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Garrett Popcorn Shop

They continue to use only the highest quality ingredients from area producers as they handcraft their gourmet popcorn in old-fashioned copper kettles. The goal is to deliver the same popcorn today that customers first talked about in 1949. What makes Garrett Popcorn so special? They hot air pop their signature blend of kernels, which they then mix into their secret family recipes. Every batch is handmade daily and the result is an irresistible snacking sensation, which has generated lines of historic proportions outside of their retail locations for decades.

Piper's Alley

Having undergone several renovations over the years, this four-story mall located in historical Old Town Chicago was originally built in the 1970s. In addition to containing restaurants and shops, it is also the home to Second City, the renowned improvisational comedy group that has launched the careers of several famous comedians, such as SNL stars Chris Farley, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd and Tina Fey as well as "The Office" star Steve Carell. Catch a show today to glimpse tomorrow's comedy stars.

American Girl Place

If you have a daughter, niece, or relative who is a fan of dolls, you must stop and visit the American Girl Place while in Chicago. Specializing in custom dolls to fit given physical descriptions as well as story-centric dolls, American Girl has the perfect gift for any little girl. Choose from hundreds of options including skin color, hair color and style, outfit, eye color, and a plethora of other options. Also onsite is a restaurant, photo studio, doll hair salon, and plenty of souvenirs. Check their website before visiting for special offers.
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