Italian Food Tour of Chicago

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  • Duration

    - 2 hours (approx.)
  • Magnificent Mile

  • Capacity

    - 20 persons per guide
  • Food is included. 5 tastings on the go (either on the sidewalk or in the establishment)
  • Dress

    - It's a walking tour, so dress comfortably!
  • Departs

    Als Italian Beef at the corner of Ontario and Wells, Saturdays @ 3pm
  • Meeting Location

    Als Italian Beef at the corner of Ontario and Wells
  • Final Destination

    Water Tower Place


Italian Food Tour of Chicago

Chicago's culinary pedigree is, much like Chicago itself, quintessentially American. Upon further investigation however, you'll find that many of Chicago's signature specialties derive from the cuisine of Italy. Italian cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Come join your expert tour guide for a delightful stroll through the history of Italian cuisine via the Chicago sights on the Italian Food Tour of Chicago!

Italian Food Tour of Chicago Itinerary

  • Pizza Modern pizza evolved from flatbread dishes in Naples, Italy in the 18th or early 19th century
  • Cannoli Sicilian pastry desserts. In the Sicilian language cannoli means "little tube
  • Coffee Coffee has become an integral part of Italian culture
  • Gelato The Italian word for "ice cream", derived from the Latin word gelātus, meaning "frozen"

Landmarks and Attractions

  • Italian Cuisine
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Trump Tower
  • Chicago River

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By crazyRn on September 26, 2015
This is our second year in a row doing a Food Tour, we did the chocolate tour last year and loved it so much we decided to do the Italian food food tour this year. Our tour guide Jason is the best, he is very knowledgeable about all of our stops and you can really tell he loves what he does, even giving us some Chicago trivia along the way! We incorporate this into our yearly Girl Scout Chicago trip and again this year we were not disappointed. The food "samples" are more like a meal you truly get your money's worth. Be sure to ask for Jason he is a great guide and really makes the trip great!

Visited August 2014
Great Experience
By Jessicamedrano214 on September 26, 2015
My husband and I purchased discount tickets for $25 through Groupon. What a deal, not much you can do in Chicago for that price. We did the Italian tour with Jason. He made it a very pleasurable experience. He did a great job of keeping our group together on the busy Mag Mile. We sampled Chicago's famous deep dish pizza, tacos, Italian beef, meatball sub, gelato, and these fried rice balls that I can't remember what they were called for the life of me. We enjoyed it so much we are purchasing tickets for the cupcake tour.

Visited October 2014
Had a Blast
By Colin T on September 26, 2015
We took the Italian food tour yesterday and it was a great time. Our tour guide Jason was super friendly and very funny. We had lots of good food and learned the history of some of Chicago's famous eats. We were full by the end of tour but luckily the last stop was gelato and there is always room for ice-cream. We cant wait to take the Chicago food tour and the wine and cheese tour jason mentioned.

Visited October 2014
Great Food, Good Times
By Sarah T on September 26, 2015
Seth was our tour guide on the Italian Food Tour and he was full of fun facts for the restaurants and surrounding area. There was lots of food left over and it was also awesome to see him giving the leftovers to those facing a cold day on the street. My husband enjoyed the whole experience and we would encourage others to go on this tour on an empty stomach or else you will tap out quickly.

Visited January 2015
Italian food tour was a blast and loads of food!
By Coston W on September 28, 2015
Adi or Eddie, I'm not sure of the spelling but he was a fantastic guide! He went out of his way to make sure we had the best experience on the Italian food tour on Saturday 2/28/15 in Chicago. He clearly knows his history, food and city. Will likely book another tour in the future in hopes of having him again.

Visited February 2015