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Caramelized crusts are a defining feature of Milly’s Pizza.
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Chicago’s Essential Pizza Restaurants

Where to find Chicago’s most beloved pizzas, no matter the style

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Caramelized crusts are a defining feature of Milly’s Pizza.
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The politics of pizza in Chicago always spark fierce debate. Whether it’s deep dish or thin crust, staunch supporters on both sides will never relent. Fortunately, pizzaiolos across the city are specializing in a variety of different styles in order to satisfy everyone. Some places have been around for decades while others are relative newcomers, but they’re all pushing boundaries and making an impact on the local scene. The following list is just a sampling of the wonderful pizzerias in Chicago, and many favorites may have been omitted. The latest additions are Crust Fund Pizza, Professor Pizza, Williams Inn, Roots Handmade, Forno Rosso, and Bob’s Pizza.

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1. George's Deep Dish

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6221 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 801-1551
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Although most of Chicago’s beloved deep dish specialists have been around for ages, a couple of new spots are doing great things that merit major attention. At George’s in Edgewater, chef-owner George Bumbaris takes inspiration from several local pizzerias for his unique pies. The sourdough crust is similar to focaccia and dusted with cornmeal on the bottom, while the crispy edges are covered in caramelized cheese, like at Pequod’s. And instead of layering the toppings underneath the sweet tomato sauce, Bumbaris places them over it. The intriguing creations, which are named after famous Georges, range from Clooney’s ER (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon) to Michael’s S&M (spaghetti, meatballs, ricotta, roasted garlic). The restaurant is carryout- and delivery-only and prepares just a small number of pizzas each day. Online orders can be placed here.

2. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

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5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-6992

Is it sacrilegious to have a New York-style pizzeria on this list? Maybe. But when the pizzas are as good as the ones coming out of Jimmy’s, there’s no resisting the allure. Even Chicagoans can appreciate excellent crispy and chewy slices that beg to be folded and scarfed down. Call it the Great Unifier.

A clear display case holds large New York-style pizzas. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

3. Crust Fund Pizza

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North Side
Chicago, IL

Crust Fund Pizza is the little pop-up the could. From John Carruthers, a home chef and marketing professional for Revolution Brewing, Crust Fund was a little way to make use of Carruthers’ passion for pizza. He takes orders via Instagram (drops happen about monthly). Customers won’t pay him, they will donate money to a charity of Carruthers’ choice in exchange for the address of the secret back alley location (Carruthers’ garage) where they can pickup a pie. The pizza is mostly Chicago thin crust, but look for a variety of specials. And be quick to lock in your order. Drops sell out in seconds.

4. Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napoletana

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3719 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 295-5697
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Forno Rosso survived the pandemic, a pandemic where dine-in wasn’t reliable. Most pizza spots encourage takeout, but Rosso adheres to the strict rules set down in Italy for Neapolitan pizza. Takeout is a no-no; the belief is the pie’s quality will drop so low during transportation that it’s not worth it. The North Side location tested COVID restrictions, and the dining room was often full with diners who enjoyed some of the city’s best thin-crust pizza. The location in West Loop has recently reopened after a remodel.

5. Pat's Pizza

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2679 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-0168
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Pat’s proves that tavern-style isn’t just a South Side staple. The premier Chicago thin crust specialist on the North Side has earned a sterling reputation for friendly service and crispy pies. The sausage is mixed in-house and always a satisfying bite. Online ordering is available here.

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Pat’s tavern-style pies are among Chicago’s best.
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6. Paulie Gee's

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2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-1072
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The Brooklyn-based pizzeria arrived with lots of hype surrounding its Neapolitan-inspired offerings and managed to live up to those lofty expectations. The wood-fired creations include Greenpointer (mozzarella, baby arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano) and Hellboy (mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire soppressata piccante, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mike’s Hot Honey). Many of the pies are vegan friendly and the menu features Detroit-style “Logan Squares” as well. The Wicker Park location also sells New York-style slices. Online ordering is available here.

