The Big Shoulders

Duration: 3 Hours

Location: The Loop, River North, Near Northside, Streeterville, Magnificent Mile





Chicago is the city of Big Shoulders & this tour features a variety of styles. Taste and compare Deep Dish, Roman, Stuffed, and Neapolitan.

  • Taste 4 of the best and biggest slices Chicago has to offer.
  • Compare & Contrast the differences in the slices we devour.
  • Visit historic pizzerias along with new innovative joints.
  • Explore the Loop, River North, and The Mag Mile while still keeping it a short walk.

What to Expect

Meet your guide inside the first restaurant not far from The Chicago River Walk.  Located in River North, we’ll start off our tastings with a deep dish slice inside Gino’s East before they open for the day.  This guided walking starts in River North with deep dish and Roman pizza before heading to Streeterville for Neapolitan pizza, and finally stuffed pizza across the river in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood.  Tour finishes just a short distance from the starting location in downtown Chicago.

Gino's East

Since 1966 Gino's East has famously been crafting their deep dish pizza.

Bar Cargo

Using a custom blend of 3 different flours, imported ingredients from Rome, and electric stone ovens create this unique Roman style pizza.

Eataly Chicago

Bring a taste straight from Italy, Eataly's world famous Chicago location fires up Neapolitan pizza for the tour.

Bella Bacino's

Chicago's best representation of the stuffed style. Bacino's sources high quality ingredients to make a flavorful version of the stuffed pie.

Where to Meet

Tour starts inside Gino's East 500 N LaSalle St. Meet your guide inside.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Tours are typically 3.5 hours, but with Chicago traffic, and restaurants being unpredictable, we cannot guarantee a specific end time.  If you have plans for after the tour, make sure you budget enough time in between.  Our concern is providing the best and most complete tour each time out, your next event is not a priority.

The Original Chicago Pizza Tour, and The Big Shoulders Pizza Tour features stops at 4 pizzerias and Pizza & Cocktails features 3 pizzerias, you will have at least one slice at each place and multiple slices at some.  Bring your appetite!

We ask that you please let us know about any dietary restrictions you have upon purchasing your tickets. If you are worried that your restrictions might result in you not being able to participate in any tastings, please do contact us before purchasing via so we can discuss your options. We will do our best to accommodate any restrictions you have.

Yes, some of the signature slices we feature are vegetarian. Please leave a note in the comments section stating how many vegetarians are in your party, and be sure to mention to your guide when you check in.

Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.

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