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Second City Classic Chicago Food Tour

Indulge in classic Chicago tastes in Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods on the Second City Classic Food Tour. Visit six culinary hot-spots ranging from Mom-and-Pop specialty food stores to one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries.
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Price for: 1 Participant
Availability: COMING SOON
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Second City Classic.
No alcohol.
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Second City Classic With Drink Pairings
Includes 3 drinks.
A culinary adventure in Chicago’s beautiful Gold Coast & Old Town neighborhoods. 

Meet the top off-the-beaten-path Chicago food artisans and sample time-honored flavors of both sweet and savory Chicago treats.

Experience the life of a local Chicagoan as you stroll the bustling tree-lined streets of the celebrated Near North neighborhoods. Your local, entertaining guide will introduce you to historic mansions, hidden parks, beautiful gardens, backdoor venues, exciting local attractions and restaurants. You’ll even get the inside scoop on the Original Playboy Mansion, The Second City Comedy Club and its legendary performers.

Tour highlights:

  • Go behind the scenes with the famous Chicago food artisans and specialty food shop owners in the Old Town and Gold Coast neighborhoods.
  • Discover the fascinating 19th and 20th century architecture and learn about the hidden parks, cultural gems and more.
  • Enjoy private demonstrations and interactive tastings from the tour’s exclusive specialty partners including spices, tea, olive oils and chocolate.

Tour stops*:

  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's iconic Chicago-Style Deep Dish pizza is widely regarded as the best in the city.
  • Old Jerusalem Restaurant - Serving authentic Middle Eastern dishes in Chicago’s Old Town area since 1976.
  • The Fudge Pot - A 3rd generation candy maker dedicated to creating some of the best handmade treats in Chicago.
  • Wow Bao - Fresh, hot and healthy Asian steamed buns within a dynamic, small footprint restaurant concept.
  • Corcoran's Grill & Pub - Specializing in authentic Midwestern fare, this long-running hangout for Second City performers is known for locally brewed specialty beers and to-die-for Wisconsin sourced cheese curds. (Weekday tours only)
  • Tea Gschwendner - Chicago's leading source for specialty loose Green, Black, Oolong and White teas.
  • The Spice House - 2nd generation spice merchants whose love of hand-prepared spices, blends and artisan seasonings will rub off on you.

*Tour stops are subject to change.

What’s included:

  • All preselected food, enough for a full lunch
  • Small group walking tour with a local expert guide.

Duration: hours

WhenAvailable year-round  Noon tours daily at 11:00am*
*subject to availability

Need to know:

  • This tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Vegetarian substitutions are available. Please request when you reserve your tour time.
  • Alternate tastings or substitutions for any other food-related allergies (including lactose intolerant) or dietary preferences (including vegan and gluten-free) are not available.
  • Please advise of food allergies or dietary restrictions when you reserve your tour time.
  • Experiences happen rain, shine or snow.
  • Maximum of 16 guests per guide.
  • Walking distance is approximately 1.3 miles.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If the tour is cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • Participants are urged to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and/or a hat during the summer months.
  • Participants will be on their feet and outdoors for most of the walking tour. Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. 

Whether you’re a local or visiting for the first time, you’ll walk from the Second City Classic Food Tour with a greater appreciation for Chicago’s history, architecture and culinary scene.

This experience takes place at Chicago, Illinois. VIEW MAP

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