Add dates

Illinois Street food

Our most recommended Illinois Street food

Chicago: 2.5-Hour Taste of Chinatown Food Walking Tour

1. Chicago: 2.5-Hour Taste of Chinatown Food Walking Tour

Explore the complex layers of Chinese culture and the many contributions these people have made to both Chicago and the world. And what better way to show off Chinese culture then through food? Your guide will take the confusion and language barrier away as you sample your way through a variety of Chinatown's best restaurants and well-kept secret recipes. Start your tour at Phoenix Restaurant and begin with some yummy dim sum dumplings and a traditional Chinese tea tasting. Next, it will be time for a sweet treat - buttery custard tarts from Chinatown's oldest bakery. Then, try a unique and delicious spicy meat sandwich from the Xi'an region. Afterward, stroll through the charming Chinatown Square with its ethnic grocery stores and souvenir shops. Finally, taste a sampling of succulent dry chili chicken, followed by the famous spicy Szechuan hot pot. You'll have traveled all over China but only walked a few blocks on this delicious tour of one of Chicago's most fascinating neighborhoods.

Chicago: River North Walking Food Tour

2. Chicago: River North Walking Food Tour

Come enjoy the luxury and opulence of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast on this guided food tour, a tour through the historically affluent River North neighborhood. Explore the remarkable and historic River North neighborhood known for its extreme affluence, typified by the Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast. Boasting Chicago's highest concentration of restaurants and art galleries, the River North neighborhood has become a favorite destination for foodies. You will taste foods from five unique restaurants and bakeries, and your food tour guides are experts not only at temporarily filling stomachs, but at plumping up tour-goers' local food knowledge too. This 3-hour walking tour offers a look into the history and culture of the neighborhood in between each of your 5 food tastings. While the stops are subject to change, we usually stop to taste at five of the following food places: • The Doughnut Vault (est. 2011): Food and Wine Magazine named it the best doughnut in America in 2012 • Lou Malnati's (est. 1971): Rudy Malnati is generally considered to be the inventor of Chicago deep-dish pizza • Xoco- (est. 2009): Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless is one of the best known chefs for Mexican cuisine in America • Iberico- (est. 1992): Serving you the most authentic tapas and regional specialties from all across Spain • Al's Beef- (est. 1938): Founder Al Ferrari invented the sandwich in Chicago's Little Italy back in 1938 • Fabcakes Bakery- (est. 2012): Delicious pastries inspired by the seasons Your informative guide will point out examples of historic architecture and beautiful public spaces that help make the River North neighborhood one of Chicago's most notable.

Chicago: Ultimate Food Walking Tour with Tastings

3. Chicago: Ultimate Food Walking Tour with Tastings

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 sweet treats. Choose between a shared group or private tour. 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 workday, this local take on a hot dog is a debate-worthy food in Chicago and is taken very seriously by locals. You will also sample 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.  After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef. This hearty meal came about during the Depression, and it’s here to stay. 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 your guide.

Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour with Tastings

4. Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour with Tastings

Discover the architecture and food scene of Chicago on a guided day tour. Learn more about the city's history and vibrant food scene as you discover various bustling neighborhoods and historic areas. Start the tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater. Explore the bustling city where the first stop is inside one of the best-preserved spaces built for shopping in Chicago, featuring an unforgettable atrium at its core. Then, head towards the Chicago Pedway. This unique feature of Chicago is used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. Make your way above ground at City Hall, and admire its classic interior design and architecture. Next, visit a spot for a tasty sweet treat, and a local tradition, Chicago-style popcorn. Take a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk while taking in views of several soaring buildings, including Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower). From there, visit another delicious destination for locally made chocolates from a Chicago staple. Meander through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue, finishing at picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. Travel by ‘L” train or ride share with your guide from Millennium Park up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination. Your food tour starts with a very well-known Chicago fare, the Chicago-style hot dog. 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. 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. After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich, the Italian beef. Sample this sandwich in a real Chicago institution with no-frills decor. Our tour ends here, and your guide will be happy to direct you back to your accommodation or share tips for what else to see in the city.

Chicago: Wicker Park Walking Food Tour

5. Chicago: Wicker Park Walking Food Tour

Experience the close community and historic diversity in Wicker Park on a this guided food tour through Chicago. This food tour takes guests on a delicious trip through the scenic city blocks, whilst stopping for tastings and pointing out the local landmarks. On this guided food tour of Wicker Park, you will visit 5 uniquely different mom-and-pop shops, ethnic eateries and restaurants. Engage your sense of taste at President Obama's favorite fried chicken place in Chicago! Nosh on the most delectable meatball slider and a heavenly fish or pork taco that will blow your mind. On this 3-hour walking tour, you will get to try 5 different tastings. While the restaurants you will visit are subject to change, you will usually stop at 5 of the following food places: • Antique Taco: (est. 2012) Michelin names them Chicago's best value for authentic tacos • The Chop Shop: An authentic salumeria and gourmet butcher shop • Glazed and Infused Donuts: (est. 2012) Serving a Flavorful re-invention of the iconic American doughnuts • Harold's Original Chicken King: (est. 1950) The brainchild of an African-American southerner named Harold Pierce, and President Obama's favorite • Alliance Bakery: Moist red velvet mini cupcakes that are to die for In between tastings, your guides will explore the history, architecture and culture of Wicker Park. You'll see how the neighborhood's history and influences have shaped the food offered there today, and gain insight into the life of a local.

Chicago: Gangsters and Food Tasting Walking Tour

6. Chicago: Gangsters and Food Tasting Walking Tour

Taste some of Chicago's most iconic foods while walking through one of the Prohibition Era’s most fashionable and notorious neighborhoods. Learn about Chicago's world-famous cuisine and the gangsters who ate it all in one special unique tour! Sample two types of pizza - Chicago’s deep dish and historic tavern-style – as well as prime steak, the world famous “Chicago hot dog" and the renown Garretts Popcorn, all while treading the streets of Capone’s closest friends and dreaded enemies. Highlights include a visit to an old tunnel used by prohibition gangsters in the basement of one of the establishments; a mansion once used a a brothel for gangsters; the Cathedral where gangsters were gunned down by Capone’s men; and a restaurant owned by the man who brought down what was left of the Chicago mafia in the early 2000’s.

Frequently asked questions about Illinois

What top attractions are a must-see in Illinois?

Other Sightseeing Options in Illinois

Want to discover all there is to do in Illinois? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Illinois

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

It was great.! Our tour guide, York Chen, was terrific. Knowledgable and fun. Loved that he knows the neighborhood from a personal level. Food and facts were wonderful. So glad we got such a pro who knows his subject so well.

The best food walking tour!! We learned about Chicago while enjoying its main food choices. It is a must if you want to learn about hidden food gems in Chicago.

Dave is a really knowledgeable and passionate guide. I thoroughly enjoyed his walking tour, and tasting brilliant Chicago classics.

Excellent guide, fantastic food. Luckily Getyourguide’s ending location of Wrigley Field was incorrect.

Carlee was an excellent guide! We had such a good time and highly recommend.