Our Chicago Food Tour

Chicago

Food Tour

On our Secret Food Tours Chicago, you'll get a taste for just how influential the immigrants that built this city have been on the food scene. When you book Secret Food Tour Chicago you will receive bonus a free admission to the Art Institute immediately after our tour (which normally costs $25)

  • We begin with one of Chicago's most iconic foods and one that sets us apart from New York: deep dish pizza, a marvel of both flavor and engineering built "upside down" for the 45 minutes it takes to bake.
  • We next take a lakeside stroll to Buckingham Fountain to begin what is a wide-ranging historical and architectural introduction to one of the most important US cities.
  • Next, we head to the original purveyor of another iconic Chicago food: the Italian Beef. There are many ways to order a beef: our will be sweet, hot and dipped, like the locals do!
  • Next up, yet another icon: the Chicago dog. By the end you'll not only be able to name the seven essential toppings on a Chicago dog; you'll know which immigrant group contributed each.
  • Prohibition famously fueled the rise of Al Capone's bootlegging, machine-gunning empire here in Chicago. We stop in an 1898-founded bar and restaurant that made it through the dry times serving near-beer. We drop in for a root beer brewed with their own recipe.
  • Many cities boast about their public art. How many have a Chagall, a Miro and a Picasso sculpture on display within three blocks of one another? We'll stop for photos and a quick chat about them.
  • Next up is a sweet and salty secret food beloved by Chicago commoners and celebrities alike.
  • Here's where we begin to "move on up," as the City's immigrant founders eventually did, passing through an important cultural building to take a peek at a Tiffany masterpiece: the largest skylight ever designed by the glassmaker.
  • Break out your cameras for the next leg of our journey through Millennium Park, with several selfie-worthy stops, including the iconic reflective "Cloud Gate" sculpture (otherwise known as 'The Bean.')
  • A magnificent bridge offering skyline views brings us to the Art Institute, where we will enjoy a rich sweet and salty chocolate dessert while feasting our eyes on the cityscape from a chic outdoor terrace.
  • For those who want to immediately follow our tour with an Art Institute tour, our guide will use our company membership to take you in for free - a $25 value for out-of-towners!

Please note: the itinerary is subject to change, based on the locations availability and weather.

WHY The Loop?

Loop Chicago

In the "City of Big Shoulders," its downtown Loop District is the heartbeat of the metropolis. Offering stunning waterfront views of Lake Michigan and a skyline that has earned Chicago its reputation as an architectural treasure, the Loop has it all. The gorgeous Art Institute, Millennium Park, and an unparalleled display of public art masterworks are a vibrant backdrop to our tasty wanderings. Far more than a food tour, this is an ideal first stop in the city to tick off so many boxes at once and get grounded in all the wonders Chicago has to offer. For those who want to see the Art Institute directly after the tour, our guide will save you $25 with free admission!

As we walk and taste, you will come to know Chicago's Loop is at the heart of it all.

 

How to book a tour with us

It's easy! You can book tickets online here.We begin our tours at 11:30 am. We will send you the meeting place details before the day of the tour. Our culinary tour lasts for 3 to 3 and a half hours, and each one involves some walking, so be sure to bring comfortable footwear. Your guide will stay with you throughout the tour, and you can make requests about any special dietary requirements such as any food allergies or foods you prefer to avoid eating. You can email us about your food needs prior to the tour, or you can inform your guide at the meeting location. And don't forget to bring a camera! You will want to remember these great places for when you come back to Chicago!