Eat and Explore Tour: Lincoln Square

Duration: 2.5 hours

Location: Lincoln Square (on the North Side of Chicago)

Per person


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

Explore a Chicago neighborhood beloved for its European charm and ecletic food culture

  • Visit specialty food stores, including Gene's Sausage Shop, VomFass, Savory Spice Shop, and Augusta Food and Wine
  • Partake in tastings that showcase the local food scene
  • Go behind the scenes at The Chopping Block, the country’s largest recreational cooking school
  • Celebrate the history and culture of Chicago's German immigrants and the indelible mark they left in Lincoln Square
  • Explore the last work by famed Chicago architect Louis Sullivan

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.

Find out what makes Lincoln Square one of Chicago's most dynamic neighborhoods

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).

Gideon Welles Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen

Enjoy the flavors of this welcoming Lincoln Square pub.

Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Are children allowed on the Lincoln Square 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. The stop at Augusta Food and Wine includes wine tasting. Children will be provided a substitution at that location.

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.

Do you support corporate, or private events?

We offer private tours, which provide a great venue for corporate team building.

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