Even though Chicago has plenty of pie available all year long, fall is peak season. The city’s bakeries and restaurants have something special to offer whether it’s whole or by the slice. Fancy a cream pie? Or one made with seasonal fruit? Maybe a very traditional slice of apple, just like the one your imaginary grandma used to make? Or perhaps an experiment with different flavor combinations? Whatever the craving, bakers in Chicago know how to satisfy. Here’s a list of the best sweet pie makers in the city who roll and fill crust throughout the year.Read More
Where to Find Sweet Pies in Chicago
Savor a little slice of heaven
Beard & Belly
Milwaukee import Honeypie operates out of Beard & Belly in Edgewater with a rotating daily assortment of hand pies and slices of cream and fruit pies, and full pies are available with 48 hours notice. The Key lime and coffee cream are both outstanding.
First Slice Pie Cafe
Though the chocolate peanut butter has many local fans, 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 Andersonville and Ravenswood Manor.
Eaters with certain dietary restrictions shouldn’t be prevented 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 with fillings such as apple, cranberry, and pumpkin.
After splitting from Bang Bang Pie in 2014, Dave and Megan Miller founded their own bakery, Baker Miller. Their blueberry pie, when available, is a must-have. Pies are available daily by the slice; for whole pies, order in advance through the website.
Au Levain Chicago
Angel Chavez, the pastry chef at Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square, uses his employer’s kitchen to bake pastries and pies for his own biweekly pop-up. Key lime, banana cream, and chocolate cream with an Oreo crust, all topped with glorious freshly made whipped cream, are the stalwarts, but check the weekly menu for seasonal specials.
Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe
Over in North Center, this socially-conscious non-profit provides employment for homeless and at-risk youth and then helps them find permanent jobs. Choose from a selection of quiches, flavored with herbs grown in Blue Sky’s own garden, or sweet pies, including dark chocolate pecan.
Empanada Mama & The Pie Man
The sweet pies at this Lakeview bake shop come whole or by the slice and in a variety of unexpected flavors: chocolate pecan and coconut, cherries jubilee, and pineapple and mango.
Sweet Mandy B's
This cute Lincoln Park shop dabbles in just about every sweet treat imaginable, pies included. Whole nine-inch pies are available for pre-order with fillings such as banana cream, apple cherry, and lemon meringue.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
It is definitely worth braving the ubiquitous line at Bang Bang to grab the honey pie with lavender sea salt if it’s available. Otherwise, go for one of the classics inside a graham cracker crust, the best in town. Bang Bang also serves “Frankenpies” made up of up to three different flavors for those who can’t make up their minds.
Kasama is ostensibly a Filipino restaurant, but wise patrons won’t neglect co-owner and pastry chef Genie Kwon’s creations, especially her elegant pies and tarts, which come in flavors like lemon pecan and chocolate crémeux with oats and chocolate pearls.
With its antique soda fountain imported from Milwaukee to Humboldt Park, Spinning J capitalizes on nostalgia, and visitors may feel like they've stepped through a time warp — except that the bakers like to experiment with unusual flavor combinations, like gin and tonic and Key lime hibiscus.
Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
The flaky and buttery crust is the star of the show at one of Chicago’s finest pie makers. The selection changes daily at both locations — West Town and suburban Evanston — so there’s always something new to try. But the one constant, the classic apple, might be the best apple pie in the city.
Pie, Pie My Darling
Pie, Pie My Darling, Chicago’s much-adored spot for vegan treats with gothic flair, offers a weekly rotating menu of sweetly spooky pies and cakes exclusively for pre-order and pickup at its West Town shop. Keep track of options like Butterfinger pie via Instagram and place orders online.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Most diners visit Joe’s for the stellar selection of steaks and stone crab claws, but they shouldn’t overlook the Key lime pie. It’s highly recommended that each meal end with a slice of this house specialty, which features a sweet and tart filling over a graham cracker crust, topped with a scoop of whipped cream. But for those who don’t like Key lime, Joe’s offers a full menu of other pie choices.
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 guava cream, chocolate chess, and horchata custard.
Stephanie Izard’s West Loop bakery offers playful variations on classic pie themes. The pecan pie has notes of soy sauce and sake; the apple is blended with caramel, cheese, and chili; and the chocolate comes with a crown of fried potatoes to recreate the flavor of dipping fries into a chocolate milkshake.
Justice of the Pies
Justice of the Pies is a one-woman operation run by Maya-Camille Broussard, a food entrepreneur with a social mission. Her company — established to honor her late father, criminal defense attorney Stephen J. Broussard — partners with local organizations that provide help for people in need. Broussard is in the process of opening her own shop, but until then, Chicagoans can find whole pies and slices at cafes all over town or order them to be shipped anywhere in the country. Unusual flavors include bleu cheese praline pear, chocolate bacon bourbon pecan, sweet basil Key lime, and blueberry banana pudding. Broussard also appeared on the Netflix show Bake Squad. She will soon open a shop. Stay tuned for details.
Despite its name, this virtual bakery also makes and sells pies, for those who prefer their pastry with the filling enclosed. Place your order online, and they’ll deliver anywhere within 25 miles of downtown Chicago. Choices include apple, pecan, sweet potato, and brownie walnut.
Eméché Cakery & Cafe
Bronzeville pastry destination Eméché is arguably best known for its booze-infused cakes, but it also has excellent pie slices and mini pies well-suited to those who are looking for just a few bites. Pop into the charming shop for apple pie by the slice (including a vegan version) and wee Key lime pies, perhaps with a coffee to wash it all down. Whole pies are available for Thanksgiving by pre-order.
Give Me Some Sugah
Located in South Shore, this cozy bakery and café offers terrific versions of pecan and Key lime pies crafted by owner Lenore Lindsey.
Brown Sugar Bakery
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.
Imani's Original Bean Pies & Fine Foods, Inc.
The bean pie is a Chicago original, developed by members of the Nation of Islam to insure a long life. It’s traditionally made with pulverized navy beans, mixed with butter, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, and spices, and baked in a whole wheat crust, though vegan varieties are now also available; its flavor profile is not unlike sweet potato pie. Imani’s Original has been selling bean pies around the city since 2005.