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?
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.
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.
Gary Poppins is sold in various retail stores including Fox & Obel and Foodstuffs, but I don't think they sell retail. www.garypoppins.com
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:
Broadway Popcorn has "pickle pop" flavor which sounds like what you're looking for.
Chicago was overrun by these places about 20 or so years ago; it was much like the frozen yogurt craze today. Maybe it's time for a revival?
There is a popcorn store in the suburban town of Wheaton that makes (imho) the best popcorn. It is not flavored but is truly delicious. It has been there for almost a hundred years. Built between two buildings the store is only five feet wide. They sell penny candy (paper dots, licorice, gum cigarettes) and popcorn - nothing more. A gigantic bag is only five bucks! Take the train to Wheaton and just ask somebody for directions to "The Popcorn Store". Then sit by the fountain across the street and enjoy.