Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sweet and Cheap Eats: Margie's Candies

Margie's Candies is a historical candy shop that opened in 1921 by Greek immigrant, Peter George Poulos.  I've been going here for over 10 years and the interior decor has never changed.  Newspaper clippings, antique dolls, and mini jukeboxes still remain from the days that Margie's first opened its doors.  Margie's survived the Great Depression and also survived the 2008 recession, all the while refusing to increase its menu prices.  This place is legendary and must be added to your bucket list as one of the places to visit in Chicago. 
1960 N Western Ave
  Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-1035
 4 stars on Yelp
Margie Poulos, George's wife, found a way to block off the street to welcome her husband's return home from World War II.  Margie worked the front register until she passed away in 1995.
Oh, my my... All confections are made in the store.
Margie's famous Terrapins.
The original mini jukeboxes are still at every table.
Margie's makes their own ice cream and offers a variety of flavors.  My personal favorite?  Cheesecake. 
The original antique lamps remain hanging inside the shop.
Strawberry short cake with vanilla ice cream. 
The famous Turtle Sundae with hot fudge.  All sundaes are plated in Margie's signature giant white clam dish.
Just absolute perfection!
This is the BEST hot fudge in the entire universe.
Don't forget to dip the vanilla wafer in the chocolate fudge!
 Eiffel Tower.  "Four scoops of fresh flavor and paradise." 

And if you were wondering, I ordered this four scoop sundae all to myself. 
Mayor Emanuel is a fan.
The Beatles were patrons in 1964 after their concert in Comiskey Park.
... And some high school students were patrons in 2002 after a Turnabout dance.  Ten years later, our picture still stands amidst the vintage photos on Margie's wall.  Gotta love it.
Margie's Candies will always have a little place in my heart.
Happy eating. 


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