Lonely Planet Experiences: River North Historical Food Tour

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Pass By: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

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 a sweet treat. It’s an afternoon that will leave you full of delicious food and memories for a lifetime!

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. Every Chicagoan has his or her own preference as to how the dog should be made, and you’ll get a chance to try your guide's favorite version.

Stop At: Pizzeria Due, 619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Next up is 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. Your guide will take you to a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Portillo's Hot Dogs, 100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

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. One is a sight to behold. This uniquely Midwest phenomenon is filled to the brim with kitsch and 1950s retro love, and you have to see it to believe it.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610

We’ll take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential when it comes to Chicago’s food culture. Rock N' Roll Mcdonald's is a restaurant born in Chicago and recognized by nearly everyone on earth. This location is something special, with impeccable design elements, a live vertical garden, solar panels and a beautiful atrium.

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. You’ll sample this sandwich in a real city institution — no-frills decor included!

Finally, it’s time for something sweet inside a truly local hangout. Your guide will show you to 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. You won’t regret it!

Duration: 30 minutes

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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.
Join us for the ultimate foodie adventure in Chicago’s historic River North area alongside a local guide who can show you the best spots for some of the city’s best loved dishes. From deep dish pizza to Chicago-style hot dogs, this tour will leave you filled with delicious local foods as well as some insider knowledge into the city’s culinary history and culture.
Departure & Return
Departure Point806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Departure Time1:00 PM
ReturnRiver North, Chicago, IL, USA
What's Included
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Chicago-style Hot Dog
  • Deep Dish Pizza
  • Italian Beef
  • Gratuity
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • Kelly was very helpful and informative and very polite. She is great!!!! She even gives great presentations and facts on the history of food

  • Kelly did an excellent job of balancing a lot of different things during our tour: history of the city, the food, the culture, gracefully handling unknown wait times with the restaurants and making us feel safe doing a food tour during the pandemic. We really enjoyed the information and the food, and would definitely recommend. We’re even going back to one of the places again today. :)

  • I expected more facts about the city and the food. I expected more food variety. I expected more walking. However, the pizza, hotdog, sandwich were delicious and we were provided generous portions. The guides were delightful.

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