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

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Discover Chicago's culinary side on this three-hour walking tour to taste the delicious flavors of the Gold Coast and Old Town. Along the way, your guide will show you the history and architecture in these culture-rich neighborhoods, just north of the downtown area. After stops at seven quintessential Chicago restaurants in these two neighborhoods, you'll feel like a real Chicagoan! The tour operates with a maximum of 18 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide. Tastings at 7 different locations is included.
  • Eat your way through two delicious Chicago neighborhoods
  • Learn about the history of the Gold Coast and Old Town from your local guide
  • Taste generous samples of classic dishes from seven shops and restaurants
  • A small-group walking tour that includes all tasting fees 
What to Expect
Meet your local guide at Lou Malnati’s, a Chicago-style pizzeria, where you’ll sample a traditional deep-dish pizza. From there, your small group of 18 or fewer participants will walk through the historic Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods. You’ll visit seven shops and eateries, with tasting locations including the oldest chocolate confectioner in Chicago, The Fudge Pot, The Spice House spice merchant, the Middle Eastern restaurant Old Jerusalem and more. All tastings are included and together are generous enough equal a full lunch. While strolling the tree-lined streets and sampling some of the Windy City's classic dishes, you’ll hear about Chicago history, culture and architecture. Your tour ends at the authentic French bakery La Fournette.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Food tastings at 6 different locations
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • 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.
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The Food Tour included....Lou Malnati's, Delightful Pastries, Kamehachi Old Town, The Fudge Pot, The Spice House, Old Town Oil, Tea Gschwendner and La Fournette. Quite a bit of delicacies...fun, educational, great tour guide. Definitely a must do! The pizza at Malnati's was my
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Wonderful tour, great experience! Learned a lot about the neighborhoods and enjoyed getting a wide-range of tastes and experiences in.
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We had a great time on the Second City Classic with Dave as our host. It was fun to try Chicago deep-dish pizza and experience the phenomenon of Wow Bao. So cool! I had never seen anything like that before! Our favorite stop was by far the tea shop, where we gained such a wealth
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Enjoyed a fun Saturday with Amber and my daughter today. Amber brought lots of energy and knowledge as well as some fun tastes of Chicago. It was the perfect mix of tastes. Be sure to wear comfy shoes. There’s plenty to see. And you won’t go away hungry. It was a great way to
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My husband and I took this tour with Dave a few weekends ago. Dave did an excellent job. He handled the transitions with ease and took time to individually talk to each of us. We really enjoyed the variety of foods on this tour. The educational talk in the tea shop was very
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By: Chicago Food Planet
3,948 reviews
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Gothenburg, Sweden
Great tour
I went on this tour with a friend and 2 teenage daughters during a long weekend in Chicago. The food tour was a
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Norfolk, Virginia
Fun despite the cold
Four of us had a great time getting to know a lot more about the west loop eateries. The food samplings were fun
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
Arrive Hungry and Leave Happy!
My husband, his aunt and I were in town for a wedding and couldn’t resist a food tour. We are food tour veterans
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Informative + Delicious bites!
My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this food tour when looking for things to do in the area for a weekend trip. We
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Germantown, Maryland
Fun For Foodies!
The Best In Chow food tour with Bill was great! I loved that at each spot we got to sit down at a table and enjoy
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New York City, New York
Chicago food tour
Loved this “foodie” tour of this former meatpacking neighborhood turned trendy food center in Chicago. David M
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Great experience!
I live in Chicago, and I learned so much about such a unique neighborhood! Our tour guide, David M, was funny,
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Houston, Texas
Soooo much FUN and YUMMY!!!!!
Oh my what a blast and good food and lots of it!!!! David M was AMAZING! He was so informative about the history
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Loved This Tour!!
First food tour for me and it was great. Our guide Terry was welcoming and full of knowledge. Best meatball I've
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Excellent Navy Pier Food Tour with Faith
This is a fantastic food/history tour of Navy Pier. As others have said, Faith is a terrific tour guide and an
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Niagara Falls, New York
Great tour of west loop eateries
5 west loop favorites plus a bonus walk-thru of the new Chicago Time Out Market. Great food, beverages and
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Singapore, Singapore
Interesting Tour
Thank you David for an interesting informative food tour. This was my first food tour, I not only got to know a
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It was described as a foodie tour and the food was good but a bit boring and a lot of bread. The history bits were
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Cami W
Great visit
We had a great tour guide, Faith, and had great food. Highly recommend. She was great with out blended family and
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Super Fun!
David was an amazing guide. All of the food we sampled was excellent! The fun facts David have is along the tour
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