Chicago’s Best Candy Stores

Benita Gingerella

Chicago has a sweet past with candy. Iconic sweets such as Juicy Fruit, Baby Ruth, and Lemon Heads were all invented here. Still today, major companies and local candy makers alike create and sell their own candy confections throughout the city. Check out below for the best places to visit when you’re in the mood for something sweet.

Inside the Blommer Chocolate Shop

1. Blommer Chocolate Company

Blommer Chocolate Company

Many Chicagoans know the Blommer Chocolate Company as the source of the chocolate smell that occasionally makes its way throughout the Loop. Inside the entrance of the factory lies a small store where chocolate and candy made fresh from the factory is available for sale. Even if you don’t buy anything (which is almost impossible), it’s worth stepping inside just for the aroma.

Blommer Chocolate Company, 600 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 226 7700

Jars of Candy at Amy’s | © Benita GingerellaJars of Candy at Amy’s | © Benita Gingerella

2. Amy’s Candy Bar

Bar, Candy Store, American, French

Outside of The Fudge Pot
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Amy’s Candy Bar was founded by French Pastry School graduate Amy Hansen. The shop is located in Lincoln Square and has a classic candy store feel with glass jars filled with candy lining the shelves. While Amy’s sells a variety of classic and imported candies, they are known for their homemade caramels and nougat.

The Fudge Pot

The Fudge Pot, 1532 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 943 1777

Display of La-Dee-Dahs

3. Whimsical Candy

Candy Store, American

Inside of Margie’s Candies
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Whimsical Candy is a small candy store hidden in the lower level of a generic building in the Loop. The store is founded and run by trained pastry chef, Chris Kadow-Dougherty. All the candy is handmade including their signature treat, La-Dee-Dahs.

4. Margie’s Candies

Candy Store, Ice Cream Parlour, American, Ice Cream

Candy jars at Candyality
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Founded in 1921, Margie’s Candies is now in its third generation of ownership by the founding family. The ice cream parlor and candy store still maintain their 1920s theme today. Both their ice cream and candy are made in house. Over the years, many celebrities have visited Margie’s including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

5. Candyality

Candy Store, American

Windy City Sweets
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Candyality has several locations throughout the city. The shop sells every candy you can imagine including retro and imported candies, as well as candy-themed clothing and accessories. Recently, Candyality was voted best candy store in Illinois.

6. Windy City Sweets

Candy Store, Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, American

This old-fashioned candy store in Lakeview sells classics like Tootsie Rolls and Razzles. If traditional candy is not your thing, Windy City Sweets also has ice cream, milkshakes, and malts, as well homemade chocolate confections such as fudge and chocolate covered Oreos.
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