What to expect
- Enjoy an ethnic food tour of Chicago with a fun, informative guide
- Learn about the history of Chicago and its diverse community as you tour
- Try food at 7 different restaurants, including a Vietnamese banh mi shop, a Middle Eastern grocery, and a Mexican panaderia
- Discover new restaurants and foods to add to your favorites list
|Date||Start Time||Duration||# Spots||Price|
|Fri, Aug 25||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Aug 26||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Aug 27||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Fri, Sep 1||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Sep 2||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Sep 3||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Sep 9||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Sep 10||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Sep 16||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Sep 17||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Sep 23||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Sep 24||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Sep 30||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Oct 1||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Oct 7||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Oct 8||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sat, Oct 14||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
|Sun, Oct 15||11:30am||3 hours||10+||$55.00|
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About this Activity
Enjoy an incredible ethnic walking tour that takes you to 7 different stops for fun tastings! You will visit a Vietnamese banh mi shop, Middle Eastern grocery and bakery, Prohibition era bar, Swedish bakery, olive oil and vinegar shop, Italian deli and Mexican panaderia.
Learn about the ethnic origins of all the foods you taste. During the tour of the two neighborhoods, you'll also learn more about the history of Chicago, the culture, and its diverse immigrants!
Note: Vegetarian options are available
|Price||$55.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||3 hours|
|Rating||10 positive reviews|
Kevin S.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour September 17, 2016
This is a fun and interesting food tour in the Argyle and Andersonville neighborhoods in Uptown Chicago. Argyle is an Asian neighborhood which is primarily Vietnamese and Andersonville is a historically Swedish neighborhood which now also includes a great mid eastern grocery and cafe, an upscale olive oil store and a traditional Mexican bakery. Phyllis, the tour designer and guide knows a lot about the neighborhoods' histories and food traditions. The food stops were varied and unique. We enjoyed getting to know some Chicago neighborhoods that are off
the usual tourist beaten path. If we could
change one thing it would be to add another Asian stop and maybe less sweets but that is a personal preference and we can recommend this tour without reservation.
I L.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour August 14, 2016
Just had a most enjoyable experience doing a food tour in Chicago with Chicago Ethnic Food Tours. Our guide (and owner), Phyllis Petrilli, not only introduced us to some amazing Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Swedish food options but also educated us with some great stories about the history of the Argyle, Andersonville and Uptown neighborhoods in Chicago. The food is delicious and you can tell the restaurant/market owners really appreciate and love Phyllis. We were treated as prized guests at every stop. DO THIS! You will absolutely love Phyllis’ delightfully engaging personality…and, the food too!
Will C.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour July 26, 2016
We took the Argyle & Andersonville ethnic food tour while vacationing in Chicago, and it proved to be one of the highlights of our trip. The food is diverse and delicious, including stops at Vietnamese, Swedish, Middle Eastern, Italian, and Mexican establishments. The total amount of food is a large meal and then some, so you will not leave hungry.
Phyllis is a personable and knowledgeable tour guide. At each stop, she explains something about the history and the preparation methods of the food you are sampling, but she also explains a lot of local history. We learned a lot about the Argyle and Andersonville neighborhoods and how they have developed over time. We also learned about the history the restaurants we visited -- how they came to be established, how long they've been in business, and the background of the owners. The stop at Simon's Tavern includes some discussion of the local Swedish community and some fascinating relics from the prohibition era.
If you're visiting Chicago, the tour will make you feel like you've escaped the crowded tourist attractions and learned something about life in Chicago that you can't get from visiting the Art Institute or the aquarium. The food alone is worth the ticket price. Highly recommended.
Sara H.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour June 25, 2016
A wonderful experience...Phyllis was such a knowledgeable and friendly guide. I was so impressed that she went out of her way to accommodate my friend who is gluten free. She made the morning so enjoyable, a feast of fabulous ethnic food combined with local history and interest. It was a wonderful introduction to an area of Chicago that as tourists we would not have visited. Phyllis recommended many other restaurants and bars and believe me we are going back.
A must do...go hungry and wear comfortable shoes!
