The Wisdom of Margie

JK from Bygone Chicago talks to Peter Poulos of Margie’s Candies during the high production days before Valentine’s Day in 2012. In this segment Peter speaks about the things that his mother Margie taught him about the candy business, and about life in general.

“Appreciate your help, they’re the best, they’re helping you make your business. Never give up on anything. If you fail, you have the experience of failure so you know how to get up, the ball bounces back up. So you never give up, you try and try again.”

With that, it should be mentioned that a fairly long interview was conducted at a previous time, and due to cameraman error there was absolutely no audio (I forgot to replace the battery in the microphone). Mr. Poulos was very gracious and spent even more time with us the next time we came in.
Margie's Display Case

Celebrities & Margie’s


Peter Poulos tells JK about some of the celebrities that have been in the store, and what they had. Add to that list both the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, who have visited requesting to sit in the “Beatles’ Booth”.
The Beatles' Booth at Margie's
On August 20, 1965 the Beatles visited Margie’s and sat in this very booth. It was here, on this very spot that the Fab Four and their dates, (5 girls) consumed some Atomic Busters Sundaes. It has been said that of all the Beatles, Margie had the highest opinion of John. “He was the only one who talked to me”… Such a polite lad!

Food of the Gods


In this short, JK talks with Peter Poulos about the ingredients that are purchased by Margie’s Candies. Blommer Alpine dark chocolate figures prominently in the equation, as well as dried fruits from around the world. Apricots from Australia, pineapple from Hawaii and oranges from Spain.

Small Assorted Fruit
A small tray of assorted fruits from Margie’s Candies

Hand-Dipped Cherries


With just a couple weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, it’s go time over at Margie’s Candies! In this video JK talks to Maria about hand-dipping cherries. Margie’s owner Peter Poulos mentioned that his philosophy is “pile it high and let ’em fly“… Look around, you’ll see that he’s not kidding.
Margie's Inventory

Portillo’s

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I realize that hotdogs and blogging go hand-in-hand, but I don’t mind being cliche. One of my favorite spots to get food is at and Portillo’s. I grew up in Elmhurst, near the original location. I think I can vaguely recall the house-shaped trailer. You can take the boy out of the west suburbs, but you can’t the west suburbs out of the boy.

Among the facts that I didn’t know until I read the Portillo’s Widipedia entry was this: until the early 90’s, there was a franchise in Tokyo that licensed the Portillo’s name. Can you imagine eating a Portillo’s hotdog in Tokyo? There are also locations in Moreno Valley and Buena Park, California. The folks in Merrillville, Indiana also have a location of their own. Good to know when you’re on the road.