Welcome to Valerie's Original

Chicago Chocolate Tours!

You are in the right place! This is NOT the NYC-based tour company that advertises on Groupon and other daily deal sites, using our name or confusingly similar verbiage, and that has attempted to copy our concept with larger groups, chocolate with artificial ingredients, uninformed tourguides running late, and lack of customer service.

I'm proud that my team and I have built a reputation over 8 years for our professional, knowledgeable, and on-time Tourguides, for visiting small-batch artisan chocolate shops and bakeries where no artificial ingredients are used, and for not overfilling our tours, so that we give you a fun, educational, and of course delicious experience.

Our motto: Uplift Through Chocolate!

~Next available public tours - please email us at info@chicagochocolatetours.com or click to purchase tickets at $40 per person, advance purchase please, and then we will email you a confirmation and you'll be all set:

Wednesday, July 23, 3:00 pm, Geneva route. Meet at Graham's, 302 S. Third Street.

Saturday, July 26, 3:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan.

Sunday, July 27, 1:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan.

Tuesday, August 5, 2:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan.

Saturday, August 23, 10:45 am, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan.

Private tours are also available, as are seated tasting seminars on "Eat Chocolate, Be Skinny" and other topics - just ask!



Sweet Speaker: see my Speaking page to book me for your next corporate, law firm, or association gathering. Presentations come with chocolate!

Sweet Travel: see my spin-off Onward and Upward Travel Club website to book my upscale, all-inclusive trips, focusing on food, fashion, art, culture, and of course chocolate!

Sweet Consulting: ready to see your chocolate products in more stores regionally or nationwide? Ready to see your business expand, in any field? See my Consulting page for information on how my skills and systems can help you! 

We are the original. Beware of the NYC-based impostor who uses our name or confusingly similar wording on daily deal sites. We are proud to be known for our professional, knowledgeable, and on-time Tourguides, for serving you chocolate and pastry with no artificial ingredients, and for not overfilling our tours, so that we give you a fun, fascinating, and of course delicious tour. Click for details, and thank you for your loyalty. #notongroupon


I'm Valerie Beck, the original chocolate tours creator, a chocolate and food expert, and a lifelong chocolate and travel aficionado. 

My team and I provide guided walking and tasting tours to select Chicago chocolate shops and cafes. We also operate a luxury Chocolate Travel Club, and offer gift certificates, custom nail colors, and other gifts. And, we're also in the nearby town of Geneva, IL, as well as in Boston and Philadelphia.

I founded the tours in Chicago in 2005, after first conceiving of the idea years before while on a college study-abroad trip to Paris and leading the very first chocolate tours there and in Belgium at that time. I am proud of my team and grateful to our beloved tour customers and store partners!

Feel free to see our schedule of tours, and to watch our video clips.  

Please enjoy exploring our website, and please contact us at  info@chicagochocolatetours.com or 312-929-2939 with questions or to schedule your public or private Chicago Chocolate Tour. Or click here to redeem your certficates or click here to buy tickets.

Chicago Chocolate Tours are fun, educational, and of course delicious! Thanks for visiting - and please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram - and I'll see you on a tour!

Your friend in chocolate,


Valerie Beck, Founder and CEO of Chicago Chocolate Tours


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 Chicago Chocolate Tours

500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois  60611

312-929-2939  info@chicagochocolatetours.com

Uplift Through Chocolate!