Party Earth Review Nestled next to the train tracks and a short hop from Logan’s namesake public square, the Boiler Room is a neighborhood hangout featuring New York-style pizza, a diverse microbrew selection, and Jameson’s finest on tap. Large windows along the black-painted brick façade showcase the cooks as they work their latest doughy ... more
2210 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
American Restaurant / Bar
Reviewed by Nick T.
"My Take: Formerly Alcock’s, O’Neil’s on Wells is one of the more laidback bars in The Loop, with a mix of rock music and sports décor and an overall a ..." more
411 South Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Reviewed by Nick T.
"In a city known for its deep dish pizza, Pizano's definitely competes for best deep dish in the city. (Second only to Lou Malnati's in my book) Before ..." more
864 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Party Earth Review If the name doesn’t give it away, the muffled sounds of live music mixed with the smell of pizza should clue first-time visitors in to Beat Kitchen’s double identity as a restaurant and live music venue. Serving up fresh pies and lots of sandwiches and large salads, the place is a magnet for folks who aren’t even there ... more
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago IL 60618
Party Earth Review A blend of microbrewery and pizzeria, Piece has helped revive the popularity of thin crust pizza in a deep dish city, all the while serving an extensive list of in-house craft beers. A piece of pizza combined with a peace symbol marks the modest entrance to the venue, where groups of hipsters in neon sneakers add colorful ... more
1927 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Let’s stop the argument before it begins; Chicago pizza and New York pizza cannot be compared because they are two different things. And though New Yorkers might not be able to find an authentic NY slice outside of their five boroughs, they, and other visitors to Chicago, may be surprised to find that pizza places in Chicago are not a monolithic block – unlike the monolithic block of cheese in the center of an authentic Chicago deep dish.
If you need to get a deep dish fix or want to figure out exactly what those strange-looking pies are, there are plenty of Chicago pizza places that can help you out. Giordano’s, Gino’s East, and Lou Malnati’s are three local chains that have been baking those two-inch-high stuffed pizzas for generations. They’ll need 45 minutes to cook it, and you’ll need a knife and fork. So what if it’s weird? It’s delicious.
Few locals subsist on deep dish alone, as each pizza could probably feed an entire apartment building. Luckily, Chicagoans’ love of pizza extends to different varieties. Napoli-style pizza is hugely popular, and places with names like Spacca Napoli and Sapore di Napoli open frequently. Coal oven pizza is also big here, and Bricks in Lincoln Park seems to be packed every single moment it is open. Even hole-in-the-wall neighborhood pizza places in Chicago tend to dish out pies far superior to the national chains.
And…okay, FINE, East Coasters! You might not find a NY slice that passes your test, but some restaurants specialize in East Coast styles. For example, hipster pizzeria and brewery Piece serves New Haven-style pizza. But give deep dish a try, just once, okay?