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Chicago Landmarks: Margie’s Candies



By Adrian Naves





Summer is officially here – for most Chicagoans, the summers are a real treat… but sometimes the summers can become a bit unbearable at times. That’s when everyone in Chicago knows what time it is, it’s time to cool off and head to Margie’s Candies. A popular and well-beloved ice cream shop that’s regarded as a confectionary legend in the Windy city, established decades ago and has been honored with landmark status. Margie’s Candies was also featured on an episode on Hulu’s hit series The Bear.



A well-known candy & ice cream parlor in Chicago, founded in 1921 by a Greek immigrant named Peter George Poulos, who handed over the business to his son George. Margie’s is a place where folks who crave for something sweet can go and satisfy some of their guiltiest pleasures – candy and ice cream. Margie’s has made its candy in-house and the options are bountiful – from the signature English Toffee to chocolate caramels, caramel apples, fudge, lollipops, truffles, and more. Customers walk-in to a 1940s style parlor to grab a little treat and cool off from the heat.

Those who visit the original location at 1960 North Western Ave in the Bucktown area, might feel like they’ve traveled back in time. They have an old-fashioned soda counter. There are silver trays with white doilies atop of them. Behind the soda counter, is a huge old Frigidaire that still works and a brass cash register. There is a row of mirrors on the wood panel walls behind each booth. There’s also a little jukebox at each booth and some old clocks on the walls that don’t seem to be working. They also opened another shop in the Ravenswood area located at 1813 West Montrose Ave.


Ayo Edebiri’s character in ‘The Bear’ at Margie’s Candies. PHOTO CREDIT: FX


For over 90 years, Margie’s Candies has been family owned and operated. Severing all of the Chicagoland area with English Toffee made with real butter – that simply melts in your mouth, and ice cream confections created with homemade family recipes. There’s no denying the popularity and testament of Margie’s Candies, while the times have changed since it’s founding, Margie’s is still an ever-present fond memory of a classic Chicago, where any and all are welcome inside to enjoy a delicious treat or two, even if the menu prices aren’t the same as they once were in 1921.

For more information, please visit Margiescandies.com.