I am scheduled to give a lecture at the Chicago History Museum now planned for Thursday, February 4 from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. (45 minute lecture, 15-30 minutes for Q & A). It may be a little early to announce but do mark your calendars as it will likely sell-out.
Lecture Description: What is Chicago's connection to confections? A longtime center of candy creations, Chicago has been called America's sweetest spot. This lecture will explore the ingredients, the transportation, the machinery and the labor that has allowed our city to claim such a unique title. We'll take a look at the city's earliest candymakers and then hear the fascinating stories behind some of our beloved local confectionery companies: Fannie May, Tootsie Roll, Ferrara Pan, Wrigley, Brach's and Blommer Chocolate. Come prepared to sample treats while learning about Chicago's sweetest times.
Also, just in time for Valentine's day, on Sat. February 6th, come check out the real candyland in Chicago's own backyard. Author and historian Beth Kimmerle leads a confectionery adventure throughout the city, making sweet stops at Fannie May, Blommer Chocolate, the Wrigley Building and Vosges Chocolate while imparting historical facts about Chicago's most beloved candy companies. Be prepared to nibble on a few candies while exploring Chicago's sweetest spots.