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  • 1. How many people are on each tour?
     

    Tours accommodate 16-18 people each. If you have a large group, we can set up a private tour just for your group. Please contact us at sales@tastebudtours.com.

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  • 2. What does the price of the tour include?
     

    Tour tickets include all food tastings (enough food for lunch) and taxes. Gratuities are optional but appreciated.

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  • 3. How long are the tours?
     

    Tours are 3-3.5 hours in length and cover about a mile of walking. Please be prepared with good walking shoes.

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  • 4. Are tours cancelled because of rain?
     

    Tours happen rain or shine (or snow). Please be prepared for inclement weather with a jacket, umbrella, boots, etc.

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  • 5. Where should I park?
     

    All tours leave from a convenient meeting location or first tour stop. We recommend using SpotHero to secure your parking space close to our meeting location.

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  • 6. Are vegetarian or special diet foods available?
     

    Vegetarian meals are available. Please let us know in advance. We are not able to accommodate gluten/dairy free or other special diets at this time.

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  • 7. Do I have to purchase Tastebud Tour tickets in advance?
     

    Tastebud Tour tickets must be purchased in advance as tours sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting a desired day, time, and number of tickets, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard. Cash is not accepted.

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  • 8. Can I get a refund or reschedule my Tastebud Tour tickets?
     

    Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded for any reason, because your space is being guaranteed on the tour, and food is ordered and paid for ahead of time. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. Please make sure that you have the correct location for your tour. Should you need to reschedule your tour, a $25 per ticket booking fee will apply.

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  • 9. If a Tastebud Tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
     

    We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a chance that Tastebud will add an additional tour on that day.

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  • 10. What about tickets for children?
     

    Tastebud does not offer discounted tickets for children and seniors. If you are bringing a child that is 2 years of age or younger, and the child will not be eating during the tour, you do not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is 3 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a ticket for him/her, regardless of whether the child will be participating in the tastings.

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  • 11. Are there any age restrictions?
     

    Children are welcome on Tastebud Tours, but please bear in mind that some children have a limited attention span and a 3-31/2 hour tour may not be appropriate for them. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing, walking, and street congestion, please consider this when deciding whether a Tastebud Tour is appropriate for your child.

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  • 12. Do we just walk around and taste food on Tastebud tours?
     

    No. You will not only taste locally made foods that will tantalize your taste buds, you will also learn fun facts. The Tastebud Tour is fully narrated by your Tastebud Tour guide who will discuss food, fun facts, history, culture, and entertainment that Chicago or New Orleans has to offer.

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  • 13. Do the tours have anything to offer local area residents?
     

    Definitely! Locals often join Tastebud Tours to enjoy wonderful food and to learn about the great fun facts. Fun facts that have been under their noses the entire time!

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  • 14. What types of foods are served on the Tastebud tours?
     

    You will taste foods that Chicago or New Orleans is famous for, and some that are just unique and hard to find anywhere else. For specific details, visit Tastebud Tours – specific tour pages. Food tastings are subject to change without notice.

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  • 15. When is the best time to take a Tastebud Tour?
     

    We highly recommend taking a Tastebud Tour at the beginning of your visit so you allow plenty of time to revisit your favorite food tasting locations. Since tours usually sell out well in advance, it is best to buy your tickets well in advance of the date you hope to go on a tour.

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  • 16. How much food is served on the Tastebud tours?
     

    Our tours include 5 tantalizing taste locations along the famous streets of Chicago or New Orleans. Your tummy will be filled.

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  • 17. Are there any beverages served on the Tastebud tours?
     

    Yes, most of the taste locations will serve water.

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  • 18. Are the tours accessible by strollers and wheelchair?
     

    No, unfortunately Tastebud Tours are not allowed to have strollers or wheelchairs on our tours, due to the crowds and tight spaces in the food establishments we visit.

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  • 19. What happens if it rains or snows?
     

    Tastebud Tours are held in rain, snow or sunshine. You should dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions, wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if necessary.

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  • 20. Can I shop on the tours?
     

    Yes, when time permits Tastebud Tours allows shopping.

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  • 21. Is there parking nearby the tour meeting point?
     

    Yes, there is public parking around each starting point. See address under specific tour.

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  • 22. Are tours offered only in English?
     

    Yes, at this time Tastebud Tours are only offered in English.

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  • 23. Can I book a private tour?
     

    Yes. Private Tastebud Tours are available. Please contact the Tastebud Tours staff by email at TastebudTours@gmail.com.

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  • 24. Can Tastebud Tours accommodate my dietary restrictions or food allergies?
     

    We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians and those who have shellfish allergies, but we CANNOT make substitutions for any other food allergies (such as gluten-free, dairy-free, etc) or food lifestyles choices (vegan, low-carb, paleo, primal, Whole 30, etc).

    Due to the fact that all tastings have been prepared in advance at each location (based on the information you provided to us at the time of ticket purchase) substitutions MUST be requested in advance with your ticket purchase. Please make a note in your reservation on the “comments” portion at checkout. We will not be able to accommodate last minute changes.

    Tastebud Food Tours have been designed to highlight the quintessential cuisine from each unique city. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

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  • 25. Does the Tastebud Guide accept gratuities?
     

    Gratuities are always greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • 26. Where should I park if I am driving to the tour?
     

    We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero! SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking. Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app or visit one of the links below to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up:

    Click here for tour parking in Chicago
    Click here for tour parking in New Orleans
    Click here for tour parking in San Francisco

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