It’s nostalgia that draws people in droves to the two North Side locations of this kitschy diner and ice cream parlor—that, maybe, and an abiding love for chocolate. The eponymous candies at Margie's sometimes get the short shrift in favor of the shop's massive ice cream treats, but you'd be remiss not to check out what's behind those glass cases: turtle-like Terrapins, dipped pretzel rods, chocolate cherries, silky caramels and boxes upon boxes of chocolates await you.
No treat induces nostalgia quite like candy. Even the best ice cream shops in Chicago, though of course delicious, can't compare to the sweet rush of unwrapping bars of chocolate, rafts of sour gummies or foil-covered caramels; plus, now that you're an adult, you can upgrade your drugstore candies to luxe, booze-spiked truffles. Best of all, it's a dessert fit for all seasons, whether you're swiping a lollipop from the trick-or-treat pile, wandering around summer fairs with a mound of cotton candy or ordering piles of dark chocolate peppermint brittle for Christmas in Chicago. Indulge your inner kid (or hey, maybe even the actual kids in your life) at the best candy shops in Chicago.
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