7. Pequod's

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2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-1512
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Locals haven’t experienced deep dish nirvana until they've tried caramelized crust. At Pequod, order pies loaded with sausage, spinach, ground beef, giardiniera, and more and see how a burnt, cheesy crust can drastically enhance an already-great classic. The original location is in Morton Grove. Order online here.

8. My Pi Pizza

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2010 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 394-6900
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Located in a small storefront in a Bucktown strip mall, My Pi specializes in deep dish. Expect a well-seasoned crust packed with the right amount of cheese. The highlight is the spinach soufflé, which is a stuffed pie that tucks spinach, onions, and basil between two layers of dough. Order online here.

9. Bungalow by Middle Brow

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2840 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Pizza and beer are an immaculate pairing and at this Logan Square brewpub. Focusing on fermentation, Bungalow by Middle Brow makes exceptional breads along with wild and experimental brews. The thin, chewy crust is activated with a sourdough starter, which gives the dough a pleasant tanginess. Toppings are sourced from local farms, and the lineup includes options like margherita, mushroom, and seasonal pies.

10. Milly's Pizza in the Pan

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1801 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(224) 656-4732
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Faced with uncertain prospects at the beginning of the pandemic, Robert Maleski plunged into pizza making and launched a virtual restaurant. His take on pan pizza is inspired by Chicago legend Burt Katz and sports a ring of caramelized mozzarella around the dough. The crunchy crust holds lots of cheese and tomato sauce, and is adorned with topping combinations like Que Suerte (pineapple, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, brown sugar bacon) and Covfefe (peppadew peppers, sausage, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, spinach, ricotta). All pies are also finished with dollops of fresh mozzarella. Each day’s supply is limited and orders can be placed here. In February, Milly’s plans to move to a new permanent space with sit-down dining in Uptown.

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Pan pizza newcomer Milly’s has quickly become a Chicago favorite.
Milly’s Pizza in the Pan [Official Photo]

11. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-4422
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The place is always packed and there’s often a wait, but it’s easy to understand why people love the pies at Piece. The New Haven-style thin crust pizzas can be customized with red or white sauce and topped with an enormous list of eclectic ingredients, including mashed potatoes, artichoke hearts, broccoli, clams, and meatballs. Also check out the special pizzas featuring Doug Sohn’s (Hot Doug’s) Atomic Sausage and Honey Butter’s fried chicken. Online ordering is available here.

12. Pizza Friendly Pizza

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1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-2483
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Pizza Friendly Pizza is next door to the legendary Empty Bottle — a Chicago institution for live music. Owner Bruce Finkelman turned to Noah Sandoval, chef at Michelin-starred Oriole, to create a unique Sicilian-inspired pie that’s crunchy and light. Sandoval’s pizzas bridge various styles and are as fun as they are sophisticated. Keep an eye out for special toppings like confit pork, black garlic, and miso onions. Online orders can be placed here.

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The slices at Pizza Friendly Pizza are unlike those anywhere else in Chicago.
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13. Professor Pizza

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3220 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
(224) 406-3575
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“Professor Pizza” is a persona dreamed up by Tony Scardino, a competitive pizza maker with an enthusiasm to shares his Italian American roots with the world. Out of a Humboldt Park ghost kitchen, Professor Pizza slings N.Y., Chicago tavern, Sicilian, and Grandma-style pies. Variety is a spice of life, and that’s a lesson the professor stresses.

14. Labriola Chicago

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-3100
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Rich Labriola has a baking empire (he also owns the Chicago locations of LA-based Stan’s Donuts) and a few years ago, he opened a restaurant off the Mag Mile where tourists can find deep dish pizzas without waiting in long lines, as is the custom at the usual downtown suspects. The pie comes with a ring of caramelized cheese, the sauce is a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and the crust is rarely soggy. Toppings-wise, the Russo Sausage is always a crowd pleaser. Place an online order here.

15. Bonci

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161 N Sangamon St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-4016
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Pizza craftsman Gabriele Bonci introduced his world famous restaurant to America in 2017 with a West Loop location. The Roman-style pizza al taglio — baked in large rectangular trays and sold by weight — boasts a focaccia-like crust and ever-changing topping combinations that include cured meats, artisanal cheeses, and other seasonal ingredients. Online ordering is available here. The pizza’s are also available in Lincoln Park at Dom’s Kitchen and Market.

