Mystery Spot: Margie's Candies

February 8, 2011 (PRESS RELEASE)

Margie's Candies
1960 N Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 384-1035

We have been established in the same location for 80 years, bring families and individuals with quality home made candies and ice creams that have been passed down from generation to generation. Choose from our wide assortments of candies, we have everything from Truffle's to Marzipan's. We hand make everything in our store, making sure that every little piece of candy is made just right. All our candies and ice creams are made of all natural flavors, no artificial preservatives.

Celebrating 90 years since they opened their doors in 1921: Labor Day Weekend (will turn back the clock with promotional prices: 5-cent ice cream cones, 50-cent banana splits)

Best known for their home-made hot fudge (make 3 to 4 barrels a day) which they package and sell and their popular chocolate turtles (12 turtles/$10 box)

Menu offers 50 different ice cream sundaes with names like "Zombie the Astronaut" and the "Coco-Loco"

Original owner Peter George Poulos came to Chicago from Greece and opened the ice cream parlor on Western Ave. in 1921

He named it "Margie's " after his daughter-in-law Margie Poulos who got engaged at the shop and ran it until she passed away in 1995 at age 80

They nicknamed the booth where she got engaged "Lover's Lane" and countless of other couples have used the booth to pop the question over the years. Valentine's Day is especially busy and up for grabs.

Margie's son Peter (a podiatrist) continues the tradition; born in 1936 and grew up literally in the store; they set up a cradle in back of the candy case

Famous sightings: Al Capone was a customer and preferred to sit at the booth which was blocked by a cement wall; he signed a photo for the family which instructs them to "watch the register"

The Beatles came by after their Comiskey Park concert. George recalls his conversation with his mom: She said "Hey, some English guys are here from Sox Park. I said, 'Ma, there's no English baseball team.' And she said, 'No, dummy. It's the Beatles.'

The Beatles sat at booth # 6 & 7; years later Mick Jagger stopped in to eat requesting the Beatles booth

Smashing Pumpkins shot one of their album covers here

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