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Food Lover's Guide to Chicago

By Viator, April 2018

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Chicago has long been a cultural melting pot, one where different culinary influences all bring something of their own to the table. With such a strong food scene, it can be hard to know where in the Windy City to start. From deep-dish pizza to Chicago dogs, here are our picks for can’t-miss food experiences.

Must-Try Dishes
It’s easy to detect the strong Italian influence on Chicago’s culinary scene; after all, some of the city’s most iconic dishes reflect this tradition. Don’t miss deep-dish pizza, known for its buttery crust, bright tomato sauce, and generous sprinkling of mozzarella. Sandwich lovers should sample an Italian beef: a roll topped with thinly sliced roast beef and sweet or hot peppers, then dipped in its own cooking liquids. And Chicago’s sizable Mexican community has made tacos a must-eat as well. 

With two pro baseball teams in town, the prevalence of Vienna hot dogs should come as no surprise, but unlike in New York City, Chicagoans load up their hot dogs with mustard, peppers, pickles, relish, tomatoes, and celery salt—but no ketchup. If you head to a stadium, sample Chicago mix popcorn, made with a combination of caramel- and cheese-coated kernels.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Eat your way through the Chicago food scene—pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, local chocolate, and craft beer—on a guided walking tour of some of the city’s best restaurants.
  • Treat yourself to an unforgettable meal on the Willis Tower Skydeck, which rises 1,353 feet (412 meters) above Chicago.
  • Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht on Lake Michigan—the city’s iconic skyline makes for a wonderful backdrop.
  • Cycle your way through neighborhoods like Wrigleyville, Old Town, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park while stopping to fuel up at local culinary haunts.

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Chicago Style Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Confused on what to see and do while in Chicago? It goes without saying that the Windy City has it all; from food, history, architecture, culture and beyond. ...  Read more

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

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Willis Tower Skydeck Dinner

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Enjoy a VIP dinner at Chicago’s Skydeck where you get breathtaking views of the city. Located in the Willis Tower, the Skydeck perches 1,353 feet (412 meters). ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.65
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Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour

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

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Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Expect the exceptional on this 2.5-3 hour premier Chicago dinner cruise experience. Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

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Chicago Pizza and Beer Tour

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Enjoy Chicago's evening pizza scene like a VIP! Our team of guides and drivers make sure all you need to do is have fun.  Our bus guided evening Pizza & ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
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Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Celebrate a night out in Chicago with dinner, dancing and sightseeing aboard a three-hour luxury cruise on Lake Michigan. Glimpse top Chicago attractions like ...  Read more

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

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Chicago Food Tour: Chicago-Style Pizza, Beer, Brownies, and Hot Dogs

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Sample your way through Chicago’s most iconic foods on this 2.5 hour walking tour of the Loop. Taste Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza, the original ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Bacon and Brewing Beer Tour in Lakeview and Lincoln Park

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Sample local and international beer while exploring two iconic Chicago neighborhoods on this 3-hour walking tour. With an in-the-know guide, explore Lakeview ...  Read more

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

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Tastes of Chicago Bike Tour: Chicago-Style Pizza, Beer, Cupcakes, and Hot Dogs

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Taste the flavors of Chicago, both edible and cultural, on a bike tour through the city. Sample four of Chicago’s favorite foods and drinks –pizza, cupcakes, ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.42
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Breakfast in the Sky: Early Access to Skydeck of Willis Tower in Chicago

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Start your day with a breathtaking view of Chicago and a hearty breakfast on a glass-enclosed balcony 103 stories up! Ascend to the Skydeck of Willis Tower, ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.99

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