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Friday, July 1
After reading Ray Pride's Newcity article "The City That Smells" last week I started sniffing around and happily followed the scent of peppermint to the Peerless Confection Company still churning out over 350 types of hard candy. Founded in Chicago in 1914, this relatively unassuming white building at 1250 W. Schubert in Lincoln Park makes the popular Starlight Mints that you might have fished out of a bowl at local restaurants, as well as an assortment of sugar-free and ribbon candies you can buy all over town at places like Trader Joe’s. At a time when the big stories are candy companies leaving Chicago, it’s nice to see, and smell, the sweet sweet Peerless candy every morning.