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Chicago Pizza Tours Turns 2

2 Years and counting!

That’s right, Chicago Pizza Tours is celebrating 2 years since we took our first guided tour of guests out for the best tasting tour in Chicago!  I can’t believe that it has been 2 years, so many people to thank so lets get started.

Customers

Many bouquets thrown in your direction for being some of the nicest, loyal, and most entertaining people I have ever met.  Obviously we cannot do our job without having an outstanding and growing customer base (More thank 4500 of you) and we really appreciate each and every one.  Side note, thank you for all the reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp! sharing your stories puts a smile on my face.

Restaurants

Fortunately for the group mentioned above, myself and the guides do not make the pizza!  That is where the restaurants come in, from delivering piping hot delicious pies, and providing seats as well as access into your kitchens to show the true pizza fanatic a “backstage pass”, I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done.

Zerve

In order for us to really focus on the customers experience and provide the very best service, we rely on a third party ticketing company, Zerve Inc.  They are outstanding and are a major asset in taking a complicated part of our job and simplifying it.  I probably don’t tell you enough, but thank you for your outstanding service to both our customers and to Chicago Pizza Tours Zerve team.

Employees

To everyone that has worked for us, whether in the guide capacity or driver capacity, to all those who labored on our beloved Dough Force One vehicle, thank you for your service and professionalism.

Peers

In this wild business, it is great to meet people who run similar companies.  2 years ago before opening Chicago Pizza Tours I made what I call an “emergency trip” to New York to take a tour with Scott’s Pizza Tours.  It was an eye opening learning experience and Scott Wiener is a constant inspiration to improve my pizza knowledge and passion every day.  When in New York, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t book with him for a tour.  Not to be missed in this is also the incredible relationship Milwaukee Food Tours and I have established.  Theresa and Wade run a great company with many awesome tours including a pizza tour and we’ve had some amazing conversations that have helped us foster a better business.

Press

To any members of the media and PR world that picked up on what we are doing and helped showcase it to the world, many thanks.  Especially to those at PMQ, Pizza Today, Slice, and pizzamarketplace.com for helping me gain attention in the pizza industry.  Also ABC, Fox, The Local Tourist, Chicago Bites, PoshPorts, and other local press that helped us establish our name.

Family & Friends

If you’ve ever started a business, this thank you is a big one.  To my extended family for putting up with the most chaotic lifestyle ranging from insane work hours both tour giving and office work related, to the family members who have watched my son while I scramble back and forth from tour to tour.  To the ones who have booked tours (and actually paid for them haha) and spread the good word of what we are doing, THANK YOU.  To my wife for putting up with a pizza/work obsessed husband, for supporting my dream, and for helping me dot the I’s and cross the T’s on everything while keeping the home in our new normal…  Love you, couldn’t do any of this without you.

Jon Porter – owner

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Stars !!!


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