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Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour

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Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour

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Overview

Explore Chicago's Chinese food scene on this walking tour in the Chinatown district. With a guide, learn about the cuisine of different regions of China and how Chinese culture has influenced Chicago and other areas. Enjoy included tastings from restaurants and other food venues in Chinatown—a great way to start a night out in the city.
  • Chinatown food walking tour in Chicago
  • Sample a variety of regional dishes from China with a guide
  • Try dumplings, duck, and more
  • All food and drink tastings included
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Phoenix Restaurant , 2131 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

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Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum , 2253 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Your tour starts at the Chinatown Gate in Chicago, where you meet your guide and begin your food exploration with dim sum dumplings. Then continue with a sample from the Xi'an region, perhaps a spicy meat sandwich, before walking through Chinatown Square, passing by markets and souvenir shops.

Stop for a bite of Beijing-style duck, try a Szechuan hot pot, and enjoy a custard tart from the oldest bakery in the neighborhood. Then end your tastings with traditional Chinese tea. All within a few blocks, you'll have experienced foods from different regions of China. Your tour concludes back at the starting point.
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Chicago Chinatown
Highlights of your tour include: Wentworth Avenue, the main artery of Chicago’s Chinatown district, and home to some of the most popular shopping and dining in the area. Cantonese cuisine comes from the southeastern region of Guangdong, formerly known as Canton. The Cantonese were some of the first Chinese to emigrate to the United States and their influence is seen in most American Chinese restaurants today. Dim sum is a traditional Cantonese appetizer, served in small bite-sized portions in steamer baskets. When paired with tea, dim sum makes for a complete Chinese brunch. Chinese tea, the other component of a dim sum brunch, is world-famous. China has been growing tea leaves for centuries and has a rich tradition of refined tea flavors. Portuguese-Chinese bakery treats come from the Portuguese Macau territory of China, and combine traditional and colonial flavors. Xi’an cuisine comes from the northwestern city of Xi’an, one of China’s ancient dynastic capitals. It is rare in the United States, a special delicacy in Chicago’s Chinatown. Lao Sze Chuan is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the United States, opened by celebrity chef Tony Hu, who is lovingly regarded as the unofficial mayor of Chicago’s Chinatown. Sichuan chicken is made with famous Sichuan chili peppers, which are popular in dishes from every region of China. Chinatown Square is a two-story outdoor mall in the center of Chicago’s Chinatown, packed with popular shopping and dining. Mongolian hot pot centers on a large cauldron of broth placed in the center of the table. Once the broth comes to a boil guests dip thinly sliced meats and vegetables in the broth then pair with dipping sauce for a truly unique culinary experience.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If you have dietary restrictions, please add a note in the special requirements section when booking, and email to reservations@bobbysbikehike.com after booking to confirm they can accommodate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bobby's Bike Hike - Chicago
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago's Chinatown Food and Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Definitely worth it!
Ashley_H
, May 2022
York was an incredible tour leader! We learned a ton about Chinese immigration into the Chicago area while enjoying a wide variety of Chinese food! Would highly recommend!
star-5
Fantastic! Would do again!
Nancy_C
, May 2022
Our tour operator was so informative and funny. Is enthusiasm was contagious! The food was fabulous and very generous portions! Well worth it!
star-5
Fun Evening in Chinatown
Kirsten_W
, Apr 2022
My husband and I greatly enjoyed this tour. We sampled cuisine from 5 different regions of China, and many of them tasted just like what I remember from my trips to China pre-COVID. The guide was engaging and we had fun getting to know the other couples and families in our tour group. It was easy to get to/from the meeting point and ending point using the Red or Green CTA lines. Highly recommended!
star-5
Food Tour
Dan_O
, Mar 2022
The Review on the food and its culture!!!! Had such a great time ...Tour guide and helper was very good ..
star-5
Something a little different in Chicago
Rick_G
, Jan 2022
Dillon was a terrific guide. He knew a lot about the regional varieties, the history of Chinese migration and even architecture of the area. Big compliments to him!
star-5
Learn about Chinatown
Ashley_G
, Dec 2021
Nick did a excellent job! Love the information on the growth of China town and the historical background on the Chinese immigrants.
star-5
Great tour!
Ronica_S
, Nov 2021
Great company and excellent food. Our tour guide Nick was very knowledgeable. Will recommend to anyone visiting Chicago
star-5
Great food and history
Monique_H
, Oct 2021
I loved that the guide was so knowledgeable. It was nice to see the businesses were happy to see him, too. The food was SO Great and the drink package was worth it!
star-5
Do it again in a heartbeat
kerdmann
, Oct 2021
Excellent food, good narration, very much worth it! Nick was on top of things and navigated the different restaurant staff well!
star-5
Fun In Chinatown
Patricia_F
, Oct 2021
I went with my best friend and we had a great time. We met some nice people, shared food and an awesome experience.

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