Cupid Candies Closes Sunday After 64 Years On 95th Street

Adella Miesner

OAK LAWN, IL — Say it ain’t so! Cupid Candies will close after 64 years on 95th Street in Oak Lawn. One of the last of the iconic old-line candy stores on the South Side, Cupid Candies, 4709 95th St., will close its doors on Sunday. © Lorraine Swanson/Patch Cupid […]

OAK LAWN, IL — Say it ain’t so! Cupid Candies will close after 64 years on 95th Street in Oak Lawn. One of the last of the iconic old-line candy stores on the South Side, Cupid Candies, 4709 95th St., will close its doors on Sunday.



a sign above a store: Cupid Candies, the last of the old-line South Side candy stores, will close its 64-year-old Oak Lawn store on Sept. 27.


© Lorraine Swanson/Patch
Cupid Candies, the last of the old-line South Side candy stores, will close its 64-year-old Oak Lawn store on Sept. 27.

Cupid Candies was founded in 1936 by the late Paul Stefanos. His brother, Leo, would go on to invent the Dove bar. The first store was at 79th Street and Ashland Avenue on the South Side, where only fudge, toffee, and popcorn were sold. By 1940 Paul and his wife, Pauline, opened another store at 3207 W. 63rd Street along with a small manufacturing plant, according to the company’s website.

The Stefanos’ continued to grow Cupid Candies, moving in 1943 to 3143 W. 63rd St. in Chicago. The company expanded again in 1956 with a new plant at 7637 S. Western Ave., where the candy factory still operates today.

The family-owned and operated Cupid Candies manufactured quality chocolates, nuts, candies, and ice cream from its factory on Western Avenue in Gresham. The late founder’s son, John Stefanos, is the company president.

Visiting the Oak Lawn store on Thursday afternoon, the shelves were still well stocked with the hand-dipped, vintage candy lines, such as Turks, crisp pecan and soft caramel clusters dipped in milk chocolate, called so because the name Turtles was already trademarked, and cream and butter fudge made daily. It was hardly the “everything must go” liquidation scavenging we’ve grown accustomed to.

Under glass were rows of chocolate creams of all varieties, chewy centers, nut clusters and confections, each with its own distinctive swirl on the top. Inside the ice cream parlor, a worker was opening boxes of big, red strawberries.

Since 1956, the Oak Lawn Cupid Candies with its old-fashioned ice parlor and soda fountain, was where you stopped by to pick up a box of Turks to bring to your North Side relatives on Christmas, or enjoyed a sundae and a malted after the movie at the Coral Theatre.

The Orland Park store at 9420 W 143rd St., Orland Park, is also slated to close in the near future. The Cupid Candies factory on Western Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, will remain open.

Stephanie Hart, the owner and found of Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago, bought out the historic 84-year-old candy factory on Western Avenue in June. Her Brown Sugar bakery is a popular destination for Black food culture in the city.

Hearing that John Stefanos was looking for a buyer, Hart purchased the Cupid Candies factory for $500,000, using a grant she received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, BlackBusiness.com reported.

Hart also acquired the rights to Cupid Candies’ brand and products. Plans are to combine the two brands together. According to BlackBusiness.com, the 20-plus employees of the candy company will stay on to produce all the ice cream and chocolate products of Cupid Candies and cakes of Brown Sugar Bakery.

Although not as cool as lounging around the soda fountain on a hot summer afternoon, fans will still be able to buy their favorite Cupid Candies online. The Cupid Candies tradition will continue with their original secret family recipes which uses only the finest, premium ingredients.

If you want to have a sundae for dinner or pick up that Christmas box of Turks, Cupid Candies will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 to Sept. 27.

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