Garrett Popcorn, Chicago

Garrett Popcorn, Chicago

While strolling down the Magnificent Mile, you can smell this popcorn store a block away. Garrett Popcorn shops have been popping kernels in old-fashioned copper kettles since they first opened in 1949.

Indulge in the ever-popular Chicago Mix (which they now refer to as Garretts Mix), a blend of caramel and cheese corn – the mix of sweet and salty is not as crazy as it sounds. Fill a souvenir Chicago skyline tin with your favorite flavor, from buttery to caramel corn with pecans or with cashews. The line can get long but moves fairly quickly, and prices are quite reasonable considering all its fanfare. Prices start at $26 for a 1-gallon tin, and go up to $197 for a 6.5-gallon tin of three deluxe flavors. For a less pricey option, a small bag starts at $4.

Tip #2:
The popcorn is best when eaten soon after it's popped, so if you're going to enjoy it right away, definitely get the better deal of the bag. If, on the other hand, you want to buy it as a gift to friends or family as a little piece of Chicago, consider picking up a tin that keeps it fresh much longer (~2 weeks). There's also a location at the O'Hare Airport if you don't want to lug it around town.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 10–8pm; Fri, Sat: 10am–9pm; Sun: 10am–7pm

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Sight Name: Garrett Popcorn
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Shopping
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