Best in Chow: Chicago River North Food Tour

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Stop At: Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4066

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.

Tasting Locations:

Lou Malnati's

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!

Al's Beef

The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.

Garrett Popcorn

Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.

Copper Fox

Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

Stop At: Wrigley Building, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4213

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.

Tasting Locations:

Lou Malnati's

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!

Al's Beef

The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.

Garrett Popcorn

Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.

Copper Fox

Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

Stop At: The Magnificent Mile, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.

Tasting Locations:

Lou Malnati's

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!

Al's Beef

The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.

Garrett Popcorn

Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.

Copper Fox

Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

Stop At: Chicago Food Planet, Chicago, IL

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.

Tasting Locations:

Lou Malnati's

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!

Al's Beef

The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.

Garrett Popcorn

Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.

Copper Fox

Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

Stop At: Historic Water Tower, 806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2103

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.

Tasting Locations:

Lou Malnati's

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!

Al's Beef

The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.

Garrett Popcorn

Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.

Copper Fox

Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate the busy River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Chicago on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour, depending on the season. Stroll through the main streets of Chicago which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with modern architecture, shops and art galleries. You’ll cross over Michigan Avenue and enjoy the majesty of the Magnificent Mile with historic landmarks including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower.  The duration of the tour is 2.5 hours during the winter months, December-March.

Tasting Locations:

Lou Malnati's

Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is regarded as the best in the city. Taste it for yourself!

Al's Beef

The history of Al’s #1 Italian Beef Restaurants dates back to 1938. Al's founder Chris Pacelli, started a neighborhood beef stand in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood.

Portillo's Hot Dogs

The famed Portillo’s was founded in 1963 by Dick Portillo. After returning from serving in the Marines, Dick (with help from his brother Frank) opened a humble hot dog stand.

Garrett Popcorn

Savor the popcorn recipes that were born out of a family competition and carried over from the Garrett's Milwaukee home to their first Chicago shop in 1949.

Copper Fox

Warm, earth-toned space with art deco flourishes presenting an inspired menu of New American dishes.

Activity Details
Learn the meaning of “Chicago-Style” on this 2.5 or 3-hour tour (depending on the season) as you experience 5 iconic dishes from the famous restaurants that perfected them in downtown Chicago. Get up close and personal with "Chicago Style" dishes like pizza, hot dog, Italian beef, popcorn and brownies. The hustle and bustle of Chicago can be intimidating; relax as an expert guide teaches you the ins and outs of River North & Streeterville. The tour is the only experience where you can taste all of these iconic dishes in just 2.5 or 3 hours! Eating the best foods usually comes with a price of long lines and waits - not here! Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this culinary adventure!
Departure & Return
Departure PointLou Malnati's Pizzeria, 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA Departure Time12:00 PM
ReturnCourtyard Chicago Downtown/Maginificent Mile, 165 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
What's Included
  • Food tastings, enough for a full lunch
  • Neighborhood guide
  • 1.4 miles of walking, helping you to explore Chicago
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Participants are urged to bring sun glasses, sun screen, and/or a hat during the summer months.
  • Participants will be on their feet and outdoors for most of the walking tour, so please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes (flip-flops, high heels, and dress-shoes are not recommended.)
  • Check the weather! Umbrellas on rainy days, warm layers on cold days, and cool clothing on hot days will make your experience much more enjoyable.
  • During the months of December through March, the tour is decreased to 2.5 hours and does not stop at XOCO
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews
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  • The tour was much better than expected! Not only was the food great but Terry was an absolute gem with so much information about Chicago. This was a fantastic tour and a great experience!

  • I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something to do in Chicago. Its also gives some history of the restaurants and the neighborhoods. Luke is an excellent guide.

  • The River North food tour was amazing. Luke, our guide was charismatic and very knowledgeable with Chicago’s history, charm and food origin. Each place was delicious, and perfect size portions for a walking tour. I highly recommend taking the food tour or any Viator offers. Well organized, easy to book and redeem, and great opportunity to meet people from all over. I will use Viator again for future bookings.

  • There were 7 of us and we all enjoyed the food and history tour. The food was either waiting or came very soon. Several places we were packed in like sardines but the food and experience was worth it . The guide encouraged everybody to have fun and that helped us interact with strangers in our tour.

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