Tour Info and Schedules

** Please scroll down for our schedule of available public 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 for almost 9 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!

~ Valerie

Join us for a "Valerie's Original" Chicago Chocolate Tour, and enjoy a guided walking and tasting tour with one of our knowledgeable, professional, and on-time Tourguides to select chocolate shops, bakeries, and cafes, which use no artificial ingredients! 

In general, depending on the route, we'll sample not just chocolate bars or truffles, but chocolate in a variety of forms, which may include cupcakes, other baked goods, gelato, hot chocolate, or even chocolate tea. We take an inclusive view of the wide world of chocolate, and are excited to share this viewpoint and tasting opportunity with you as we focus on artisan quality and creativity!

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~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:

Sunday, November 23, 1:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Kerri.

Tuesday, November 25, 2:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Jackson.

Friday, December 5, 12:45 pm, Downtown Loop route. Meet at the old Marshall Field's / Macy's, 111 N. State, inside at the lower-level visitor center. Tourguide: Kerri.

Saturday, December 6, 3:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Kerri.

Friday, December 12, 12:45 pm, Downtown Loop route. Meet at the old Marshall Field's / Macy's, 111 N. State, inside at the lower-level visitor center. Tourguide: Kerri.

Saturday, December 27, 3:45 pm, Magnificent Mile route. Meet at 900 N. Michigan, inside at the ground-floor concierge desk. Tourguide: Kerri.

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. 

 

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We tour all year round, 52 weeks a year, and our tours are exciting and inviting. Fyi our Tourguides keep the full amount of tips they receive. Private tours are also available.     

Please see below for our full schedule, routes, and info. Advance registration is required. Please reserve your spots here, or by by emailing us at info@chicagochocolatetours.com.  Your chocolate adventure awaits! 

*Note* We require a minimum of 6 guests to run a tour. You will be notified at 9:00 am the day of the tour if the tour you are registed for will not run. You may request an earler notification time.

 

 

What happens on a Chicago Chocolate Tour?

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Enjoying a Chicago Chocolate Tour
A Chicago Chocolate Tour is a fun and educational guided walking and tasting tour of select chocolate shops, bakeries, and cafes, including traditional and non-traditional chocolate locations. You'll visit some of Chicago's most popular chocolate stores, and some of the city's secret chocolate treasures, as you delve deeply into the rich history of chocolate and discover chocolate in expected as well as surprising places. Length of tour varies between locations with an average tour lasting around 2 hours.

Learn about fine chocolates, the world history of chocolate, and Chicago’s beautiful architecture as you savor the flavors of chocolate in a variety of forms. For example, your tour might include truffles, cupcakes or other baked goods, gelato, hot chocolate, or even chocolate tea, all made by our participating stores with artisan love and top quality ingredients!

Our public tours are $40 per person. Fyi our Tourguides keep the full amount of tips they receive. Private tour info is below, and group rates are available.

 

 

 

What are the chocolate tour routes and schedules?

~ Note: the below schedule is pre-rebranding. Please see above for available dates.

Mondays at 12:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Downtown Loop: Frango - Loop, Charbonnel and Walker at Macy's, Toni Patisserie, Katherine Anne Confections at Daley Plaza Farmers Market (May - October), Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza (Day after Thanksgiving - Christmas Eve), FM Artisan Chocolates at Fannie May, Argo - Marquette. Meet at the old Marshall Field's / Macy's at 111 N. State Street, by the information desk on the ground floor by the fountain. Walking level: Easy. (Note: the first stops are boutiques or areas located inside the old Marshall Field's / Macy's building, so this route is particularly wonderful if you're looking to spend time indoors, such as due to weather or mobility.)

Tuesdays at 2:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast: Teuscher Chocolates, More Cupcakes, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters, Foodease / Sacred Grounds, Argo - Gold Coast. Meet at the information desk inside at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Walking level: Easy. 

Wednesdays at 2:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast: More Cupcakes, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters, Bar Toma,  Argo - Gold Coast. Meet at the information desk inside at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Walking level: Easy.  

