“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
This unassuming shop looks too tiny to hold a century’s worth of secrets, but oh, the stories it could tell.
In 1921, Greek immigrant Peter George Poulos opened the Security Sweet Shop on the corner of Western and Milwaukee, offering homemade candies, fudges, and ice cream. His son, George Peter Poulos took over the shop in 1933 and renamed it Margie’s Candies after marrying his sweetheart, Margie Michaels, whom he met in his father's shop. Margie herself ran the shop in the 40s while George served in WWII but completely took over when he died of an ulcer in 1954. Margie never remarried and continued the shop’s legacy until her death in 1995. Their son Peter George, now runs the shop. He literally grew up in the shop, learning all his grandfather’s secrets to making fine candy and sweet desserts. Margie's Candies continues to be a family tradition as Peter's teenage son George, the fourth generation of Poulos, is planning on owning the shop one day and is said to be a great fudge maker.
The decadent bittersweet hot fudge, homemade marzipan, and hand-dipped chocolates have attracted many from all points of the globe. Infamous gangster Al Capone was known to stop by once or twice. When you order a sundae, their to-die-for hot fudge is served in a classic silver serving dish and everything is made from kosher and natural ingredients.
Even though ‘candies’ is in the name, Margie’s real specialty is ice cream. Their selection of over 50 varieties attracted the Beatles in 1965 after a show at Comiskey Park, who ordered the Atomic Sundae. They have memorabilia commemorating their legendary visit and photos of other stars who have stopped by for Margie's hot fudge sundaes. Funny enough, years later, the Rolling Stones walked in and requested the booth “where the Fab Four had sat.”
While it may be hard to order anything that isn't a sweet treat, Margie's Candies also has sandwiches and dinner plates on their menu. But if you are going to want to try to conquer one of their jumbo creations, you may want to skip dinner. Margie's menu lists what the call "the world's largest sundae", which includes a half a gallon of ice cream and more toppings than you ever thought you needed. They also have the worlds largest terrapin sundae with 15 scoops of French vanilla ice cream. It will be definitely a story to tell if you are able to finish them!
As a place that has been around forever and has an amazing menu of treats, Margie's Candies gets crowded very quick, so prepare for a long wait. It will be worth it, though.