16. Roots Handmade Pizza - South Loop

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744 S Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60605
(773) 645-4909
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Chicagoans who rolled their eyes at Roots Pizza’s Quad Style pies, which is made with malted crust and cut into strips, are guilty of the same pizza snobbery that New Yorkers and others engage in when trying to put down deep dish. Roots is a unique pie that’s fun enough for kids but almost secretly chefy and delicious for adults who don’t want to order a flimsy pie from a national chain.

17. Bob’s Pizza

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1659 W 21st St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 600-6155
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Not quite New York, not quite Neapolitan, this small pizza chain with locations in Pilsen, Old Town, Evanston, and West Loop offers a chef’s touch on everyone’s favorite comfort food. The chef, a Minnesota native, has learned to pander to locals by using Old Style beer in his dough and describing his pies as “Pilsen style.” Regardless of marketing, the pizzas are impressive. The pickle pizza with garlic cream is a highlight.

18. Williams Inn Pizza & Sports Bar

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2210 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 753-3108
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Giant slabs of deep-dish pizza might not be en vogue in other parts of the city, but the folks from Williams Inn don’t care. This gem has a legion of fans who are nostalgic from the original South Side location. Now in the South Loop, not too far from Soldier Field, Williams Inn has a full bar for sports fans who can enjoy those cheesy pies. 

19. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream

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964 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 565-4192
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In Bridgeport, a group of fun-loving and talented chefs have partnered with the owners of Maria’s Community Bar to open a pizzeria with a silly name but serious food. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream started with Sicilian pies before going for hometown credibility by developing a tavern-style crust topped with sausage, JP Graziano giardiniera, and other top-notch ingredients. It’s an incredibly crisp pizza that’s done perfectly — no need to worry about undercooked dough. Online orders can be placed here. Also, check out the team’s thin crusts at Marz’s brewery in McKinley Park.

20. Vito & Nick's

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8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652
(773) 735-2050
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Pizza enthusiasts flock to this revered stalwart on the far South Side for some of the finest cracker-like thin crust pies in the city. The crispy dough can be topped with a plethora of ingredients, ranging from shrimp and anchovies to sliced beef and sausage, and is best paired with a cold pint of Old Style.

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1. George's Deep Dish

6221 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Although most of Chicago’s beloved deep dish specialists have been around for ages, a couple of new spots are doing great things that merit major attention. At George’s in Edgewater, chef-owner George Bumbaris takes inspiration from several local pizzerias for his unique pies. The sourdough crust is similar to focaccia and dusted with cornmeal on the bottom, while the crispy edges are covered in caramelized cheese, like at Pequod’s. And instead of layering the toppings underneath the sweet tomato sauce, Bumbaris places them over it. The intriguing creations, which are named after famous Georges, range from Clooney’s ER (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon) to Michael’s S&M (spaghetti, meatballs, ricotta, roasted garlic). The restaurant is carryout- and delivery-only and prepares just a small number of pizzas each day. Online orders can be placed here.

6221 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

5159 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
A clear display case holds large New York-style pizzas. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Is it sacrilegious to have a New York-style pizzeria on this list? Maybe. But when the pizzas are as good as the ones coming out of Jimmy’s, there’s no resisting the allure. Even Chicagoans can appreciate excellent crispy and chewy slices that beg to be folded and scarfed down. Call it the Great Unifier.

5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Crust Fund Pizza

North Side, Chicago, IL

Crust Fund Pizza is the little pop-up the could. From John Carruthers, a home chef and marketing professional for Revolution Brewing, Crust Fund was a little way to make use of Carruthers’ passion for pizza. He takes orders via Instagram (drops happen about monthly). Customers won’t pay him, they will donate money to a charity of Carruthers’ choice in exchange for the address of the secret back alley location (Carruthers’ garage) where they can pickup a pie. The pizza is mostly Chicago thin crust, but look for a variety of specials. And be quick to lock in your order. Drops sell out in seconds.

