Pizzeria Uno

Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Ike Sewell supposedly invented Chicago-style pizza here in 1943, although his claim to fame is hotly contested. A light, flaky crust holds piles of cheese and a herb-laced tomato sauce. The pizzas take a while, but kill time with the pitchers of beer and red wine and avoid the salad and other distractions to save room for the main event.

Sister outlet Pizzeria Due is one block north; it's marginally less packed than Uno.