Best Pizza in Chicago

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  1. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a

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    I will be going through Chicago today and I want to know where the best pizza is. I've eaten at Ginos East. That's it, so anywhere besides that. Thanks
     
  2. Ravaroo macrumors 6502

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    iirc (was a number of years ago), you can check out Pizzeria Uno's original restaurant just a block off of Michigan Ave. Be ready for some dense mf'ing pie
     
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    Giordano's on the intersection of Rush and Superior.
     
  5. thejoshhoward macrumors member

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    +1
     
  6. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I don't get this. I can't get past that nasty, chunky sauce.

    The best pizza is not downtown- go to the neighborhoods.

    Calo is great at Clark and Balmoral.
    Apart Pizza on Broadway
    Carmen's on Sheridan Road
    Piece on North Ave

    All these places mop the floor with that crap we feed the tourists. ;)
     
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    +2. Lou Malnati's is the best deep dish (it used to be Gino's East on Superior, but not no more)

    For thin crust… go to New York? Haha. There's a great place in the western suburbs (countryside) called Ledo's, which is fabulous if you like your pizza thin and greasy.

    Don't bother with Giordano's. It sucks.
     
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  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Great Lake in Andersonville got a nod from GQ as best pizza in the country a couple years ago....

    My favorite Chicago style pizza was in Hyde Park, but it closed a year ago. :(

    Gino's East sets the bar pretty low, so you should like whatever you try next quite a lot! :p
     
  11. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Ew. That's just nasty.

    I still have not been there. The line is always way put the door! Everyone has told me it's worth standing out in a blizzard for though.
     
  12. Surely Guest

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    lol....aww c'mon, it's not that bad. It's definitely not authentic Chicago-style pizza, but it's still good wood oven pizza.

    It wouldn't be my first choice in Chicago.
     
  13. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I've tried eating there, believe me. It's OK, it's just nothing to get excited about.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    In fair disclosure, neither have I. :( Every time I go, they're about to close, or, like you say, they're crazy busy. If they're as good at pizza as Kuma's Corner is at burgers, though....
     
  15. huntnboy04 macrumors regular

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    Since leekohler lives in Chicago I'd follow his advice, but if you don't make it out of the city try Pizano's. I went to the East Madison location a few months back, nice busy atmosphere. The deep dish didn't have sauce, they use tomatoes and the sausage (in the pizza) is awesome.
     
  16. leekohler, Aug 12, 2011
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    leekohler macrumors G5

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    Pizano's is good.

    And just a small irritation- every place I suggested is in the city, just not downtown. Downtown is what we city dwellers have given to tourists, colleges and business. We've convinced you it's Chicago for our own good. ;) The rest of the city is ours. If you REALLY wanna experience Chicago, you get out of downtown. Explore the neighborhoods of the city and you'll really be impressed- Boystown, Wrigleyville, Wicker Park, Uptown, Andersonville, Lincoln Square, Pilsen, Hyde Park. the list goes on and on. The neighborhoods are where everything exciting, new and cultural is happening.

    Look at the map. Where I put the oval is downtown. Look how much you're missing by not leaving that space. Now to be fair, you won't be able to see it all. I've lived here 19 years and have not seen all of the city, but I've been exploring more and more lately, and I keep discovering so many new, awesome places.
     

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    anywhere that has coupons...

    Dominoes. 'Oh yes they did!'

    and they just brought the noid back. sweet!


    just kidding, the best i ever had was a local (just east of downtown) called 'geppetto's pizza'. a really awesome mom/pop shop, all made fresh by hand, and they let you color on the tables, walls, anywhere. amazing stuff to a kid. no longer in business, what a shame.

    i would also vote for the 'go out the burbs' and find a family non-chain, but that's just me.

    EDIT: oh yeah, GO CUBS!
     
  18. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Not the suburbs, the neighborhoods. The suburbs are terrible.
     
  19. huntnboy04 macrumors regular

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    Sorry lee, I really should know better, I misspoke. It irritates me when people do the same thing where I'm from.
     
  20. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    touché (from wiki: concede point as true, often countering one's own logic)

    misspoke. no longer local, not far away, but used to saying burbs after living around the world a few times. old habits are hard to break.

    avoid the burbs, go for the independents in the neighborhoods!
     
  21. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Sorry, I get a little touchy about that sometimes. :)

    And the burbs are nothing BUT chains and malls and such. Yuck. ;)
     
  22. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Thank you for the list. Hopefully going in October. I always wanted to try "CHICAGO" deep dish style pizza.

    On my to do list for sure!!!!
     
  23. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Calo is the BEST for deep dish, with Carmen's coming in a close second.
     
  24. tktaylor1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I ended up at Uno's because I stayed in that part of town. Chicago has the biggest stores I have ever seen. The Ralph Lauren store was heaven for me. Navy Pier kinda cool, and the art galleries by the pier are really expensive. But that Ralph Lauren store omg. Oh and the biggest Apple store I have ever walked into as well.
     
  25. leekohler macrumors G5

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    The Ralph Lauren store is amazing. You should eat at the restaurant there sometime. It's expensive, but well worth it. The Apple Store on Michigan is among the first and I love it.
     

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