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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy Chicago’s only bus guided neighborhood pizza tour.  Eat like a local as you travel off the beaten path into Chicago neighborhoods to savor the best pizza.  Your local guide will teach you the science behind ingredient selection and baking as you sample slices from historic pizzerias.  In just a few hours, you’ll leave stuffed, and with an understanding of why pizza is such an important part of Chicago’s culture.
  • Small-group guided Chicago pizza tour
  • Explore four different Chicago neighborhoods through their food and history
  • Savor different styles of pizza from deep dish to tavern style and even coal fired
  • Enjoy historical commentary on the culture of pizza in Chicago
  • Transportation by mini-coach to each stop
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Four slices of pizza
Transport by air-conditioned minicoach
Local guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
61 E Madison St , 61 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

Meet inside Pizano's Pizza, near Millennium Park on Madison Street between Michigan and Wabash avenues

11:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Delivering a taste of Chicago’s renowned pizza legacy, you can expect to meet your local tour guide at a significant pizzeria in the downtown area.  Start by hearing the history of Chicago deep dish while sampling a slice from one of the best purveyors of the style.  Next, our bus will pick up the group and drive you through various neighborhoods to explore the local pizza scene.  Your guide will share local insights into Chicago’s unique pizza-making culture and history.  After visiting four pizzerias, you’ll head back to your original departure point in downtown Chicago stuffed full of pizza and stories.  Just about everyone loves pizza, so you can always expect a diverse group of travelers and locals to share your pizza experience with.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Magnificent Mile
Settle in at Pizano's Pizza a culturally significant pizzeria with family ties to the creation of the deep dish pizza back in 1943.
Duration: 45 minutes
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Stop At:  
Grant Park
Just steps from Grant Park, Flo & Santo's features Chicago thin crust tavern style pizza. Since Flo was the Polish grandma and Santo was the Italian grandpa, this menu is a fusion of both flavors.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lincoln Park
Enjoy one of the local favorites off the beaten path in Lincoln Park. Pequod's has been a local legend since 1971 famous for their burnt cheese caramelized crust with the sweet sauce.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
United Center
Getting pizza in West Town can only mean one thing, Coalfire. Savor these coal forged pies that bake at temps that exceed 1000 degrees just steps from the United Center in Chicago.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wrigleyville
Up on the north side means you are in Cubs territory and the best pizza near the stadium is Coalfire's 2nd location on Southport. Enjoy some of the best pizza in Chicago in one of the best neighborhoods the city has to offer.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wicker Park
Piece Pizza was one of the first non regional styles to set up in the Chicago neighborhoods. Their New Haven style pies have been enjoyed on the tour ever since we opened and is always a fan favorite.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children under 6 are free, but please notify operator so a seat can be saved on the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Pizza Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 sanitization during Chicago Pizza Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Pizza Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Pizza Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Pizza Tour.

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  • "It’s a bus tour which was perfect for a rain day." See review
  • "They say its 4 slices (one at each place) but its really more like 6-8 if you want to try everything." See review

