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Pilsen Food Tour

Let there be no doubt that Pilsen calls you to taste its cultural dishes.

The aromas of tamales, tacos, sopes, huarches, burritos, chile relleno, and enchiladas waft through the air up and down 18th Street. Barbecued meats (carnitas) sizzle in windows at local butcher shops (carnacerias).  Dulces (sweets and pastries)  make their siren call from the window displays of Pilsen's several panaderias (bakeries) and candy stores. Ice cream shops (neverias and paleterias) tempt passersby with salty, sour, sweet and spicy  variations of  frozen confections.

In brief, Pilsen is a culinary immersion experience of the most savory kind. The authentic flavors of Mexico await at every door step while the rhythms of ranchero music pulsate out of storefronts announcing Pilsen's appeal to the senses.

Let the Walk Chicago Tours' Culinary Guide Staff, headed by accomplished and prominent chef Judith Dunbar Hines, introduce you to Pilsen's delicacies. Not only will you "sample your way" through the neighborhood, but your culinary guide will explain the ingredients and preparation that make each taste genuine and uniquely Pilsen.

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(Lead Guide - Pilsen 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 day in Pilsen will be placed upon Pilsen as a culinary experience. However, all of our guides are also proficient regarding Pilsen 's immigrant history, outdoor art, architecture and its present day Latino 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 five different locations.
Note: Group members have the responsibility to tell their culinary guides about any personal food allergy concerns. Whereupon group members may question vendors about the possible presence of concerning ingredients.

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