Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago




River North Food Tour - Food, Scenery and Culture Tour

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth
  • The zesty tastes of Chicago await
  • Rich & Creamy
  • Sink your teeth into River North

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. Join us as we taste foods from five unique restaurants and bakeries. Our food tour guides are experts not only at temporarily filling stomachs, but at plumping up tour-goers' local food knowledge too. All food tastings, enough for lunch, are included in the ticket price of $49.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE RIVER NORTH FOOD & HISTORY TOUR

Five delectable food tastings- On this guided food tour of River North, we'll visit 5 uniquely different mom-and-pop shops, ethnic eateries and restaurants. Engage your sense of taste at celebrity chef Rick Bayless' restaurant Xoco. Enjoy mouthwatering BBQ from Carson's and gooey deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati's. All food tastings are included in the price. See all food tastings below.


Experience the history, architecture and culture of River North. Between plentiful food tastings, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with an insiders look into how the foods are made at these ethnic eateries and trendy restaurants. Your guide will point out interesting architectural flourishes and parks and discuss the history of the neighborhood and the ethnic groups that influenced the scrumptious foods you'll be savoring.


A Food Tour for Locals and Tourists alike: Our River North Food and History Walking Tour is perfect for native Chicagoans and tourists alike. We guide you to the best hidden gourmet gems and off-the-beaten path spots ideal for improving your palate and learning the tricks of the trade from local artisans. Our walking tours are given at a leisurely pace and are appropriate for all ages. Join us on an eating extravaganza of River North, and we promise you'll go home with a full belly and a deeper appreciation for what goes into the local foods we eat.






Ready to Eat With Us?

You may purchase tickets through our secure website or call Zerve at (855) 259-5188. We look forward to giving you a delicious and informative food tour of River North!


TOUR INFORMATION
  • Ticket Purchase: Tickets must be purchased in advance through our secure website or by calling Zerve at (855) 259-5188. Print out your e-ticket, or just show up after your purchase, and you'll be on our list. It's that easy!
  • When: Friday and Saturday; March 15th through November 30th
  • Time: Tours start late morning to early afternoon
  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours
  • Where: Exact location given when tickets purchased
  • Weather: Tour takes place rain or shine. We will reschedule due to extremely inclement weather.
  • Dress: Casual dress. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
  • Food: On this tour we will be doing 5 food tastings at different food establishments. Most people find it is enough for lunch.
  • Included: All 5 tastings (enough for lunch), and our fun and knowledgeable tour guide's discussion of the history, culture, and architecture of this vibrant neighborhood.
    • TASTING LOCATIONS

    • Flavorful food specialties are served from 5 of the following places (subject to change):
    • The Doughnut Vault: Food & Wine Magazine named it the best doughnut in America in 2012 (est. 2011)
    • Lou Malnati's: Rudy Malnati is generally considered to be the inventor of Chicago deep-dish pizza (est. 1971)
    • Xoco: Top Chef Masters winner, Rick Bayless is one of the best known chefs of Mexican cuisine in America (est. 2009)
    • Fabcakes Bakery: Delicious pastries inspired by the seasons (est. 2012)
    • Carson's: "An awesome BBQ without the fuss!" The Food Network (est. 1977)