Thursdays at 12:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Downtown Loop: Frango - Loop, Charbonnel and Walker at Macy's, Toni Patisserie, Katherine Anne Confections at Daley Plaza Farmers Market (May - October), Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza (Day after Thanksgiving - Christmas Eve),  ~New: Whimsical Candy, FM Artisan Chocolates at Fannie May, Argo - Franklin. Meet at the old Marshall Field's / Macy's at 111 N. State Street, by the information desk on the ground floor by the fountain. Walking level: Intermediate. (Note: the first stops are boutiques or areas located inside the old Marshall Field's / Macy's building, so this route is particularly wonderful if you're looking to spend time indoors, such as due to weather or mobility.)

Fridays at 12:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Downtown Loop: Frango - Loop, Charbonnel and Walker at Macy's, Toni Patisserie, Katherine Anne Confections at Daley Plaza Farmers Market (May - October), Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza (Day after Thanksgiving - Christmas Eve), ~New: Whimsical Candy, FM Artisan Chocolates at Fannie May, Argo-Franklin. Meet at the old Marshall Field's / Macy's at 111 N. State Street, by the information desk on the ground floor by the fountain. Walking level: Intermediate. (Note: the first stops are boutiques or areas located inside the old Marshall Field's / Macy's building, so this route is particularly wonderful if you're looking to spend time indoors, such as due to weather or mobility.)

Saturdays at 12:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast: More Cupcakes, Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters, Teuscher Chocolates, and Argo - Gold Coast. Meet at the information desk inside at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Walking level: Easy.  ~NOTE: A 3:45 pm tour will be offered if the 12:45 pm is full.~

Saturdays at 2:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of Lakeview: Argo - Broadway, Bobtail Ice Cream, ~New~ Spare Parts featuring a pop-up shop from a Chicago Chocolate Tours *Visiting Chocolatier*, Loose Leaf Lounge, KC Chocolatier. Meet outside of Argo at 3135 N. Broadway. Walking level: Easy.

Sundays at 1:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast: More Cupcakes, Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters, Teuscher Chocolates, and Argo - Gold Coast. Meet at the information desk inside at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. Walking level: Easy.

Sundays at 2:45 pm - Chocolate Locations of Lakeview: Argo - Broadway, Bobtail Ice Cream, ~New~ Spare Parts featuring a pop-up shop from a Chicago Chocolate Tours *Visiting Chocolatier*, KC Chocolatier. Meet outside of Argo at 3135 N. Broadway. Walking level: Easy.

~ Note: the above schedule is pre-rebranding. Please see the top of this page for currently available dates.

"Fine print:" Tours generally end at a different location from the starting point. Stores are subject to change. If you find you can't take the tour on the day you signed up for, you can reschedule with no penalty. Please notify us if you are not able to attend your scheduled tour. We require a minimum of 6 guests to run a tour. We have an expansive, inclusive view of chocolate, which means your tour may feature not only chocolate bars or truffles, but also other forms of chocolate which may include ice cream, cupcakes, croissants, other baked goods, hot chocolate, or chocolate tea. We believe in exploring the wide world of chocolate, and in focusing on artisan chocolatiers and chefs who use the highest quality ingredients!

 

 

Chocolate Shops of Geneva, IL:

This lovely tour runs the third Wednesday of every month at 10:45 am and 2:45 pm. Meet outside Graham's Fine Chocolates, 302 S. 3rd Street. Advance registration, please. ~Note: that schedule is pre-rebranding. Currently available dates and times are posted at the top of this page.

Charming Geneva, IL, is an hour and 15 minutes away from downtown Chicago by train out of Ogilvie Station. For more info on our Geneva, IL, tours, click here!

 

 

 

Click here to learn more about participating chocolate shops and chocolatiers on our routes.

Other days and times - Contact us for availability, and we'll do our best to have one of our Tourguides  accommodate you!

 

Private tours - Looking for a private outing for your corporate group, bachelorette party, or other group of chocolate lovers? We'd love to welcome you to a Chicago Chocolate Tour! You can email us to schedule your private tour, based on availability. Group rates are available.

 

Pre-rebranding note: Advance registration is required for all tours so that we know if we've reached capacity, and so that we can let the stores know how many chocolate lovers to expect, and also so that we can staff our tours accordingly to give you a first-class experience - click here to redeem certificates or click here to buy ticketes - and tour routes are subject to change due to weather, store schedules, etc. 

 

Who goes on the tours?








Locals and visitors alike!

