rivalry with Milwaukee; the German beer riot, and its long-lasting effects on political partisanship in Chicago city elections; a deadly Chicago theme park; and many more fascinating snippets of our history. We'll dive into the cultural dealings of the area, history before the Chicago fire, prohibition, and beyond!

A thoughtfully curated Upgraded Food Package is available.

  • We'll begin with the dynamic ales from a recent startup that has seen great success in its short beginnings.
  • We'll then move on to engage with a crowd that helped build the brewing trend in Chicago, and paved the way for the lager-style beer being made worldwide.
  • Our midpoint is a quirky bar and restaurant, serving delicious local brews and equally delicious bites (included in the upgraded food package).
  • Next we'll stop in on an establishment with a penchant for DIY brewing.
  • Finally, we'll end at a rooftop bar with the character of old-world pubs, as we dine on our Secret Dish that pushes culinary excellence to a new level.
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When you purchase our Upgraded Food Package, you'll enjoy the following:
  • A unique burger with a tangy spread, topped with a fig reduction
  • An Asian-inspired take on bone-in wings


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* Identification is required and will be checked. We reserve the right to substitute the alcohol for a nonalcoholic drink if the guest becomes inebriated.

* Please note: the itinerary and menu is subject to change, based on the locations' availability, weather, and other circumstances.

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What you'll taste
THE BEER
  • A variety of seasonal beers
  • Our delicious Secret Sip


Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.

Health & Safety Standards

At Secret Food Tours we take your health and the health of our staff very seriously. To be sure that you can enjoy our tours with the maximum protection we have put in place some strict measures.

  • We have been certified by We're Good To Go
  • We make sure that all our partners and our own places are disinfected after each tour
  • All our guide have been trained on health and safety measures
  • Masks and hand sanitizers should be used on all our tours by our guides
  • Guests must bring their own mask
  • We keep our group small and we offer private tours

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Meeting Spot
We will be meeting at the north end of the Irving Park Brown Line Station. This will be a walking tour that ends near the Montrose Brown Line Station, one stop north from where we begin. If you have any questions. Please email us.

Mon - Sun 15:30 p.m.

Irving Park Brown Line Station

Your guide will be waiting with an orange umbrella so they are easy to spot.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

WHY IRVING PARK?

Our city goes by many names: The City of Big Shoulders, The Windy City, or The Second City; and its clear Irving Park is another iconic part of the city. The architecture lives in Irving Park, from Victorian mansions to turn-of-the-century bungalows — some buildings even predate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Packed full of great places to drink and craft breweries, this is far more than a beer tour, this is a great way to get first hand experience of the wonders Chicago has to offer.

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Frequently asked Questions
How do I order?

That is very easy! Go to our "Book Now" page, where we detail our tours. Select your tour and the time of your tour and book it! Are you looking for something special or are you organizing an event? Just email us at Group & Private Tours and we will do our best to arrange something that suits you. After your booking is made, we will send you an automatic e-mail confirmation. If you have any questions before booking, feel free to contact us via email

*Please note if you are using a special promo code then enter it in the "Voucher Code" section before you select the amount of tickets you would like to purchase*

Where is the meeting spot?

You can find the meeting spot here and if it's not clear you can always contact us.

We will be meeting at the north end of the Irving Park Brown Line Station. This will be a walking tour that ends near the Montrose Brown Line Station, one stop north from where we begin. You will be met by your guide carrying a bright orange umbrella, so you can't miss them.

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Where the tour will end?

Your guide may drop you off at the Montrose Brown line station.

HOW CAN I CATCH UP IF I ARRIVE LATE FOR THE TOUR?

All guests must arrive on time but if you inform us before the tour starts about being late we can try to assist you by telling you where the guide is. Please call the number on the contact us page. We will try our best, yet we cannot promise that the guide can come back for you. Also, please note that unfortunately we cannot issue refunds.

I CANNOT FIND ON THE WEBSITE HOW TO CHANGE THE DATE OF THE TOUR. CAN YOU CHANGE IT FOR ME OR HELP ME IN ANY WAY?

Yes, of course! Please let us know your reference number and the date that you want your booking to be moved. We can do this as long as you give us 48 hours notice, and we have a tour to add you to.

1) IF WE BOOK ONLINE, DO WE NEED TO PAY FOR A BOOKING FEE?
2) IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN PAY YOU DIRECTLY?

All customers have to pay a small booking fee charged by our ticket provider.
2) Yes! You can pay through Paypal, but Paypal also charges a fee so we have to add 4.8% onto the price.

WE HAVE TYPED THE CODE, BUT IT WON'T LET US BOOK. HOW ARE WE GOING TO USE THE CODE IF THE BOOKING WIDGET WON'T LET US?

Kindly give us the code and we will check this from our system.

Where do I add my discount voucher?
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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE CRAFT BEER TOUR?

The craft beer tour will visit five venues and try eight different beers. The total amount that this would accumulate to throughout the tour would be just under five regular glasses of beer. We highly recommend having a substantial meal before the tour as only one small snack along the route is included.

I AM TRAVELLING WITH MY FAMILY, IS THE TOUR OK FOR INFANTS/CHILDREN?

As the emphasis on this tour is on alcoholic beverages, this tour is not suitable for families with children under 21. However our food tour is child and family friendly and a great option for children over 6.

I DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL. CAN I BOOK YOUR TOUR?

As this tours emphasis is on alcoholic beverages, this tour would not be suitable for anyone that does not drink alcohol.

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE YOUR TOUR BUT IT IS ALREADY FULLY BOOKED. IS THERE A WAY I CAN DO THE TOUR?

Our tours are often sold out very quickly. If the date you requested is not available, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] and we can see if there is anything we can do. We cannot promise but we will try our best to sort something for you.

IS THERE A LOT OF WALKING?

To join our Craft Beer Tour, you should wear comfortable shoes. There will be around one mile of walking, however the majority of time will be spent in the actual venues.

I CANNOT FIND A WAY TO PRINT THE CONFIRMATION. IS IT OK IF I HAVE IT ON MY PHONE?

You don't have to print your voucher. Confirmation on your phone will be fine!

HOW MANY PEOPLE MAX ARE ON THIS TOUR?

We take 15 people maximum. If you are more than 15 people, please do not hesitate to email us and we will try to see if we can accommodate.

If I purchase a voucher as a gift, or am given a voucher how long is it valid for?

All of our vouchers expire one year from the date of purchase.

What if it rains or I change my plans?

Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable in Chicago. We do not issue refunds as per our terms and conditions. We also inform you that we never cancel a booking even if we have only 2 people! However we do reserve the right to cancel the tour if we feel the weather is extreme, and we cannot run the tour due to this for more info see our Terms and Conditions: https://www.secretfoodtours.com/terms-and-conditions/

Can I pay the tour in cash?

You must book directly on our website. We do not accept cash payments. Our online payment is safe, secured and SSL protected.

Why do we need to pay for booking fee?

The booking fee that you have to pay is up to our ticket provider and we can't change it. All our clients need to pay for it upon booking. The booking fee charged contributes to the cost of the ticketing system to provide an excellent service to our customers.

Foreign Transaction Fees

A few banks have charged their customer an extra fee while booking with us (this isn't the booking fee but another fee added by the bank). We think this is unfair, if this happens let us know by showing us in your bank statement and we will refund this fee as a gesture of good will.

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