Audio Slideshow: Visit three Chicago late-night diners.
By Allison Barinholtz and Katie Fraser
Peter Poulos has a simple formula for the success of his business, Margie’s Candies.
“When you go to Gene and Gorgetti’s for a big steak dinner and you spend all that money on dinner, you don’t have a desire for dessert,” said Poulos, owner of Margie’s Candies. “So you get out and drive around with your lady and you come here an hour later, that’s the time to have dessert.
“What better thing can you do than share a banana split with your boyfriend and feed each other with one spoon?”
Margie’s Candies sits on the corner of Western and Armitage avenues in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Opened in 1921, it has stayed in the Poulos family for almost 90 years and has stayed the same since, except for the slight change in hours of operation.
“I changed the hours to 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. just to make my life easier,” said Poulos, 74, owner of Margie’s. The original hours: 5 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Interactive Map: Green City Market location.
By Jane Intrieri and Alan Piatek
Farmers with the finest and freshest organic foods have been lining up at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park for more than 10 years. The market began with nine farmers and since then has expanded to more than 60.
Located on the South end of Lincoln Park, every Wednesday and Saturday mornings, Green City Market is the only year round farmer’s market in Chicago. During the winter months the farmers and their food can be found indoors at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, up the street from the outdoor location.
Green City Market works as a non-profit organization supported by tens of thousands of consumers. Local farmers are sought out to sell certified-organic produce, meats, cheeses, flowers and baked goods.
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of stories about what happens in Chicago overnight.
By Audrey Leon
“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” is a familiar phrase heard by many Chicago club patrons around closing time. Late night restaurants are an attractive choice for many when the only goal in mind is to keep the night alive.
Late Night Thai, Roscoe Village
For those whose palates crave something more exotic, Late Night Thai at 1650 W. Belmont Ave. in Roscoe Village serves up noodles, fried rice and curries every Tuesday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The restaurant, located near the Pony Inn bar, is sparsely decorated, but well lit. One man takes orders while one man cooks the food in a side kitchen. Late Night Thai is a cash-only establishment, but customers can utilize the restaurant’s in-house ATM.
Owner Alan Julamoke greets customers with a warm smile from behind the counter of his cozy late night establishment. When customers are rude, however, Julamoke said he does not hesitate to return the attitude.
ChicagoStorytelling’s Aixa Velez and Araceli Pedroza wrote a story for Chicago-centric Web site Gapers Block about how Chicago’s Latino street vendors are battling the city over permits that will allow them to serve warm food to customers.
Audio Slideshow: What are the Elotes served by Latino street vendors, and how is one street vendor in the Little Village neighborhood making ends meet?