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Best Pizza Places in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a city which boasts some of the best food in the nation. Of all its culinary offerings, though, very few things compete with the wonderful pizza places you'll find in the city. Chicago does, after all, have an entire style of pizza named after it. Chicago-style pizza is synonymous with the words "deep dish" and "delicious." In any case, here are some of the best pizza places in the city of Chicago, Illinois:

-Trattoria D.O.C.-
706 Main St
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 475-1111

This is a great restaurant in general, but its pizza selections are particularly tempting. Trattoria D.O.C. offers 12-inch, brick-fire baked pizzas. The menu includes a few dozen previously imagined pizza topping combinations, but you can also make your own unique creation. While the prices are a bit higher than some pizza places, that's more than made up for by the ambiance and experience.

-Vito & Nick's-
8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652-3135
Phone: (773) 735-2050

This small, eclectic bar and eatery boasts some of Chicago's best thin-crust pizza. It's signature thin-crust dough is crunchy, buttery, and delectable. Also, for starters, you have to consider the garlic bread. They offer some of the best garlic bread and cheese bread in the city, maybe even in the nation. Vito & Nick's is a small, friendly, reasonably priced pizza establishment and is definitely worth stopping in to.

-Pizzeria Uno-
29 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611-2707
Phone: (312) 321-1000

This is a true Chicago classic. It's true, if you want to go to Pizzeria Uno anytime even near a peak dining hour, you're going to face a relatively lengthy wait. Trust me, though, it'll all be worth it in the end. Pizzeria Uno features traditional, Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza. Each slice is practically a meal unto itself, and probably has the caloric content of one. That's all right, though. Just remember, by eating at Uno's, you're actively participating in part of Chicago's history. This is an absolute must-visit, and if you only eat at one pizza place in Chicago, this would be the one to choose.

-Caponies Trattoria-
3350 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 804-9024

Caponies Trattoria is a wonderful little pizza place, thematically based on the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone, and located smack in the middle of Chicago's Little Italy. They serve wonderful pizza, along with delicious appetizers, and some of the best pasta in the Midwest. This is another wood-stove pizza place, which adds great flavor to the pizza and just as much character to the restaurant. Likewise, the staff is very friendly and helpful, making your dining experience at Caponies Trattoria a true pleasure.

-Home Run Inn-
4254 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60623-4898
Phone: (773) 247-9696

The Home Run Inn is a neat restaurant that serves wonderful, hand-tossed pizzas. If you're not in the mood for pizza, however, they also serve wonderful soups, salads, and sandwiches. Basically, you can't go wrong at the Home Run Inn. Anything you order is going to be good quality and tasty. Also, if you can't wait, they offer frozen pizzas to go that you bake at home. These beat the proverbial tar out of normal frozen pizzas.

-Lou Malnati's Pizzeria-
439 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610-4512
Phone: (312) 828-9800

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is a particularly great place to go for lunch. They offer great pizza, and you get you choice between Chicago-style deep dish or thin crust. At lunchtime, you can avoid the rush and also save money by ordering their lunch special, which includes a personal pizza and soup or salad for a very reasonable price, usually under $7. This is a low-key establishment and a great family-oriented, kid-friendly place.

-Gino's East-
633 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 943-1124

When it comes down to history, no other pizza place can compete with Gino's East. This dimly lit, good sized restaurant is a huge draw for Chicago residents and tourists alike. The history of the place, including the fact that every inch of wall-space is plastered with customer graffiti, isn't the only reason that Gino's East is ordinarily very busy. The main reason for its popularity is the fact that it serves great pizza. All of Gino's food, in fact, is good enough that you'll be willing to come back time and time again.