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Any places with unique popcorn options in the Chicago area?

etoiles Oct 13, 2012 11:47 AM


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. chicgail Oct 14, 2012 03:54 AM

    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.

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      allieha Oct 16, 2012 06:59 PM

      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: http://saltedcaramel.net/index.php?ro...

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        etoiles Oct 18, 2012 05:42 PM

        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. nsxtasy Oct 18, 2012 06:00 PM

          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:

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

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

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          1. re: nsxtasy
            etoiles Oct 21, 2012 01:11 PM

            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!

            1. re: etoiles
              ferret Oct 22, 2012 12:54 PM

              You can also make your own:


          2. GraceW Oct 21, 2012 01:17 PM

            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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              etoiles Oct 27, 2012 01:22 PM

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

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              ferret Oct 22, 2012 12:54 PM

              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?

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                ssmar Oct 26, 2012 05:43 PM

                Mother Butters on E. 35th is tremendous with over 30 flavors of popcorn (and homemade candy too)!

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                  ssmar Oct 26, 2012 05:46 PM

                  Sorry, West 35th, about 4 blocks east of the ballpark and just west of State Street. It is near IIT and DeLasalle High School and in a trendy enclave.

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                    GraceW Oct 26, 2012 05:51 PM

                    I am going to pretend I never heard of that place... it looks too tasty.

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                    etoiles Oct 27, 2012 01:22 PM

                    That place looks so good! thanks for the tasty info. I will definitely be checking that place out.

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                    barro62 Nov 10, 2012 01:40 PM

                    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.

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