Walking Food Tour

Chicago, IL

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Enjoy this unique food tasting and cultural walking tour through Chicago's most delicious and historic neighborhoods.

  • Enjoy up to 7 food tastings and visitswithin the epicurean hot-spot Near North areaof the Gold Coast and Old Town
  • Enjoy the best of Chicagos restaurants while tasting local foods from mom and pop specialty food stores, famous Chicago attractions and one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries
  • Perfect for Chicago natives and tourists interested in exploring their inner foodie with various samples of famous Chicago foods
  • This unique food tour will have you leave feeling like a native Chicagoan
Near North Side - Chicago, IL
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Mid-March through November:
Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays - 11:00 AM

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    Essential Information
    • This tour visits the Near North area of the Gold Coast and Old Town
    • All tastings are included in the price
    • You will visit up to 7 locations that will happily fill most stomachs
    • The experience provider can offer substitutions for vegetarians with advanced notice; please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking
    • The tour will not finish at the starting point; a map and return instructions will be provided
    • Gratuity for the tour guide is not included but is appreciated if you enjoy the tour
    • Pets are not allowed on this tour
    Duration
    This tour covers about 1-1.5 miles over 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
    This tour is enjoyed by up to 20 people.
    Spectators
    This experience is only for those booked on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is not weather dependent.
    What To Wear
    You will be on your feet and outdoors for most of the 3 hours, so please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. It is recommended for participants to bring sun glasses, sun screen and a hat during the summer months. Flip-flops, high heels, and dress-shoes are not recommended. Umbrellas on rainy days, warm layers on cold days, and cool clothing on hot days will make your experience much more enjoyable.
    How much food is served on the food tour?
    The tour serves enough food that lunch afterward is not necessary for most participants. However, please understand that 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?
    Tours generally last between 3 and 3.5 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. Waling is at a moderate pace and there are at least two resting locations for at least 45 minutes total.
    Do your tours have anything to offer a native Chicagoan?
    A majority of attendees live 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?
    Yes, routes and tasting establishments are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly and accessible.
    Are any beverages served on the tour?
    Water is provided throughout 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.
    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.
    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.