Our tours are popular with groups such as:
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On a bachelorette tour

  • bachelorette parties
  • birthday gatherings
  • book clubs
  • client entertainment outings
  • conventioneers
  • couples
  • employee outings
  • family gatherings
  • law firm summer outings
  • park districts 
  • professional women's associations
  • shoppers
  • spousal groups
  • students
  • women on a girls-afternoon-out
  • anyone who loves chocolate

We can set up a private tour exclusively for you and your friends, relatives, customers, or coworkers. Or you can join a tour that is open to the public. Feel free to visit our page on corporate outings, and please email us at info@chicagochocolatetours.com with any questions.

 

What if it rains / snows / is freezing cold / is crazy hot?

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On a corporate tour
We tour year-round, and chocolate tastes great in all kinds of weather! Plus, we'll be inside Chicago's famous vertical malls during portions of the Mag Mile tours, and inside the old Marshall Field's/Macy's State Street building during portions of the Downtown Loop tours. 

 

 

How much does a Chicago Chocolate Tour cost?

Our public tours are $40 per person. Our private tours are $50 per person (group rates available) or $120 for a couples tour. Includes samples! Visa, MC, and Discover are accepted. To reserve spots on a public tour, contact us or click here. Please contact us to schedule a private tour.

 

When are the next open tours?

We run our tours all year long because chocolate tastes great in all weather! Scroll up to see specifics on our routes and times.  

All tours are around 2 1/2 to 3 hours long.

We require a minimum of 6 guests to run a public tour. We welcome 2-200 guests on our private tours.

Want to take a private tour on a different day or time? Just ask us and we'll do our best to accommodate you! 

 

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Yes!

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Chocolate friendship

 

What about parking and transportation?

Click for Magnificent Mile parking options, general Chicago parking options, city public transportation info, and suburban train schedules.

 

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A carriage ride after a Chicago Chocolate Tour - Romance Edition

You can click here to redeem certificates or click here to buy tickets, or email us at info@chicagochocolatetours.com. Visa, MC, and Discover are accepted. Please e-mail or call us about private tour availability. Ask us about gift certificates, our Client Entertainment Tours,  and our Romance Package. Enjoy!

 

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Sweet treats on the street


 Terms and Conditions

Disclaimer and Release of Liability

All Terms and Conditions, Waiver and Release of Liability apply to each tour participant once the ticket has been purchased.

Cancellations

  • All sales are final.
  • Tickets cannot be refunded, but you may reschedule if you find you cannot attend on the original date you chose.

Weather

We tour rain, snow, or shine. In the unlikely event that seller should need to cancel a tour for any reason, ticket holders may reschedule.

Dietary Restrictions and Allergies

Prior to a tour, please tell us about any allergies, dietary needs, or restrictions you may have. We cannot guarantee that any dietary needs or restrictions can be accommodated given the nature of the tour programs, but we will do our best to work according to your preference. 

Medical and Health Concerns

It is vital for tour participants with medical/health concerns to inform us of their condition. The tour leader reserves the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the tour if he or she feels the tour participant is incapable and/or if a tour member's continued participation will jeopardize the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances.

Participant Waiver and Release of Liability

You understand and agree that seller is not responsible for the chocolate, foods or beverages consumed on our tours. Seller acts solely as agent in arranging tours and other services and does not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, loss or damage due to any act or default of any company, organization or person engaged in rendering service, or carrying out arrangements for any tour or by the act of default of any shop or café or its employees. 

You waive all claims of liability against seller, its owner, contractors or employees, and tourguides for any illness/injury to anyone on this tour and/or loss/damage/theft to any attendee's property while they are participating in a tour. All participants walk at their own risk and waive any liability claims against seller, its owner, contractors or employees, and tourguides.

You agree to grant seller a worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid up license to use your photographic, video, or digital likeness solely for our promotional and/or commercial purposes.

Alcohol Waiver: If you are a participant on a tour that involves consumption of alcohol, you affirm that you are over the legal drinking age of 21. You fully and clearly understand that you will be consuming alcohol during the tour and you accept full responsibility for your behavior, well-being, and health throughout the tour. You agree not to hold seller liable in any way should any harm come to you.

By purchasing the ticket(s), you and all tour attendees affirm that you all have fully understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions, Waiver and Release of Liability.

*We reserve the right to change the Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.

 

 

Chicago Chocolate Tours

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Uplift Through Chocolate!