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Where to Find Thin-Crust Pizza in Chicago

Beyond tavern-style pizza, Chicago sports thin-crust variety

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Paulie Gee’s New York-style pizza is available in Wicker Park.
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For those fatigued by the endless debates about deep dish or tavern style, it’s OK to opt out. Chicago’s pizza scene is more vibrant than ever, with an abundance of thin-crust options that did not originate in the Windy City.

This is just a sampling of some of the city’s best offerings and is sure to spark debate. This is about thin crusts, excluding tavern style. It’s OK to give some love to Neapolitan and New York pies. There’s seven days in a week — Chicagoans need variety.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. This should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

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5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-6992
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Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe is one the most beloved pizzerias in the city. The spot has many of the trappings of a New York-style pizzeria, with a display case of sliced pies ready to be popped in the oven for carryout. Whole pies are available, but affordable slices to go are what makes Jimmy’s special. Many regard Jimmy’s as the most authentic New York slice in town. Beware: The cafe is under threat from a developer. There’s been a search for a new location.

2. Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

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1769 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-2420
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For about a decade, the Ravenswood neighborhood has been lucky to have a true Napoli pizza joint that will transport you to Naples with each wood-fired pie. Ingredients are locally sourced and imported from Italy to maintain the authentic Neapolitan-style that many have grown to love.

3. Professor Pizza (Full Shilling Public House)

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3724 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-3330
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For now, Anthony Scardino (Professor Pizza), is focusing on Grandma-style slices — a Sicilian-inspired thin pan pizza. But the competitive pizza maker is known to switch it up while operating out of the Full Shilling in Wrigleyville. They cover the basics (pepperoni, sausage, cheese), but there also more ambitious specials that are filed under “extra credit.”

4. Forno Rosso

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3719 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 295-5697
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With locations in both Dunning and the West Loop neighborhoods, you don’t have to trek the city to find authentic Neopolitan-style pizza. Classic toppings top their Italian-milled flour for a real taste of Italy. All pizzas are also available as gluten-free.

5. Coda Di Volpe

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3335 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-8568
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Pizza Napoletana served ‘subito’—that’s right away, out of the oven. With toppings ranging from pistachio to raddichio, this Lakeview gem will give you plenty of reason to return to try all their unique pizza toppings.

6. Pizzeria Serio

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1708 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-0600
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Rotating craft beers on tap and East Coast-style pizza with a Neapolitan twist. In Lakeview, not only can you get delicious wood-fired pizza, but also some of the best wood-fired calzones in the city. Check out the char-crusted goodness.

7. Roebuck

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3159 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-2229
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Roebuck is the microbrewery sibling of DryHop Brewing next door in Lakeview. The pies are Neo Neapolitan, straddling the line between tradition and classical. Try the Standard Bearer (red sauce, soppressata, mozzarella, basil, pickled jalapeño, honey).

A pizza on a pan with yellow tomatoes next to a pilsner beer in a glass.
Roebuck shares an owner with neighboring brewpub DryHop.
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8. Pisolino Italian Market

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2755 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 293-6025
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Pisolino has reinvented itself as an Italian market and while the full menu of pastas and entrees exists for carryout, there’s more spotlight on the pizza. Though the pizza is delicate, the crust doesn’t sag. The dough is well seasoned. The top sellers are the Raquel (whipped ricotta, roasted garlic, mozzarella, pepperoncino, basil) and Giacomino (fennel sausage, castelvetrano, black truffle, stracciatella, mozzarella).

9. Dante's Pizzeria

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2825 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 384-8888

New York-style pies are a polarizing topic in Chicago, but Dante's in Logan Square features big, floppy slices perfectly cooked. Look out for plenty of vegan options. There are three locations.

10. Reno

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2607 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-4234
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There’s a lot to do in Logan Square, and enjoying some wood-oven pizza is no exception. A wide variety of pizzas to choose from including a standout sausage made on premises.

11. Paulie Gee's

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2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

This New York import offers all sorts of toppings blazed up in a Napoli-style oven. Many vegan pizzas on the menu as well for you to try. A second location in Wicker focuses on N.Y.-style slices.

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Paulie Gee’s now features New York-style pies in Wicker Park.
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12. La Crosta

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2360 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-1425
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La Crosta’s red pizzas are made with fresh crushed canpana tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. You can build your own pizza or have it folded into a delicious calzone.

