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Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour

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Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour

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Overview

Explore Chicago's Chinese food scene on this walking tour in the Chinatown district. With a guide, learn about the cuisine of different regions of China and how Chinese culture has influenced Chicago and other areas. Enjoy included tastings from restaurants and other food venues in Chinatown—a great way to start a night out in the city.
  • Chinatown food walking tour in Chicago
  • Sample a variety of regional dishes from China with a guide
  • Try dumplings, duck, and more
  • All food and drink tastings included
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Departure Point

2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

Meet Inside the restaurant. Your guide will have a Bobby's Bike Hike shirt and a paddle.

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Return Details

2253 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Your tour starts at the Chinatown Gate in Chicago, where you meet your guide and begin your food exploration with dim sum dumplings. Then continue with a sample from the Xi'an region, perhaps a spicy meat sandwich, before walking through Chinatown Square, passing by markets and souvenir shops.

Stop for a bite of Beijing-style duck, try a Szechuan hot pot, and enjoy a custard tart from the oldest bakery in the neighborhood. Then end your tastings with traditional Chinese tea. All within a few blocks, you'll have experienced foods from different regions of China. Your tour concludes back at the starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chicago Chinatown
Highlights of your tour include: Wentworth Avenue, the main artery of Chicago’s Chinatown district, and home to some of the most popular shopping and dining in the area. Cantonese cuisine comes from the southeastern region of Guangdong, formerly known as Canton. The Cantonese were some of the first Chinese to emigrate to the United States and their influence is seen in most American Chinese restaurants today. Dim sum is a traditional Cantonese appetizer, served in small bite-sized portions in steamer baskets. When paired with tea, dim sum makes for a complete Chinese brunch. Chinese tea, the other component of a dim sum brunch, is world-famous. China has been growing tea leaves for centuries and has a rich tradition of refined tea flavors. Portuguese-Chinese bakery treats come from the Portuguese Macau territory of China, and combine traditional and colonial flavors. Xi’an cuisine comes from the northwestern city of Xi’an, one of China’s ancient dynastic capitals. It is rare in the United States, a special delicacy in Chicago’s Chinatown. Lao Sze Chuan is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the United States, opened by celebrity chef Tony Hu, who is lovingly regarded as the unofficial mayor of Chicago’s Chinatown. Sichuan chicken is made with famous Sichuan chili peppers, which are popular in dishes from every region of China. Chinatown Square is a two-story outdoor mall in the center of Chicago’s Chinatown, packed with popular shopping and dining. Mongolian hot pot centers on a large cauldron of broth placed in the center of the table. Once the broth comes to a boil guests dip thinly sliced meats and vegetables in the broth then pair with dipping sauce for a truly unique culinary experience.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bobby's Bike Hike - Chicago

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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star-4
Great food tour in Chinatown!
Kelly_J
, Aug 2021
Great food, information, friendly & engaging tour guide. Appreciated the walk through Chinatown with the architecture, colors, and people. Only complaint was there was no social distancing. All Covid-19 Safety measures information on vendor ticket was not adhered to.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Day Trip To China
Catherine_R
, Aug 2021
Great food, great tour guide, and great people on our Chinatown walking food tour. We took the water taxi there and back, so it was like a mini-vacation. Highly recommend upgrading to the VIP option with enhanced beverages - definitely a delicious choice.
star-5
Very enjoyable. I would go again
Kristina_H
, Aug 2021
The best part was trying new and different Chinese food. Seeing both parts of Chinatown. I wish we had more time to stop and take pictures but we had to get to every stop on time. It was interesting but I could have done with out all the history of each place. Maybe a little history of the restaurant and that’s all.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Tori_B
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide was very pleasant, kind, knowledgeable about the history and the food was delicious. We would definitely do it again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
Becky_R
, Jul 2021
Great Experience, our group was small, only 4 but lots of good food, conversation, learning about Asian food history and immigration waves.
star-5
Excellent food tour
Carroll_N
, Jul 2021
The food tasting and the history. Out guide was fantastic. She was well versed in the history of the immigration waves and how that influenced the cuisine.
star-2
The Rush
Larry_G
, Jul 2021
The tour guide was quite friendly and informative but he rushed us at each restaurant; couldn’t even finish our food and drink because he pushed us at all the stops.
star-5
Spicy!
Steve
, Jul 2021
Nick was a great tour guide. The food was good. I especially enjoyed the chicken and peppers dish. Would do again.
star-4
Can’t wait to go back to Chinatown
Karen_G
, Jun 2021
Wonderful selection of restaurants and great, fun guide. Worth the money, even in the heavy rain. Suggest they find a better dim sum restaurant.
star-5
Had a great time!
Rebecca_A
, Jun 2021
Excellent tour guide, and great selection of spots for tasting. My friends and I had a great time. All food on the tour was delicious. Tour guide provided knowledgable cultural context.

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