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Argyle Street Food Tour

As a result of lack of space in the established Chinatown area, a “New Chinatown” on the north side of Chicago was developed in the 1960’s. When global immigration patterns changed, the area quickly expanded from solely Chinese to include other Asian settlers including Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai leading to it’s new name of “Asia on Argyle”. In 2010 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Your walk in this unique area will include stops at a variety of businesses plus many immigration stories, a look at the art and architecture nearby, as well as a sampling of flavors of those different cuisines. Expect to make a visit to a grocery store for a lesson in unusual ingredients and how they are used, a bakery, and others places of delicious interest. Let the Walk Chicago Tours and its Culinary Guide Staff, headed by accomplished and prominent chef, Judith Dunbar Hines, introduce you to Argyle Street’s delicacies. Not only will you ample your way through the neighborhood, but your culinary guide will explain the ingredients and preparations that make each taste genuine and uniquely Asian.  (SEE THE GUIDES’ PAGE FOR JUDITH’S BIO and  CREDENTIALS)

This tour begins near the entrance to the CTA Red Line stop at Argyle Street.


NOTE: You will receive current instructions upon registration

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(Lead Guide-Argyle Food Tour)
Director, Walk Chicago Tours Culinary Guide Staff


  • Culinary Arts and Events Director, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago (16 yrs.)

  • Culinary Events Director for Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (5 yrs.)

  • Food Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times (3 yrs.)

  • Cooking Instructor (30 yrs.)

  • Personal Assistant to Martin Yan, "Yan Can Cook", PBS-TV (5 yrs.)

  • Director, Martin Yan Cooking School (5 yrs.)

  • Food-themed and ethnic neighborhood tour guide (15 yrs.)

Chicago Tribune..."Top Cooking Teacher" Award

The Chicago Tribune named Ms. Hines, "Chicago's Ambassador of Food"

Completely Private Tour - Just your private party

and your personal Walk Chicago Tours culinary guide. Minimum number of two people necessary for reservation. Customized and large group tour pricing available upon request.

Times and Days - Everyday, all year... your choice of day and time from those still available.

Duration of Tour - Usually two-three hours, depending upon your special interests. Tours proceed at the custom pace of each private group.

Tour Content - The emphasis for your walk through Chinatown will be placed upon the culinary experience. However, all of our guides are also proficient regarding the areas immigrant history, art, architecture and its present day traditions and culture.  If specific interests arise, you need only ask for an extended narrative.

Cost - $60 per person... includes cost of five food samplings at five different locations.

Special Offer Note - Want to make a day or evening of it? Contact us to create a customized tour add-on that can include a sit-down lunch or early dinner built around your specific interests.

Cautionary Note- Group members have the responsibility to tell their culinary guides about any personal food allergy concerns. They will do their best to accommodate your issues and advise about ingredients used in the samples. However, our guides cannot assume responsibility so please ask questions and follow your own protocols.

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