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

    Customer Reviews
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    “We had a fabulous experience on our tour. Our guide, Delaney was sweet, knowledgeable, and very likable. We enjoyed our time with her, and all of the food along the way.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Mykel, That's what we love to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to write in. Let us know when you feel like getting out on another great adventure! Best, Inah
    “What a great way to spend an afternoon!! The six (6) food sites were phenomenal and the servings were large. Definitely was very full by the end. The architecture and historical aspect of the tour was so fun & interesting. But, what really made this great was our tour guide, Amber. She was exceptional... very energetic, full of fun facts, clearly loves Chicago. Just a great experience. I’ll be giving gift cards as gifts, for sure.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Louise, Great food, a fun guide, and a little history thrown in - what's not to love? Amber will be so excited to hear you enjoyed your time with her. Thank you for keeping us in mind for future gifts! Cheers, Inah
    “Amber was an excellent guide. She was funny, she was informative and knew a lot of information.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Jim, I'll be sure to pass your kind words along to Amber! Cheers to great new memories in CHI-town! Best, Inah
    “The tour was informative, and fun. Our guide Amber was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and well organized. The food was tasty too! Process was easy and convenient!”
    “This was so much more than a food tour! We visited specialty shops and learned about the history of Old Town and Gold Coast. Delaney was an amazing guide - very knowledgeable! We had fun, learned a lot, and left pleasantly full :) I highly recommend Chicago Food Planet and this tour!”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Emily, I'm so happy to hear that we were able to send you out on such a great experience! I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Delaney. A little history, a delicious food, how can it not be fun, right? Cheers, Inah
    “What a unique tour! Our tour guide, Delaney, took us to a variety of different Chicago staples around River North and Old Towne. We ate deep dish and learned Lou Malnati’s history, drank some tea and learned about its history and growth process as well. We then had some falafel, followed by spices in this awesome spice shop, followed y some toffee fudge at a fudge shop, and finishing off with some Wisconsin cheese curds at a pub. Delaney was very knowledgeable about all the stops, as well as the history surrounding the area we walked through during the tour.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Robert, My mouth is watering just reading your wonderful descriptions, can't imagine what it must have been like actually eating all this food! Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad we were able to send you out on such a great experience. Cheers, Inah
    “Martha did a great job showing us the neighborhoods and eateries - and we learned a lot along the way.”
    “The tour was tasty and interesting. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. We had 6 stops that we’re lots of fun. Enjoyed it all. The last stop had a warm homemade dessert which was good because the sandwich offering, although good, wasn’t great. I was surprised they used store bought pita with the very tasty falafel. The ending location ,according to our tickets wasn’t accurate but we weren’t far off.”
    “We had a blast on this tour. We have done a few other Chicago tours in the past, which have been great, but this one definitely stood out. Cat, our guide, was super nice and so much fun. We learned something new at every stop we made... and all the food we sampled was AMAZING. We would do this tour again for sure!”
    “Superb, knowledgeable guide in a well thought-out tour of some interesting and very tasty eateries. ”
    “Our Gold Coast/Old Town food tour was spectacular. It was a great sampling of food with fun trivia about Chicago, and Kent (our tour guide) was engaging and intelligent. ”
    “Enjoyed all the stops that we made. Enjoyed the food and learning about the neighborhoods!”
    “Our food tour in Chicago by far exceeded our expectations! Our guide was wonderful; he kept us moving but we never felt rushed. We learned a lot at each of our stops and on the walk from place to place. The "samples" from the restaurants and shops were very generous. We did not leave hungry! We would definitely recommend it to others and would love to take another tour sometime in the future.”
    “Rachel was informative and high energy. She made every attempt to engage the entire group and was always positive. Other than it being a warm and humid summer afternoon, it was a delightful experience. My companion requires the use of a wheelchair. Two locations needed to be adapted but worked fine.”
    “While it is true that this tour was focused on food, there wasn't very much eating associated with the experience.”
    “Great experience. A great variety plus plenty of food which was unexpected. Would definitely recommend it ”
    “The whole food walking tour was excellent. Since we love tasting different foods, this tour was very enjoyable for both me and my husband. Our guide, Sadie, was very knowledgeable about the Old Town/Gold Coast area. Although I was raised in that area for ten years of my life, Sadie pointed out some things that I did not know about. To sum it up, I would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks, Sadie!! ”
    “Overall experience was good. I was not a fan of the sushi place nor the bakery. The walk back to Lou Malnati's seemed too long.”
    “The experience was great!”
    “Our guide (Rachel) was terrific --- knowledgeable, friendly and fun! I loved the variety of foods we tried (except for the pierogi). I also loved learning about the neighborhoods we visited.”
    “Our guide, Jackie, was great. ”
    “Allie was amazing! She was energetic and genuine. She appeared to really enjoy what she was doing, and it helped my husband and I really loosen up and enjoy the experience. I love the city of Chicago, but I love the food of Chicago even more!!!!”
    “My husband and I were happy with the tour and felt the programmed food and store stops provided an interesting variety. When food was served, portions were satisfying. We also enjoyed the additional information on the neighborhood and the historical information that was given on landmarks. Angie, our guide seemed knowledgeable and we enjoyed her energy and friendliness.”
    “Overall, we had an excellent time on our Chicago food tour! The tour guides were great. The restaurants were all very good and very unique. No complaints. :)”
    “We went on this tour as part of a girls weekend in Chicago. It was so much fun. The two guides were fantastic. So knowledgeable and friendly. Great neighborhood stops and lots of interesting information. I would highly recommend this tour!”
