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 Photo: Liz Kores at Give Me Some Sugar, courtesy of Liz Kores
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Chicago's Five Sweetest Candy Shops (Per a Candy Fanatic)

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Photo: Liz Kores at Give Me Some Sugar, courtesy of Liz Kores

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By day, Liz Kores is a publicist jetting from meeting to on-air fashion segment for clients such as Le Dress, Macy's, and Oak Street—Chicago's Luxury Shopping Destination. By night, she's a sugar warrior.

In love with all things gummi or chocolate-dipped, Kores is a fixture at the local candy shops—this lady knows just where to find cinnamon marshmallows or Juicy Pear jelly beans. Below, as a Halloween treat to you, Kores reveals her favorite spots in Chicago for getting a superior sugar fix.


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1. Amy's Candy Bar

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4708 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 942-6386
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"That whole 'kid in a candy store' trope could easily have been inspired by Amy's Candy Bar. It's tiny but beautifully merchandised, with all the goodies in pristine glass jars. They also make their own caramels in-house, serve ice cream year-round, and have a tremendous selection of international candy including Wine Gums, a delicious gummy candy that a dear Canadian friend turned me on to. I'd previously thought wasn't available in the States!" Photo: via AmyCandysBar.com

2. Margie's Candies on Montrose

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1813 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
"I love Margie's Candies on Montrose, particularly for its ice cream. It's homemade, incredibly creamy, and reasonably priced at $2 per scoop. Although, their hand-dipped chocolates are quite excellent, too. Try the cherries." Photo: via MargiesFineCandies.com

3. Candyality

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3425 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-7800
"Candyality has the freshest gummy bears in the city because they are locally made. They also have all the flavors of Jelly Bellys, which is important because sometimes you just need a handful of Juicy Pear." Photo: via Candyality.com

4. Dulcelandia

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3855 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
"Dulcelandia, the Mexican candy store, is fun just to explore. They sell my favorite Mexican hard candies in bulk and I have purchased more than a few pinatas there." Photo: via Dulcelandia

5. Katherine Anne Confections

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2745 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 245-1630
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"Katherine Anne Confections has delicious chocolate truffles, but really it's their fresh marshmallows that I crave. I like to buy their salted-caramel or cinnamon marshmallows intending to use them for hot chocolate, but I usually end up eating them before I get home to my kettle. "

1. Amy's Candy Bar

4708 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
"That whole 'kid in a candy store' trope could easily have been inspired by Amy's Candy Bar. It's tiny but beautifully merchandised, with all the goodies in pristine glass jars. They also make their own caramels in-house, serve ice cream year-round, and have a tremendous selection of international candy including Wine Gums, a delicious gummy candy that a dear Canadian friend turned me on to. I'd previously thought wasn't available in the States!" Photo: via AmyCandysBar.com
4708 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Margie's Candies on Montrose

1813 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
"I love Margie's Candies on Montrose, particularly for its ice cream. It's homemade, incredibly creamy, and reasonably priced at $2 per scoop. Although, their hand-dipped chocolates are quite excellent, too. Try the cherries." Photo: via MargiesFineCandies.com
1813 West Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

3. Candyality

3425 North Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
"Candyality has the freshest gummy bears in the city because they are locally made. They also have all the flavors of Jelly Bellys, which is important because sometimes you just need a handful of Juicy Pear." Photo: via Candyality.com
3425 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Dulcelandia

3855 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
"Dulcelandia, the Mexican candy store, is fun just to explore. They sell my favorite Mexican hard candies in bulk and I have purchased more than a few pinatas there." Photo: via Dulcelandia
3855 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Katherine Anne Confections

2745 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
"Katherine Anne Confections has delicious chocolate truffles, but really it's their fresh marshmallows that I crave. I like to buy their salted-caramel or cinnamon marshmallows intending to use them for hot chocolate, but I usually end up eating them before I get home to my kettle. "
2745 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647