Be A Tourist In Your Own Town: Chinatown Walking Food Tour

By Caitlin Klein in Food on Sep 13, 2012 7:00PM

Want to feel like a tourist in your own town? Try one of the Chicago Food Planet walking food tours. Chicago Food Planet offers tours of the Near North neighborhood, Bucktown/Wicker Park, and Chinatown.

Chicagoist recently took the Chinatown tour, and we want to take you along. Most of the guests on the tour were from neighboring states Michigan and Wisconsin, but a few locals tagged along to see a different side to the city and get a taste of Chinatown.

The tour stops at five tasting locations and covers a range of types of Chinese cooking: Triple Crown (Hong Kong-style Dim Sum), Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co., Lao Sze Chuan (family-style Szechuan dishes), Lao Beijing (Peking duck!), and Saint Anna Bakery. The tour includes explanation of the different styles of Chinese cooking as well as some of the history of the Chinatown neighborhood itself. On the right day, the tour may also stop at a Buddhist temple.

This tour is a good way for Chicagoans who are not familiar with Chinatown to acquaint ourselves with this interesting and vibrant neighborhood. It would also be a fun way to spend a day with a visitor from out of town. Prepare to walk a lot - you are advised ahead of time to wear comfortable shoes. They aren't kidding.

Check out our pictures of the food and the tour. Details are in the captions.

Chicago Food Planet food tours run Friday-Monday, April through November. You can buy tickets online. The Near North tour is $45; the Bucktown/Wicker Park tour is $45; and the Chinatown tour is $60.