    “I had a great time on the Walking Food Tour on Saturday with Jessica. Jessica was very friendly and engaging and fantastic representative for your company. My only feedback would be that at the oil shop I would have preferred to try some of the olive oils without vinegars mixed into them, maybe less information at the tea shop, and I would have liked a little more information about the origin of some of the foods - where they are produced locally (if that was possible). I also think that many people that are interested in food tours would be interested in market locations around Chicago and so maybe could be included in your maps. Maybe another tour idea for a Saturday morning? ”
    “It was a great tour and our guide Amber was terrific. We learned about the food and also the history of the neighborhood. Very fun. ”
    “Total enjoyment”
    “Everything was fine except that I think you should consider adjusting the order of things - as much as I was intrigued by the Oil and Vinegar shop, I was not interested in tasting olive oil immediately after a visit to the Fudge Pot!”
    “Overall a pleasant and fun experience. It is great for Chicago area residents as well as tourists.”
    “Amber, our tour guide, was fantastic! Very friendly and full of interesting facts about Chicago. It showed that she had a real passion for what she did.”
    “Absolutely fabulous! Fun, informative, and an overall great time.”
    “The Chicago Food Planet Tour was great. We got to sample not just foods but drinks, spices and oils. Our guide also shared a lot of historical information while we walked. It also gave us a chance to get to know a part of Chicago we hadn't visited before.”
    “My husband and I received the food walking tour of the Gold Coast and Old Town in Chicago as a gift from our sons for our 25th anniversary. We don't get out that often so this was an adventure for us. We both absolutely loved the experience! Our tour guide was excellent, very nice, very informative and was fun to talk to. She really made the experience special. We have already talked about giving this experience to other members of our family.”
    “We had a great time - Jackie was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable. The group we were with was diverse in ages - and everyone had a good experience. I would definitely go on another Food Tour.”
    “The experience was great, our tour guide was knowledgeable yet engaging.”
    “We had a beautiful day to walk around Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods. Our guide, Jackie, was knowledgeable and fun. I thought the information we received at the tea shop, and spice house was great. We used our coupons at the spice house and olive oil stores. I will recommend these tours to my friends and may try the Lincoln Park tour in the future! ”
    “We loved Sadie. She is perfect for this job. Even though we arevery familiar with this part of Chicago, there is always something to learn and we learned so many fun facts and some history we did not even know about. The variety of stops along the way was just the perfect mix. We had a wonderful day and have recommended this to friends already. Per your question below, you may post my comments with my first name only.”
    “Angie was great. The tour took us to places we never would have known existed or had the gumption to try. Perfect for three hours on a Saturday afternoon!”
    “Let me start by saying this was my first of many food tours! Our guide was absolutely sure of our food restrictions. She did a great job pointing out interesting facts about the city and each place we visited. There were seven stops on our tour, each stop is more than just a sample it is an experience! I highly recommend. Go, go now!”
    “The weather was beautiful, and I enjoyed walking in the areas for our tour. It was great that our host included architectural highlights and a little history along the way. Our last stop was the bakery. By this time, we all were tired, and it would have been nice to have been able to sit down to enjoy our bakery item. At the time we were there, there were no patrons and there were plenty of places to sit. I don't know what the problem was, but we were told explicitly not to sit down!! Therefore, my satisfaction rating was a "7".”
    “Loved the combination of the city's buildings with the guidance.”
    “Interesting tour of the area and I learned new information about some foods. Disappointing for the price and the amount of tastings. Did not walk away with a great feel for the food specialties of Chicago.”
    “My husband and I received a gift certifictate for the tour. We were expecting to be the only Chicagoans, but, to our suprise, the majority of the tour was filled with locals. Especially compared to other tours that we have been on in Chicago, we found our tour guide (Angie?) to be very knowledgable and excited to share the tidbits of historical info. She kept the tour in line and organized without being pushy. Although we are from the area, we learned quite a bit about both the neighborhoods and the restaurants. Although we liked the tea shop and the gentleman who spoke to us there, we felt that stop was slightly unnecessary as it's not really food and we don't associate it with Chicago or the neighborhood. My husband was slightly disappointed with the level of food, but I was pleasantly full. The level of walking was perfect. Overall, we had a great time, and I would recommend the tour to others.”
    “The food tour of Old Town and the Gold Coast was a great experience and Colleen, our tour guide was wonderful. She really knew her subject matter and was fun to spend the afternoon with. We would highly recommend the tour to anyone. ”
    “Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable, courteous, very friendly, and displayed high level of positive energy towards her job. We are already planning our next adventure and would love to have the same guide for our next tour. P.S. (She was the best!!!)”
    “Martha, our tour guide, was excellent. Well-versed in Chicago history, great fun and knew a lot about all the food stops. Would highly recommend this tour.”
    “Jess was excellent as a guide. The bakery was last on the tour and my least favorite. It was crowded and wasn't exceptional for being on a food tour. Unlike the other stops, the information was about the owner vs. the food. I felt rushed here, like we just went in to eat, standing up at that. I would suggest one excellent pastry that is representative of Chicago.”
    “Our guide Kent was great. It was an informative and enjoyable experience and definitely plan to try another one!”
    “This tour was simply wonderful and we learned a lot about Chicago, food and architecture! Our guide,Nicole, was really interesting and she made everyone feel happy! This is really something I will recommend to anyone I know going to Chicago! Thanks! Sara Ducharme, Quebec city, Quebec”
    “Our guide, Heather, was fantastic. She was friendly, knowledgable, and a joy to be around. The tour itself was well thought out and very interesting. We are locals and still learned a great deal and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. Thank you for the tour!”
