6 Most Famous Pizza Restaurants in Chicago

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It’s been a debate for years which city is the pizza capital of the country: New York or Chicago. Both cities have very different pizza styles; Chicago in particular is best known for its deep-dish pizza, but the square-cut thin crust is just as prominent in the area. Many other interesting pizza styles and techniques also originated in the Windy City—so learn about the most famous pizza restaurants in Chicago and experience them for yourself.

Pizzeria Uno

The original Uno’s is located on Ohio Street near the Magnificent Mile, just one block away from its sister store, Pizzeria Due. Uno’s is reportedly the birthplace of Chicago’s iconic deep-dish pizza, which was created by founder Ike Sewell in 1943.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Lou Malnati took his knowledge of deep-dish pizza to Lincolnwood, just east of the city, and opened his first pizzeria there in 1971. Locals and tourists alike love the pizzeria’s incredible deep-dish and thin crust pizzas. Lou’s also serves gluten-free and crustless pizzas, which have become favorites as well. Everyone knows that when you’re in Chicago, pizza from Lou’s is an absolute must. There are now 53 Lou Malnati’s locations across the Chicagoland area, and there are even some outside of Illinois.

Giordano’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Giordano’s entered the Chicago deep-dish pizza war in 1974. What separates Giordano’s from Pizzeria Uno and Lou Malnati’s is its famous stuffed deep-dish style. Like Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s also has many locations across the Chicagoland area.

Pequod’s Pizza

Pequod’s has emerged as one of the most famous pizza restaurants in Chicago during the last 25 years. Pequod’s deep-dish is known for its caramelized crust, which has earned the pizzeria many food awards.

Gino’s East

Gino’s East has been serving Chicago-style deep-dish for over 50 years. Gino’s flagship location, where the walls are filled with the names of those who have stepped into the legendary pizzeria, is located downtown on Superior Street.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

This spot offers the most unique pizza concept in the Windy City to date. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder created their famous pizza pot pie in 1972. Each pot pie is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, and people from all over the world come to this pizzeria to try one.
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