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Chicago-Style Pizza

Where to find the best deep dish pizza in the city

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The Chicago-style pizza (a.k.a. deep dish pizza) is one of the Windy City's signature foods. Which is kind of misleading, because deep dish pizza is actually not what Chicagoans order on a regular basis. Most pizzerias in Chicago serve a thin-crust pizza, and while different in style compared to other pizza icons like New York, it's not known as a "Chicago-style pizza". A Chicago-style pizza has a thick, buttery cornmeal crust, and is piled high and layered "upside down" -- the cheese goes on first, then the mounds of toppings, and the sauce goes on top. Here are some of my favorite places to get Chicago-style pizza.

Gino's East

Gino's East hand makes their deep-dish pizza, and the amount of toppings make it a challenge to eat more than one piece. Gino's East is also known for allowing guests to graffiti the walls to mark their visit (see if you can spot "Prescott Was Here '88").
  • Address: 162 E. Superior Street, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-266-3337
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Lou Malnati's

While Lou Malnati's was late to the Chicago deep-dish party when it opened in 1971, original owner Lou had previously worked in the deep-dish pizza business for almost 30 years before opening his flagship restaurant in nearby suburban Lincolnwood, and his dedication to quality still holds up today.
  • Address: 6649 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood
  • Phone: 847-673-0800
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - midnight, Sunday noon - 10 p.m.

  • Address: 439 N. Wells St., Chicago
  • Phone: 312-828-9800
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - midnight, Sunday noon - 11 p.m.

Lou Malnati's also offers delivery, ending one hour before closing time.

Pizzeria Uno

Pizzeria Uno lays claim to inventing the Chicago deep-dish pizza, and by the quality of their pizza pie, I believe them. Uno also has a number of other tasty items on their menu besides pizza, but it seems kind of beside the point.
  • Address: 29 E. Ohio St., Chicago
  • Phone: 312-321-1000
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Pizzeria Due

Pizzeria Uno is so popular, they had to open another location around the corner, Pizzeria Due. While most might want to eat at the original, the long waits might not give you a choice if you want to eat by next Tuesday. But don't worry, the same quality standards apply at Pizzeria Due as well.
  • Address: 619 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago
  • Phone: 312-321-1000
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
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