Life is like a box of chocolates: it ends quickly when it tumbles into lava. Enjoy the transient experience of sweet pleasure while you can with today's Groupon: $22 for a chocolate walking tour with Chicago Chocolate Tours (a $40 value).
A Chicago Chocolate Tour explores the essential qualities of fine chocolates, chocolate's role in world history, and Chicago’s famous chocolate architecture, led by a tour guide made of chocolate. Spend around two-and-a-half hours exploring the rich, chocolaty centers of a neighborhood of your choice, including Downtown Loop, South Loop, Lakeview, the French Market, and the Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast. Delve into back-stair chocolate bunkers such as Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters and Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland. You'll be fed tastings of rare and exquisite chocolaty treats from the city’s paramount chocolatiers and boutiques, all while you learn about Chicago’s past and its history of chocolate. Click here for tour routes and schedules.
- The Chicago Chocolate Tour is a chocoholic's dream come true, but it's more than just a sampling of mouth-watering chocolate treats—although there's plenty of that. The tour also dishes interesting tidbits about the history of chocolate and its production, as well as info about the companies that sell it, all wrapped up in one tasty package. – Albrey Nuss, Centerstage Chicago
- Romances come and go, but many a gourmand is in it for life with that addictive cocoa concoction, chocolate...the tours will provide guests with nuggets about the history and health benefits of chocolate, as well as more treats than most people can finish. – Marnie Hunter, CNN
Chicago Chocolate Tours
Owner Valerie Beck and her team of chocophile tour guides lead guests on walking tours of Chicago’s historical bakeries and chocolatiers, narrating the history of beloved sweets while walking an easy route through vistas of Chicago’s stunning architectural heritage. While snacking on samples of sweets, guests learn about chocolate’s storied history, the cupcake’s rise to prominence, and how to guess the flavor of filling inside Oompa Loompas by sight. Tours convene throughout Chicago’s many neighborhoods, giving guests a sneak peek into Chicago's signature confections, boutique shops, and mobile sweet-vending trucks. The chocolate or cupcake jaunts provide the perfect setting for a girls’ day out or bachelorette party, showing tour-goers the sweeter side of the city without getting caught in construction sites of shoddily built gingerbread houses.