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  • Location:Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Best Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town

Discover Chicago's culinary side on this three-hour walking tour to taste the delicious flavors of the Gold Coast and Old Town. Along the way, your guide will show you the history and architecture in these culture-rich neighborhoods, just north of the downtown area. After stops at seven quintessential Chicago restaurants in these two neighborhoods, you'll feel like a real Chicagoan! The tour operates with a maximum of 18 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide. Tastings at 7 different locations is included.


  • Gourmet small-group food tour of Chicago's Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods
  • All tasting fees included
  • Visit seven of the neighborhoods' famous locations, including a Polish bakery and a specialty tea shop
  • Historic city tour from your guide between tastings
  • Lunch in the form of seven different tastings!
  • Small-group tour with no more than 18 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Best Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town

Sample Famous Chicago-Style Pizza

Savor the flavors of Chicago's Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods on this three-hour walking food tour. Between tastings at seven different locations, your guide will have you feeling like a local as you walk down the tree-lined streets and learn about the history, culture and architecture of the "Windy City."
Your walk takes you to locations that include a Japanese restaurant, Polish bakery, famous Chicago-style pizzeria and more!

Sample tasting locations:
  • Lou Malnati's: Famous Chicago-style deep dish pizzeria
  • The Spice House: Hand-prepared spices and seasonings
  • Delightful Pastries: Authentic Polish-European bakery and pastry store
  • Old Town Oil: Aged balsamic vinegars and 100% extra virgin olive oils
  • Tea Gschwendner: Leading specialty tea merchant
  • The Fudge Pot: Chicago's oldest chocolate confectioner and fudge shop
  • Kamehachi Old Town: Chicago's first Japanese-style restaurant, sake cafe and sushi bar

If you have food allergies, please specify at the time of checkout in the 'special requirements' field. Thank you

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Allie was very friendly and informative, organized the tour with a good rhythm and made the 3 hours really interesting and fulfilling! Totally recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Lovely tour. Tour guide had a bubbly personality. We enjoyed all of the food stops and went back to them after the tour to purchase their tasty treats. We enjoyed the architecture of the Gold Coast/Old Town too. Charming neighborhoods.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I was on my own for the day in Chicago and signed up for this tour. Sadie was a fantastic guide for the tour and the tour itself was excellent. Not only was the food delicious, but the area is beautiful and I learned a lot about both the Gold Coast/Old Town neighborhoods and the food. Wonderful way to spend a few hours while in Chicago!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was informative and the food was great!! I wish we would of had some time to shop or the shops but a package together we could buy. I was from out of town and would have bought on the spot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Kent was an excellent tour guide. Personable, informative and enthusiastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I loved it! This was a great way to see some Chicago neighborhoods - I went to places that I never would have found on my own. Our guide was great, and I loved the variety of food tastings. I read reviews before I booked, and though some people noted that they didn't have a sufficient quantity of food, that was not my experience. We were offered seconds at virtually every stop. I will certainly book another of these tours when I'm back in Chicago!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I would definitely recommend the Gold Coast and Old Town tour. The host was knowledgeable and friendly. In addition to interesting history of the food places we visited, she added a little bit of other Chicago history for good measure. And the restaurants and shops were all wonderful and inviting. All the food and beverages were great! Definitely plenty to eat too - was not hungry at all!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Team outing - We had such FUN. The food was great! Our guide AMBER was the best and really knew how to keep us interested and focussed on every aspect of the tour. We want to plan our next Viator outing and would love to be able to request AMBER to lead us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was the best!!! She loves Chicago and it was very clear in her enthusiasm during our tour! We enjoyed her historical information and knowledge about the places we visited. Our group of 6 blended in with the others very well. Everything we tasted was well above our expectations. It was the right amount to taste! The places we visited were very informative about their products. We'll be going back to most of them on our next visit!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If going to Chicago anytime soon, do yourself a favor and book this tour! Great food, fascinating history and gorgeous buildings made for an excellent afternoon. Kent was our guide and did an amazing job of being personable, knowledgeable and very welcoming. I would go on another tour in a heartbeat.

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