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1. Antica Pizzeria 5663 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660 (Edgewater)

Antica was founded on creating the finest Italian dishes by staying true to authentic recipes for the tastiest results. Their menu is always changing, so their antipasti, salads, risotto, pizzas, and pastas will always surprise you.

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2. The Art of Pizza 3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

This simple and unfussy counter-serve pizzeria in Lakeview serves quality deep-dish pizza without the tourists and crowds. The Art of Pizza gets everything right, from the flaky crust to the brightly spiced tomato sauce on top, and even serves pan pizza by the slice for those who don't want to commit to the entire thing. Even though the spot is known for its deep-dish pies, it also makes thin-crust and stuffed pizzas.

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3. Pequod's Pizza 2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Pequod's should be on everyone's bucket list for deep-dish pizza in Chicago. The Lincoln Park mainstay specializes in cast-iron pan pizza with a caramelized cheese-topped crust. The lacy and blackened edges are a Pequod's signature, and the crust is crunchy and dense, while the cheese is sharp and tangy. The Clybourn Ave restaurant is open until 2am, so it's got your late-night pizza needs covered.

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4. Pizzeria da Nella 1443 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Proving women and pizza are about more than just skanky Julia Roberts trying to convince audiences she's Portuguese, Pizzeria da Nella is the new home of the former Spacca Napoli she-pizzaiola, a Naples native who started firing 'zas at age 13. Her new digs are appropriately centered around a brick oven she mosaic-tiled herself, and rounding out the space are canvas pictures of Italian villas and the Bay of Naples, though your arrival will make it more of a Bay of Pigs.

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5. Reno 2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Local, organic ingredients go into making Reno's mostly handmade American cuisine, including its delectably stacked wood-fired pizzas. Decked with choice cocktails and an extensive list of fairly priced wine, this resto knocks it out of the park.

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6. The Boiler Room 2210 N California, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This industrial restaurant-slash-bar in Logan Square does pizza, beer, and general comfort food (fried cheese balls, poutine, mac & cheese) really really well. The pizza options are staggering: aside from simple cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pies, there are more than 15 specials and a build-your-own options. The Boiler Room's real claim to fame is its PB&J special: a slice of pizza, PBR tall boy, and a Jameson. There's plenty of communal tables and a great outdoor patio, and if you couldn't tell from the aforementioned PBR and whisky special, this place is a hipster destination.

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7. Roots Handmade Pizza 1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Helmed by the people behind The Fifty/50, this deluxe corner spot in West Town is slinging "Quad Cities-style" pizza. The hand-tossed crusts are infused with the same malt you taste in your beer before they're lathered with homemade sauce, doused in mozzarella, topped with your choice of fresh ingredients and cured meats, fired, and sliced into thin, easy-to-eat strips. Perfect for big family outings and group nights, the bar and patio seat more than 300.

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8. Vito & Nick's Pizzeria 8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60652

This family-owned South Side institution has been making legendary thin-crust pizza since 1932. The square-cut, crispy-like-a-cracker pies can be topped with a variety of toppings but the crowd favorite is the sausage pizza topped with fennel-seasoned sausage. It's hard to miss Vito & Nick's red, white, and green awning, and the interior is as old-school basic as the exterior. Heads up: it's cash-only.

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9. Coalfire 1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Town)

This thin-crust pizzeria in West Town (with a larger location in Lakeview) takes its name from the 800-degree coal-fired oven that cooks its perfectly blistered pizzas. Every pie comes out of the oven with a charred crust and a myriad of topping like pepperoni, whipped ricotta, stracciatella, and sausage. Coalfire is a quintessential family-style joint where the pizzas are meant to be shared and devoured.

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10. Eataly 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

Eataly Chicago is the newest hub from Mario Batali. Head to any of his food shops for authentic grub, or take some classes!

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11. Bar Toma 110 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)

James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma in Near North Side is an Italian neighborhood restaurant with open brick walls covered in chalk murals and big leather booths that provide a familial feeling, just like it's classic fare. The mozzarella bar, espresso bar, and gelato are all merely a backdrop to the wood-fired pizzas, the recipe for which Mantuano crafted himself from imported Italian ingredients and are topped with basil, prosciutto, Calabrian chiles, and truffle oil.

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12. A10 1462 East 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615 (Hyde Park)

A10 is one of the best places to indulge in creme brulee, on-tap cocktails, and awesome brews. Not particularly in that order.

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13. Caponie's Trattoria 7419 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634

Their motto is "The pizza you can't refuse," and they're pretty much right. Their wood-fired brick oven 'za is some of the tastiest around and it's available in plenty of unique styles such as BBQ Chicken and Verdura con Funghi, which has spinach, 'shrooms, garlic, and ricotta cheese or red sauce.

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14. My Pie Pizza 2010 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

My Pie opened their first pizza shop in 1971 and the haven't quit crafting quality pies since, and they still use same delicious ingredients and old-school recipes today at their Bucktown location.

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15. Spacca Napoli 1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Ravenswood)

Neapolitan-style pies might get overlooked by the deep-dish big names in Chicago, but Spacca Napoli is the place to go for authentic pizza made the Naples way. Owner Jonathan Goldsmith did intense research on the art of pizza-making in Italy, and this Ravenswood pizzeria is proof that he's perfected his craft. Spacca Napoli uses the best possible ingredients (pecorino grand cru, San Marzano tomatoes) and tends dough daily. The simple menu is split into three categories: antipasti, pizza, and dessert. It's hard to choose just one pizza on the menu, but the simple Bufalina is a must.

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16. Candlelite Chicago 7452 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645 (West Rogers Park)

Located in Rogers Park, Candlelite has been dishing out delicious thin-crust pizza, gourmet burgers, and garlic fries in Rogers Park for more than 60yrs.

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17. Pisa Pizza 2050 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Pisa Pizza isn't about frills, but they do a damn fine pie (or slices) for about as cheap as you'll find in the Windy City.

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18. Marie's Pizza & Liquors 4127 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

The name says it all. Pizza. And liquors. Seriously, what more could you want? Beer? Oh yeah, they have that too!

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19. Apart Pizza 2205 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (North Center)

Apart Pizza is hands-down some of the best pie North of the city. They've got delectable thin crusts, free delivery, and innovative toppings.

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20. La Villa 3638 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641 (Irving Park)

This trattoria-style Italian joint has been an Irving Park favorite since 1972. La Villa is a family-run pizza and pasta neighborhood restaurant that started as a small take-out storefront before expanding up and out into a full-service shop. The original owners still work the kitchen, making everything from the sauce to the dough from scratch.

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21. West Town Pizza 2525 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Humboldt Park)

Their deep dish is righteous, their thin crust is impressive, their toppings are fresh and unique, and, uh... it doesn't get much better than that!

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22. Mama Luna's 5109 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Mama Luna's is seriously edible pie that's juiced up with fresh sauce, cheese, and the right amount of spice.

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23. Phil's Pizza 1102 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609 (Bridgeport Sox)

Phil's is a Chicago staple; from their fresh sauces, cheeses, and thin crusts to their excellent service, this joint is not to be missed.

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24. Pompei 1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Little Tuscany)

This Italian joint's got delicious pastas, pizzas, and meat entrees.

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