Frequently Asked Questions
A. 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 tour availability.
A. Yes, we do offer private tours. Please visit our website or email/call for inquiry.
A. 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.
A. Saturday and Sunday:
Little India: $ 75.00 Per Person
Chow Chow China Town: $ 60.00 Per Person
Little Arabia: $ 60.00 Per Person
A. 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 3 ½ 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.
A. 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.
A. During our tour you will taste scrumptious food of Spice of Life Tours (Little India, Little Arabia, & China Town) while learning about the history and culture of the neighborhood. Most of our food tasting will be served sitting down; however, some may require you to eat while standing. Each tasting will last around 25-30 minutes in most relaxed manner. We will walk around the sidewalks visiting several establishments and discover history, culture, arts, entertainment and architecture of Chicago’s most famous South Asian community.
A. 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. (* each tasting will take 25-30 minutes where people are able to sit down on most of them, relax and eat!)
A. Please dress casual, comfortable, and appropriate for the different seasons in Chicago.
A. 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.
A. The maximum number of people per tour guide is 12.
There are several stops for each food tasting on our tours. For most people there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary. * Serving sizes are medium portions; please come hungry!
A. We visit several restaurants and sample food from one selected restaurant each stop. This is also a sit down tasting. The names of the restaurant will be disclosed at the time of the tour.
A. We supply everyone with water and tea.
A. The tour itself does not serve alcohol, but at some venues alcohol can be purchased on your own.
A. 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 inconvenience.
A. If you have serious food allergies please contact us before purchasing a ticket.
A. Unfortunately, wheelchairs are not recommended on our tours due to many uneven streets that we cross.
A. Due to the food establishments we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.