13. The Boiler Room

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2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5625
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Logan Square’s Boiler Room is an adventurous place where diners will find pizzas with Thai cream-cheese sauce and coconut jerk curry sauce. These Thai pizza is rich and is highlight. For those looking for a bit more mundane experience, the classics are executed efficiently with a crisp ring and sausage crumbles (this isn’t Chicago-style sausage).

14. The Stop Along

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1812 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 394-4694
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In Bucktown, this ‘80s pop-culture pizza stop is very family-friendly with arcades to help pass the time as you wait for you pizza. New York-style pizza is their specialty. Build your own or simply pick a pie while enjoying some of their popular cocktails and great craft beer selection.

15. Dimo's Pizza Wicker Park

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1615 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 525-4580
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Dimo’s has locations in Bucktown and Wrigleyville, mostly known as a spot to hit after the bars. The display case of New York-style pies are staggerings, and there are unorthodox choices including the mac and cheese slice, a carryover from Madison, Wisconsin’s Ian’s Pizza. The pies are super thin and great in a pinch.

16. Gallucci Pizzeria Napoletana

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1551 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 888-3993
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This Old Town space has long served great pizza, as the previous tenant, Dinoto, had made a name for itself for years in the neighborhood. Gianni Gallucci has picked up the torch. He’s a fixture on the competitive pizza circuit and has a strong adherence to classic Neapolitan pizza. For their red sauce pies, the Terra Mia is a popular choice, while truffle lovers shouldn’t pass on the Tartufata, a white pie with black-truffle cream.

17. Piece

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1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-4422
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Piece is a Wicker Park pioneer and an award-winning brewery. Co-owned by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick fame, they specialize in New Haven-style pizza with a dough recipe taken from Sally’s the pizza palace in Connecticut. Tomato pies are standouts, but don’t forget to try the spicy pizza made with Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage.

18. Craft Pizza

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1252 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 442-7238
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Craft Pizza defies characterization, a kind of hodgepodge of Midwestern meets Neapolitan headlined by the Margherita (which features whole-milk mozzarella). There are also slices to be had and customers can pick genuine Chicago-style sausage from Anichini Brothers.

19. Roots Handmade Pizza

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1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4949
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This is how pizza is done in the Quad Cities. Malted crust, baked crispy and then cut with a large pair of kitchen shears into shareable strips. There are locations in Printer’s Row, Lincoln Square, West Town, and Old Town.

A whole pizza
Quad Cities pies come in strips rather than slices.
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20. Coalfire

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1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 226-2625
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In West Town, you can get coal-forged thin-crust pizza that exits the 800-degree oven perfectly charred and bubbly. Why have it any other way? You can go with one of their 12 specialty pizzas or build your own and create your own new favorite. Check out the Lakeview location as well.

21. Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

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465 N McClurg Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 265-1328
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Robert’s is a pizzeria that pizzailos can respect. Robert Garvey spent years perfected his dough before zoning in on the right formula, one the is puffy with a little crunch. It’s cooked in a gas oven and comes out with artisan ingredients like Peking duck or duck prosciutto. Try the A Walk in the Woods (truffle cream base, wild mushrooms, double-cream washed rind cheese, mozzarella) or Brussels sprouts & bacon (brussels sprouts, dates, smoked mozzarella, bacon, balsamic glaze).

A mushroom pizza
Robert’s dough recipe was honed over two decades.
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22. Stix n Brix Wood Fired Pizza

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218 W 33rd St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 265-0219
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A short distance from Sox Park, Stix N Brix focuses on wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies. Dig into a South Side-inspired specialty: The Beef n Hot Giardiniera pie comes with sliced Italian beef and hot peppers.

23. Pizza Capri

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1501 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-7777
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California-style pizzas were never a major draw in Chicago (Where have you gone, CPK?), but Pizza Capri — now with two remaining locations (Hyde Park and Lincoln Park), was a forerunner for the style. The old mini-chain probably gets forgotten in the shuffle, but the thin crust, which lack char and have a golden brown halo, continue to deliver. The Thai pie (order it well done) is still a delight, as is the BBQ Blast. It’s OK to enjoy a little novelty — pizza is supposed to be fun.

24. Nella Pizza e Pasta

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1125 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 643-0603
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A Neapolitan specialist in Hyde Park, the chef behind Nella Pizza e Pasta worked at lauded North Side pizzeria Spacca Napoli. The pies offer a wondrous chew and char. The menu is fairly traditional, with the Ortolana (mozzarella, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, red sauce, basil) a standout.

