Eat and Explore: Devon Avenue

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Devon Avenue (Far North Side of Chicago)

Per person


Tours take place rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable.

Explore Devon Avenue with a trained chef with South Indian roots. Learn her culinary secrets and sample the flavors of India.

  • Enjoy a roti roll, flaky samosa, mango lassi, and other full-flavored Indian specialties as honored guests
  • Indulge in a cup of authentic chai flavored with sweet spices
  • Learn to shop for and use pantry staples including turmeric, cardamom, and curry leaves to recreate your favorite Indian dishes at home
  • Build a deeper understanding of Indian food and culture and gain the confidence to explore Indian enclaves and restaurants on your own
  • Leave with copies of the tour guide's favorite family recipes and all of her culinary secrets
Little India, Devon Avenue, Reshams

Embrace the authentic flavors of India by exploring carefully selected markets, snack shops, and specialty stores with a trained chef of South Indian descent. Learn to harness the power of turmeric, cardamom, and other pantry treasures. Sample new flavors through generous tastings. Walk away with the tour guide’s culinary secrets and her favorite family recipes. Gain the confidence to navigate Devon Avenue on your own and to recreate your favorite Indian dishes at home.

This tour is perfect for tourists who want to experience the dynamic flavors of Chicago’s Little India. It’s a great adventure for Chicago locals who love to eat and/or cook Indian food.

Embrace the authentic flavors of India by exploring carefully selected markets, snack shops, and specialty stores with a trained chef

Annapurna Indian Vegetarian

Enjoy samosa and a cup of authentic chai at this popular restaurant


Enjoy a refreshing mango lassi and savory snack at this family-owned sweet shop

Patel Brothers

Visit the original location of America's largest Indian grocery chain

Fresh Farms International Market

Learn about curry leaves, jackfruit, and other delicious ingredients at this beloved market


Enter an enchanting emporium with carefully selected imports from across India

J.K. Kabab House

Filled up on a freshly made, expertly marinated roti roll at this street food mecca.

Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Are children allowed on the Devon Ave Tour?

Children are welcome to attend Cardamom Kitchen Tours. Please be aware that the tours involve a considerable amount of standing and walking and require listening, which may not be suitable for all children.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Our food tastings are carefully designed to reflect the authentic flavors of the neighborhood. We are unable to offer any substitutions.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

All tickets must be purchased in advance.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

Tours take place rain or shine.

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"Susan knows spices and as we moved through the spice and vegetable sections of the two stores we found ourselves wanting to try everything, and run home and cook immediately. She is a terrific, thoughtful guide with insights into all kinds of things - well worth the time and money."

Emilie J., Chicago, IL via Yelp

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