A Different Way to Experience Chicago
The sculpture looms over Millenium Park – a popular spot for al fresco dining | | © Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 2 / Alamy Stock Photo
With so many sky-high sights and so much to do, it can be hard to get a handle on Chicago. These handpicked tours and experiences take you away from the crowds and give you a fresh, hands-on take of Chicago.
Chicago has certain must-dos on every visitor’s checklist: try deep dish, visit Chinatown, learn the history and give a hearty “Oooh!” at the designer skyscrapers. But ticking those off away from teeming crowds and with local, experienced guides is one of the most fun ways to get a fresh look at the city. Don’t just eat deep dish – make one! Why settle for just history or just architecture when your tour can have both – plus bites! Discover secrets and go behind the velvet curtain (sometimes literally, at the Chicago Theatre) to get truly unforgettable insights into the real Chicago.
ActivitiesLearn to Make Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza with a Local
Level up your culinary skills and take the tastes of Chicago home with you after a 3-hour small group cooking class. From crust to core, learn the secrets of preparing deep dish pizza - Chicago's signature dish - under the careful guidance of your host Kristina. Once your handmade pizza is out of the oven, tuck in and wash it down with a local PBR beer.
• Learn how to make a classic deep dish pizza
• Get a personalized experience in a small group
• This class is located in Chicago’s beautiful neighborhood of Albany Park and is suitable for all skill levels
• Complimentary PBR beer with your dinner
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ToursSmall-Group Chicago Food Tour: Chinatown
Sample traditional Chinese flavors on this three-hour walking tour through one of the oldest Chinatown neighborhoods in America. Your local guide navigates you through the winding roads to find the best in Hong Kong style, Szechuan style, Mandarin style and more! All tastings are included in the price, and you will undoubtedly eat enough to fill you up for lunch. Price includes tastings at five different restaurants. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
ToursChicago Pizza Tour
Enjoy Chicago’s only bus-guided neighborhood pizza tour. Eat like a local as you travel off the beaten path into Chicago neighborhoods to savor the best pizza. Your local guide will teach you the science behind ingredient selection and baking as you sample slices from historic pizzerias. In just a few hours, you’ll leave stuffed, and with an understanding of why pizza is such an important part of Chicago’s culture.
ToursChicago Loop Secret Food Tour
Join this 3-hour tour of Chicago’s food scene, and see what sets this friendly Midwestern metropolis apart. On this 12-person-maximum walking tour of the ‘Chicago Loop’, a local guide will share with you some hidden gems and great stories about the city. Taste where the world-famous dipped Italian beef sandwich was invented, try some of the best deep dish Chicago pizza. Be shown how important the immigrants that built this town are to the food scene.
ToursNaperville Food and Culture Walking Tour
Located just west of downtown Chicago, Naperville embodies Midwest friendliness and charm. Enjoy a cultural walking tour around its historic downtown, nosh on favorite local dishes — including Chicago-style pizza — at its family-run restaurants, visit its characterful shops, and discover hidden works of art and other noteworthy sights. This 3-hour, friendly walking tour is the perfect way to discover another side of the Chicago area.
ToursBikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour
Taste all of Chicago’s classic eats on this four-hour guided bicycle tour! Join the expert tour guides of Bobby’s Bike Hike, America’s longest-running city bicycle tour company, on this exciting and informative adventure. The journey is 14 miles in total (traversed at a nice leisurely pace) and includes a slice of deep dish pizza, a gourmet cupcake, a Chicago-style hot dog, and a few samples of Chicago’s legendary craft beer! Between food and beverage stops, you’ll get to drink in the sights of Chicago’s beautiful north side neighborhoods, including the historic Wrigleyville district, home to our intrepid Chicago Cubs baseball team (and their fiercely loyal fans). Then you’ll get a chance to cruise the Lakefront Trail, one of the most popular waterfront bike paths in the country. Don’t miss out on this rip-roaring good time! You’ll leave with a profound understanding of our town, even if you only came for the beer.
ToursChicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour
Ready to discover some of the best Chicago has to offer with a local by your side? Join us on an epic tour of some of the city’s greatest hits: incredible architecture both old and new, delicious local treats and iconic Chicago dishes, a uniquely Chicago transit ride, stunning river views and much more!
Marvel at the stunning Chicago skyline and discover why Chicago’s architecture is among the best in the world
Get around The Loop like a local: at street level, underground, elevated rails or perhaps even on the water
Enjoy a couple of classic made-in-Chicago snacks like Chicago-style popcorn and homemade chocolate
Get a taste for Chicago’s most famous food in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods
Discover why locals have so much passion for their Chicago-style classics
ToursChicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour
Get an in-depth look at Chicago Loop architecture on a walking tour that takes you inside landmark buildings in the design-rich city. Appreciate the interiors of the Marshall Fields Building, Chase Tower, Chicago Cultural Center and more, plus see public art by Chagall and Picasso. Stroll through elegant lobbies, under glittering domes and into the sprawling network of Chicago Pedway tunnels. Your expert guide shares insights about the city’s diverse architectural styles and history, bringing the details of the Windy City into vivid focus.
ToursChicago Theatre Marquee Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Go on a history-filled journey, from the inception of this majestic venue in 1921, all the way to its present-day incarnation as a premiere entertainment venue. The Marquee Tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of the building, including the grand lobby, sweeping staircase and majestic auditorium. Tour guests have the chance to stand on the famous Chicago Theatre stage, plus view artist signatures on the dressing room walls, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dolly Parton and so many more!
**Please note, some areas of the theatre may be restricted based on performance schedules.