Tap into the flavors, culture, and history of Lincoln Square, a Chicago neighborhood revered for its European charm. Enjoy tastings at local markets and specialty food stores that showcase the local food scene.
Learn how German immigrants influenced the neighborhood. View landmarks celebrating their indelible mark including Chicago’s first maypole, a lamp from Hamburg (Chicago’s sister city), and marvelous murals. Visit the last work of famed Chicago architect, Louis Sullivan.
This tour offers a unique experience for tourists looking to feed their inner foodie and explore one of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods. It’s also a great adventure for locals who want to explore Lincoln Square’s hidden gems with a trained chef and long-time resident.
Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen
A Chicago original, Gene's offers 20,000 square feet of culinary goodness and houses one of Chicago's favorite rooftop beer gardens.
A new (and very welcome) addition to Lincoln Square, vomFass offers fine vinegars, oils, wines, and spirits from around the globe.
The Chopping Block
The country's largest recreational cooking school and recipient of International Housewares Association 2017 Global Innovation Award
Savory Spice Shop
Founded by Chicago-area natives Mike and Janet Johnston, Savory Spice Shop offers high-quality herbs, spices, and seasonings.
Augusta Food and Wine
Owner Shad Martin knows his wine. He spent many years as Wine Director at Volo (Roscoe Village).
Dank Haus German American Cultural Center
The Dank Haus hosts cooking classes, concerts, and a host of other cultural events in Lincoln Square. (This stop is only available on weekdays.)
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. The stop at Augusta Food and Wine includes wine tasting. Children will be provided a substitution at that location.
Our food tastings are carefully designed to reflect the authentic flavors of the neighborhood. We are unable to offer any substitutions.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tours take place rain or shine.
We offer private tours, which provide a great venue for corporate team building.
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