North Side
Chicago, IL

4. Forno Rosso Pizzeria Napoletana

3719 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Forno Rosso survived the pandemic, a pandemic where dine-in wasn’t reliable. Most pizza spots encourage takeout, but Rosso adheres to the strict rules set down in Italy for Neapolitan pizza. Takeout is a no-no; the belief is the pie’s quality will drop so low during transportation that it’s not worth it. The North Side location tested COVID restrictions, and the dining room was often full with diners who enjoyed some of the city’s best thin-crust pizza. The location in West Loop has recently reopened after a remodel.

3719 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

5. Pat's Pizza

2679 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A person cutting a pizza.
Pat’s tavern-style pies are among Chicago’s best.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Pat’s proves that tavern-style isn’t just a South Side staple. The premier Chicago thin crust specialist on the North Side has earned a sterling reputation for friendly service and crispy pies. The sausage is mixed in-house and always a satisfying bite. Online ordering is available here.

2679 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Paulie Gee's

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Brooklyn-based pizzeria arrived with lots of hype surrounding its Neapolitan-inspired offerings and managed to live up to those lofty expectations. The wood-fired creations include Greenpointer (mozzarella, baby arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano) and Hellboy (mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire soppressata piccante, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mike’s Hot Honey). Many of the pies are vegan friendly and the menu features Detroit-style “Logan Squares” as well. The Wicker Park location also sells New York-style slices. Online ordering is available here.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Pequod's

2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Locals haven’t experienced deep dish nirvana until they've tried caramelized crust. At Pequod, order pies loaded with sausage, spinach, ground beef, giardiniera, and more and see how a burnt, cheesy crust can drastically enhance an already-great classic. The original location is in Morton Grove. Order online here.

2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. My Pi Pizza

2010 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Located in a small storefront in a Bucktown strip mall, My Pi specializes in deep dish. Expect a well-seasoned crust packed with the right amount of cheese. The highlight is the spinach soufflé, which is a stuffed pie that tucks spinach, onions, and basil between two layers of dough. Order online here.

2010 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Bungalow by Middle Brow

2840 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Pizza and beer are an immaculate pairing and at this Logan Square brewpub. Focusing on fermentation, Bungalow by Middle Brow makes exceptional breads along with wild and experimental brews. The thin, chewy crust is activated with a sourdough starter, which gives the dough a pleasant tanginess. Toppings are sourced from local farms, and the lineup includes options like margherita, mushroom, and seasonal pies.

2840 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Milly's Pizza in the Pan

1801 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A pizza in a pan.
Pan pizza newcomer Milly’s has quickly become a Chicago favorite.
Milly’s Pizza in the Pan [Official Photo]

Faced with uncertain prospects at the beginning of the pandemic, Robert Maleski plunged into pizza making and launched a virtual restaurant. His take on pan pizza is inspired by Chicago legend Burt Katz and sports a ring of caramelized mozzarella around the dough. The crunchy crust holds lots of cheese and tomato sauce, and is adorned with topping combinations like Que Suerte (pineapple, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, brown sugar bacon) and Covfefe (peppadew peppers, sausage, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, spinach, ricotta). All pies are also finished with dollops of fresh mozzarella. Each day’s supply is limited and orders can be placed here. In February, Milly’s plans to move to a new permanent space with sit-down dining in Uptown.

1801 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The place is always packed and there’s often a wait, but it’s easy to understand why people love the pies at Piece. The New Haven-style thin crust pizzas can be customized with red or white sauce and topped with an enormous list of eclectic ingredients, including mashed potatoes, artichoke hearts, broccoli, clams, and meatballs. Also check out the special pizzas featuring Doug Sohn’s (Hot Doug’s) Atomic Sausage and Honey Butter’s fried chicken. Online ordering is available here.

