"Sweet Home Chicago"

Few exhibits will make you as hungry as Elmhurst Historical Museum’s exploration of the world's candy capital.

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Few exhibits will make you as hungry as Elmhurst Historical Museum’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” which paints a picture of Chicago as the 20th-century candy capital—its 25,000 workers churning out Snickers, Milk Duds, Cracker Jack, Juicy Fruit and several others. Text panels, each of which covers a candy impresario or company, are a bit cluttered with popping fonts and images. The interactives, on the other hand, are quite brilliant: A 50-pound bucket of “sugar” tempts kids to see if they can lift as much as a 19th-century factory worker, and a candy-wrapping station makes elephantine fingers thankful for modern machinery.


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