Where to find the best popcorn shops in Chicago


Wells Street Popcorn

The Lakeview popcorn shop is a family-run business that dates back to the 1930s, when the popcorn was sold off a cart on Wells Street. They still use some of the same recipes today, and you can even watch batches get mixed up in big copper kettles-just like they did in the olden days.

Number of flavors: 10

Kid pick: Little ones are drawn to the subtly sweet-and-salty Kettle Corn, which has the added bonus of not sticking to their teeth (your dentist will approve!).

Say what?: Bacon cheddar doesn't sound very exotic-until you taste the pieces of real bacon mixed into the original cheddar flavor.

'Tis the season: Keep an eye out for Peppermint Kettle Corn when the holidays start to roll around.

Beyond the corn: The larger stores in Oak Park and Downers Grove offer slushies and ice cream and sometimes take a cotton candy machine to special events.

Fun fact: All of the popcorn is peanut, tree-nut and gluten-free. And several flavors-including butter, strangely enough-are lactose-free.



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