Candy Shops of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Take a leisurely stroll down the Magnificent Mile and you’ll soon discover that Chicagoans have an undeniable affinity for the sweet stuff. There’s a chocolatier or candy shop on practically every corner. But that should come as no surprise considering the Windy City is dubbed the candy capital of the United States, and at one point, even the world.

Legendary brands like Wrigley, Tootsie Roll, Brachs, and Mars have roots here. Iconic sugary treats like Cracker Jacks, M&M’s, and Lemonheads are manufactured in Chicago. Even the ever so polarizing Candy Corn hails from Chi-Town.

So whether you’re wanting to treat your kiddos to something sweet, need to pick up some edible souvenirs to impress folks back home, or merely craving a nostalgic confection from your childhood, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

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CANDYALITY

Voted the best candy store in Illinois by the Food Network Magazine, and a hometown favorite, Candyality is an independent retailer offering an assortment of sweets from bulk and retro candy to gourmet chocolates and novelty items. The folks at Candyality (Candy + Personality) say they’re on a mission to uncover the connection between one’s personality and the confections they choose. So treat yourself to an old favorite, discover something new or simply soak up the candylicious atmosphere. There are four Candyality stores in Chicago and two are on the Mag Mile.

835 North Michigan Ave., Level 7, Chicago, IL 60611  | 312-867-5500
520 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-527-1010
www.candyality.com


DYLAN’S CANDY BAR

A chain of boutique candy shops located in different regions throughout the country, this Dylan’s is particularly special because it’s housed inside the world-famous Tribune Tower on the Mile. With two floors of brightly packaged Belgian chocolates and other candies – from lollies to gummies, sweets-themed novelty merchandise, a counter to personalize your goodies, and an adjoining cafe serving Instagram worthy desserts, this is candy heaven.

445 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-702-2247
www.dylanscandybar.com

candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Whimsical and bright is Dylan’s signature aesthetic.
candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Personalized candy wrappers created at Dylan’s.
candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
The Carnival Milkshake from Dylan’s Cafe.

FANNIE MAY

Owing its roots to Chicago with numerous locations in Illinois and throughout the Midwest, Fannie May (not to be confused with Fannie Mae, the mortgage lender) is a retail chain currently owned and operated by 1-800-Flowers known for their gourmet boxed chocolates and other confections perfect for special occasions and the holidays.

343 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601  |  312-453-0010
www.fanniemay.com


GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE

America’s oldest continuously operating chocolatier, Ghirardelli – a San Francisco icon and supermarket staple occupies prime real estate on opposite ends of the Mile. So if you have a hankering for their famous thin chocolate squares or needing an ice cream sundae to cool off from the Chicago summer heat and humidity then head on over to either location on Michigan Ave.

830 North Michigan Ave. #1, Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-337-9330
400 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-923-0168
www.ghirardelli.com

candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Ry enjoying a free sample of Ghirardelli Chocolate.

GODIVA CHOCOLATIER

A maker of Belgian chocolates since 1926, Godiva is known worldwide and maintains a strong following in the US. They’re most commonly found in shopping centers throughout the country like Water Tower Place Mall on the Mag Mile. Here you’ll find a selection of luxury chocolate gift boxes, irresistible truffles, shortbread cookies, freshly dipped treats (try the chocolate dipped macaroons and strawberries), as well as luscious milkshakes and ice cream cones. You’re sure to get a sugar rush at this chocolate boutique.

845 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-280-1133
www.godiva.com


HANNAH’S BRETZEL

While not exclusively a candy retailer, this hip and environmentally conscious burgeoning chain of delis founded in Chicago in 2005 by a German expat prides itself on its healthy and nutritious menu. Adding a touch of sweetness, each sandwich shop has a wall and cooler stocked with a large selection of chocolate brands from around the world. So grab yourself an über sandwich and pick up a bar or two of artisanal chocolates to boot. Currently, Hannah’s Bretzels can only be found in the downtown area, but that may change in the future.

233 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601  |  312-621-1111
www.hannahsbretzel.com


HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD CHICAGO

Like its name implies, Hershey’s Chocolate World is devoted to all things Hershey. From chocolate candies to logo’d apparel and novelty merch, this retailer will satisfy your adoration for the commercial brand. But honestly speaking, you’re probably just better off purchasing from your local big box retailer. I’d also be weary of their baked goods display. While seemingly appealing, the treats we ordered were cloyingly sweet and texturally off-putting (I think they sat on the shelf a little too long). Sadly, customer service was equally deficient. But hey, if Hershey’s is your thing, then don’t let us stop you from visiting. FYI, there’s also a Ghirardelli’s across the street.

822 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-337-7711
www.hersheyschocolateworldchicago.com

candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Hershey’s Chocolate World Chicago storefront.
candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Disappointing dessert at Hershey’s Chocolate World Cafe.

LEONIDAS CHOCOLATE CAFE

Founded in 1913, Leonidas is a world-renowned Belgian chocolate maker that today offers more than 100 different kinds of Belgian chocolates.  Visit their chocolate cafe located just one block west of Michigan Avenue and sample any one of their luscious offerings from exquisite chocolates to gelato to hot cocoa and pastries. They even make crepes, as well as authentic Liege-style Belgian Waffles. Your sweet tooth will certainly be satisfied here.

