Say hello to our new favorite summer spot – Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels. Nestled in the new Fifth Third Bank Family Pavillion at one of Chicago’s buzziest tourist attractions, Navy Pier, Chef Ozzie Ocegueda’s newest concept is dishing out homemade paletas, hand-twisted pretzels, fresh-squeezed juices, seasonal fruits and ice cold horchata.

popsicles and pretzels in a glass case

With the opening of the new Navy Pier location, Ozzie is taking his lifelong passion for paletas to create a menu of seasonal popsicles that will use all-natural ingredients. A few twists on classics you’ll have to try this summer are Chocolate BananaStrawberryToasted Coconut, Dulce de Leche, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. The fresh fruit pops are perfectly refreshing for summer and include flavors such as Lime Chia, Blueberry Basil, and Watermelon.

popsicles and pretzels in ozzie's

Looking for a bite on the pier? Try the hand-twisted pretzels that are baked in-house throughout the day with savory and sweet varieties including The Original, Pepperoni Pizza, The Everything, Cinnamon Sugar, and the Rita Cheese Pretzel. Take those pretzels to the next level with hot and cold dipping sauces like cheddar cheese, horseradish cheese, jalapeno cheese, marinara, mustard, and vanilla icing.

lipstick and pretzels

Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels is inspired by Chef Ozzie’s heritage from being raised in El Carmen, Jalisco where he would watch his mother in the kitchen preparing paletas – or popsicles – by hand. Mixing fresh fruit, cream, and just a touch of sugar brought joy to Ozzie and they’d take these homemade paletas to a nearby soccer field and sell them to local families for an afternoon treat.

What else is on the menu?

There’s more than just what’s in the name at Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels. Fresh-squeezed lemonades come in seasonal flavors and can be served in our special “jar.” Looking for a healthy break from all the fried foods on the pier? Yogurt with different types of fruits and granola are available with a choice of natural or acai berry yogurt.

lemond and yogurts from ozzie's

Visit Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels and follow along on their Instagram to see new flavors poppin’ up. Before you hit the pier, take a look at the menu to choose which pop you’ll be holding. If you’re spending your summer days at Navy Pier, you’ll have to stop by Lettuce’s other spots including Big Bowl ExpressBig City Chicken, and Frankie’s by the Slice.

 

Looking for more things to do with the kids this summer? Take a look at all of Lettuce’s kid-friendly options here.