    “Guide was very friendly and professional. Would recommend this activity anytime. We should have block that tour at the beginning of our trip.”
    “Kent was a great guide - very knowledgeable about the history and cultural background of tour.”
    “Jess was our guide and was fabulous! She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and kept us moving. She couldn't have been any better! This tour changed the way we will visit different cities. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every stop we made. Thank you all!”
    “The walking food tour of Chicago was a relaxing and fun experience. The tour gave us the reason to explore other neighborhoods in Chicago in addition to our regular areas. Our guide was informative and knowledgeable yet fun and humorous. I will sign up to take the other walking food tours at a later date.”
    “I feel it necessary to say that this experience needs a new title. To call it the "Walking Food Tour of Chicago" is deceptive. Included in the tour is a trip to a shop that sells spices (no food) and a trip to an oil and balsamic vinegar shop. (No bread is offered to taste, you are expected to drink the oil like a shot of liquor). Also, I did not care for the tea shop. Tea drinkers are a distinct minority in this country and I would have preferred a coffee shop. Then we finished at a place with "Fudge" in the name and were not offered fudge, but rather a toffee candy. Then a pastry shop served pierogies (which were good) and two tiny macaroons. Not the type of macaroons that anyone likes, however. The vegetarian offers of potato pancake and deep dish pizza were satisfactory. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable but I would not recommend this very disappointing tour.”
    “Our food tour experience turned out great! Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time! No problems at all. Thanks!”
    “Really great day. Jess did a nice job keeping everyone moving. It was super hot so she took really good care of us. If I had one suggestion it would be to allow maybe 5-10 minutes of shopping at the spice and oil place. They were so cool and I felt a little rushed. Otherwise, it was fantastic and I am telling all of my friends. ”
    “The variety of tasting experiences was especially good--from sandwich to a tiny oil & vinegar sample, for example. The placement of the tea tasting was just right, so we could carry the tea along to drink the rest of the walk.”
    “Heather, our guide for the Walking Food Tour in Chicago, was awesome! Very knowledgeable, articulate, and friendly. She paced things well and didn't miss a beat. Outstanding experience from beginning to end! Well done!”
    “Jess was our guide and she did a great job! Such fun and very interesting. Would recommend to others..”
    “This tour is a must do. Not only was the food recommendations great but the things we learned along the way about Chicago were most interesting. Without the tour guide we would have just walked right by some very interesting places and homes. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Anytime I visit a new city, I will be seeking this tour. It's the only way to get the real experience.”
    “I have recommended Cloud 9 to many friends since my experience. This was a fantastic experience. Thank you for a wonderful day for me and my daughter.”
    “Jess was terrific. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
    “Hillary did a fantastic job in keeping the pace moving, yet providing excellent information about each place we stopped at. We highly recommend the tour, and Hillary.”
    “This tour was given to me by my children as a Christmas present. I took a friend of mine and we had the best time. Hillary was our tour guide and she was outstanding. Except for the fact that we could not purchase items on the guide, I truly enjoyed the experience. I understand that it would hold up the whole tour if everyone purchased items but sometimes people do not have the time to go back right after the tour. I would highly recommend the tour!!!”
    “Cloud 9 has great adventure ideas and the only reason I would not recommend it is because it's more expensive than going directly to the service provider and buying the experience for yourself. For the walking food tour of Chicago I think we paid $10 extra per ticket, so even though the experience comes in a nice blue box, I think everyone I know would rather save money and book the experience for themselves. However, the fact that I wouldn't recommend it doesn't mean I didn't fully enjoy the services and interactions with Cloud 9. Cloud 9 was very professional and great to work with. ”
    “I found the information shared and covered on the tour interesting, however if a tour that advertises as a walking food tour, make sure there is a good amount of food on the tour. Going to a spice shop, an oil company and a tea shop are places that do not contain snacks or small course meals. I came out of there hungry after the Chicago food tour and went home and ate my own lunch. I expected to come out of there full an satisfied but unfortunately that wasn't the case with this tour. I do not recommend for people to attend this tour. ”
    “Nicole our guide was AWESOME. give her a raise.”
    “We had a wonderful time and can't wait to check out other tours that you offer. Thank you Gina Tiberi”
    “Tell Hillary that Jason Mraz uses the word "scooch" in "I'm Yours": ". . .Scooch on over closer dear, and I will nibble your ear." Hillary has a great personality, and we had a lot of fun! The tour truly was advertised.”
    “I really enjoyed the tour. I think you really need to stress the walking shoes more. It seemed like we were waiting for the people in flip flops to catch up. The choice of sites was great. Every food sample was good not too much or too little. I hope to take another tour.”
    “Our tour guide Jes was just great. Lots of knowledge about food and the city!”
    “Guide was great, very friendly and knowledgeable and fun. Weather was beautiful and it was an overall enjoyable experience.”
    “Our tour guide, Heather, was just a delightful,enthusiastic young lady! Even though she is originally from Buffalo you could tell she embraced Chicago as her second home and it showed in her talks and knowledge of the city. I am from the general Chicago area and there were things that I learned while on the tour. We had a nice walk, learn a lot of new information, meet people from all over the country and ate some great food, unique to Chicago. I have already told many people about my positive experience on the tour. Job well done by your entire staff.”
    “Our guide, Nicole, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. She did much more than I expected. I loved that along with the food tour, we also got an education about spices, oils, teas, etc, along with an architecture tour. It was wonderful. I can't wait to go on the Chinatown food tour.”
    “My sister and I went on the Chicago Food Tour on 4/30/11, 11:00 am. Hilary was our tour guide. She was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and extremely pleasant to be with. You have a very good employee and should take very good care of her!!”

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