July 10, 2007

Perfect Popcorn

There’s plenty to see inside Navy Pier, but you won’t need your eyes to find this special treat. The scent of delicious popcorn will draw you in to the Popcorn Palace and Candy Emporium. This old-fashioned popcorn-and-candy shop has been tempting pier-goers since 1995. This Palace doesn’t just offer the traditional butter-flavored popcorn you can find in any movie theatre. They have 27 flavors, including Cheesy Ranch, Jalape'o, Sour Cream & Chives, Cinnamon, Pecan Praline, and even Cookies & Cream. What’s my favorite? Well, I’m still trying to figure that out; everything’s good! Though I have to say, I’m partial to the Chicago Mix (caramel and cheddar popcorn mixed together).

chicago mixYou can’t talk about specialty popcorn in Chicago though without mentioning Garrett Popcorn Shops. Just around the corner from David Burke’s Primehouse, it’s not uncommon to find a long line pouring outside the Michigan Avenue location, but all of the visitors will tell you it’s worth it. It’s even been listed as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things! The aroma of fresh popcorn alone will have you coming back for more, and the taste? Unforgettable. Once again, I have to recommend the caramel-and-cheddar mix, and I can honestly admit that I have never made it all the way home with more than an empty wax bag and sticky orange fingers.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) TangoPango

Popcorn Palace & Candy Emporium: 600 E Grand Ave (Navy Pier); 312-222-9081
Sun - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Street parking difficult, pay lot available
Public trans: Bus # 2, 29, 65, 66, 124 or free trolley service (between Navy Pier and State Street along Grand Ave and Illinois St)

Garrett Popcorn Shop: 670 N Michigan Ave; 312-943-8464
Mon - Thurs: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
No street parking on Michigan Ave
Public trans: Bus # 3, X4, 10, 26, 125, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151


6 comments to Perfect Popcorn

  1. Jon- The DC Traveler
    July 11th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    There’s only one word for Garrett’s popcorn….HEAVEN!!!

  2. SP @ Southern Byways
    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Caramel and Cheddar… well, I wouldn’t have thought that those two would go together, but hey… if it tastes half as good as the photo looks… then I’m a gonner!

  3. Weekend Quickies
    October 18th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    [...] will be treated to the delicious treats of Ethel’s Chocolate, Geja’s Café, Garrett Popcorn, Argo Tea, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, Starbucks Liqueur, Aveda Institute Chicago, [...]

  4. Viand
    December 11th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    [...] comfortable doesn't mean shabby. This contemporary space (about a block southeast of Garrett Popcorn Shop) boasts wood paneling, plush wine-colored velvet banquettes, spacious seating, warm lighting, and a [...]

  5. Pinnacle Tower
    February 25th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    [...] over St. James Cathedral (and steps away from Oil & Vinegar, David Burke's Primehouse, and Garrett's Popcorn), the Pinnacle Tower was completed in 2004 and has 49 stories, the top four of which are penthouses [...]

  6. The Windy City online
    September 27th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    [...] flights out of town if you’re not careful–but he’s definitely written about popcorn. And, yes, I see that he’s included the Garrett brand in this blog post. That’s a big [...]

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