“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
Chicago Foodways Tours proves that there is more to Chicago cuisine than just deep dish pizza and hot dogs—it is a program designed to educate people on the different cultures that are present in the city by taking you to lesser-known restaurants and stands that illustrate the diversity of Chicago.
Phyllis Petrilli, the founder of the program, was shocked at the amount of culturally diverse food offerings that were easily overlooked in her neighborhood. She wanted to be able to shed light on the different places that might be hiding just around the corner from your apartment or office. Phyllis guides the tours herself, sharing her immense knowledge and love of food with every group.
The walking tours take you to different neighborhoods and restaurants that you may not have heard about before. All of the stops are off the beaten path, and there’s not a chain restaurant to be found. The aim is to get you to experience the neighborhood as if you lived there, filling you in on the neighborhood’s history and landmarks. On the tour, you’ll get the chance to explore new foods and mingle with restaurant owners and patrons alike. While they fill your stomach with different dishes, Phyllis will fill your mind with rich history and trivia.
There are tours available for every palette. The Little Italy tour focuses on Italian cuisine, stopping at five different restaurants, including Pompei and Scafuri Bakery. The Saigon to Stockholm tour explores the flavors from Vietnam, Sweden, and the Middle East with stops including the Swedish American Museum and Middle East Bakery & Grocer.
Chicago Foodways Tours gives people a chance to explore and taste the city in a fun, fresh way. Tours are usually scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays and start in the afternoon, taking about 3.5 hours to complete.