25. Open Outcry Brewing Company

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10934 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 629-6055
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In Morgan Park, Open Outcry is a family-friendly brewpub with a few outdoor seating options. The kitchen has a wood-fire oven where Neapolitan-inspired thin crusts are baked. These are unconventional pies, with selections like a mac & cheese with smoked gouda sauce. The Chi Town comes with braised beef, fries, and giardiniera. 

1. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

5159 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe is one the most beloved pizzerias in the city. The spot has many of the trappings of a New York-style pizzeria, with a display case of sliced pies ready to be popped in the oven for carryout. Whole pies are available, but affordable slices to go are what makes Jimmy’s special. Many regard Jimmy’s as the most authentic New York slice in town. Beware: The cafe is under threat from a developer. There’s been a search for a new location.

5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

For about a decade, the Ravenswood neighborhood has been lucky to have a true Napoli pizza joint that will transport you to Naples with each wood-fired pie. Ingredients are locally sourced and imported from Italy to maintain the authentic Neapolitan-style that many have grown to love.

1769 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Professor Pizza (Full Shilling Public House)

3724 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

For now, Anthony Scardino (Professor Pizza), is focusing on Grandma-style slices — a Sicilian-inspired thin pan pizza. But the competitive pizza maker is known to switch it up while operating out of the Full Shilling in Wrigleyville. They cover the basics (pepperoni, sausage, cheese), but there also more ambitious specials that are filed under “extra credit.”

3724 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

4. Forno Rosso

3719 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

With locations in both Dunning and the West Loop neighborhoods, you don’t have to trek the city to find authentic Neopolitan-style pizza. Classic toppings top their Italian-milled flour for a real taste of Italy. All pizzas are also available as gluten-free.

3719 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

5. Coda Di Volpe

3335 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Pizza Napoletana served ‘subito’—that’s right away, out of the oven. With toppings ranging from pistachio to raddichio, this Lakeview gem will give you plenty of reason to return to try all their unique pizza toppings.

3335 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Pizzeria Serio

1708 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Rotating craft beers on tap and East Coast-style pizza with a Neapolitan twist. In Lakeview, not only can you get delicious wood-fired pizza, but also some of the best wood-fired calzones in the city. Check out the char-crusted goodness.

1708 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Roebuck

3159 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
A pizza on a pan with yellow tomatoes next to a pilsner beer in a glass.
Roebuck shares an owner with neighboring brewpub DryHop.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Roebuck is the microbrewery sibling of DryHop Brewing next door in Lakeview. The pies are Neo Neapolitan, straddling the line between tradition and classical. Try the Standard Bearer (red sauce, soppressata, mozzarella, basil, pickled jalapeño, honey).

3159 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Pisolino Italian Market

2755 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Pisolino has reinvented itself as an Italian market and while the full menu of pastas and entrees exists for carryout, there’s more spotlight on the pizza. Though the pizza is delicate, the crust doesn’t sag. The dough is well seasoned. The top sellers are the Raquel (whipped ricotta, roasted garlic, mozzarella, pepperoncino, basil) and Giacomino (fennel sausage, castelvetrano, black truffle, stracciatella, mozzarella).

2755 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Dante's Pizzeria

2825 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

New York-style pies are a polarizing topic in Chicago, but Dante's in Logan Square features big, floppy slices perfectly cooked. Look out for plenty of vegan options. There are three locations.

2825 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Reno

2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

There’s a lot to do in Logan Square, and enjoying some wood-oven pizza is no exception. A wide variety of pizzas to choose from including a standout sausage made on premises.

2607 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Paulie Gee's

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A close-up shot of a New York-style pizza
Paulie Gee’s now features New York-style pies in Wicker Park.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

This New York import offers all sorts of toppings blazed up in a Napoli-style oven. Many vegan pizzas on the menu as well for you to try. A second location in Wicker focuses on N.Y.-style slices.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. La Crosta

2360 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

La Crosta’s red pizzas are made with fresh crushed canpana tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. You can build your own pizza or have it folded into a delicious calzone.

2360 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

13. The Boiler Room

2210 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Logan Square’s Boiler Room is an adventurous place where diners will find pizzas with Thai cream-cheese sauce and coconut jerk curry sauce. These Thai pizza is rich and is highlight. For those looking for a bit more mundane experience, the classics are executed efficiently with a crisp ring and sausage crumbles (this isn’t Chicago-style sausage).

