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Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Stroll through Chicago's winter streets, lit up for the holidays, on this gourmet walking tour. Learn about Chicago's celebrated holiday traditions like the European-inspired Christkindlmarket, the beautiful decor and windows on State Street, and ice skating at Millennium Park. Sample generous tastes of classic Chicago foods and holiday treats as you walk. Seasonal craft beer tastings help you stay warm and toasty; please note this tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress appropriately.
  • Food and walking holiday tour of downtown Chicago
  • Visit the German-style Christkindlmarket, a festive outdoor market with warming cider and holiday shops
  • Stop at a local bar to taste seasonal craft brews
  • Head to the historic Palmer House Hotel, where brownies were invented, to try the popular chocolate treat
  • Admire the outdoor ice skating rink and magnificent architecture at Millennium Park
  • Sample Chicago's famous deep dish pizza at a festive restaurant
  • See Chicago's most majestic Christmas tree display at Millennium Park
  • Taste the famous Chicago-style hot dog
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Food samples
Holiday attractions
Local tour guide
Holiday Cocoa or Cider
Guide gratuity (15-20% suggested, Venmo and PayPal available)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your friendly local guide in central Chicago to get started on your tour of holiday traditions in the city.

Head to Millennium Park, the location of a large outdoor ice rink sitting smack among the famous landmark buildings of downtown Chicago. See the city's official Christmas tree, lit up for the season, and watch hundreds of skaters enjoy the free recreational activity.

As you walk, stop for a brownie sample at the Palmer House Hotel, where the classic dessert was invented. See the magnificent interior architecture of this famous hotel, where many notable people have slept since its founding in 1875. Stop by a local bar to warm up and sip a unique Chicago craft beer. Stop by a local institution to try some of Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza.

Visit the traditional German-American Christkindlmarket, a large open-air Christmas festival. Taste authentic hot apple cider and browse the handicrafts and traditional European products for the perfect gift or souvenir. You may come across model trains, a Santa house or a Christmas choir during your exploration.

Follow your guide to State Street where the lights, decorations, and window displays dazzle. You'll also stop at a local shop to try the famous Chicago-style hot dog.

After your tour concludes, and you are free to explore Chicago's festive streets on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Millennium Park
Meet your guide at 11:30 am at the world-famous Giordano's Pizzeria, where you will taste Chicago's unique and delectable stuffed pizza to kick off your holiday wonderland walking tour. Visit Millennium Park and gaze over the large outdoor ice-skating rink, flanked by the some of the most iconic buildings on the Chicago skyline. Watch hundreds of skaters twirl as they enjoy the free attraction. See the city’s official Christmas tree, loaded with spectacular ornaments and lights.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palmer House Hilton Historic Lobby
Next, stroll down State Street where the lights, decorations and window displays dazzle. Throughout your tour, you'll make stops for a variety of tasty treats, including a brownie sample at the Palmer House Hotel, where the chocolatey treat was invented! While inside the historic building, your guide shows you the magnificent interior architecture of this grand old hotel, where many famous guests have stayed since it opened in 1875.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Macy's on State Street
Enjoy the Holiday decor
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Daley Bicentennial Plaza
Enjoy Christkindlmarkt in Chicago
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cloud Gate
Iconic Chicago attraction
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Gorgeous open air amphitheater
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Art Institute of Chicago
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • All of our walking tours at the present moment do allow for ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. But please note that sometimes our restaurants change and we cannot guarantee every restaurant will not include stairs of some sort which might make things difficult. But a majority of our stops should be ADA compliant.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bobby's Bike Hike

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour.

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Chicago hike and food, too!
IrishGal3254
, Dec 2019
Noah, our guide, was informative, entertaining and a pleasure to hang with! The food stops were perfect and the day was fun!
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So much fun!
Kayla H
, Dec 2018
Our tour guide Brittany was so awesome! She had so much knowledge on Chicago and we were very pleased with that! We had a blast.
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Robby our New Zealand native guide...
kathleen e
, Dec 2015
Robby our New Zealand native guide was very knowledgable and fun. He was always very engaging and made sure we were treated very special. How he remembered our names I do not know. It was my husband 60 th and he made us feel very special. Great itinerary Great food tour Robby was wonderful. 5 stars
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Not our first time doing a Chicago Food...
iris
, Dec 2015
Not our first time doing a Chicago Food Tour...LOVED it again.
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Tour and guide were great. I would...
Sharon O
, Dec 2014
Tour and guide were great. I would highly recommend.
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