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Chicago's Best Pizza Places: A Comprehensive Guide

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If you're looking for the best pizza in Chicago, look no further than this comprehensive guide. From deep dish to thin crust, these pizza places have got you covered. So whether you're in the mood for a classic slice or something new and exciting, be sure to check out one of these spots.

Pizzeria Uno

Pizzeria Uno is the place where deep-dish pizza was invented, so it’s only fitting that it would be one of the best places to get it in Chicago. The restaurant has been serving up its signature pies for over 75 years, and it’s still just as popular as ever. If you want a truly authentic deep-dish pizza experience, you have to go to Pizzeria Uno. The restaurant’s pies are made with a thick, buttery crust that’s filled with cheesy goodness. You can get your pizza with any topping you want, but we recommend going for the classic Chicago-style combo of sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms.

Gino's East

Gino's East is a Chicago pizza institution. You'll know it by the lines out the front and the celebrity signatures on the walls. Come early, though, or be prepared to wait: It's not unusual for the line to wrap around the block. Gino's East is famous for its deep dish pizza, which has a buttery crust, and a generous topping of cheese and your favorite toppings. The restaurant also offers a light Chicago-style thin-crust pizza as well as gluten-free options.

Doughocracy

This pizzeria near the United Center is only open for dinner during Blackhawks games, but it's worth visiting any time you're in the neighborhood. Doughocracy serves up pizzas with imaginative toppings on both deep dish and Chicago-style thin crusts. Some of the combinations include buffalo chicken, pulled pork and fries, and our personal favorite, the tomatillo BBQ chicken. And don't forget to order the garlic parmesan breadsticks: They'll come out piping hot and ready for dipping in one of the house sauces.

Lou Malnati's

Lou Malnati's is a family-run business that's been making Chicago-style pizzas for over 40 years. In 1971, Lou Malnati left a successful career as a manager at Pizzeria Uno to open his own place. His first restaurant was located in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Today, there are 40+ Lou Malnati's locations across the country. The company is still family-owned and operated.

Malnati's pizzas are made with a buttery crust, a secret sausage recipe, and fresh mozzarella cheese. The pizzas are then baked in a high-temperature, deck oven. This creates a crispy crust and a soft, fluffy center.

Giordano's

Giordano's is another popular deep-dish pizza place that's been serving up pies since 1974. It was actually founded in a Chicago suburb but has since grown to include locations all over the country. The company is known for its large portions and cheesy pies, and it even ships pizzas across the U.S.

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