Valerie's Original Chocolate Tours - closed again. 

The service is no longer available; thank you for your interest!

We're back!

I founded the original chocolate tours in 2005, from an idea I started in Paris before that at age 19 while studying abroad and enjoying fine French chocolate.

After 2005, I grew the tour business across the US, operated the business for several years, closed the doors, journeyed to the source of cacao in Ecuador and to small-batch chocolate makers across North and South America, brokered cacao and chocolate and consulted to chocolate makers and chocolate growing nations, and have now reopened the tours, with new exciting elements!

Tickets and sign-up: paypal.me/chocolateuplift

The service is no longer available; thank you for your interest!

Here's to Uplift Through Chocolate!

Gift cards available! Purchase online in the amount of your choice, and we will email to you or your gift recipient. The service is no longer available; thank you for your interest!

Join a guided walking and tasting tour of top chocolate shops, bakeries, and cafes! Click for a video montage!

Tours are by appointment, and private group tours are available; let us know your preferred date and time, or any questions. The service is no longer available; thank you for your interest!

Cost: $50 per person in advance at paypal.me/chocolateuplift The service is no longer available; thank you for your interest!

Our basic schedule template is as follows - please register in advance to be sure of availability, or ask us about a day or time that you would prefer:

  • Wednesdays 2 pm, Geneva IL route, meet at Graham's Fine Chocolates, 302 S. Third St.

  • Thursdays 2 pm, Chicago Loop route, meet at Toni Patisserie, 65 E. Washington.

  • Fridays 2 pm, Chicago Gold Coast route, meet at 900 N. Michigan, ground-floor concierge desk.

  • Saturdays 2 pm, Chicago Gold Coast route, meet at 900 N. Michigan, ground-floor concierge desk. 

  • Sundays 2 pm, Chicago Gold Coast route, meet at 900 N. Michigan, ground-floor concierge desk.

  • Coming soon... NYC, more.

 

Enjoy real chocolate, really beautiful environments, real facts about where chocolate comes from and how to avoid the child labor chocolate that the big brands use, and real social justice.

 

Philanthropy: for every ticket sold, we're buying a meal in a rescue center for kids who've escaped the child labor cacao farms in West Africa.

Plus, experience delicious innovations and surprises on these tasty chocolate tours, with our ultra professional, on-time, and educated Tourguides - the Choc Stars!

~ Help wanted: college grad actors and actresses sought as Tourguides! Click for details, application.

Click our Photo Gallery or our social media such as Facebook for more photos, and see you on the tours!