Discover the dramatic transformations of Chicago’s most rapidly booming neighborhood on this walking tour. Over the course of this two-hour excursion, you’ll get a glimpse of Fulton Market’s meatpacking past and enjoy a taste of its gourmand present. Our Fulton Market food tour guests will sample some of the culinary delights of Fulton Market without feeling overstuffed. You’ll get to taste artisanal deli meats from Publican Quality Meats and half of the signature sub at J.P. Graziano, a family-owned shop in its third generation. The neighborhood tour finishes with pickles and a craft beer sample at Haymarket Pub & Brewery. Please keep in mind that this is an educational tour. Other Chicago food tours may focus more on eating, but we will eat a light amount and most of all learn! We call our Fulton Market tour the “Factories to Calories” tour bec of the area’s shift from a place of production of appliances, furniture and meat products to a hub of consumption of food and drink. The walking tour starts with a grand view to see the train and highway systems that made Fulton Market into a vital industrial and meatpacking district throughout much of the 1900s.
Alex And Ellen
Alex and Ellen are tour guides for Chicago Detours, a tour company for curious people. Chicago Detours has been sharing stories and places locals don't even know through guided tours of interior architecture, historic bars, and Chicago neighborhoods since 2010. Alex has an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Cinema History and also works as a humanities instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago. He's a father of two, a book addict, and loves sharing this city’s busy past and unique architectural spaces as a Chicago Detours tour guide. Ellen loves being an urban explorer and uncovering its hidden places. She has an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago, and has worked as a museum educator and kindergarten teacher. She's passionate about learning new things and educating others.
Tour includes: Artisanal deli meat sample from Publican Quality Meats Beverage and half-size signature sub at J.P…
Fulton Market Tour Highlights -Signature sandwich from a family-owned neighborhood shop -A giant cold storage facility, now Google offices -“Gourmet Food Trend Row” and a tasting from Publican Quality Meats -The striking art deco Richter Foods building -Hidden clues in the landscape tied to the meatpacking past
Fulton Market Neighborhood Food Tour