Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted. Advance purchase strongly recommended! Check availability and purchase ticket online at www.spiceoflifetours.com
Tours are available on the weekends. Our public tours normally run from March to October. However, private tours run year round. Please check our calendar on “Tickets” tab and contact us for additional information.
There are two types of tickets: Standard ticket for public tours and Private Tour ticket. Please check the “Tickets” on our Homepage.
Yes! Gift certificates are available from our website. Please visit our website “Gift Card” tab.
The maximum number of people per (public) tour is 15 people. However, for private tours the numbers may vary.
During our tour you will taste scrumptious food while learning about the history and culture of the neighborhood. Most of our food tastings will be served sitting down; however, a few will be served while standing. Each tasting lasts around 25-30 minutes. We will walk around visiting several establishments and discover history, culture, arts, entertainment and architecture of Chicago’s most distinct eclectic neighborhoods.
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour. Please feel free to share these photos on any of our social media pages when posting.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected locations and establishments.
We do not provide a waiting list. However, there is always a chance that we will add an additional tour. Please email or call us and let us know what date you are interested in.
All of our tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We will not be outdoors for the entire 4 hours. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. It is impossible to cancel a tour at the very last minute due to many circumstances beyond our control. Before purchasing tickets, please be aware of the possible weather conditions for that time of year.
- January 1st - April 15th - Usually cold and windy (tapering off in April)
- April 16th - June 15th - Mild temperatures (becoming warmer in June)
- June 16th - September 15th - Mild to hot temperatures (usually hot in July and August)
- Sept 16th - December 31st - Starts off mild and then gets cold during the end of October.
Yes. There is plenty of street parking free and paid (metered) on all tours. “Little India” food tour also has a parking garage reasonably priced at: 6411 N Rockwell St Chicago, IL 60645.
There is several transportation options available including but not limited to: CTA Red Line – CTA Bus # 155, Taxi Cabs, and Ride Sharing options. We also offer discounts on Lyft up to $ 10 per ride. Please download Lyft App for the discount code: Lyft Discount Code
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the experience so the tour can follow the tour schedule and conclude the tour in a timely manner.
We are walking at a very relaxed pace during the tour. During this experience there are several stops where we are able to sit down for food tastings (stop, sit, eat, & go). The entire tour will cover less than a mile. (Note: each tasting will take 25-30 minutes where people are able to sit down on most of them, relax and eat!)
Please dress casual, comfortable, and appropriate for the different seasons in Chicago.
We highly recommend taking our food tours at the beginning of your visit so you can return to the neighborhood.
Our food tasting and cultural walking tours have been developed for food enthusiasts. In our experience we found children under the age of 17 may interfere and not fully appreciate the tour due indifference and whether you chose to bring your child is up to your discretion. Please note that strollers are not permitted on the tour due to several uneven streets and sidewalks we walk on. Should you have any questions, please contact us in advance regarding tickets for children.
Unfortunately, wheelchairs are not recommended on our tours due to many uneven streets that we cross.
Due to the food establishments we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Yes. We only offer tours in English at this time. However, should you desire to arrange your own translator and interpreter to join you on the tour please contact us to make arrangements.
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, but not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15 – 20 %
There are several stops for food tasting on our tours. For most people there is enough food for lunch. Please come hungry!
* Serving sizes are medium size portions.
At this time we can provide food substitutions for vegetarians on most tours, but we cannot provide substitutions for any other food allergies such as gluten-free or dairy free. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
We visit several restaurants and sample food during each stop. Most restaurants are sit- down tastings. The names of the restaurant will be disclosed at the time of the tour.
We supply everyone with water, tea, fresh fruit juices and specialty drinks.
Yes. We offer alternative options for vegetarians.