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Chinatown Food Tour

Chicago, IL

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Overview
Enjoy this unique food tasting and cultural walking tour through Chicago's remarkable Chinatown neighborhood.
  • Passionate tour providers have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, CNN Travel, and Bon Appetit
  • Experience 5 food tastings that include food delicacies from the Canton, Mandarin and Szechuan regions in China
  • Get a behind the scenes look at this intriguing neighborhood with visits to cultural, religious and historical landmarks
Chinatown - Chicago, IL

Mid-March through November:
Saturdays & Sundays - 11:00 AM

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    Essential Information
    • You'll cover about 1.5 miles of walking through the course of this 3-hour tour
    • All tastings are included in the price
    • The experience provider can offer substitutions for vegetarians with advanced notice; please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking
    • Gratuity for the tour guide is not required but is appreciated if you enjoy the tour
    • You will visit 5 different shops that will happily fill most stomachs
    • The tour does not finish at the same starting point but your tour guide will provide a map and return instructions
    Duration
    3 hours
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    Up to 12 people per tour
    Spectators
    This experience is only for those booked on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    This tour will run rain or shine.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. Participants are urged to bring cameras and are also encouraged to bring sunglasses, sun screen and a hat during the summer months.
    How much food is served on the food tour?
    The tour serves enough food that for most participants, lunch afterward is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings combined with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand the food tour is not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.
    How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
    This tour covers approximately 1.5 miles in 3 hours. Participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. Walking is at an easy to moderate pace.
    Do your tours have anything to offer a native Chicagoan?
    A majority of attendees live right here in Chicago. Chicago locals participate to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live in as well as take advantage of knowing the best specialty food store locations and local restaurants in Chicago's tastiest neighborhoods, away from Downtown and traditional tourists.
    Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
    Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.
    What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

    The experience provider can only offer substitutions for vegetarians. Be sure to note any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so accommodations can be made.

    Can I shop during the tour?
    We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. We ask you allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location so its important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the participants.
    Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
    Unfortunately 2 tasting establishments on this tour are not wheelchair and stroller friendly or accessible.
    Are any beverages served on the tour?
    Water is provided throughout the tour.
    Does the tour end at the same place we meet?
    The tour does not finish at the same meeting point, but your guide will provide a map and directions at the end of the tour.
    Do we only walk around and sample food?
    Absolutely not! This tour combines architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 3-hour experience. Imagine walking through Chicago eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.
    What happens if it rains or snows?
    The tours are held in rain, shine, or snow. If necessary, ponchos will be provided, but be sure to dress according to the weather conditions.
    Are bathrooms available during the tour?
    Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
    Are cameras allowed on the tour?
    Yes! Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour.
    Is there parking near the tour meeting point?
    Yes, specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions found in your booking confirmation email.

    Returns
    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Exchanges
    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.

    Customer Reviews
    (21 reviews)
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    “The food was good and the stories were interesting, but the tour got off to a bad start. We spent 45 minutes on the sidewalk outside the restaurant checking in. The group was too large for this kind of experience. It was overpriced for what it was.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Lynnell, Thank you for taking the time to write in about your experience. Though I'm glad you found the tour enjoyable, I'm disappointed to hear it started off on the wrong note. I did reach out to our tour partner regarding the delay, and unfortunately they weren't able to provide me with any clarification. I am sorry you felt the tour overpriced - for tours such as this, the price not only covers the cost of the food but the services of the guide and the reserved spots at the restaurants. However, I know this fell a bit short of expectations - if you ever wanted to give us another try, I've placed a $10 voucher in your account that you can use towards another great experience! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  Best, Inah
    “Wonderful food and very informative guide!”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    And a great review to boot!
    “Great food and guide did a good job”
    “The tour exceeded our expectations. We weren't expecting to learn as much as we did about the history of Chinatown and the food we were sampling. The tour visits old Chinatown, new Chinatown and Ping Tom Memorial Park. It was fun to get to walk a bit and explore more than one area. The food was plentiful and featured a wide array. Jim, our guide, was great!”
    “Very interesting and the tour guide was very knowledgeable! I thought we were experiencing 5 different places (that's what the info said when I purchased it) and we only visited 4. A little disappointed with that, otherwise we enjoyed the cultural experience. ”
    “First of all, please be sure you keep Philip as a tour guide. He did an excellent job. Our party consisted of 4 adults and 2 12-year-old girls. He managed to keep all of us interested in the information he shared with us. The mix of eating food samples at the varied restaurants and walking was perfect. The tour was very informative of the different foods, the neighborhood and the culture. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.”
    “We had a very nice time and would do a Cloud 9 Living tour again.”
    “Philip was very knowledgeable and very nice. He does a great job.”
    “Excellent food and experience.”
    “Hanah was amazing!!!! I wasn't expecting all the information about the culture, the neighborhood, the people, the architecture, etc. It was a very interesting tour!! I've told several people about the tours already, and am planning on going on the others when I find time. Awesome day outing, even for Chicagoans who THINK they know their city!!!”
    “Lisa gave us a wonderful tour which we greatly enjoyed. I would highly recommend this to others.”
    “It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about authentic Chinese food. We tried a few delicious things that we never had before. Our instructor was great with explaining all details about food, Chinese traditions, and history of Chicago's China Town. I would highly recommend this tour.”
    “We went on the walking tour of Chicago's Chinatown. Although we had been to the area numerous times before (we're from Chicago), the tour gave us a completely new perspective of the area and of the food that's available there. It's great to discover new and wonderful aspects of a place you thought you already knew.”
    “Fabulous balance between history and food! We really appreciated learning true Chinese cuisine... both how to order and how to enjoy the food following Chinese family customs.”
    “The tour was excellent! A great overview of Chinatown and the Chinese culture as well as good food! our tour guide, Lisa did a wonderful job! We would totally recommend this tour and Cloud 9 to anyone! Thanks for a good time! Jamie and Don Holben ”
    “ my Husband grew up in Chicago and was not very optimistic about going on this tour with me. Just 10 minutes into the tour he said " what a great tour, I love it!" By the end of the tour we were already planning our next food tour with food planet! We loved the history. Not only of the food but of the Chinese people and of Chicago. Our guide's name was Carlin and she did a fabulous job! Thank you for a great time!”
    “Tasty, fun, and informative.”
    “Thoroughly delightful experience. A Magnificent day in Chicago, the Moon Festival in Chinatown, and a very well-designed tour combined for an enchanting trip. All of the restaurants provided impeccable service with incredible food. And our guide simply crowned the event with her warm, friendly charm; seasoned with delightful history and facts. This was a true EXPERIENCE of Chicago's Chinatown.”
    “I booked this five restaurant tour of Chicago's Chinatown for me and my fifteen year old cousin visiting from Charlotte NC. He is very into food and was able to experience something entirely different from in Charlotte. He was talking about it for months before he got here and it lived up to out expectations. Our guide, Jessica went out of her way to engage Philip about his interests, and how he felt the food and his life and interests (he was the youngest on the tour). I was impressed with her knowledge and her engagment with the tour participants and the restauranteurs. Kyle Osburn”
    “Our tour guide was great. She was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. I have no complaints.”
    “A great way to see a city! I was born and raised in Chicago, but had only been to Chinatown a few times. This was the perfect way to learn about a new part of the city I live in. Best part is that I now feel comfortable going back!”

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