Chicago Chinatown Tour: Multicultural History and Cuisine
262 Ratings
Discover the multicultural history and mouthwatering cuisine of Chicago's Chinatown on a 3-hour walking tour. Sample Cantonese dim sum, Portuguese-Chinese bakery treats, Szechuan chicken, and more while learning about the cultural influences behind these dishes. Don't miss this unique culinary experience!
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Chicago Chinatown - Enjoy the neighborhood of Chinatown via our walking and food tour
  • Phoenix Restaurant - Enjoy Dim Sum
  • Yummy Yummy Noodles - Enjoy a delicious noodle dish
  • Pui Tak Center - Enjoy the history and culture of Chicago’s chinatown
  • Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum - Enjoy a portuguese egg tart
  • Chicago Chinatown - Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood
  • Chinatown Square - Enjoy Chinatown Square
What's Included
  • Local guide
  • (with purchase of VIP upgrade)
  • Dinner
What's Not Included
  • $10-15 per person (or more) suggested guide gratuity. (via Cash, Venmo and PayPal)
Additional Information

Few places in America can pride themselves on the marriage of rich history and delectable food as Chinatown in Chicago. Embark on a journey with Bobby’s Bike Hike, the oldest city bike tour company in the country, whose walking tours have received national recognition from publications like National Geographic, USA Today and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. During this half-day expedition, the sights of vibrant Chinatown Square and the taste of mouthwatering dishes such as Cantonese dim sum and tea, Portuguese-Chinese bakery delights, Szechuan chicken, and Mongolian hot pot await you. Plus, you’ll gain insight into the historical journey of these cuisines and cultures to Chicago. This culinary tour is a one-of-a-kind experience that should not be overlooked! Upon arrival, there’s an option to upgrade your tour to a VIP Drink experience for alcohol and traditional drink pairings at multiple stops!

  • If you have dietary restrictions, please add a note in the special requirements section when booking, and email to [email protected] after booking to confirm they can accommodate
  • Tour Operator can accommodate vegetarians or those who don’t eat beef or pork but can’t cater for vegan (limited options) or gluten-free (extremely limited options) diets.
  • VIP Adult Beverage upgrade (3 samples) available upon arrival (Ages 21+)
  • TripAdvisor rated this tour its highest-level Traveler’s Choice Award each year since 2002.
  • Our groups have exclusive VIP access to locations we visit.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Phoenix Restaurant
South Archer Avenue
Meet Inside the restaurant. Your guide will have a Bobby's Bike Hike shirt and a paddle.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(262 Ratings)
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Apr 1, 2024
Great experience. - A wonderful experience. The food was delicious, it was nice to be able to sit down at each restaurant. The guide was friendly and informative about the history and food regions.
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Mar 31, 2024
Ria was knowledgeable and... - Ria was knowledgeable and was able to answer most all of my questions. He made a group of strangers feel comfortable with each other and we had a good time.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 24, 2024
Wide variety of food... - Wide variety of food options! Great guide, Joe! Pleasant and easy walk with many stops. Enjoyed our tour
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Mar 23, 2024
Fantastic food and learned so much - I have done food tours all over the world and this tour was Philip was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable and made sure everyone was always comfortable and taken care of.
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Mar 23, 2024
Awesome Tour of Chinatown Food - Ria, our guide was absolutely wonderful and did a job well done! Food was splendid as well! Would recommend this to any and all
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Mar 17, 2024
Insightful Chinatown food tour - We enjoyed the walking food tour through Chinatown. Our guide shared interesting history along the walk. The food stops varied and were all yummy! The pace was perfect.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 12, 2024
Excellent food tour! - Our guide Ría was friendly and did a wonderful job giving us some cultural and food history. He did a good job making everyone feel comfortable. I’m so happy I went on this particular tour. I was able to try food I normally would not order at a Chinese restaurant. Our group of four has done many food tours and always walked away saying most of the food was good and some of it was meh. In this particular tour, every single dish was delicious. It was well organized. When we went into the four restaurants and one bakery, the staff was ready for us. We did not have to wait long for our dishes to be served. I highly recommend this food tour.
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Mar 10, 2024
Spicy and Epic - The Chinatown Food and Walking Tour hosted by “Chicago Gandalf” was epic! Each restaurant was so gracious. By combing the history of the food and people, our host totally spiced up the experience.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 12, 2024
Chinatown - Jeff our guide was excellent, informative but not too much. The food was amazing. We really enjoyed walking and learning about Chinatown. So nice.
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Feb 10, 2024
Amazing experience, and a MUST DO for tourists or locals! - This was an absolutely fantastic tour. My tour guide was Jeff, and he is what made the experience. All the restaurants we went to were either Michelin star, or heavily awarded restaurants. All the food was delicious, and you definitely left feeling full. I loved the fact that our tour guide seemed to know the owners personally. It made you feel like more of a local in Chinatown than a tourist. What I wasn’t expecting, is that we also got a tour of the city outside of the restaurants, and we had a great history lesson to go along with. Jeff was an amazing story teller, and made the “learning” come to life during the tour. He made it super enjoyable to learn something I didn’t know much about. I left with my stomach and brain full! For anyone considering a tour (whether you live in Chicago or are visiting) I would have paid double for the experience we got. I purchased this as a Christmas present, and it was the best gift I’ve given by far. Definitely a MUST DO!!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
May 2024