By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
August 10, 2021
One of the best ways you can truly experience a new destination is to explore its food scene. After all, the iconic foods you’ll find evolved through a combination of the cultures of the people who settled there and the history of the city. This is certainly the case with Chicago, whose regional specialties such as deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches and the Chicago-style hot dog reflect its ethnic and working-class roots. The city's past role as the hub of the country's meatpacking industry is reflected not only in its famous sandwiches but also in the number of fine steakhouses you'll find here.
In a large city with a richly diverse restaurant scene such as Chicago, choosing where to sample its iconic dishes can be daunting. Tasting tours are the perfect solution, providing an overview of the foods the city's known for along with some local history and allowing you to taste a variety of dishes without having to commit to a full meal.