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The Little Popcorn Store, Wheaton

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A cherished landmark in the heart of downtown Wheaton, Illinois at 111 1/4 Front Street – The Little Popcorn Shore (aka Little Popcorn Shop) is perhaps one of the most loved and narrowest stores in the Chicagoland area measuring 49 inches wide by 60 feet long.

In the 1920’s, Wheaton resident E. Claire Brown placed a roof over what was formerly an alleyway between two buildings. Turning the new space into a store, he called it the In-Between Store and sold popcorn and penny candy.

Today, stepping into the store’s small, quaint space is like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting. Popcorn is still freshly popped, candy lines the wall, and locals greet each other warmly while welcoming newcomers to this very special place called The Little Popcorn Shore.
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  • I wonder if football legend Red Grange, the most famous resident of Wheaton, Illinois, ever visited the Little Popcorn Store. Nearing its 100th anniversary, the Little Popcorn Store is a local...  more »
  • Of course it's amazing to think this popcorn shop (world's smallest?) has been around for so long. Lots of candies to get if you'd like. But shockingly, only one flavor of popcorn was offered...  more »
  • This was a cool little store. It was just one narrow lane with candy on one wall, with two staff just making 🍿 in the back. The popcorn is great and very inexpensive. Word of warning, you could be like me and miss it by accident. It is very nondescript, but that also brings a charm to it. It is mashed between two stores near an outdoor sitting area. Really is just an red door with an older style canopy above it. Overall, would recommend going for the experience alone!
  • They sold two things in this miniscule shop: individual candy pieces and popcorn of course. Candy was about 5¢ to 10¢ each and the popcorn was sold in various bag sizes for a few bucks. Cash only! The white salted popcorn is the one single flavor they offer but it was delicious and I'll be back for more someday.
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