Chicago World’s Fair Food Tour

Quick Details

  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • The price of this tour includes all food
  • If available, guests are welcome to purchase adult beverages/cocktails (21 and over) along the way 
  • Shopping is allowed at locations (if available)
  • Tour starts at The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing and dress for rain or shine

Chicago World’s Fair & 1893 Columbian Exposition Food Tour

Come one, come all to the original 1893 World’s Fair Food Tour, lead by none other than Bertha Honore Palmer! Bertha will whisk you back in time to May 1, 1893, when the Chicago World’s Fair opened in Jackson Park. Nearly 27 million people came to the fairgrounds to experience a showcase of more than 65,000 exhibits, including everything from advanced technology, plants, art, entertainment and – most importantly – food! Try several of the city’s debut favorites while “Chicago’s Gold Coast Queen,” Bertha Palmer, entertains you with her favorite delicious memories of the great 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Chicago World’s Fair Food Stops

Private Cliff Dwellers Club

Begin your original World’s Fair tour with a breathtaking view of the city of Chicago when you meet Bertha Palmer at this artistic club, whose historic members include Daniel Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. As Bertha’s guest at the Club, you will be served a delicious meal and dessert choice of the famous Burnham pie while enjoying aerial views of Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.

Goddess and the Baker

Enjoy a delicious chocolate dessert created specifically for a special luncheon hosted by Bertha Palmer at the Women’s Pavilion at the Columbian Exposition.

The Berghoff

The Century Room located within the Berghoff is the perfect setting for the 1893 World’s Fair Food Tour, and you’ll see why once you arrive. Savor one of Herman Berghoff’s fair favorites.

Chicago Kernel

A fair favorite popcorn snack will be served in this underground network of walkways. This delicious treat is handmade specifically for Tastebud Food Tours.

The Pittsfield Building

Enjoy a frankfurter (but NOT any ordinary frankfurter), which debuted at the fair, in this Spanish Gothic Revival building with its trademark interior lobby and atrium, surrounded by balconies and shop windows on all sides.

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  • All Tastebud guests will receive food from each Tastebud food stop. Menu items vary, so come hungry! Vegetarian options are available – please let us know in advance. We apologize, but we cannot accommodate vegan or gluten-free dietary restrictions.