The Big Apple may have a reputation as the nation’s pizza capital, but Chicago holds its own for pies. The Second City may be known for is deep-dish, but there’s plenty of styles to go around.
Many visitors and locals alike have heard of – and stuffed themselves full – of classics such as Giordano’sand Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s East or Pizzaria Uno, but here’s a look at a few of the city’s lesser-known spots to grab a slice.
Art of Pizza
3033 N Ashland Ave., Chicago
Fans of thin crust and deep dish can find their favorite at the Lakeview eatery on Ashland Avenue.
1633 N Halsted St., Chicago
The rustic Italian spot in Lincoln Park boats a menu full of hand-made pastas and traditional dishes, but the thin-crust pies are not to be missed.
2210 N California Ave, Chicago
The Logan Square late-night spot has one of the best deals in the city with its PB&J – a slice of NY style pizza, a Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboy, and a Jameson shot sets you back just $8.50.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
2121 N. Clark St., Chicago
True to its name, Lincoln Park spot offers sandwiches, pizza and Pizza Pot Pies, which have been described as bread bowls holding red sauce and melted cheese.
The Shops at North Bridge, 43 E Ohio St., Chicago
There’s plenty to take in at the Italian-themed, mega-mart in the heart of the Mag Mile. But between the Nutella bar and the rows of olive oils, stop for one of its pies on the second floor.
2207 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
Considered a contender by some for the city’s best deep-dish, the Lincoln Park pizza place has made a name for itself by offering pies circled by caramelized cheese.
Piece Brewery and Pizzaria
1927 W North Ave., Chicago
Come to the Wicker Park hotspot for the giant, New Haven-style pies. Stay for a few brewpub creations or live-band karaoke on Saturday nights.
1769 W Sunnyside Ave., Chicago
The Ravenswood hot spot attracts guests from across the city and beyond for its Neapolitan style pies that are big enough to share, or scarf down yourself.
626 N. State St., Chicago
It’s center-of-the-Loop location makes the Italian restaurant a destination for tourists and locals alike. While you’re sure to win with anything on the menu, make a point of trying a pie.