Food Lover's Chicago

Chicago lakefront explored on a foodie tour of Chicago with TIKWhen we decided to start offering midwest cooking tours in the U.S. our first trip destination was obvious – Chicago! As a Chicago-based company full of long-time Chicago residents, we know well the culinary delights and amazing this city has to offer, and we decided to start offering these delights to our foodie travelers on our Chicago food tours. Chicago has a plethora of ethnic neighborhoods and local food to explore on our Chicago food tours, as well as many Michelin-star restaurants and boutique eateries; there is a great foodie experience to be found on pretty much every block of the city!

America’s heartland is full of great local food, especially when it has been carefully grown on the local farms of the Midwest. Our midwest cooking tours also offer amazing cultural sites, fascinating cities, and stunning landscapes. Whether you want a short city getaway, or a relaxing stay in the countryside, America’s Midwest has plenty to offer the culinary traveler.

While Chicago food tours with TIK might conjure thoughts of deep-dish pizza, hot dogs (no ketchup!), and Italian beef, it is now one of the cutting edge cities in the culinary world with such restaurants as Alinea, Blackbird, the Girl and the Goat, Topolobampo, and many, many more. You can explore all of these on our Chicago food tours, whether your tastes run toward the big beef sandwich or the most refined composed gourmet plate. We purposely kept our Chicago culinary tour itineraries relatively relaxed to enable you to eat to your own tastes.

But visiting our hometown on our Chicago food tours does not only mean wonderful food and drink. Chicago is one of the world’s leading cultural destinations as well. Take a river and lake cruise and learn about Chicago’s famous architecture. Head to the Art Institute or the Museum of Contemporary Art to see world-class art on display. Expand your horizons with visits to the Planetarium, the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Science and Industry. Take a walk by the lake front, see Buckingham Fountain, visit the “Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park, go to the top of the Sears (sorry, Willis) Tower. Soar over the city on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier.

As you can see, there is more than enough to occupy any traveler on our Chicago food tours!

Latest Review

I gave this trip 5 stars
Trip taken October 2017
I just spent four days in Chicago with four 70 year old high school friends. We chose an experience every year and this was an excellent adventure. The cooking class was great fun as Dominic juggled eleven "cooks". Excellent menu and excellent results. The walking food tour included interesting food and drink. We ended the tour at Tapsters and were pretty mellow as we watched the Cubs game on big screen TV. Would certainly recommend this International Kitchen trip to anyone

Trip Details

  • 1 hands on cooking class (either morning or evening, depending on your dates and class schedule)


Day One

  • Arrival on your own and check in to the your lovely room.
  • Time at leisure to explore the city.
  • Tonight’s dinner on your own, with recommendations from the hotel. (If you’d like us to arrange additional Chicago food tours, please inquire.)
  • Overnight.

Day Two

  • Start your day by stepping out of your centrally-located 4 * hotel in downtown Chicago to find a breakfast spot. We can make recommendations, or you can grab a quick pastry and coffee before heading out to explore the city.
  • This morning might include your hands-on cooking class – depending on the dates, it might be a morning class followed by lunch or an afternoon class followed by dinner. We’ll get your input about what kind of class piques your interest.
  • Rest of day on your own. We’d be happy to add on additional services: architectural tours, guided city tours, dinner reservations at any of our favorite Chicago restaurants – the options are endless!

Day Three

  • Breakfast on your own.
  • Our Chicago food tours will also include a foodie driving or walking tour featuring some of the city’s best food as well as some of its off-the-beaten-path cultural sites. Note that this tour can happen for lunch or for dinner. It features multiple stops and multiple tastings – so come hungry!
  • Rest of day on your own.

Day Four

  • Check out and departure. Until next time!

Trip Details

Included in the 3-Night Trip


  • 3 nights accommodation in 4* hotel in downtown Chicago

Food & Beverages

  • 2 meals, one following your cooking class and one tasting meal during your foodie tour (these can be for either lunch or dinner)

Classes & Instructors

  • 1 hands on cooking class (either morning or evening, depending on your dates and class schedule)


  • One foodie tour (walking or driving)

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included, but Chicago’s downtown is easily accessible via taxi, car service, or public transportation

Accommodation Information

Your 3-night Chicago culinary experience will include accommodations in one of the many superior 4* hotels in Chicago’s downtown, such as the 4* James Hotel. The James is a 297-room hotel located steps from Michigan Avenue and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Its comfortable rooms feature WiFi, filtered water, 24-hour concierge, room service, and en suite baths. (If unavailable, a comparable 4* will be proposed. Please contact us with dates.)



Pricing & Tour Dates

Sample Pricing:

3-night Program

US$900 per person based on double occupancy

    Please inquire with specific dates for pricing and availability.

    During peak periods rates may be higher, and seasonal discounts may also apply: please inquire with specific dates for more information.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Tour Dates

    2021 & 2022

    Available any dates you choose for a minimum of 2 people. Please inquire.



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