Food is a big deal in Chicago, but if there’s one dish most associated with the “Windy City,” it’s Chicago-style pizza. This gooey, cheesy, deep-dish pizza, characterized by its thick cornmeal crust, was invented by Pizzeria Uno in 1943. Here’s how to try it.
Cross two items off your Chicago to-do list with a sky-high meal at Skydeck, the observation deck at the top of the Willis Tower. Tuck into a Chicago-style pizza while taking in the evening views of the city below. While deep-dish pizza is the city’s most popular style, the pizza scene is more diverse than that. Explore the food culture on a pizza-centric bus tour, with stops to sample slices ranging from deep-dish to thin crust.
Neighborhood Food Walking Tours
Each Chicago neighborhood has its own distinct personality (and usually a few pizza joints). One of the best ways to experience the food scene is to hit the pavement on a culinary walking tour in neighborhoods such as Old Town, Gold Coast, River North, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Naperville, Lincoln Square, or West Loop. Dive deep into the city’s Italian heritage with samples of pizza and Italian beef on an Italian food tour, or take your stomach on a walking tour of Chicago’s other famous foods, such as Chicago dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, popcorn, and chocolate.