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20 Must-Eat Pies in Chicago

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Justice of the Pies’ unique flavors include dark chocolate cherry crumble.
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A slice of pie seems to have an uncanny way of melting away problems and Chicago's best bakers have an arsenal of great ideas when it comes to the pastry. They've all mastered the art of crust making and fill their creations with seasonal fruits and luscious creams. Some use exotic ingredients, providing their own spin on tried-and-true classics.

The following spots represent a tasty cross slice of great pies available in the city. From popular flavors like apple and pumpkin to more complex options, such as chocolate bacon bourbon pecan pie, there’s something for everyone. And apologies to meat pie purveyors, e.g., Pleasant House Pub, as this list focuses solely on the sweet variety. New additions to the map include classic Chicago restaurant the Walnut Room, Alinea Group’s retro St. Clair Supper Club, and Spilt Milk in Oak Park.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. First Slice Pie Cafe

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5357 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-4297
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Though the chocolate peanut butter is adored, Food & Wine hailed First Slice’s apple pie as one of the best in the country. The cafe also has a charity component, so eating all that pie supports a good cause. There are locations in Ravenswood, Albany Park, Andersonville, and Evanston.

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First Slice’s apple pie has won accolades.
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2. Defloured

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1477 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 234-5733
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Eaters with certain dietary restrictions don’t have to let it stop them from enjoying pie. Defloured caters to people with celiac disease by making all of its products gluten-free. The pies, which must be ordered a week ahead of time, are available in options such as apple, cranberry, and pumpkin.

3. Baker Miller

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4655 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 654-3610
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After splitting from Bang Bang Pie in 2014, Dave and Megan Miller founded Baker Miller. Their blueberry pie, when available, is a must-have. Hand pies are also available for a single-person serving.

4. Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe

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3720 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 880-9910
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Over in North Center, this socially-conscious non-profit provides employment to the homeless and at-risk youth. Try the selection of mini pies made with local produce, including a dark chocolate pecan.

5. Bittersweet Pastry Shop

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1114 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 929-1100
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Pastry chef Judy Contino’s talents are on full display at this charming Lakeview cafe. Her delightful pies highlight flavors such as sour cherry, lemon meringue, and chocolate chess.

6. Sweet Mandy B's

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1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 244-1174
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This cute Lincoln Park shop dabbles in just about every sweet treat imaginable, pies included. Visitors can order whole nine-inch pies with fillings such as banana cream, apple cherry, and lemon meringue.

7. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

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2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-8888
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Bang Bang has two locations (Logan Square, Ravenswood) and if it’s available, grab the honey pie with lavender sea salt. Otherwise, go for one of the classics like the chocolate pecan inside a graham crust.

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Bang Bang is one of Chicago’s most popular pie shops.
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8. Hot Chocolate

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1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1747
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James Beard Award-winner Mindy Segal is regarded as one of Chicago’s premier sweets makers and she creates some exceptional desserts. Hot Chocolate’s menu changes seasonally but her current pie offering is a milk chocolate cream version with whipped hot chocolate, chocolate tahini rice, and coffee cocoa nib anglaise.

9. Spinning J

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1000 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 829-2793
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Spinning J capitalizes on nostalgia in Humboldt Park and visitors will feel like they've stepped through a time warp with the retro atmosphere. Even during Chicago’s cold months, it's okay to order apple, raspberry, or pear pies à la mode. Those are just the classic flavors — the shop has been known to use hibiscus and lemongrass in more creative ways as well.

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Spinning J dishes out nostalgia in Humboldt Park.
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10. Hoosier Mama Pie Co.

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1618 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 243-4846
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The flaky and buttery crust is the star of the show at one of Chicago’s finest pie makers. The selection changes daily so there’s always something new to try. Choices range from apple and triple berry to s’mores and chocolate chess.

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-5637
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Most diners visit Joe’s for the stellar selection of steaks and stone crab claws but shouldn’t overlook the signature Key lime pie. It’s highly recommended that each meal end with a slice of the house specialty, which features a sweet and tart filling over a graham cracker crust, topped with a scoop of whipped cream. The recipe was developed at the legendary Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami.

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12. Frontera Grill

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445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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Rick Bayless created the recipe for this landmark dessert at Frontera. Chocolate pecan pie is topped with a dollop of Kahlúa whipped cream.

13. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

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218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8154
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Hogsalt Hospitality’s stylish steakhouse delivers an indulgent dessert to cap off every meal. A chocolate cookie crust and creamy pudding sit beneath a massive orb of whipped cream.

14. Spilt Milk

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103 S Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 613-4403
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Sisters Meg and Molly Svec built a following at local farmers markets before setting up shop in Oak Park a few years ago. The pair focus on making pies with local, seasonal ingredients and customers are treated to slices such as chocolate cream, chocolate chess, and horchata custard.

15. St. Clair Supper Club

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951 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 789-4896
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The Alinea Group transformed the space underneath Roister into an old-school supper club. Mimicking the traditional Midwestern experience, the restaurant offers a straightforward lineup of food and drinks. There’s a brandy old fashioned, shrimp cocktail, dry-aged prime rib, and frozen grasshopper pie. Save some room for the classic dessert because it’s a giant wedge of minty mousse on an Oreo crust, topped with whipped cream.

16. The Walnut Room

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111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 781-3139
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Opened in 1907, the Walnut Room is a timeless Chicago institution. The seventh-floor restaurant inside Macy’s on State Street leans heavily on classic comfort foods. For dessert, guests have the option of a Frango mint chocolate ice cream pie topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

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17. Justice of the Pies

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Unlike other pie purveyors, Justice of the Pies is a one-woman operation. Maya-Camille Broussard is a food entrepreneur with a social mission. Her company — established to honor her late father and criminal defense attorney Stephen J. Broussard — partners with local organizations that provide help for people in need. Folks can order pies shipped or find them at farmers markets all over town. Unusual flavors include bleu cheese praline pear, chocolate bacon bourbon pecan, sweet basil Key lime, and blueberry banana pudding.

A chocolate bacon bourbon pecan pie.
Justice of the Pies can be found at local farmers markets or ordered online.
Justice of the Pies [Official Photo]

18. Give Me Some Sugah

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2234 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 363-9330
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Located in South Shore, this cozy bakery and café offers terrific versions of pecan and key lime pies crafted by owner Lenore Lindsey.

19. Brown Sugar Bakery

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324 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 224-6262
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This Greater Grand Crossing bakery specializes in sweet potato pies. Its “laser pie” features sweet potato squares dressed with chocolate, caramel, and nuts. The caramel is important: In 2015, burglars broke in and stole nearly 50 caramel-covered treats. Yes, it's that good.

20. Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies

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1844 W 95th St
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 779-9105
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Don't be so basic during decorative gourd season. Skip the pumpkin spice and trot over to Jimmy Jamm for a slice of its famous sweet potato pies. The filling is as smooth as silk.

1. First Slice Pie Cafe

5357 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
An apple pie.
First Slice’s apple pie has won accolades.
First Slice [Official Photo]

Though the chocolate peanut butter is adored, Food & Wine hailed First Slice’s apple pie as one of the best in the country. The cafe also has a charity component, so eating all that pie supports a good cause. There are locations in Ravenswood, Albany Park, Andersonville, and Evanston.

5357 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Defloured

1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Eaters with certain dietary restrictions don’t have to let it stop them from enjoying pie. Defloured caters to people with celiac disease by making all of its products gluten-free. The pies, which must be ordered a week ahead of time, are available in options such as apple, cranberry, and pumpkin.

1477 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Baker Miller

4655 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

After splitting from Bang Bang Pie in 2014, Dave and Megan Miller founded Baker Miller. Their blueberry pie, when available, is a must-have. Hand pies are also available for a single-person serving.

4655 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

4. Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe

3720 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Over in North Center, this socially-conscious non-profit provides employment to the homeless and at-risk youth. Try the selection of mini pies made with local produce, including a dark chocolate pecan.

3720 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

5. Bittersweet Pastry Shop

1114 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Pastry chef Judy Contino’s talents are on full display at this charming Lakeview cafe. Her delightful pies highlight flavors such as sour cherry, lemon meringue, and chocolate chess.

1114 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Sweet Mandy B's

1208 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This cute Lincoln Park shop dabbles in just about every sweet treat imaginable, pies included. Visitors can order whole nine-inch pies with fillings such as banana cream, apple cherry, and lemon meringue.

1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A lemon meringue pie.
Bang Bang is one of Chicago’s most popular pie shops.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits [Official Photo]

Bang Bang has two locations (Logan Square, Ravenswood) and if it’s available, grab the honey pie with lavender sea salt. Otherwise, go for one of the classics like the chocolate pecan inside a graham crust.

