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Oct 13, 2012 11:47 AM

Any places with unique popcorn options in the Chicago area?


Back in March I went on a road trip to Pittsburgh where they have a great popcorn shop that has different flavors each week. When I was there I tried one of the sweet flavors, dill pickle, and buffalo chicken.

For the past month I have really been wanting more dill pickle popcorn or to find a more local place that might have unusual flavors like that. Other than ordering it online,does anyone have a suggestion of a local place with unusual popcorn options?


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  1. Glad you found that place with the unusual flavors on the way to Pittsburgh. We don't have that here. What we do have is Garrett's popcorn. You can't miss it by the smell. Most people rave about the sweet/salty "Chicago Mis" that combines cheese corn with caramel corn and is quite addictive.

    Several locations on Michigan Avenue and the Loop. Also at O'Hare, Navy Pier and the Merchandise Mart.

    1. You might want to check out the locally made Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn from Sweet Caramel. I've not tried it but have purchased it as a gift -- found it at Pastoral but it is at the Andersonville farmers market and other shops -- see here:

      1. Thanks for all the replies thus far. I do live in the Chicago area so I am aware of and have tried Garrett's popcorn but it's just not what I'm looking for. The place I tried with the unusual flavors was in Pittsburgh so I highly recommend it to anyone visiting that area.

        Thanks for the other popcorn suggestion. I am vegetarian so I wouldn't eat the bacon corn but I'll check their website to see if they have other flavors.

        1. Gary Poppins is sold in various retail stores including Fox & Obel and Foodstuffs, but I don't think they sell retail.

          I'm not aware of anything else in the Chicago area with unusual flavors. Now, if you're willing to travel up to Wisconsin, here are a couple of options:

          Col. Pops (Wauwatosa, just west of Milwaukee) -
          Broadway Popcorn (Sheboygan Falls, an hour north of Milwaukee) -

          Broadway Popcorn has "pickle pop" flavor which sounds like what you're looking for.

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          1. re: nsxtasy

            Thank you for that info!

            My family lives in Milwaukee actually and we go to visit them regularly so although I saw that Col Pops retail location closed I may have to make a trip up to Sheboygan!

            This is what pregnant woman with a craving for pickle popcorn do!

          2. Trader Joe actually has Dill-spiced Popcorn... $1.99, but maybe you already know that.

            Popcorn Factory has some interesting flavors but not dill, I believe. They also have an outlet in Lake Forest.

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            1. re: GraceW

              I did not know about Trader Joe. Thanks for the tip!