Mar 202014
 

Where does the time go?! Can you believe our Citigroup 500 W. Madison Shop is turning 50 today?

Please join us in wishing our Shop a very happy anniversary!

Honestly, we’re so excited about the Shop’s anniversary that we wanted to spread a little joy to all of our Garrett Popcorn lovers.

Visit our Shop at the Citygroup Center today between 10-2 and whisper “Happy Anniversary” for a special complimentary treat.

Garrett Popcorn CitiCorp 500 W. Madison Shop

Mar 142014
 

Being a Chicago tradition ourselves, we love all of the tradition that comes with St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. From dyeing the Chicago River green to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, we wanted to share our favorite festivities for folks to enjoy in Chicago this weekend.

It’s no secret that we love Chicago. After all, we pride ourselves on being a Chicago tradition since 1949! So this year, as with every other year, we’re really excited about the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Running down South Columbus Drive from East Bilbao Drive to East Monroe Drive, the parade route goes right past the iconic Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, a true Chicago landmark.

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To make the parade even richer with Chicago culture this year, the Grand Marshall will be John McDonough, President and CEO of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago is known for its passionate sports fans almost as much as it’s known for Garrett Popcorn Shops, and the Blackhawks are the toast of the Chicago sports scene at the moment. The fun at the parade all kicks off at noon on Saturday.

Before the parade, however, make sure to enjoy a visual masterpiece along the Chicago River. Every year, Chicago celebrates a “modern day miracle” in the heart of the city, as an orange dye is released into the Chicago River, which might seem odd, but after a few minutes, the dye miraculously turns the river into a brilliant shade of Irish green. This makes for quite a stunning visual along the river that runs through the hectic area of the loop. The dyeing starts at 10am on Saturday and we recommend trying to grab a spot on the Columbus Drive bridge, assuming you get there early enough.

One final Chicago treat has recently been highlighted by Thrillist. Both Emmit’s and Cork and Kerry made Thrillist’s lists for America’s top 21 Irish pubs. Quite a big feat when you consider the popularity of Irish pubs in America. If you want a taste of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, you might want to check them out. Just save some room for some delicious Garrett Popcorn!

Chicago has a rich Irish-American cultural heritage, and it’s great to see that be celebrated every year. We have shared some of our favorite Chicago events for St. Patrick’s Day, but nothing beats grabbing a Tin of your favorite Garrett Popcorn and partaking in whatever festivities make you happy!

How will you be celebrating St. Patty’s Day this year? Share your plans with us in the comments below.

Mar 132014
 

Today is Popcorn Lovers Day, and we’re going NUTS with excitement!

So much so that we had the lovely Mike and Tara of KissingTour.com out to our Michigan Avenue Shop to help us celebrate.

Here’s a run down from their blog about their experience with Garrett Popcorn:

“In honor of Popcorn Lovers DayGarrett Popcorn treated us lovers to a sweet-and-salty kissingtour of its Michigan Avenue store. We enjoyed meeting staff as they bagged orders for excited popcorn patrons, some whose first stop in Chicago is the family-owned shop, established 1949. Like excited 5th graders on a field trip, we asked lots of questions. We learned they use old-fashioned copper kettles and hot air pop their kernels. The rest is a big secret. They won’t give it up. To keep us from pressing, they fed us samples of The Chicago Mix and Plain too, because we’re popcorn purists.”

Mike and Tara of KissingTour.com celebrate Popcorn Lovers Day at our Michigan Ave Shop

 

How will you be making merry on Popcorn Lovers Day today?

Share your stories with us below in the comments.