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Visited by everyone from Al Capone to the Beatles, 100-year-old Margie’s Candies still scoops up epic sundaes and delectable nostalgia

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Visited by everyone from Al Capone to the Beatles, 100-year-old Margie’s Candies still scoops up epic sundaes and delectable nostalgia

Visited by everyone from Al Capone to the Fab Four, 100-year-old Margie’s Candies still scoops up epic sundaes and delectable nostalgia.

CANDY LAND Ice cream sundaes take top billing at Margie’s Candies, except on Valentine’s Day and other holidays when the hand-dipped chocolates rule.Photo:Lucy Hewett for The Wall Street JournalBySusan HackDec. 1, 2021 8:00 am ETFor the Time Capsule series, we spotlight a cherished restaurant, hotel or landmark that’s changed remarkably little over the years. This week, we visit Margie’s Candies in Chicago.

THENOn May 15, 1921, Greek immigrant Peter George Poulos realized his American dream. Using savings from shining shoes and selling newspapers, he opened a candy factory-cum-ice-cream parlor and diner whose operating hours extended from breakfast until long past midnight. With Chicagoans desperate for social outlets during Prohibition, the Security Sweet Shop was a hit. Al Capone left a signed photo with the advice, “watch the register.”

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Visited by everyone from Al Capone to the Beatles, 100-year-old Margie’s Candies still scoops up epic sundaes and delectable nostalgia CANDY LAND Ice cream sundaes take top billing at Margie’s Candies, except on Valentine’s Day and other holidays when the hand-dipped chocolates rule. Photo: Lucy Hewett for The Wall Street Journal By Susan Hack Dec. 1, 2021 8:00 am ET For the Time Capsule series, we spotlight a cherished restaurant, hotel or landmark that’s changed remarkably little over the years. This week, we visit Margie’s Candies in Chicago. THEN On May 15, 1921, Greek immigrant Peter George Poulos realized his American dream. Using savings from shining shoes and selling newspapers, he opened a candy factory-cum-ice-cream parlor and diner whose operating hours extended from breakfast until long past midnight. With Chicagoans desperate for social outlets during Prohibition, the Security Sweet Shop was a hit. Al Capone left a signed photo with the advice, “watch the register.” To Read the Full Story