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

    At the bottom of the River Plaza steps 405 N Wabash Ave, Saturdays & Sundays @ 12pm & 3pm
  • Meeting Location

    River Plaza, 405 N Wabash Ave
  • 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"


Customer Reviews

Amazing Food and Great Guides!!!!! Review by mary k
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My boyfriend, 2 sons and I did the Italian Food Tour this past weekend for my youngest son birthday and it was amazing. The food was amazing and our guide Eddie was great. Very knowledgeable about the area and the food. would recommend this tour to everyone. Thanks Again!!!! (Posted on 9/27/2015)
Awesome Tour! Review by Annemie86
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Brent did a great job making us all feel welcome! I highly recommend this tour! Great way to spend the afternoon in Chicago! (Posted on 9/27/2015)
Lots of Food! Review by 5CUBEZ
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My wife and I have visited Chicago on numerous occasions and have taken multiple food tours. Most recently we took the Italian Food Tour with Great Food Tours.

We visited 5 locations in just over 2 hours. There was not as much walking on this tour as we have experienced in the past, and we would have enjoyed more history/interesting facts about the location, area, or restaurants we were visiting.

There is a very large amount of food on this tour.....Italian Beef sandwich, Meatball sandwich, deep dish pizza, and an Italian rice ball (the size of your fist)....finishing with a small cup of gelato.

Jason was our guide and was extremely friendly and accommodating to our group.

Beverages are not included, so consider bringing a water bottle or be prepared to purchase drinks at the location.

Visited April 2015 (Posted on 9/27/2015)
Good Food and Great Guides Review by leawit2015
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My husband and I had the Italian food tour with Eddie and the Chicago one with Jeff. Both were awesome individuals that liked having fun. The stops were great as well. I really enjoyed the information Eddie gave and the little of Chicago history he covered and how Jeff pointed out the Hancock window that pops out. Both were awesome. (Posted on 9/27/2015)
Italian food tour was a blast and loads of food! Review by Coston W
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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 (Posted on 9/27/2015)
Seth made the trip! Review by Thomas B
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I didn't know what to expect with a Food Tour, but Seth instantly set the tone and made it fun! His enthusiasm is simply contagious! I can't wait to come back! (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Great Food, Good Times Review by Sarah T
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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 (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Great Experience Review by Jessicamedrano214
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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 (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Had a Blast Review by Colin T
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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 (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Great fun Review by Thomas M
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Took the Italian food tour yesterday. It was great. Tons of great food. We were stuffed by the end. Loved the meatball sub at portilos. Jason our tour guide Was funny friendly and very knowledgeable about the city and the shops. (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Awesome!! Review by crazyRn
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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 (Posted on 9/25/2015)

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Landmarks and Attractions

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