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Margie's Candies

(773) 384-1035

1960 N. Western Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

Jeter glory days, Showtime Lakers, MJ’s Bulls, and Margie’s Candies. Yes, it’s possible we could see an upset by the end of the season. But right now, Margie’s sits comfortably at the top of our Power Rankings. Championship or bust.

Margie’s has been around since 1921 and looks like it. This is the kind of place where an adult can order the “World’s Largest Terrapin” - a sundae with 15 scoops of ice cream - and not feel judged. Does Margie’s Candies have the best ice cream in Chicago? No (although the ice cream is still really good). What it does have is the best ice cream experience. Eat your giant sundae in a clamshell bowl with gravy boats of homemade hot fudge and caramel on the side, or take said sundae to-go when it’s too nice to sit inside somewhere, no matter how charming that place is.

You’re not going to this old-fashioned ice cream parlor for a tiny scoop of cardamom-scented ice cream topped with free-range honeysuckle tendrils. You’re at Margie’s for giant sundaes served in clamshell bowls with gravy boats of homemade hot fudge and caramel on the side. This place has been around since 1921, and the interior looks like your grandparents’ garage sale. There’s a jukebox, old-timey photographs, and stuffed animals that look like they were won at a carnival 30 years ago. If you’ve ever wanted to eat one of those cartoon-style sundaes with 15 scoops of ice cream, you can do it here (it’s called the World’s Largest Terrapin). Good luck fitting your friends on the plane.

Margie’s is an old-school ice cream parlor that technically serves food, but you don’t want any of that. Come for the ice cream and the ice cream alone. The interior decor seems like it hasn’t been touched in years, and the classic sundaes are what you should order. They come in all sorts of sizes and varieties, with gravy boats of housemade caramel or hot fudge (or both if you’d like) on the side. Very few ice cream shops get lines out the door in the winter, but this one does.

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