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The Original 1893 Chicago World's Fair Food Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel back in time to the original 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago for this guided tasting tour. Led by Chicago’s ‘Gold Coast Queen,’ Bertha Palmer, hear her favorite memories from the great 1893 Columbian Exposition and enjoy various food tastings from around the Windy City.
  • Take a walking food tour in Chicago
  • Travel back in time to the 1893 World’s Fair
  • Tour is led by Chicago’s ‘Gold Coast Queen,’ Bertha Palmer
  • Enjoy multiple food tastings, including a frankfurter which debuted in 1893
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Sample 5 local dishes-stop in an underground network of walkways for a fair favorite popcorn snack
Local costumed actress guide playing Bertha Palmer, a Chicago celebrity at the turn of 20th century
Enjoy a delicious frankfurter but not any ordinary frankfurter, which debuted at the fair in 1893
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup/drop-off

Departure Point

200 S Michigan Ave # 1100, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Travel back in time to the original 1893 World’s Fair with Chicago’s ‘Gold Coast Queen,’ Bertha Honore Palmer. Nearly 27 million people came to the fairgrounds that year to experience a showcase of more than 65,000 exhibits—everything from advanced technology, plants, art, entertainment, and food, of course.

Many well-known foods debuted here first. Try several of them while listening to the memories of the great 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Walk to several food tastings — enough for a full lunch. Visit the swanky Cliff Dwellers Club for a food tasting and dessert (including the famous Burnham pie), with an aerial view of Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.

Also, stop at the Century Room inside the Berghoff for fair favorites like chili con carne and root beer; Chicago’s Pedway—officially known as the Downtown Pedestrian Walkway System—for an exclusive popcorn snack; the 38-story Pittsfield Building for a Chicago-style hot dog, and more.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cliff Dwellers Club
Visit the swanky Cliff Dwellers Club for a food tasting and dessert, including the famous Burnham pie, with an aerial view of Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Goddess and the Baker, Wabash
Enjoy a delicious chocolate dessert created specifically for a special luncheon hosted by Bertha Palmer at the Women’s Pavilion at the Columbian Exposition.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Pittsfield Building
Enjoy a frankfurter (but NOT any ordinary frankfurter), which debuted at the fair, in this Spanish Gothic Revival building with its trademark interior lobby and atrium, surrounded by balconies and shop windows on all sides.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn
A fair favorite popcorn snack will be served in this underground network of walkways. This delicious treat is handmade specifically for Tastebud Food Tours.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Berghoff Restaurant
The Century Room located within The Berghoff is the perfect setting for the 1893 World’s Fair Food Tour, and you’ll see why once you arrive. Savor one of Herman Berghoff’s fair favorites.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • This is a walking tour; please be sure to wear comfortable shoes
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of cancellation, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tastebud Tours

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during The Original 1893 Chicago World's Fair Food Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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This tour was fantastic! I hope you...
Ryan P
, Aug 2017
This tour was fantastic! I hope you brought your appetite and a comfortable pair of shoes on this tour. You are gonna leave with a full belly and some knowledge about old time Chicago. Our tour guide Bertha Palmer was fantastic and incredibly prepared which made for a unique experience. Worth it!
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The food, the tour guide, the city...
Elisha P
, Aug 2017
The food, the tour guide, the city of Chicago. This was an absolutely awesome tour. They put so much thought into every detail of the tour. No way I could even come close to eating all the food. And 3 hours!! Even if you're a Chicago native I guarantee you will learn a lot. Such a neat experience!
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Plan to eat. I won't give the...
Marcus H
, Jul 2017
Plan to eat. I won't give the details away so you can enjoy the tour for yourself. There are several stops with full size portions of foods introduced at the Columbian Exposition. Our guide was in character and very knowledgeable. It was an amazing experience. I will look for more tours.
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