Subway: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Washington(312) 781-0053 whimsicalcandy.com41.885121 -87.635284 175 N Franklin St (between Couch Pl and Lake St) Loop, Chicago
Mon–Fri 11am–5:30pm (closed Sat, Sun)Average bag of candy: $7
Write down the address, because without it, you will never find this candy store, hidden in the basement of a Loop office building. Chris Kadow-Dougherty's handmade confections come in charming packaging, making for fine in-a-pinch gifts or a sweet midday treat. Her "thing" is nougat—showcased in the La-Dee-Dah, a white-chocolate nougat/sea-salt caramel swirl dipped in chocolate—but we prefer the straight-up caramels (in flavors like salty chocolate). Kadow-Doughtery occasionally whips up baked treats like whoopie pies, too: Call ahead.