Welcome to Valerie's Original

Chicago Chocolate Tours - and more!

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 ~ New: We are rebranding! Our new umbrella name to cover our various business offerings is ... Chocolate Uplift!

This name is based on our mission of Uplift Through Chocolate. The name and website Chicago Chocolate Tours will remain up of course, and the new Chocolate Uplift site will grow up around it, with links to all we do. The new site is still under construction, but you can be the first to see our first blog post now at ChocolateUplift.com

Meanwhile, these links will take you to what you're looking for:

Tours: click our Tours page or scroll down for our schedule of upcoming public tours.

Travel: click our Travel Club page or our Onward and Upward Travel Club site.

Speaking: looking for your next corporate, school, or association speaker on chocolate or entrepreneurship? Click our Speaking page.

Consulting: want to grow your business, sell more chocolate, or promote your country's cocoa beans? See our Consulting page.

Reminder: We are not on Groupon. Our impostor is. We are the original, award-winning, quality-focused, "Valerie's Original Chicago Chocolate Tours." For more on my story, scroll down to read my message, or click for my bio.

Thank you!

"Here's to Uplift Through Chocolate!" ~ Valerie


~New: Due to rebranding transitions, please email us at info@chicagochocolatetours.com for faster service. If you'd like to take a tour, please select one from the dates below, and purchase tickets from us in cash at the tour starting point listed, where you'll see our Tourguide with a green Chicago Chocolate Tours sign. Thank you!

~Next available public tours - Please sign up using one of the following methods:

1) Our back office is on partial hiatus during our rebranding transition, so you can simply show up at the tour starting point up to 20 minutes in advance, and purchase tickets from your Tourguide in cash, $40 per person, exact change please. Or if redeeming gift certificates, please bring them with you. First come first served, up to 15 people per Tourguide.

2) Or if purchasing tickets or gift certificates in advance, click to purchase tickets online.

Our schedule of upcoming public tours:

Wednesday, October 15, 10:45 am, Geneva IL route. Meet outside Graham's Fine Chocolates, 302 S. Third Street. Tourguide: Brianne.

Friday, October 17, 12:45 pm, Downtown Loop route. Meet at the old Marshall Field's / Macy's, 111 N. State Street, inside at the lower level Visitor Information Center. Tourguide: Kerri.

Sunday, October 19, 1:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Kerri.

Tuesday, October 21, 2:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Jackson.

Sunday, October 26, 1:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Kerri.

Tuesday, October 28, 2:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Jackson.

Additional dates: coming soon. 

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

Questions: info@chicagochocolatetours.com. 



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


Uplift Through Chocolate!