When she married George Peter Poulos in 1933, Margie Michaels could hardly have guessed that she would one day become the backbone of a Chicago ice-cream institution. At the time, Poulos was running his father’s ice-cream parlor and sweets shop—the same one, incidentally, in which he proposed. The two raised their son, Peter George, amidst the shop’s giant sundaes and chocolate-dipped fruit slices. Renamed after Margie, the shop went on to host famous figures such as Al Capone, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, all of whom must have remarked on Margie’s charms as she helmed the counter. Peter George took over from his mother in 1995, and today he runs the original shop on Western as well as a second location on Montrose. A passion for sweets, it turns out, is in his blood. When asked in an interview with Bygone Chicago about his thoughts on chocolate, he stated without hesitation, "It’s delicious. It’s great. It’s the food of the gods."