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Chinatown Food Tour

You will believe you have traveled around the world when you pass through the Chinatown gates on Wentworth Avenue into a scene filled with the sights, sounds and flavors of far away China. Your chef/guide will direct your attention to art and architecture and tell the story of Chinese immigration to Chicago. And along the way, you will receive a sampling of Chinese cuisine to illustrate the variety of flavors and kitchen customs. The culinary experience will include dim sum, noodles, pastries and beverages from various provinces, as well as a visit to a local grocery store to understand the ingredients and how they are used. Later, there will be a walk down sidestreets to Ping Tom Park along the banks of the south branch of the Chicago River for examples of landscaping and architectural styles that are a blend of China and historic Chicago.

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(Lead Guide - Chinatown 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"

Meeting your Chef/Guide: - You will meet your chef/guide

at the Nine Dragon Wall near the CTA Red Line stop

located at the corner of Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue. Chinatown is also accessible by Water Taxi from the Michigan Avenue bridge downtown. If you choose this method of transportation and alert us to your arrival, we will meet you at the Water Taxi landing on the grounds of Ping Tom Park.

Completely Private Tour - Just your private party and your personal Walk Chicago Tours culinary guide.

Minimum Number - 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 chef/guides are also proficient regarding the areas immigrant history, outdoor art, architecture and its present day traditions and culture. They will provide a general overview along the way. If specific interests arise, you need only ask for an extended narrative.

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

Lunch or Dinner - Want to make a day or evening of it? Contact us to create a customized tour addition that can include a sit-down lunch or early dinner built around your specific interests.

Note - Group members have the responsibility to tell their culinary guides about any personal food allergy concerns. The chef/guides will do their best to accommodate your issues and advise about ingredients used in the samples. However, our chef/guides cannot assume responsibility for unexplained personal protocols.

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