Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe
1960 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
One look at the outside of Margie’s and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Margie’s Candies’ original home on Western Avenue has been around since 1921, and is on it’s third generation owner from the Poulos family. The feel of the entire place feels family oriented. I walked in on a Monday afternoon and was instantly greeted by a friendly old man behind the counter. There was a family in the back corner, but other than that the place was empty. I spent a good ten minutes just gawking at all of the memorabilia that Margie’s had collected, everything from signed Beatle’s drumsticks to old table top juke boxes that no longer worked. The atmosphere was so rich with history, just like the restaurant itself (which their numerous family pictures in the display cases showed me).
Originally, the shoppe was founded by Peter George Poulos in 1921. But in 1933, when his son married Margie Michaels, the ice cream parlor came to be known as Margie’s Candies. Margie’s son Peter currently owns the restaurant (he is 77 years old himself, and has grown up in Margie’s) and loves candy just as much as his parents and grandparents. “it’s delicious, it’s great, it’s the food of the Gods,” says Peter about beloved chocolate. Even his son, also named George, is destined to take on the family business as the fourth generation Poulos owner. Many celebrities have visited the restaurant including Al Capone, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many more.
I tasted the turtle sundae, while my friend had the same thing that the Beatles ordered when they came: the fudge atomic sundae. The ice cream came to the table on sea shell bowls with a wafer and hot nut fudge on the side. Let’s just say we regretted not sharing our ice cream. The waiter was attentive, but the place is pretty small so it was easy to communicate. A sundae is only about $5-6… and it is a delicacy, I promise. As you can see from the picture, we had our work cut out for us. I recommend visiting Margie’s during finals week. Everyone deserves to taste this ice cream!
Peter Poulos has a lot to say about what he learned from his mom. I think it is amazing to see how passionate he is about his family’s Chicago restaurant, even today. His enthusiasm and love of providing quality at an affordable price is what has made Margie’s such a success.
Contributed by Caitlin McDonald