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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Chicago

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Chicago

While you might start your exploration of Chicago’s food scene with an iconic deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog, that's just the beginning. The city has been influenced by Polish, Italian, and Greek cultures, and the result is an array of traditional and fusion eateries. Here are some of the Windy City’s must-try dishes. 

Pizza

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the city’s most prized culinary treasure. Layered with mounds of cheese, meat, vegetables, and tomato sauce, the inches-thick pie is baked in a pan until its buttery crust reaches a satisfying level of crunch. Due to their heft, slices often have to be eaten with knife and fork. 

Chicago-style Hot Dog

Chicago does hot dogs like nowhere else. The city’s signature dog can be found on street corners and in restaurants all across town. To qualify as a traditional Chicago dog, an all-beef frankfurter must be served on a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, chopped onions, bright green relish, hot peppers, tomato slices, a dill pickle spear, and a dash of celery salt—with absolutely no ketchup. 

Italian Beef Sandwiches

In one telling of its origins, the Italian beef is a result of thrifty ingenuity. Scala's Original Beef and Sausage Company claims it started thinly slicing beef and loading it onto gravy-soaked bread to feed more people at weddings around 1925. The idea caught on, and today the Italian beef sandwich, loaded with peppers, served on French bread, and dipped in au jus, is one of Chicago’s most sought-after eats. 

Polish Sausage

The Maxwell Street hot dog stand has been serving the same Polish sausage recipe since 1939. Loaded with sweet grilled onions and yellow mustard, the Maxwell Street Polish is a staple at hot dog stands and eateries throughout the city. 

Rainbow Cones

The Original Rainbow Cone is one of the oldest ice cream shops in Chicago, and its signature cone is piled high with a rainbow of flavors. Each cone is layered with a curious combination of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (a flavor made of vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio, and orange sherbert. 

Old Fashioned Donuts and Cinnamon Rolls

Chicagoans have always been serious about their fried dough. Quality doughnut shops from old-fashioned bakeries to gourmet pastry shops are found in nearly every neighborhood around town. The cinnamon rolls at Ann Sather’s Swedish diner are another Chicago food favorite.

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Underground Donut Tour: Chicago's First Donut Tour

Underground Donut Tour: Chicago's First Donut Tour

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Sample some of the Windy City’s tastiest donuts on this Underground Donut Tour, celebrating the magic of Chicago’s tastiest sugar-filled concoctions. Donut-lovers are sure to enjoy this visit to some of Chicago’s tastiest donut purveyors, offering a chance to savor all of your favorite varieties, on the city's only donut-themed excursion. All tastings are included, and vegan, gluten-, and nut-free options are also available.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.00
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Signature Food Tour at Chicago's Navy Pier

Signature Food Tour at Chicago's Navy Pier

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Chicago is full of unique and delicious food, but you don’t need to waste time chasing down each dish individually throughout the city. This food tour of Navy Pier will conveniently introduce you to some of the most authentic Chicago cuisine, all in one handy location. Get insider tips from your ‘food ambassador’ tour guide, who will make sure you end the tour full of delicious food and new knowledge.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$64.00
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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

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Stroll through downtown Chicago on this walking food tour. Visit Millennium Park, the Palmer House Hotel and other city landmarks. Taste quintessential Chicago foods such as deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, plus chocolates and pastry. All food tastings are included, and the tour covers an easy 1.5 miles (2.4 km) suitable for most fitness levels.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$62.99
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Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Explore Chicago's buzzing food scene with a small group on this small group walking tour. Stroll around the 'Loop', stopping at hidden gems and hearing tales of the city from your guide. Taste classic Chicago foods, from deep-dish pizza to dipped Italian beef sandwiches.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$193.20
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Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town

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

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Savor the flavors of the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods on this 3-hour Chicago food walking tour, led by an expert guide. You’ll stop at seven popular shops and eateries, including a specialty tea merchant, confectioner, European bakery and — of course — Chicago-style pizzeria. Explore these culture-rich neighborhoods just north of the downtown and learn about their architecture and history along the way. Numbers are limited to 18 participants for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$74.67
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Chicago Style Food Tour

Chicago Style Food Tour

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Discover Chicago’s food, history, architecture and culture on this small-group walking tour. Try the Windy City’s quintessential staples from local restaurants and specialty food shops like Downtown Dogs and the world-famous Billy Goat Tavern. Taste local favorites including deep-dish pizza, a Chicago-style hot dog, and chocolates from Fannie May, just to name a few. Along the way, see and learn about the historical, cultural, and architectural components that make up this legendary town.
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  • 3 hours
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US$71.47
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Sin and Suds Chicago Beer Tour

Sin and Suds Chicago Beer Tour

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Explore Chicago’s Loop and South Loop neighborhoods — and get a taste of some local beverages — on this guided, 3-hour beer tour. Visit popular downtown establishments, sample some of the city’s finest brews and learn how beer goes with Chicago’s criminal past, discovering the basics of the Windy City’s vice history. From Al Capone and the local mob scene to the infamous Sands, the toughest criminal district in the city — this tour creates a unique experience that is both fun and memorable. Beer tastings plus a pizza pairing at one location included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.47
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Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour

Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour

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Discover Chicago’s food, history, architecture and culture on this 3-hour, small-group walking tour. Try six of the Windy City’s quintessential staples from local restaurants and specialty food shops like Pizano’s Pizza and the Berghoff, the oldest family run-establishment in Chicago. Taste local favorites including deep-dish pizza,  Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich and chocolates from Fannie May, just to name a few. Along the way, see and learn about the historical, cultural and architectural components that make up this legendary town.
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  • 3 hours
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US$68.50
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Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour

Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour

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Chicago dogs, deep-dish pizza, cupcakes and craft beer are all sampled on this half-day bike tour through the Windy City. Cover about 13 miles (21 km), following an informative guide at a moderate pace through the Chicago neighborhoods of Wrigleyville, the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview and Lincoln Park. Stop along the way at a popular downtown bakery, pizza shop, hot dog stand and two breweries for a taste of local flavors.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.99
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Small-Group Chicago Food Tour of Chinatown

Small-Group Chicago Food Tour of Chinatown

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Sample different styles and varieties of Chinese food during this gourmet walking tour of Chicago's Chinatown. Follow your local food-loving guide through one of the oldest Chinese neighborhoods in the country to taste several Chinese regional delicacies. The price of this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, includes tastings at restaurants; enough food to add up to a full lunch.
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  • 3 hours
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US$80.00
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