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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Chicago

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Chicago

While you might start your exploration of Chicago’s food scene with an iconic deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog, that's just the beginning. The city has been influenced by Polish, Italian, and Greek cultures, and the result is an array of traditional and fusion eateries. Here are some of the Windy City’s must-try dishes. 

Pizza

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the city’s most prized culinary treasure. Layered with mounds of cheese, meat, vegetables, and tomato sauce, the inches-thick pie is baked in a pan until its buttery crust reaches a satisfying level of crunch. Due to their heft, slices often have to be eaten with knife and fork. 

Chicago-style Hot Dog

Chicago does hot dogs like nowhere else. The city’s signature dog can be found on street corners and in restaurants all across town. To qualify as a traditional Chicago dog, an all-beef frankfurter must be served on a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, chopped onions, bright green relish, hot peppers, tomato slices, a dill pickle spear, and a dash of celery salt—with absolutely no ketchup. 

Italian Beef Sandwiches

In one telling of its origins, the Italian beef is a result of thrifty ingenuity. Scala's Original Beef and Sausage Company claims it started thinly slicing beef and loading it onto gravy-soaked bread to feed more people at weddings around 1925. The idea caught on, and today the Italian beef sandwich, loaded with peppers, served on French bread, and dipped in au jus, is one of Chicago’s most sought-after eats. 

Polish Sausage

The Maxwell Street hot dog stand has been serving the same Polish sausage recipe since 1939. Loaded with sweet grilled onions and yellow mustard, the Maxwell Street Polish is a staple at hot dog stands and eateries throughout the city. 

Rainbow Cones

The Original Rainbow Cone is one of the oldest ice cream shops in Chicago, and its signature cone is piled high with a rainbow of flavors. Each cone is layered with a curious combination of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (a flavor made of vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio, and orange sherbert. 

Old Fashioned Donuts and Cinnamon Rolls

Chicagoans have always been serious about their fried dough. Quality doughnut shops from old-fashioned bakeries to gourmet pastry shops are found in nearly every neighborhood around town. The cinnamon rolls at Ann Sather’s Swedish diner are another Chicago food favorite.

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Underground Donut Tour: Chicago's First Donut Tour

Underground Donut Tour: Chicago's First Donut Tour

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Sample some of the Windy City’s tastiest donuts on this Underground Donut Tour, celebrating the magic of Chicago’s tastiest sugar-filled concoctions. Donut-lovers are sure to enjoy this visit to some of Chicago’s tastiest donut purveyors, offering a chance to savor all of your favorite varieties, on the city's only donut-themed excursion. All tastings are included, and vegan, gluten-, and nut-free options are also available.
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  • 2 hours
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Chicago Pizza Tour
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Chicago Pizza Tour

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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.
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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

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Stroll through downtown Chicago on this walking food tour. Visit Millennium Park, the Palmer House Hotel and other city landmarks. Taste quintessential Chicago foods such as deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, plus chocolates and pastry. All food tastings are included, and the tour covers an easy 1.5 miles (2.4 km) suitable for most fitness levels.
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Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour with Private Tour Option

Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour with Private Tour Option

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Explore Chicago's buzzing food scene with a small group on this small group walking tour. Stroll around the 'Loop', stopping at hidden gems and hearing tales of the city from your guide. Taste classic Chicago foods, from deep-dish pizza to dipped Italian beef sandwiches.
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  • 3 hours
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Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour

Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour

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Chicago dogs, deep-dish pizza, cupcakes and craft beer are all sampled on this half-day bike tour through the Windy City. Cover about 13 miles (21 km), following an informative guide at a moderate pace through the Chicago neighborhoods of Wrigleyville, the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview and Lincoln Park. Stop along the way at a popular downtown bakery, pizza shop, hot dog stand and two breweries for a taste of local flavors.
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  • 4 hours
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