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Food Tours Not to Miss this Summer in Chicago

7/14/14 | by

Chicago has many food tours for guests to enjoy. Featured here are six of the top ranked tours. Tongue in cheek, it is said that Chicago has four food groups: pizza, hotdogs, beer, and sweets. All of these can be enjoyed on many of these tours. There are tours for those who prefer more formal dining. Family friendly or adult only tours are available. Grab your fork and enjoy the tastiest food tours in Chicago:

Tastebud Food Tours - More information here

Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs, and deep dish pizza all are specialty foods of the city of Chicago. All senses are treated on the three hour tour of food and fun with Tastebud Food Tours. Some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, pizzerias, and hot dog carts are explored on the tour. Some of the featured restaurants include Purple Pig French Restaurant and Heaven on Seven.

The Tastebud Food Tours also introduce tourists, new to Chicago, to the top attractions of the city. Perspective and context on Chicago iconic attractions are provided. Admission on the tour includes the price of food. Come hungry and wear comfortable shoes to enjoy the five or six restaurants that will be part of the tour. The address of the Tastebud Food Tours is 550 N. Kingsbury in Chicago. The tour operates year round, seven days a week. Departure is at 11 am.

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Chicago Food Planet Tours - More information here

The Chicago Food Plant Tour takes in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. Serious fun is the goal of the tour as drink tastings and sampling tasty food are both incorporated in the tour. Persons of any fitness level or age can participate. Delectable foods from ethnic eateries, famous local restaurants, and one-of-a-kind specialty stores are offered. Tourists also receive an insider’s view of the architecture, history, and culture of the Windy City. Big smiles and satisfied taste buds are the results of the tour.

The optimal time to enjoy the tour is during the Spring or Fall. The tour highlights the Chinatown and Wicker Park areas. The Near North Side is also a popular tour. The price of food is also included in the cost of the tour.

Bikes, Bites, & Brews Tour - More information here

Chicago has four basic food groups: pizza, hot dogs, beer, and cupcakes. Samples of each will be enjoyed on the Bikes, Bites, & Brews Tour. Working on the appetite is done by traveling through some of the most popular neighborhoods in Chicago by bicycle. Tourists will visit Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Old Town, Gold Coast, and Wrigleyville. The history behind the foods is provided as cyclist sample the cuisine. Veggie-options are available. The price of the tour includes guide, bicycle, helmet, and all beverages and food sampling.

Tourists are asked to sample responsibly. Tours begin at 540 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The Bike, Bites, & Brews Tour is for adults only.

Food/Beer Samples Walking Tour - More information here

This tour starts at the downtown Culture Center. A leisurely walking tour can be enjoyed by people of all fitness levels. The folks who invented the brownie provide samples of the tasty treat for tourists’ indulgence. Craft beers, pizza, and hot dog samples are also provided. Beautiful rooms in downtown Chicago are displayed during the tour. Visitors will see the Walnut Room at Macy’s and the Palmer House Lobby. In warm weather, the Loop’s outdoor promenades are used to access highlights such as the Chicago River, the Iconic Marshall Field’s Building, the Historic Palmer Hotel, and Millennium Park. During colder weather, the unique pedway system found indoors is utilized on the walking tour route.

Progressive Dining Tour - More information here

Three separate restaurants serve Hors D’oeuvres, a Main Course, and a Dessert. This dining experience is perfect for corporate events that encourage employee interaction or visitors wanting to meet new people. A convenient and hassle-free experience is provided as guests travel from restaurant to restaurant comfortably in a coach bus. At the first restaurant, wine is served to accompany the hors d’oeuvres, a soft drink is served with the main course at the second restaurant, and coffee is a nice finish to the dessert served at the third establishment. At each restaurant, seating changes allow guests to interact with a variety of people. The price of the tour includes transportation, beverages, food, tour, taxes, and gratuities. Tours depart at 6 pm from the John Hancock Center.

Historic Chicago Bar Walking - More information here

As a Chicago pub crawl with a twist, the Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour offers food, drink, and education. While eating appetizers and drinking at historic bars, Chicago’s entertainment history will be explored. Guests learn about history and architecture behind past vices, theater, nightlife, prohibition, and jazz. Guests are provided with iPads to share video clips, maps, and historic photos. They look from Chicago’s entertainment history’s angle at architecture influenced by social clubs in the roaring 20s.

Three bars are of particular note. Billy Goat Tavern is a Chicago landmark. Phil Stefani’s was once a speakeasy and jazz club. Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse is located inside a 1920’s skyscraper. Groups are served signature garlic bread from the bar of this restaurant. Early evening tours begin at 435 N. Michigan in Chicago.