Best in Chow: Chicago River North Food Tour

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Learn the meaning of “Chicago-Style” on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour (depending on the season) as you experience 5 iconic dishes from the famous restaurants that perfected them in downtown Chicago. Get up close and personal with "Chicago Style" dishes like pizza, hot dog, Italian beef, popcorn and brownies. The hustle and bustle of Chicago can be intimidating; relax as an expert guide teaches you the ins and outs of River North & Streeterville. The tour is the only experience where you can taste all of these iconic dishes in just 2.5 or 3 hours! Eating the best foods usually comes with a price of long lines and waits - not here! Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this culinary adventure!
An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.Tasting Locations: Lou Malnati's Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself! Al's Beef The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood. Portillo's Hot Dogs The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand. Garrett Popcorn Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949. Copper Fox Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

What’s included

  • Food tastings, enough for a full lunch
  • Neighborhood guide
  • 1.4 miles of walking, helping you to explore Chicago
  • Lunch

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Led by a local guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small-group tour