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Pizza Friendly Pizza

1039 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
four square slices of pizza on a triangular folded white napkin
The slices at Pizza Friendly Pizza are unlike those anywhere else in Chicago.
Clayton Hauck/Pizza Friendly Pizza

Pizza Friendly Pizza is next door to the legendary Empty Bottle — a Chicago institution for live music. Owner Bruce Finkelman turned to Noah Sandoval, chef at Michelin-starred Oriole, to create a unique Sicilian-inspired pie that’s crunchy and light. Sandoval’s pizzas bridge various styles and are as fun as they are sophisticated. Keep an eye out for special toppings like confit pork, black garlic, and miso onions. Online orders can be placed here.

1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Professor Pizza

3220 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

“Professor Pizza” is a persona dreamed up by Tony Scardino, a competitive pizza maker with an enthusiasm to shares his Italian American roots with the world. Out of a Humboldt Park ghost kitchen, Professor Pizza slings N.Y., Chicago tavern, Sicilian, and Grandma-style pies. Variety is a spice of life, and that’s a lesson the professor stresses.

3220 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

14. Labriola Chicago

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Rich Labriola has a baking empire (he also owns the Chicago locations of LA-based Stan’s Donuts) and a few years ago, he opened a restaurant off the Mag Mile where tourists can find deep dish pizzas without waiting in long lines, as is the custom at the usual downtown suspects. The pie comes with a ring of caramelized cheese, the sauce is a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and the crust is rarely soggy. Toppings-wise, the Russo Sausage is always a crowd pleaser. Place an online order here.

535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

15. Bonci

161 N Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607

Pizza craftsman Gabriele Bonci introduced his world famous restaurant to America in 2017 with a West Loop location. The Roman-style pizza al taglio — baked in large rectangular trays and sold by weight — boasts a focaccia-like crust and ever-changing topping combinations that include cured meats, artisanal cheeses, and other seasonal ingredients. Online ordering is available here. The pizza’s are also available in Lincoln Park at Dom’s Kitchen and Market.

161 N Sangamon St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Roots Handmade Pizza - South Loop

744 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

Chicagoans who rolled their eyes at Roots Pizza’s Quad Style pies, which is made with malted crust and cut into strips, are guilty of the same pizza snobbery that New Yorkers and others engage in when trying to put down deep dish. Roots is a unique pie that’s fun enough for kids but almost secretly chefy and delicious for adults who don’t want to order a flimsy pie from a national chain.

744 S Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60605

17. Bob’s Pizza

1659 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608

Not quite New York, not quite Neapolitan, this small pizza chain with locations in Pilsen, Old Town, Evanston, and West Loop offers a chef’s touch on everyone’s favorite comfort food. The chef, a Minnesota native, has learned to pander to locals by using Old Style beer in his dough and describing his pies as “Pilsen style.” Regardless of marketing, the pizzas are impressive. The pickle pizza with garlic cream is a highlight.

1659 W 21st St
Chicago, IL 60608

18. Williams Inn Pizza & Sports Bar

2210 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Giant slabs of deep-dish pizza might not be en vogue in other parts of the city, but the folks from Williams Inn don’t care. This gem has a legion of fans who are nostalgic from the original South Side location. Now in the South Loop, not too far from Soldier Field, Williams Inn has a full bar for sports fans who can enjoy those cheesy pies. 

2210 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

19. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream

964 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608

In Bridgeport, a group of fun-loving and talented chefs have partnered with the owners of Maria’s Community Bar to open a pizzeria with a silly name but serious food. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream started with Sicilian pies before going for hometown credibility by developing a tavern-style crust topped with sausage, JP Graziano giardiniera, and other top-notch ingredients. It’s an incredibly crisp pizza that’s done perfectly — no need to worry about undercooked dough. Online orders can be placed here. Also, check out the team’s thin crusts at Marz’s brewery in McKinley Park.

964 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608

20. Vito & Nick's

8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60652

Pizza enthusiasts flock to this revered stalwart on the far South Side for some of the finest cracker-like thin crust pies in the city. The crispy dough can be topped with a plethora of ingredients, ranging from shrimp and anchovies to sliced beef and sausage, and is best paired with a cold pint of Old Style.

8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652

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