59 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-929-2323
www.leonidas-usa.com


TEUSCHER CHOCOLATES OF SWITZERLAND

High-end confections of the finest quality and skillfully crafted are what you can expect from this Swiss master chocolate maker. Impress your clients or romance your partner with a gift box of their signature creation – Champagne Truffles (in dark or milk chocolate) enriched with a creamy center infusion of Dom Perignon Champagne, and watch your grateful recipients squeal with delight. Even Oprah’s a fan of this lavish treat and I can understand why (licking fingers). A box of 72 pieces will set you back $237.00. But if you think that exorbitant (like I do), then you can purchase in smaller quantities. Keep in mind, however, prices do vary by location. There are only a handful of Teuschers [toy-shurs] globally, and one just so happens to be on Michigan Ave.

900 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-943-4400
www.teuscherchicago.com

candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Assortment of boxed truffles at Teuscher.

VOSGES HAUT-CHOCOLAT

Undeniably haut, Vosges is a luxury chocolatier founded in Chicago in 1998 by Katrina Markoff, a young female entrepreneur and visionary with an adventurous spirit. Today it continues to innovate the cocoa world with its inclusion of exotic spices and unique ingredients into their imaginative and decadent creations. Personally speaking, Vosges are some of the best chocolates I’ve had. I’m especially a huge fan of their caramel marshmallows – heavenly pillows of sweetness. A purple box from Vosges is the ultimate gift (hint, hint, my birthday’s coming up). Their boutique shops can only be found in Chicago and New York City.

520 North Michigan Ave. #2, Chicago, IL 60611  |  312-644-9450
www.vosgeschocolate.com

candy shops of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Heavenly Vosges truffles.

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36 comments Add yours
  1. I live in Chicago and loved reading your post! So glad you discovered these shops, and I’m sure your son was thrilled as well. I love the organic chocolate bars from Hannah’s Bretzel – make me feel just a little bit better about eating chocolate. And they do taste better too, in my opinion!

    1. Thanks so much, Diana. That means a lot since you’re a Chicago native. I didn’t realize yours is such a candy city until I noticed all the candy shops on the Mag Mile and beyond, as well as did the research when I came home. There are so so many others I wish I could’ve included, but then I’d have a super long post. Love coming to your city, and my son enjoyed his first time there. He tells me periodically that he’d like to go back. 🙂

  2. I’m guilty of having a sweet tooth! You’ve got some great recommendations. Will definitely have to check out some of the places the next time I travel to Chicago.

  3. seriously…you had me at candy shop!! I have such a horrid sweet tooth, and any destination that revolves around chocolate is good with me. I had no idea Chicago was such a sweet capital!! Fantastic photos to boot!

    1. Thanks, Amy. I didn’t realize it either until I started noticing a candy store on practically every corner. Chicago is definitely a foodie and sweets destination.

  4. I grew up outside Chicago in the burbs and never knew it was so involved in the candy industry. I remember seeing lots of Fannie Mae’s.

    1. Yeah, it was really neat to discover their prominence in the field. Just another reason why I like the city so much.

  5. Oh my goodness: The Carnival Milkshake from Dylan’s Cafe. – This looks like diabetic goodness I wouldn’t want to live without!

    1. My whole post is diabetes inducing. All in moderation, I say. FYI, not all my photos were taken from our most recent trip, so we didn’t totally pig out in Chicago. 🙂

  6. Wow, this is a really cool resource. I never knew that Chicago was the candy mecca of the USA. My husband and I are traveling to Chicago next year so I’ll be sure to take a walk on the Magnificent Mile. ;P Great post!

    1. Thank you for your honest opinion. I’m just curious if you’ve ever tried it or does it just look too overwhelming? Or perhaps you’re just not one for sweets to begin with?

      1. OMG, I am so sorry – it’s just I’m not native English! I just meant it looks huge and I don’t even want to think how many calories are in there!!

        1. No problem, Elena. Thank you for the clarification, but I understand. That milkshake does look intimidating. 🙂

  7. Omg this sounds amazing! All of that candy on one road, could it get any better! Never knew that Chicago was famous for it’s love of sweets, but now we know we’ll definitely be paying it a visit!

    1. My sampling of the sweets was over a span of time and not just this one visit or that would’ve been overkill. In regards to my little one, I only allowed him to try a few things. Too much sugar isn’t good for anybody, esp. little people.

  8. Wow! All these in Chicago? I would recommend this to my sister. They’re an hour drive from there. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Awesome, Jing. Yes, please share with your sister and whomever you think likes sweets and is close enough to Chicago. 🙂

  9. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but some of these look really tempting! I’ll have to keep this in mind for when I finally get around to visiting Chicago. It’s been on my radar for a while now!

  10. Dylan’s is always a fun place to visit, especially with the kids! Great post, thanks for sharing. I’ll have to check the others out 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness! I had no idea Chicago was such a candy hot spot. All us sweet tooths better check it out. Very cute post 🙂

    CANDYALITY was the hometown favorite but was it your too?

    1. Thanks, Mike. I didn’t realize it’s place in candy history until I started doing the research. Def. a sweet tooth hot spot. Unfortunately, we never got to make it to Candyality. I only found out about it after my online search. I personally like Vosges and the champagne truffles from Teuscher were amazeballs. 🙂

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