Mother Butter’s is located in Evergreen Park, IL, which is a small, quiet suburb southwest of Chicago. That makes sense, as the founder and original owner, Tim O’Donnell, is a Chicagoan through and through. In fact, Tim’s mother opened and ran one of the most famous Chicago pizza restaurants in Chicago, Fox’s Pub, at 99th & Western in the heart of the Beverly neighborhood, known as much for its predominantly Irish lineage as being a melting pot of many cultures. Mother Butter’s initial storefront was near Comiskey, er, US Cellular Field, but the business moved to Evergreen Park a few years ago, and Bridgeport’s loss is the southwest side’s gain. Their address is not the only thing that has changed, as Mother Butter’s decided to pass the baton and the business was sold to Michael Tetuan in January 2016. Michael attended Indiana University Bloomington through 2004 and has lived in Chicago since that time. After working in commercial real estate for nearly a decade, he knew he wanted to own his own business, but waited for the perfect fit. After a tour of Mother Butter’s and understanding the quality of the product, Michael knew Mother Butter’s was “the one.”
Mother Butter’s continues to turn out made-from-scratch popcorn, candies (including homemade fudge that is our favorite) and other confections that is a kid’s (and grown kid’s) dream come true. In fact, the initial design concept was inspired by the Macinack Island type of candy shoppes that children love to linger in.