Section 3: Chocolate in Chicago
This section explores local roots in chocolate history. As we’ve seen in other sections of this exhibit, chocolate is grown in tropical countries where the early processing begins. After that, it’s often shipped to urban industrial factories, where the raw materials are turned into candy bars and other products. Chicago became the candy capital of the US in the 20th century, producing more than double the next national competitor, and employing thousands of Chicagoans. This industry established some of the famous brands and recipes we know and love. From the rainforest ecosystem to the local growers, shippers, and manufacturers, just think how much goes into every candy bar in your piñata!