From your own yard to the deep wilderness, Eat the Neighborhood has foraging and wildlife tours available for private groups, meetup groups, team-building outings, singles events, classrooms, camp groups, scouts, etc. for all ages and experience levels. Dave Odd, Chicago's only full time professional forager, will often be your guide, but many other experts are available as well.
Anything from the most basic level foraging tour starting in your own backyard and perusing the surrounding blocks, to all day/weekend survival camps out in the wilderness where we only eat what we can forage and catch, we have a program to fit your needs. On any given tour, you are guaranteed to learn about at least 40 edible or medicinal plants.
Pricing for tours is factored on a per case basis, sliding scale rates are available for educational institutions, and free tours for low income families and neighborhoods can be arranged. Regularly scheduled events are available for anyone to join or sign up, check Events page for details.
Odd Produce works with over 75 Chicago area restaurants and we can schedule foraging and dinner events paired with some of the restaurants that we work with. The tour will be followed by a meal at a host restaurant incorporating what was seen on the tour. Foraged meals can range anywhere from $20 to $100+ per person depending on the restaurant and involvement of the meal and wine pairings and such.
Foraging tours can be arranged for any neighborhood in any area throughout Chicagoland and even anywhere in the Midwest. The Land of Odd will be opening in spring of 2019 in Iroquois County IL just 70 miles south of the city nestled smack dab in the middle of the highest quality sand prairie in the Midwest. It will include a nature lodge, campground with water/modern amenities/electric (supplied entirely by renewables), a fully stocked pantry and kitchen, even a dishwasher and washer/dryer, an extensive garden, a wood fired grill, an extensive natural history library, and hundreds of acres of vacant and state land to explore with amazing hunting and fishing opportunities in walking distance. It will be available for overnight campouts, corporate team building outings, educational groups, to both private and public groups and even available for rent.
Our tours in wild areas will often include getting up close and personal with wildlife as well, as Dave's first love of nature was with insects, reptiles, and amphibians. He also has a whole thing with haunted places so there may be some spooky places to visit nearby and stories to hear.
Not in or near Chicago but still want to get in on the fun? Dave or any of our other nature experts can come out to you and arrange a foraging event anywhere in the country. Just inquire.
Group rates and discount on all walking tours for students, military, and seniors. Low or no cost walking tours for low income individuals and families. Group rates available as well.