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

Cook County, United States
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3 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 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 French 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
Discover the culinary side of the Windy City on this 3-hour Chicago food walking tour also known as the Second City Classics Tour. You’ll taste the delicious flavors of the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods at seven separate venues with your guide, with food samples that amount to enough for lunch.
Between tastings, walk like a local down the tree-lined streets as your guide shares insights about city history, food and architecture. Strolling the streets and sinking your teeth into this quintessential cuisine, you’ll feel like a real Chicagoan!
Sample tasting locations may include the following:
• Old Jerusalem: Owner Ahmed Ali Awad studied the culinary arts back in Lebanon. Since, 1976 his family has been serving authentic Middle Eastern dishes in Chicago’s Old Town area
• Lou Malnati’s, a Chicago-style pizzeria serving up deep dish slices
• La Fournette, an authentic French bakery
• The Spice House, a shop selling hand-prepared spices and seasonings
• Old Town Oil, specializing in aged balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils
• Tea Gschwendner, a specialty tea merchant
• The Fudge Pot, Chicago’s oldest chocolate confectioner and fudge shop.

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, Oct 2018

Excellent way to learn about a part of town I'd never been to. Dave S. was an awesome guide and shared a lot of great facts about not only the food but the history of the city. He interacted with each person in our group and was great at answering questions. It was very apparent that the staff in the shops enjoyed seeing him. GREAT pizza at Lou Malnati's and that toffee at the Fudge Pot... YUM!!!!! I'd recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the area. Thanks Dave!

Marjorie D
, Jul 2018

Good driver
I was promised a hotel pick up and drop off and not keep promised since I was only one
Bad bad advertising

Jessica H
, Feb 2018

We did mention that my daughter had dietary restrictions but food that was not healthy for her to eat was still chopped up and added to meals with no warning, therefore she had an allergic reaction that put a huge damper on our trip. We called immediately after we got back to the hotel but no one ever returned our phone call. We called the restaurant to confirm the ingredients in the meal and they were apologetic but it was too late to do anything. It was not near as fun as other tours we have been on in other large cities. The spice store and chocolate shop were wonderful and were the highlight of the tour. There are better pizza places in Chicago.

Erica L
, Nov 2017

Fantastic Tour! Our tour guide Kat was knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. We had so much fun and will definitely book another tour next time we are in Chicago!

Dawn L
, Nov 2017

All I can say is TRY IT!!! My husband and I had a wonderful time and great food. He drank his first ever cup of tea. I had one of the best slices of pizza I have ever had. Our guide was very informative. After the tour, we went back to some of the stores and purchased quite a few of our favorite things. I can't wait to get our family together and do some more of these in other locations.

Nicholas z
, Oct 2017

very much enjoyed
amber our guide was very enthusiastic informative and organized
community feel for the gold coast and old towne neigborhoods

Susan S
, Oct 2017

If you only have time for one tour when visiting Chicago then this is it. You et away from the high rise buildings into a lovely neighbourhood and find out a bit about the history whilst giving your tastebuds the most amazing experience. Jaci our guide was humorous, engaging but most of all made sure we had the best time. If I could score more then 5 I would.

, Oct 2017

Great tour - starts at a pizza place that I have since seen twice on TV - Lou Malnati's. Tour guide was wonderful, lots of history and information about the local area. Don't eat before the tour - you will be full by the end of it.

Kelly W
, Oct 2017

As one of my first food tours, this hooded me. She was great - as A personal chief, she had a great talk on all of the local stuff. Learning the history of the area and what makes each food special was wonderful.

David F
, Sep 2017

We had a good time - tour was worth the time and cost. It would have been interesting to get more historical information on the neighborhoods.

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