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Gourmet Getaway in Chicago

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$998 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Cooking, Dining and Touring in the Windy City!

Start your Windy City getaway by checking into your elegant boutique hotel in Gold Coast area of the city. Conveniently located in the midst of the City’s excitement, it's the perfect place to call home for this vacation. You will enjoy fabulous cuisine this night, because you will be dining at one of Chicago’s top restaurants guided by one of the City’s preeminent chefs. On your second day in Chicago you will take a savory walking tour of best of Chicago’s fun eateries, learning insider facts while sampling famous Chicago fare at local eateries and specialty shops that you might not otherwise experience. That evening you’ll visit one of the top recreation culinary schools in Chicago to nurture your inner chef. Whether new to the kitchen or a culinary veteran looking to add to your repertoire, you'll enjoy this culinary event with a top-notch chef instructor. Best of all, you will join your classmates in a multi-course meal that you helped prepare!

Gourmet Getaway in Chicago

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Accommodation
Daily Continental Breakfast
Chef's Tasting Menu
Walking Foodie Tour
Chicago's Best Cooking Class
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In The Talbott Hotel is in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood providing you with endless opportunities for dining. Located around the corner from the exciting nightlife of Rush Street and within a short taxi or public transportation ride of all the major sports stadiums and famous music venues in the world such as The House of Blues. If shopping is on your agenda, the Magnificent Mile has it all. From Bloomingdales, J Crew, Sur La Table, Coach, Club Monaco, Gucci, Lululemon, and many others to Water Tower Place.
Chef’s Tasting Menu Critically acclaimed Blackbird is home base for Executive Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer joined Kahan in the kitchen in 2014, and together they craft elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu both classic and utterly approachable. Owner and restaurateur Donnie Madia and Architect Thomas Schlesser crafted a unique and timeless atmosphere in 1997, earning the James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design and Best Restaurant Design Graphics in 2002.
Day 2
Daily Continental Breakfast Start each morning off right with breakfast in the Talbott Restaurant. Indulge in house-baked pastries, homemade jam & butter, coffee & delicious juices as part of your continental breakfast. You may also order off the menu separately.
Walking Food Tour of Chicago This five star rated walking food tours of Chicago visit five or six food tasting locations that give you a taste of Chicago while celebrating its famous food. The stops include: specialty dessert shops, famous deep dish pizza, "dragged through the garden” Chicago style hot dogs, and more! This three-hour walking food adventures in Chicago allow you to experience the city’s food, history, and architecture. Your guide will add a personal touch to the tour, leading small groups and sharing knowledge about all the sights and famous Chicago tastes along the way. Come hungry!
Chicago's Best Cooking Class This family owned and operated cooking school has been a leading source for kitchen products and cooking classes in Chicago since 2002. Classes are meant to give students the skills for a lifetime of culinary enjoyment as well as fun and entertaining. The quaint, wood-floored, showroom precedes a beautiful demonstration kitchen with top of the line fixtures and equipment. The outside patio is lush with plants and anchored by a mosaic tiled wood-burning pizza oven and 40-inch outdoor grill. Finally, the Coach House, features a charming bar for private events and a rooftop garden where many of the ingredients for the classes are grown.
Day 3
Daily Continental Breakfast Start each morning off right with breakfast in the Talbott Restaurant. Indulge in house-baked pastries, homemade jam & butter, coffee & delicious juices as part of your continental breakfast. You may also order off the menu separately.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Should you desire an extended stay, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Optional Add-on: Spirit of Chicago Lake Michigan Your Spirit cruise departs from the historic Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. Your excursion covers the magnificent lakefront with spectacular views of the city's downtown. No trip to Chicago is complete without a view from one of the decks of our festive ship. And while you're enjoying all the highlights, you can dine, dance and have a great time, too.
The Talbott Hotel
Escape to the sanctuary of spacious, artfully appointed guest rooms and suites at The Talbott Hotel. All guest rooms reflect classic European elegance and feature Frette premium linens, sophisticated furnishings and top-of-the-line technology. Individual climate control ensures perfect comfort at all times. All rooms include: Frette premium linens, individual climate control, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet ans nightly turn-down service. If shopping is on your agenda, the Magnificent Mile has it all. From Bloomingdales, J Crew, Sur La Table, Coach, Club Monaco, Gucci, Lululemon, and many others to Water Tower Place. The Talbott Hotel is located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood providing you with endless opportunities for dining. Located around the corner from the exciting nightlife of Rush Street and within a short taxi or public transportation ride of all the major sports stadiums and famous music venues in the world such as The House of Blues.
Chicago, Illinois
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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