Looking for a great family outing in the Chicago area that will satisfy everyone? Why not head out to Elmhurst to the Elmhurst Historical Museum’s latest free exhibit, “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital,”. From Fannie May and Brach’s Candies to Tootsie Rolls, Frango Mints, Lemonheads and more — Chicago has a tasty history of making candy loved the world over. Learn about Chicago’s sweet candy-making history and why the city has been such a sweet spot for creating confections. Ages 8 and up.
The museum’s latest free exhibit, “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital,” offers a colorful look at the role Chicago has played in the candy industry, from Wrigley’s gum to Tootsie Rolls and nearly everything in between. “Chicago was home to some of the biggest names in candy,” said Leslie Goddard, who teamed up with Museum Curator Lance Tawzer to create the collection of memories and memorabilia. Snickers, Butterfingers, Lemonheads, Cracker Jack, and of course, Fannie May, are a few of the many iconic treats created in Chicago, which still is home to more than a few candy-making giants. At its peak, the city was responsible for turning out a third of all candy created in the United States. “Consider some of the legendary names in candy: Brach, Blommer, Wrigley, Mars, Curtiss,” Tawzer said. “They all started right here, and they are fascinating stories of innovation, creativity, and growth during America’s candy-making heyday.”
Elmhurst Historical Museum
120 E. Park Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126