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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.
  • 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
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Food tastings at 6 different locations
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Parking is located at 12 E. Cedar St 1 block away, around the corner from Lou Malnati's. Pricing: Mon - Sat, in by 10am and out by 7pm, $14. After 10am or Sundays, 3-12 hours parking; $23. 12-24 hour is $26. Cash only.
1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA

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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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Chicago Food Planet
Savor the flavors of Chicago's Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods on this three-hour walking food tour. Between tastings at seven different locations, your guide will have you feeling like a local as you walk down the tree-lined streets and learn about the history, culture and architecture of the "Windy City." Your walk takes you to locations that include a Japanese restaurant, Polish bakery, and more! Sample tasting locations: • Lou Malanati's: Classic Chicago Deep Dish • The Spice House: Hand-prepared spices and seasonings • Old Town Oil: Aged balsamic vinegars and 100% extra virgin olive oils • Tea Gschwendner: Leading specialty tea merchant • The Fudge Pot: Chicago's oldest chocolate confectioner and fudge shop • Old Jerusalem: Middle Eastern dining If you have food allergies, please specify at the time of checkout in the 'special requirements' field. Thank you
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate amount of walking is involved
  • There are enough food tastings, that for most people, lunch afterwards is not needed
  • In the special requirements field at check out please say if you are a vegetarian, have any food allergies and are under 21
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Food Planet

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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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Chicago Food Tour: Gold Coast and Old Town?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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  • "I'd recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the area." See review


160 Reviews
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Excellent Walking and Food Tour!
, Oct 2019
My wife and I went with another couple and enjoyed a wonderful and informative walking tour of two neighborhoods just north of downtown Chicago. Our guide, Delaney, was great! Very knowledgeable and entertaining and the tour was exclusively about restaurants and shops original to Chicago. We started out with the best deep dish pizza (and I am not generally a fan of deep dish pizza), went on to a great tea shop, a funky bao shop, falafel, chocolate shop and ended at Second City. We ate and talked about the history of these two neighborhoods. I can't wait to do other tours. Highly recommended!
, Aug 2019
Way too much food, but delicious tastings, friendly guide and beautiful architecture! Best to skip breakfast before this tour.
Gold Coast food tour
, Apr 2019
Our guide was so good. We had so much fun. The food was absolutely delicious. We were all very full when we left. LOL. I highly recommend the food tour. What a great way to see the city. And learn some facts and eat great food !!!
Excellent way to learn about a part of...
, 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!
Small group city tour of Chicago
, Jun 2018
Excellent Good driver I was promised a hotel pick up and drop off and not keep promised since I was only one Bad bad advertising
We did mention that my daughter had...
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.
Fantastic Tour! Our tour guide Kat...
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!
All I can say is TRY IT!!! My...
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.
very much enjoyed amber our...
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
If you only have time for one tour...
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.

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