2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. The Stop Along

1812 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647

In Bucktown, this ‘80s pop-culture pizza stop is very family-friendly with arcades to help pass the time as you wait for you pizza. New York-style pizza is their specialty. Build your own or simply pick a pie while enjoying some of their popular cocktails and great craft beer selection.

1812 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647

15. Dimo's Pizza Wicker Park

1615 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Dimo’s has locations in Bucktown and Wrigleyville, mostly known as a spot to hit after the bars. The display case of New York-style pies are staggerings, and there are unorthodox choices including the mac and cheese slice, a carryover from Madison, Wisconsin’s Ian’s Pizza. The pies are super thin and great in a pinch.

1615 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Gallucci Pizzeria Napoletana

1551 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

This Old Town space has long served great pizza, as the previous tenant, Dinoto, had made a name for itself for years in the neighborhood. Gianni Gallucci has picked up the torch. He’s a fixture on the competitive pizza circuit and has a strong adherence to classic Neapolitan pizza. For their red sauce pies, the Terra Mia is a popular choice, while truffle lovers shouldn’t pass on the Tartufata, a white pie with black-truffle cream.

1551 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

17. Piece

1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Piece is a Wicker Park pioneer and an award-winning brewery. Co-owned by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick fame, they specialize in New Haven-style pizza with a dough recipe taken from Sally’s the pizza palace in Connecticut. Tomato pies are standouts, but don’t forget to try the spicy pizza made with Hot Doug’s Atomic Sausage.

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

18. Craft Pizza

1252 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Craft Pizza defies characterization, a kind of hodgepodge of Midwestern meets Neapolitan headlined by the Margherita (which features whole-milk mozzarella). There are also slices to be had and customers can pick genuine Chicago-style sausage from Anichini Brothers.

1252 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

19. Roots Handmade Pizza

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A whole pizza
Quad Cities pies come in strips rather than slices.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This is how pizza is done in the Quad Cities. Malted crust, baked crispy and then cut with a large pair of kitchen shears into shareable strips. There are locations in Printer’s Row, Lincoln Square, West Town, and Old Town.

1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

20. Coalfire

1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

In West Town, you can get coal-forged thin-crust pizza that exits the 800-degree oven perfectly charred and bubbly. Why have it any other way? You can go with one of their 12 specialty pizzas or build your own and create your own new favorite. Check out the Lakeview location as well.

1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

21. Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
A mushroom pizza
Robert’s dough recipe was honed over two decades.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Robert’s is a pizzeria that pizzailos can respect. Robert Garvey spent years perfected his dough before zoning in on the right formula, one the is puffy with a little crunch. It’s cooked in a gas oven and comes out with artisan ingredients like Peking duck or duck prosciutto. Try the A Walk in the Woods (truffle cream base, wild mushrooms, double-cream washed rind cheese, mozzarella) or Brussels sprouts & bacon (brussels sprouts, dates, smoked mozzarella, bacon, balsamic glaze).

465 N McClurg Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

22. Stix n Brix Wood Fired Pizza

218 W 33rd St, Chicago, IL 60616

A short distance from Sox Park, Stix N Brix focuses on wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies. Dig into a South Side-inspired specialty: The Beef n Hot Giardiniera pie comes with sliced Italian beef and hot peppers.

218 W 33rd St
Chicago, IL 60616

23. Pizza Capri

1501 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

California-style pizzas were never a major draw in Chicago (Where have you gone, CPK?), but Pizza Capri — now with two remaining locations (Hyde Park and Lincoln Park), was a forerunner for the style. The old mini-chain probably gets forgotten in the shuffle, but the thin crust, which lack char and have a golden brown halo, continue to deliver. The Thai pie (order it well done) is still a delight, as is the BBQ Blast. It’s OK to enjoy a little novelty — pizza is supposed to be fun.

1501 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

24. Nella Pizza e Pasta

1125 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

A Neapolitan specialist in Hyde Park, the chef behind Nella Pizza e Pasta worked at lauded North Side pizzeria Spacca Napoli. The pies offer a wondrous chew and char. The menu is fairly traditional, with the Ortolana (mozzarella, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, red sauce, basil) a standout.

1125 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615

25. Open Outcry Brewing Company

10934 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

In Morgan Park, Open Outcry is a family-friendly brewpub with a few outdoor seating options. The kitchen has a wood-fire oven where Neapolitan-inspired thin crusts are baked. These are unconventional pies, with selections like a mac & cheese with smoked gouda sauce. The Chi Town comes with braised beef, fries, and giardiniera. 

10934 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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