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star-4
Overall a great pizza...
Ravi_B
, Jun 2022
Overall a great pizza tour allowing us to sample a variety of pizza style's in Chicago. My only negative was that the tour route was supposed to include Pequod's and Piece, both mentioned as stops on the tour, and the two pizzeria's I was most looking forward to try, but was told at the first stop, that neither were included on the tour. They shouldn't be mentioned on the tour route, if they are not part of the tour. Now to the positives, we got to try four unique pizzeria's with different styles (Coalfire was my favorite, but each was unique and tasty). We had plenty to try with additional pizza at each stop and leftover boxes to take home after the tour, if one was interested. All I would ask, provide the correct info for the tour and it will make everyone happy. Regardless, it's a good tour and I recommend.
star-5
Great Experience
Barbara_D
, May 2022
Too much pizza. Just the right amount of James, the tour guide. He was sensational. He made the time fly by.
star-5
Interesting and delicious
Jill_B
, May 2022
Delicious pizza and interesting host. Highly recommend. Worth the money. Come hungry cause you'll go away stuffed.
star-5
Pizza tour
Marion_N
, Apr 2022
Had a blast. Pizza was delicious! Highly recommend! The stops were all friendly and clean. The tour guide was very fun! Loved it!
star-5
Fun tour with knowledgeable host
Grant_E
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed the different pizza samples and the tour guide was knowledgeable about Chicago’s pizza history. This is a great way to enjoy the city!
star-5
Great experience - super delicious pizza :)
Pamela_D
, Apr 2022
Traveling as a group of 5 friends, we had a great time with Jonathan and the rest of the tour. The pizzas were varied and delicious and I loved that we tried new varieties of pizza toppings in addition to the deep dish vs. thin crust. Jonathan was beyond knowledgeable and basically had an answer for all of our questions! We had a great time and highly recommend this tour. Looking forward to going back and taking a different tour from this company!
star-5
Great experience
raymond_t
, Apr 2022
The tour guide was amazing and very knowleabour the city. Gave us a great feel of what the city of Chicago's pizza world is like among other great information. No wY you come to Chicago and not do this tour.
star-5
Had a great time ! James...
Kimberly_K
, Mar 2022
Had a great time ! James was great and made the pizza tour fun! Would definitely take the tour again.
star-5
Pizza tour
Kevin_M
, Mar 2022
James the tour guide was great! He made the tour informative, funny and enjoyable. The four pizza locations were excellent choices and the pizza was outstanding. My wife and I highly recommend this tour for a great time to see Chicago and enjoy some great pizza.
star-4
Great variation of pizza...
Donna_Z
, Mar 2022
Great variation of pizza options. The tour guide James was very good. Knows Chicago very well and could offer options from every aspect of the city.
star-5
Great Pizza Tour!
Rosemary_M
, Feb 2022
What a fun tour! James was entertaining and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed all of the tour! Great pizza and a lot of entertaining facts about the pizza history of Chicago.
star-5
Pizza Support Group 😂🤣😂
Stacy_C
, Jan 2022
What a fun & informative tour. It was very well organized and the bus accommodations were great. We got dropped off right at the door and were served almost immediately. John did a great job at selecting 4 very different styles of pizza for us to try. On our tour, we went to Pizano’s, Flo & Santo’s, Coalfire and Bartoli’s but there are other restaurants that he rotates in. He is truly a pizza expert! He knew all about the history of pizza in Chicago, the different styles available & the different processes used to make them. We even got an up close look at 2 of the more specialized pizza ovens. In addition to the four places we visited on this tour, John talked about other famous pizza places in the area, how they were connected & the feuds that broke them apart. It was a great afternoon & I would absolutely do this tour again!
star-5
Lots of laughs and...
Carley_L
, Jan 2022
Lots of laughs and information regarding the history of Chicago pizza! Give it a try, you won’t regret it!
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star-5
I enjoyed being on this...
Catrina_M
, Jan 2022
I enjoyed being on this tour. My group was great & our tour guide was very inclusive. I appreciated it
star-5
Celebration
Jaclyn_L
, Dec 2021
This was the third time my family and I have experienced the pizza tour. This time we were celebrating my brother’s 40th birthday as he had requested this tour as his gift. Our tour guide, John, was out of this world knowledgeable about everything pizza! We visited amazing pizzerias! All so different and unique. The pizza was delicious and we loved all the stories and information John shared. I have already recommended this tour to several friends. It’s a wonderful tour and delicious pizza!
star-5
Fun, family-friendly tour!
Hillary_G
, Dec 2021
Each pizza place had a different taste. It was fun to learn about the various techniques. Robert’s cooks their pizzas for six minutes at six hundred degrees!
star-5
so much pizza!
Justine_W
, Dec 2021
The afternoon exceeded our expectations! The tour was well organised and executed flawlessly, nice to have door to door service from the bus and the pizzas were always served immediately upon our arrival. We visited four different places with a variety of styles and toppings. ALL OF THEM DELICIOUS. Making it extra special was the jovial personality and depth of knowledge of our host Jamie. He enlightened us with tales of the Chicago pizza world current and past, and also offered up tidbits about the city itself. Our tour had just a great energy among the crowd and it was nice to get to know the other people in the group a bit. A good time was had by all, and you definitely get your fill of pizza and fun!
star-5
We Love James!!
Janice_C
, Dec 2021
James made the experience a 5 star. He was amazing! The pizza choices were not as varied and authentic as we would have liked
star-5
Great family outing
Andrea_S
, Nov 2021
Great day to spend with family enjoying good Chicago pizza. They were great with our gluten free dietary needs
star-5
Even if you are local!
Giovanna_S
, Nov 2021
My boyfriend and I are Chicago born and raised, and therefore, pizza enthusiasts. This was a perfect way to spend our 3 year anniversary and broaden our pizza horizons. Apart from the amazing pizza we sampled from 4 different locations, our tour guide James, was amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable in both pizza history and making, along with history of Chicago. Can’t get much better than that. Local or visiting, take this tour!

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