As we continue our humanitarian mission to buoy the romantic lots of Chicago’s amorously impaired by highlighting some of downtown’s most enticing Valentine’s day opportunities, we move on to one of the holiday’s safest bets: sweets. After all, nothing says, “I cared enough to make sure I didn’t completely blow it” like a box of candy. Trouble is, simply handing someone a box of confections will generally net a reliable but all-too-brief bit of gratitude. We were thinking of something a little more immersive.
Feb. 14: Sweet Home Chicago
Chocolate, generally speaking, is a little like O-negative blood: It pretty much works for everybody. The beautiful jigsaw of human diversity has left us with precious few universally appealing substances, and there’s no shame in using one to your amatory advantage every now and then — especially when you do it creatively, like with one of Chicago Chocolate Tours’ sweet neighborhood jaunts.
Each of these two-and-a-half-hour walking tours focuses on a particular area of Chicago and, more specifically, on its contributions to the city’s tastiest industry as participants stroll and sample their way through a variety of chocolaty venues. Valentine’s day being a Sunday, the tour schedule calls for a pair of enticing examinations of the Mag Mile (at 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.), on which guests typically get familiar with such high-end sugar merchants as Teuscher Chocolates, Sarah’s Pastries and Candies, and — as though you weren’t already pretty darn familiar — Frango.
Tours run $40 per person (including samples), and reservations are recommended; call (312) 929-2939 or click here to purchase tickets.