Downtown Chicago Pizza Walking Tour: Culinary Exploration
73 Ratings
Embark on a culinary adventure through downtown Chicago on this pizza walking tour. Sample a variety of American and Italian pizzas while learning about their origins and unique characteristics. Come hungry and discover the evolution of this beloved dish!
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • River North - We will spend a good portion of our time walking through River North exploring different pizzerias.
  • The Loop - We will explore more pizzerias on the other side of the River in the downtown Chicago Loop
  • The Magnificent Mile - We will explore pizzas on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
  • Navy Pier - We start our tour just outside of Navy Pier on the Chicago River
  • Holy Name Cathedral - We will walk past Holy Name Cathedral after one of our pizza stops.
What's Included
  • Professional guide
  • Different styles of pizza
  • Lunch
  • Food tasting
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drinks
Additional Information

Embark on a brief journey on foot through renowned neighborhoods in Chicago, commencing near Navy Pier and the esteemed Magnificent Mile before making our way to the Gold Coast & River North. Dive into a culinary comparison of two American and two Italian pizzas, to gain insights into how immigrant food like pizza evolved. Explore and taste four different styles of pizzas - Deep Dish, Roman, Neapolitan, and Artisanal - all within a short span of a few hours. We’ll dive into the nuances of how each of these unique pizza styles are made, the disparities in their ingredients, cooking methods, and ovens. There will be ample pizza served, so ensure to come with an appetite!

  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children under 6 are free, but please notify operator
465 N McClurg Ct
North McClurg Court
We meet outside Robert's Pizza which is located on the Ogden slip dock on the Chicago River in the Streeterville neighborhood.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(73 Ratings)
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Feb 1, 2024
Fun experience - Lots of pizza and lots of information about pizza. Enjoyed the group but pace yourself. There were lots of leftovers at each place so by the time you get to the last place you’re beyond stuffed!
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Dec 9, 2023
Great Experience - Great tour John was very knowledgeable and fun guide. The pizzas we tried were all unique and tasted great.
Review provided by Viator
Nov 5, 2023
Excellent - Excellent tour, very interesting and ALL the pizza was delicious. We saw this as a must when visiting Chicago and did not disappoint. We attended with our 4 year old which was no problem at all and he loved all the pizza on offer.
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Oct 21, 2023
Pizza and History - Not to be missed walking tour. Try 4 different styles of pizza and learn all about the restaurateurs and their process. Jon is a wealth of information and can fill you in on local Chicago history as well as pizza.
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Oct 8, 2023
Wonderful tour! - We had a great time on the tour. Very informative and entertaining. We really enjoyed trying 4 types of pizza.
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Sep 29, 2023
101 for Chicago pizza - The whole experience is a worthy representation of what Chicago is: warm people, good food, great city. Our guide answered all our questions, was open a s attentive, and maintained the good vibes going the whole time. Don’t miss it if you have the time to do it!
Review provided by Viator
Sep 21, 2023
Pizza in Chi town - Went on the walking tour with Jonathon. Great pizza but most of all great history lesson about Chicago. Will definitely be back.
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Sep 17, 2023
Super tour! - What a great pizza walk/tour experience. I thought pizza was pizza, but this tour really changed that view. Our tour guide, HAD SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE of everything pizza. It was amazing to soak up just a little bit of that information. Once you get to each pizza location, there is still plenty of time to eat and drink, and get even more nuggets of pizza knowledge. It wasn't too much walking. Our guide took it at an even pace, and kept track of everyone. It was a great experience that you shouldn't miss if you have the chance.
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Sep 9, 2023
JOHN GUIDE WAS AMAZING…..PIZZA ALL DELICIOUS AND DIFFERENT - We signed up for this food tour as we both love pizza and wanted to see the different types they offer. We were greeted by John who was the tour guide at Robert’s Pizza which is where the tour started. There were 16 people on the tour from all over the country which made it interesting. John told us a lot of info about pizza all the places he’s been to learn about dough, cheese, tomatoes and sauce, he’s very knowledgeable and knows ALOT about pizza. The story of how Roberts got started which was super interesting in itself, was a fun way to start the tour not to mention the cup and char pizza at Roberts was AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS !!!! We went to 4 different pizza shops I will not say which places as John said he does a couple different tours and places differ. We did taste a Chicago style deep dish, a neopalotin and a Detroit style pizza and they were all so different and all very good, the deep dish was my least favorite but worth a try, the cup and char was my favorite. This is a must do tour you get different views of the city, great information, great food and get to meet people from all over was a blast I highly recommend
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Sep 9, 2023
Amazing tour John the... - Amazing tour John the tour guide was great so informative, fun and entertaining, we had a great experience loved ALL the pizza we tried and were stuffed ...come hungary for sure you will be full for sure when done. If you want pop or wine or drink, beer you pay extra water included. Was a great time lasted about 3-1/2 hours I highly recommend this tour great fun
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024