caramel popcorn
  • Food
Chicago Is the Home of Caramel Popcorn!

In celebration of National Caramel Popcorn Day on April 6, eATLAS presents the histories of two iconic Chicago-based caramel popcorn makers: Cracker Jack and Garrett Popcorn. By Dave Lifton (@daveeatschicago)  Of all the products introduced at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition—including Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit, Cream of Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon, the brownie — perhaps none […]

April 5, 2023

  • Food
A pizza’s powerful origin: Alice Mae Redmond

In support of Black History Month, we’re pleased to feature Alice Mae Redmond, the black woman who may have invented deep-dish pizza By Dave Lifton (@daveeatschicago) Chicago has hundreds of world-class restaurants and a thriving, diverse dining scene, but the city was put on the culinary map thanks to deep-dish pizza. Although pizza originated in […]

February 1, 2023

  • Food
The Real History of Chicago’s Deep-Dish Pizza

Deep-dish pizza is the most famous food to come from Chicago, and it has ardent supporters and fierce detractors. And even those who love it can’t agree on which place has the best pie. So how did this local creation come to be as popular as it is polarizing? Not surprisingly, the history is different […]

October 17, 2022

chicago chocolate
  • Food
The history of chocolate in Chicago and where to find sweet treats

Chocolate has been a part of our culinary history for about as long as the Chicago Dog. Check out the new tour and these tasty locations! If we had a say in these things, every day would be National Chocolate Day. And while it’s all good to celebrate by popping into your nearest drugstore and […]

July 7, 2022

Chicago festivals
  • Activities
  • Food
Your Guide to Chicago Festivals: May 2022

Street festivals are an integral part of Chicago weekends in the spring, summer and early fall. For a small, suggested donation of about $5-10, which typically goes to support a community economic development group, you get to mingle outside with your fellow Chicagoans. You can enjoy music from local and sometimes national acts, eat all […]

May 13, 2022

Craft Beer Week
  • Celebration
  • Food
Illinois Craft Beer Week is here, ready to gulp some cold ones?

Beer lovers across Illinois will be able to enjoy their favorite beverage and also help small businesses during Illinois Craft Beer Week, which runs from May 13th– 20th, 2022. This special week is the work of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, whose mission is to support “the development and expansion of the craft beer industry […]

May 12, 2022

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