Restaurants

Top Choice Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Giordano's

Giordano's makes 'stuffed' pizza, a bigger, doughier version of deep dish. It's awesome. If you want a slice of heaven, order the ‘special,' a stuffed pie containing sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onions. Each …
Pizza in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Piece

The thin flour-dusted crust of ‘New Haven–style’ pizza at this spacious Wicker Park microbrewery offers a welcome reprieve from the city’s omnipresent deep-dish version. The best is the white variety – a sauceless p…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Gino's East

In the great deep-dish pizza wars, Gino’s is easily one of the top-five heavies. And it encourages customers to do something wacky: cover every available surface – walls, chairs, staircases – with graffiti. The clas…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Pizzeria Uno

Ike Sewell supposedly invented Chicago-style pizza here on December 3, 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…
Pizza in Gold Coast

Pizano's

Congenial Pizano's gets lost amid Chicago's pizza places, which is a shame since it's one of the best and has an illustrious pedigree (founded by Rudy Malnati Jr, whose dad created the deep-dish pizza, so the legend…
Pizza in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Pequod’s Pizza

Like the ship in Moby Dick, from which this neighborhood restaurant takes its name, Pequod’s pan-style (akin to deep dish) pizza is a thing of legend – head and shoulders above chain competitors because of its caram…
Pizza in The Loop

Pizano's

Pizano's is a good recommendation for deep-dish newbies, since it's not jaw-breakingly thick. The thin-crust pies that hit the checker-clothed tables are good, too, winning rave reviews for crispness. Some of the wa…
Pizza in South Loop & Near South Side

Lou Malnati's

Lou Malnati's is one of the city's premier deep-dish pizza makers. In fact, it claims to have invented the gooey behemoth (though that's a matter of never-ending dispute). Not in dispute: the deliciousness of Malnat…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Lou Malnati's

It’s a matter of dispute, but some say Malnati is the innovator of Chicago’s deep-dish pizza (Lou's father Rudy was a cook at Pizzeria Uno, which also lays claim to the title). Malnati's certainly concocted the uniq…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Giordano's Navy Pier

The city's top purveyor of stuffed pizza has an outpost on Navy Pier. What is stuffed pizza? It's a bigger, gooier riff on deep dish: it's dough, with cheese on top, then another layer of dough atop that, plus toppi…