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!

  • Map of Chicago's Chocolate Production

    Map of Chicago's Chocolate Production

  • Image of Chicago's Youngest Candy Workers

    Chicago's Youngest Candy Workers

  • Image of Milky Way Box

    Milky Way Box

  • Image of Chocolate Cookbook

    Chocolate Cookbook

  • Image of Chocolate Spoon

    Chocolate Spoon

  • Image of Molinillo


  • Image of Frango Mint Box

    Frango Mint Box

  • Image of Chocolate near UIC

    Chocolate near UIC

  • Image of Choco-Stories 3

    Choco-Stories in Chicago

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