Eating our way around Chicago

Chicago Food Tour – the unauthorised version.

We had heard about food tours from our friends Jeff and Janet and really wanted to do them, but when we looked at them online realised that they were quite expensive. However, the food tour website listed the places that they were going – so we decided to do our own Olson unauthorised food tour!




Our first stop was in Oldtown at Delightful Pastries, where we tried pirogies, a Polish kind of dumpling served with bacon and onion.  These were delicious!


Reuben sampling pirogies


Our next stop was The Spice House, which smelled amazing and had row after row of spices for tasting.  We spent a lot of time here sampling different spices and bought a few to take with us on our journey.



We walked next door to Old Town Oil and tried different oils and vinegars – sadly we couldn’t really take any of these with us!


They were yummy though!


The Fudge Pot was next, and while we didn’t purchase any fudge we found something even better – lollipops that you could get your name written on!


The Olson lollipop


Our next stop was Ashkenaz deli, where we tried a Reuben sandwich for the first time. A Reuben is corned beef, cheese and sauerkraut – we weren’t sure about it but it ended up being delicious.

Reuben tries a Reuben


The next stop was supposed to be deep dish pizza, but since we had already tried it we had a coffee interlude then headed to Tea Gschwendner, where we sampled some tea and bought some to take home.



We had a fabulous day eating our way around Chicago, and wound up doing the whole day for less than the cost of one of us doing the official tour, as well as spending lots more time in each shop. A great day!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachael says:

    That sounds awesome. I want to eat my way around Chicago!


  2. hayley says:



  3. Kate says:

    Om nom nom! I wish I had a sandwich named after me…

    Also, you look really pretty in that lollipop photo ❤


    1. Karen Olson says:

      Aw thanks!! I am sure we can make up the Kate…


  4. Aunty Moira says:

    Yum sounds great!Thought Reuben liked Fudge! I wouldve been up for that!!


  5. Monica Drefs says:

    It’s hilarious to me that you haven’t had pierogis before! NZ really missed out on the easter European immigration waves that blessed North America (with pierogi eating descendants like me!)I’m glad you’ve gotten a chance to enjoy


  6. Julie Bunnell says:

    Have you considered food photography as an alternative career? It all looks wonderful.


  7. Lachlan says:

    I’m really enjoying catching up on your blog! Chicago is a wonderful city and would be a wonderful place to do an eating tour… all those cultures! It’s the ultimate melting pot.


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