In the last food blog (yes, that one about the dogs), I mentioned a conversation I had with my daughter where she narrowed the entirety of Chicago pop culture down to “Wind” and “Hot Dogs.” Well, I wasn’t entirely honest with you. You see, the conversation did not stop there. She added one more tidbit to the mix… “and what about pizzas?. Can’t you get a Chicago style pizza?” It immediately brought back a memory from my own childhood of the first time I ever had Chicago pizza. We went to a pizzeria that had actual seating and no televisions with the game on. There were even real napkins. The place was packed but the only thing I can really bring vividly into my mind was this lovely enormously crusted pizza. The crust must have been 2 ½ or 3 inches tall and I adored every bit of it. Until then, I was not a fan of pizza. Anything with thin, matzo crust left me wanting. Chicago style pizza changed all of that.
The crust is the kicker. It is thick and big and is texturally different than most other pizzas. It is baked in a pan so it has that slightly crispy outside edge that travels up the entire side of the pie. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Then we got fresh tomatoes and onions. Wow.
The Chicago pizza is an icon unto its own. How could you come all the way to Chicago, stay at either a First Class Chicago High Rise Vacation Rental or a First Class Chicago Brownstone Vacation Rental and not get some Chicago Pizza? It would be a sin.
So, I decided to take it upon myself to direct you to some of the best deep dish, Chicago style pizza, around.
The Best of the Best Deep Dish Chicago Pizza
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Okay…this is what I am talkin’ about. Spend the extra 75 cents and get the special butter flaky crust. You will not be disappointed. There are locations all over Chicago. However, they have a sit down restaurant in the Gold Coast Neighborhood that I highly recommend. You can walk straight from your First Class Chicago Brownstone to mouthwatering pizza. The Gold Coast location can be found at
1120 North State Street 312.725.7777
Art of Pizza
This is the place to go if you are into stuffed crust. I am not..yes I am a crust purist. However, I hear this place has it going on for those stuffers among you.
3033 North Ashland 773.327.5600
They make a pizza with a beautiful and unbelievably tasty “caramelized crust.” If you are into that sort of thing, you may want to head their direction. Plus they have a killer lunch special. Monday through Friday, for $5.
2207 N. Clybourn Ave
A couple of neat tidbits. Burt has been involved in the opening of other Chicago pizzerias and decided to venture out onto his own. This is his place and he is a character. You can’t miss him; he is the hippie in the back.
8541 N. Ferris Ave. Morton Grove