2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Hot Chocolate

1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

James Beard Award-winner Mindy Segal is regarded as one of Chicago’s premier sweets makers and she creates some exceptional desserts. Hot Chocolate’s menu changes seasonally but her current pie offering is a milk chocolate cream version with whipped hot chocolate, chocolate tahini rice, and coffee cocoa nib anglaise.

1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Spinning J

1000 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A slice of apple pie.
Spinning J dishes out nostalgia in Humboldt Park.
Spinning J [Official Photo]

Spinning J capitalizes on nostalgia in Humboldt Park and visitors will feel like they've stepped through a time warp with the retro atmosphere. Even during Chicago’s cold months, it's okay to order apple, raspberry, or pear pies à la mode. Those are just the classic flavors — the shop has been known to use hibiscus and lemongrass in more creative ways as well.

1000 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Hoosier Mama Pie Co.

1618 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The flaky and buttery crust is the star of the show at one of Chicago’s finest pie makers. The selection changes daily so there’s always something new to try. Choices range from apple and triple berry to s’mores and chocolate chess.

1618 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

60 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Most diners visit Joe’s for the stellar selection of steaks and stone crab claws but shouldn’t overlook the signature Key lime pie. It’s highly recommended that each meal end with a slice of the house specialty, which features a sweet and tart filling over a graham cracker crust, topped with a scoop of whipped cream. The recipe was developed at the legendary Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami.

60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Frontera Grill

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Rick Bayless created the recipe for this landmark dessert at Frontera. Chocolate pecan pie is topped with a dollop of Kahlúa whipped cream.

445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf

218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Hogsalt Hospitality’s stylish steakhouse delivers an indulgent dessert to cap off every meal. A chocolate cookie crust and creamy pudding sit beneath a massive orb of whipped cream.

218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Spilt Milk

103 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Sisters Meg and Molly Svec built a following at local farmers markets before setting up shop in Oak Park a few years ago. The pair focus on making pies with local, seasonal ingredients and customers are treated to slices such as chocolate cream, chocolate chess, and horchata custard.

103 S Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

15. St. Clair Supper Club

951 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

The Alinea Group transformed the space underneath Roister into an old-school supper club. Mimicking the traditional Midwestern experience, the restaurant offers a straightforward lineup of food and drinks. There’s a brandy old fashioned, shrimp cocktail, dry-aged prime rib, and frozen grasshopper pie. Save some room for the classic dessert because it’s a giant wedge of minty mousse on an Oreo crust, topped with whipped cream.

951 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. The Walnut Room

111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602

Opened in 1907, the Walnut Room is a timeless Chicago institution. The seventh-floor restaurant inside Macy’s on State Street leans heavily on classic comfort foods. For dessert, guests have the option of a Frango mint chocolate ice cream pie topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602

17. Justice of the Pies

Chicago, IL
A chocolate bacon bourbon pecan pie.
Justice of the Pies can be found at local farmers markets or ordered online.
Justice of the Pies [Official Photo]

Unlike other pie purveyors, Justice of the Pies is a one-woman operation. Maya-Camille Broussard is a food entrepreneur with a social mission. Her company — established to honor her late father and criminal defense attorney Stephen J. Broussard — partners with local organizations that provide help for people in need. Folks can order pies shipped or find them at farmers markets all over town. Unusual flavors include bleu cheese praline pear, chocolate bacon bourbon pecan, sweet basil Key lime, and blueberry banana pudding.

18. Give Me Some Sugah

2234 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649

Located in South Shore, this cozy bakery and café offers terrific versions of pecan and key lime pies crafted by owner Lenore Lindsey.

2234 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649

19. Brown Sugar Bakery

324 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

This Greater Grand Crossing bakery specializes in sweet potato pies. Its “laser pie” features sweet potato squares dressed with chocolate, caramel, and nuts. The caramel is important: In 2015, burglars broke in and stole nearly 50 caramel-covered treats. Yes, it's that good.

324 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

20. Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies

1844 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60643

Don't be so basic during decorative gourd season. Skip the pumpkin spice and trot over to Jimmy Jamm for a slice of its famous sweet potato pies. The filling is as smooth as silk.

1844 W 95th St
Chicago, IL 60643

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