Chicago’s Sweetest Candy Shop


Everyone has heard the phrase “you are what you eat” at some point throughout their life. Well, there is one independent business in Andersonville that gives this phrase an entirely new meaning and shows why Chicago is often considered to be the world’s candy capital.

Candyality, which is a combination of the words “candy” and “personality,” is an independent candy shop owned by Terese McDonald, with four locations spread throughout the city. Its most recent shop opened at 5225 N. Clark St. in Andersonville in April 2015. Once one steps foot into the business filled with delicious treats, it becomes clear that Candyality is not just any ordinary store.

The shop specializes in a practice called “CandyScope.” Similar to horoscopes, the business gives candy personality readings to its customers based on the treats they enjoy or purchase. For example, during the week of Feb. 16 to 19, if someone’s favorite candy is licorice, their CandyScope says to remember “good things always happen to good people, get ready for a fabulous pay out.” Candyality aspires to be as accepted as “reading tea leaves, tarot cards or zodiac charts,” according to its website.

Speaking of licorice, the shop is also home to Chicago’s first licorice bar. Candyality’s growing selection of licorice, which has flavors ranging from black and cherry, was inspired by Andersonville’s Swedish history. The best part about the shop is that licorice is not the only candy that can be purchased.

Candyality can be considered a paradise for anyone who is a fan of sweet treats and will have anyone feeling like a child again in no time. There is a wide range of retro candy to choose from such as Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Candy Cigarettes and Charleston Chews. A large variety of other candies can be found throughout the store as well, with thousands of options to choose from. The store even creates dresses out of candy wrappers.

Customers can also check out Candyality at 3737 N. Southport Ave., 835 N. Michigan Ave. and 520 N. Michigan Ave.