Little Italy Food Tour

Duration: 3.5 hours

Location: The University Village/Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago's near west side.


per person

All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are nonrefundable. If you cannot make the tour, contact us 24 hours prior and we will make every effort to reschedule. Tours will operate rain or shine.

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Feast on a 6-course Italian meal from apertivo to dolce, as you walk through a charming 1870's neighborhood just beyond the Loop.

  • Visit eateries ranging from a rustic wine bar, a Mom & Pop deli, a lemonade stand, and an old school gem so hidden, it doesn't have a sign.
  • Meet sinners and saints through the stories of city hall corruption, bootleggers, wise guys and the patron saint of immigrants.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Joe DiMaggio, Vince Lombardi, Mario Andretti and more at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Conveniently located near United Center, UIC Pavilion, and Thalia Hall for a fun pre-game or pre-concert activity.

Thursdays and Fridays

12:00pm - 3:30pm

Small group tours of 12 or less

Italian menu

Adult beverage included (must be 21 or over)

Your tour guide will greet you inside of Davanti Enoteca, 1359 W. Taylor St. at the intersection of Taylor and Loomis.

After a drink and antipasti, we continue onto four additional restaurants plus a stop at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Total walking distance is one and a quarter miles.  We walk at a leisurely pace.  All stops are handicapped accessible and all but the last location has a restroom available.

The tour finishes half a mile east of the starting point at Taylor and Carpenter.  The tour lasts 3 and a half hours from start to finish.

Visit a great mix of Italian eateries including a wine bar, a deli, an old school family restaurant and a streetside lemonade stand.

Davanti Enoteca

This rustic wine bar hired a chef from Italy to bring authentic foods not previously found in Chicago.

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

We take a break from eating to explore this treasure trove of sports memorabilia and sneak in a breathtaking skyline view.


What started as a bakery in 1909 is now Taylor Street's go to spot for lunch.

Tufano's Vernon Park Tap

This favorite of politicians, police and local sports celebs is a gem so hidden, you won't find it unless you know to look for it.

Fontano's Subs

A fun and friendly side street hangout where you can find three generations of family on any given day.

Mario's Italian Ice (Summer only)

This sidewalk lemonade stand is a Taylor Street institution and a summertime destination for Chicagoans of all stripes.

Scafuri Bakery (Spring and Fall)

Taste the delectable cookies and sweets that have kept this bakery going since 1904.

- Valet parking at Davanti Enoteca is available for $8 (recommended)
- Ample metered parking is available on Taylor Street, however you will need to add value after 3 hours with parking app.
- No side street parking.
- Trains: short walk from Blue Line Racine stop or Pink Line Polk stop.
- Bus: #157 runs from Michigan Avenue to Taylor and Loomis.
- First time Lyft users receive a $5 credit when using CHICAGOFOODWAYS in the referral code.

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Are children allowed?

We welcome children on our Chicago Foodways Tours, we do not recommend a tour for most.  Keep in mind that there is a lot of standing involved and children may not be  as interested in historical facts.  The tasting samples are designed to give participants an authentic taste of the cuisine, ranging from basic to somewhat exotic.  There will be no substitutions available for children’s taste.  If your child has a true interest in cuisine and history, by all means, please bring him/her along.  Note that the ticket price remains the same if the child will be taking part in tastings. Infants and children in strollers are welcome at no charge.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

You will be asked upon booking for any food allergies or sensitivities.  We take your comfort and safety seriously and will make every effort to meet your needs, or to alert you if we cannot.  As we strive to provide an authentic cultural experience we do not recommend our tours for those on gluten free and vegan diets.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Events typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are held rain, shine, or snow.  We  provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.  Keep in mind for springtime and early summer tours, that it can be up to 20 degrees cooler near Lake Michigan where our Saigon to Stockholm tour is located.

Are tours handicap accessible?

All locations are wheelchair accessible.

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