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Review of Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours

Naperville Bites and Sites Food Tours
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Naperville Food and Culture Walking Tour
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Owner description: Enjoy a Culinary and cultural experience through Naperville's historic neighborhood. One delicious taste at a time!
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Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
“Fun filled day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

It is a wonderful tour with an extremely knowledgable guide. Had a fantastic time! We went with 16 friends. We learned lots of new facts about Naperville. The food was diverse and there was lots to eat!!

Visited June 2014
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Fun for newcomers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

My wife and I just moved to Naperville when we took this tour. It was a great way to learn about the city's history, where to eat and fun way to show our parents around. Mike is an excellent tour guide and will show you Naperville's hidden gems, that even long-time residents might not know about.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great time, new foodie finds and fun history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

This tour really is time well-spent. It was a great date/gift idea and we highly recommend it!

The group: There were 15 of us on our tour, but it felt really intimate and relaxed. I'm a local and was delighted to learn about new restaurants and pubs that I didn't know existed. Over half our group came from out-of-state (UT, AL, MI, WI). All were adults. Most were couples, but some were friends or family. The ages varied from early 20s to early 60s. Given the duration and the historical nature of the tour, kids are probably best kept at home. (We don't stop for kid parks or at kid stores).

The food tastings: All the foods were delicious and I'd say the servings were far more generous than a typical 'tasting', but no one complained. Everyone left with full bellies. A few items had leftovers so you could help clear the serving dish if you had seconds (this isn't guaranteed though - your group size could effect the likelihood of that happening). The food selection was diverse and the stops are well-timed. We tasted everything from soup, olive oils, slices of pizza and egg rolls to chocolate truffles and ice cream. I liked everything we ate!

The tour guide: Mike is the guide and he is really wonderful. He makes learning about the history of Naperville entertaining, enlightening and easy. I admit I felt a little hometown pride after learning about how many innovative people and ideas originated here. Mike's easy-going and humorous.The stops between restaurants are well-timed and informative. Photo ops are plentiful. (It's hard to pass on a 9 ft bronze statue of Dick Tracy.)

The walk: is light and easy. It wasn't a race, but we didn't drag our feet, going too slowly either. The bulk of the eateries are in the heart of downtown so the longest stretch is after your first food stop, which fills you so well, you're not even thinking about food while you move on and check out the architecture.

The start location: You can park in the lot in front of the 5th Avenue Train Station, a huge 3-story warehouse converted into offices and businesses located right next to the train tracks. Big signs on this building tell you it is the "5th Avenue Train Station" so you can't miss it. Parking is free. Enter the doors under the "200" on that building and have a seat in the lobby. Mike was inside, waiting for everyone, checking you in as you arrived. The tour ends about an 18 minute walk away from here, so if you'd rather not have to walk all that way back, try my alternative parking spot listed next.

Alternative parking spot: My husband and I know the area well, so we parked in the free multi-level parking garage on Benton Avenue, about 30 yards west of Washington Ave. We then walked north on Washington Avenue to the train station (about 15 min) and met the group in the lobby. When the tour ended, we had a 1 minute walk to return to our car whereas others had to go back to the train station (18 minute walk). If you want to shop in the area after eating (and you may!), use this garage instead so you won't have to lug shopping bags a far distance back to your car.

Bathrooms: They are available at EVERY food stop so if you have a small bladder, you will not need to wait three hours to relieve yourself.

Everyone had a great time and you will, too!

Visited October 2013
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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“History, food sampling, and laughs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We took the tour with our son and daughter-in-law who live in Naperville. Her parents were also with us .We all learned so much about the history behind the town, the architecture, and the varied eating establishments. Mike was a wealth of information and his exuberance for the town was contagious. He showed us so much that even the locals didn't know. The food places were varied and delicious; everything from cookie dough on top of ice cream, pizza, toasted sandwich, Mexican hot chocolate, aged olive oil/vinegars, and spring rolls. We would highly recommend the tour with Mike. We will be back to visit our new Naperville spots.

Visited October 2013
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Naperville, Illinois
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“Great group activity!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

There was a group of us who went on this tour on a beautiful day. It was very enjoyable and we definitely did not go away hungry! We learned so much history and information about the sights in Downtown and visited many eateries that I had not been to and definitely want to go back and try more after eating the samples. Mike was a great tour guide and full of information. I would recommend this tour to others, both locals and non-locals, as a great activity to do in the area.

Visited September 2013
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