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Lonely Planet Experiences: Chicago History and Food Tour

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Join us for the ultimate foodie adventure in the historic River North area. From deep dish pizza to Chicago-style hot dogs, this tour will leave you filled with delicious local foods and insider knowledge into the city’s culinary history and culture.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 1:00 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Get a taste of Chicago’s most famous food in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods
  • Discover why locals have so much passion for their very own Chicago-style hot dog
  • Enjoy a slice of pizza taken to a whole new level in deep-dish form
  • Tap into Chicago’s immigrant roots with a bite of Italian beef from one of the city’s original vendors
  • Share some delicious dessert in a local setting well off the tourist track
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Your Chicago food tour will take you through the River North neighborhood — the original Chicago foodie destination — to sample some world-famous Chicago dishes, local favorites and sweet treats. We start with a very well-known Chicago dish: the Chicago-style hot dog. Perfect for summers at a baseball game (cheering on the Cubs or Sox of course), or for a quick lunch on a work day, this local take on a hot dog is a debate-worthy food in Chicago and is taken very seriously by locals. We will also sample the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza! An entire meal unto itself, this staple of the Chicago food scene originated in River North in the 1940s when workers and families needed filling dishes at low prices. 

After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, we’ll take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential when it comes to Chicago’s food culture. We’ll then continue our tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef. This hearty meal came about during the Depression, and it’s here to stay. Finally, it’ll be time for something sweet inside a truly local hangout. Your guide will show you one of the oldest establishments in the city — either a classic Italian restaurant or a local watering hole with deep Prohibition roots. Here, you’ll enjoy a dessert with the opportunity to relax and purchase a beverage of your choice.

We’ll conclude your Chicago foodie experience here, with easy access to the ‘L’. Even if you say you’ll never be hungry again, don’t forget to note some great dinner recommendations from you guide.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide and a variety of food samples (such as a Chicago-style hot dog, deep dish pizza, and Italian beef).
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuity

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Meeting point

Meet your guide outside the entrance to the Historic Water Tower.

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Important information
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• This tour might not be suitable for vegans or vegetarians

From US$ 59 per person

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Product ID: 243127