Barb E.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour June 25, 2016
If you want to try an area of Chicago that offers all kinds of food and drink that is culturally diverse, with unique flavors and choices, this is your walking tour. Phyllis was so accommodating, and I was able to do the tour gluten free! Learned so much history of the area and enjoyed so many delicious foods I've never had before. An interesting and fun day.
Amy .Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour June 24, 2016
Wonderful eye opening view of Chicago Argyle/Andersonville neighborhoods. Such diversity. Especially loved Simon's Tavern for Swedish pancakes, pickled herring and aqua vit...skol !
Craig W.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour June 16, 2016
My wife and I had a tour of Argyle/Andersonville from a Culinary and Historical perspective that was unmatched. Very fun and filling!
Kris G.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour October 25, 2015
Even though my friends and I are long-time Chicago residents, we learned a lot, both about ethnic cuisine and about this area of the city. Phyllis knows the area well and is on a first-name basis with many shop owners. She's funny and informative, loves to answer questions, and never lectures. The tour includes Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Swedish, Mexican and Italian foods. We learned about when large groups of these immigrants arrived in the Uptown area, how they changed the neighborhoods, and the traditions that came and went. The foods were delightful -- generous portions made all the more interesting by learning about the history of those dishes. I never knew why some coffee is called French Roast, or that Charlie Chaplin made his first films in Chicago, or why the pagoda tops the Argyle L station. You also get to visit an old speakeasy! The walking tour covers about 2 miles over 3 hours -- you'll be more tired than you realize afterwards, so plan to pop into a local pub or restaurant to rest. Bring water with you and wear your comfy shoes. There is an all-day parking lot one block east of the Argyle L stop. I'm recommending this to all my friends and to you, too!
Ode D.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour June 8, 2015
We are visiting Chicago for a year. The food tour with Phyllis has giving us a great opportunity to discover fascinating neighborhoods we did not know exist in the city. We enjoyed the tour tremendously – walking through the lively neighborhoods of Argyle and Andersonville, tasting a blend of great tasting foods from all around the world (Fareast Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Central America), hearing interesting stories about the neighborhoods’ histories, and meeting charming local people. Phyllis masters all this with great knowledge, sensitivity, and love for food. We highly recommend!
Julian X.Argyle/Andersonville Ethnic Food Tour March 17, 2015
My girlfriend and I went on Chicago Ethnic Food Tour with Phyllis, our very excellent guide. As promised by the website, she took us through parts of town and showed us food that went beyond the deep dish pizza / hot dog kind of thing that most Chicago tours seem to otherwise emphasize. Compared to two other food tours we've done, one in downtown Chicago and one in Savannah, GA, this tour definitely provided the most value for money both in food and history.
All seven stops provided delicious and unique food. At Ba Le in Argyle neighbourhood, we got tofu banh mi sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee for example. Further down the road, we visited what used to be the center of Chicago's film business, followed by Swedish pancakes and meatballs in a former speakeasy. All the food was a great mix of savoury - including a creative spice tasting as delivered on the vehicle of hummus at Middle Eastern Bakery, and Tres Leches Cake at La Panaderia.
Phyllis was very friendly and knowledgeable - all the stops on the tour fit a clear narrative about the cultural history of Chicago. She mentioned that she attended culinary school, and that definitely shows since she just understands and loves food.
The only potential criticism I'd have is that there are a couple stops that don't have proper sitting spaces due to being small grocery stores or shops - hopefully as the weather gets better there'll be more outdoor spaces to eat the delicious food. The walking parts are all enjoyable and pretty but it can be a slight physical strain to stand still and eat food. However, this did not get in the way of our enjoying the tour at all. The walking isn't super crazy but I imagine good enough shoes are a good idea anyways. We forgot to take a more serious job taking photos, but there are some good sights along the way and all the food is very photo-worthy.
I'd highly recommend for anyone visiting the city to get more perspectives and learn new places. I bet it might even be good if you're from the area. It's a good way to spend 3ish hours if you've never been to the Uptown parts of Chicago, and takes a lot of the guesswork out of figuring out which places might be good to get food.