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The 10 Best Specialty Pizza Slices in Chicago

Published On 03/30/2015 Published On 03/30/2015
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1. Pie-Eyed Pizzeria 1111 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Town)

This little spot at Chicago and Milwaukee puts out a nice slice spread at lunchtime. The star is The Monster: a sharp improvement on the classic all-meat pizza with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and cured soppressata. It’s also the only place we’ve ever seen cactus on the menu of possible ingredients... though it’s unlikely to actually turn up on a slice. Or is it??? (It is.)

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2. Dough Bros 400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

A celebrated, high-end chef tackles everyday street food and shows how it’s done. Check out Chef Roland Liccioni’s Dough Bros, which does an awesome New York-style slice even during late-night drinking hours in this area.

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3. Big G's Pizza 3716 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Wrigleyville)

The masterminds at Big G's Pizza in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood offer pizza for the adventurous and crazy. You'd have to be insane to try their infamous Dance with El Diablo pie with habanero peppers, or perhaps insane to not try it.

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4. Slices - NYC Pizza 500 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

Carne. Asada. Pizza. Carneasadapizza. CARNE ASADA PIZZA. (Carne asada pizza.) There are other oddball things like Buffalo chicken pizza and teriyaki chicken pizza too, not to mention breakfast slices (like the ones Wolfgang Puck sells at the airport). What they all have going for them, however, is a legit, foldable New York-style crust.

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5. Dimo's Pizza Wicker Park 1615 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Dimo's Pizza's Wicker Park location is bigger than the original Lakeview one, has got $1 slices with certifiably crazy toppings, and a beer menu of local and season drafts and cans.

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6. Santullo's Eatery 1943 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Perhaps Chicago’s finest example of New York-style pizza by the slice, the options here are ridiculous. Choose from daily specials including Flat Iron BBQ, Brickhouse, Bluebird (roasted chicken and bacon), white pizza, meatball pizza, and more.

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7. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe 5159 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

Tucked onto a corner way up North on Lincoln Ave is maybe the best New York-style pizza crust in Chicago. The slice toppings aren’t anything that unusual, but they do a first-rate version of an East Coast white pie that’s well worth stopping in for.

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8. Pizza Metro 1707 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

This neighborhood takeout mainstay keeps it interesting with a crazy array of slices, from potato rosemary and prosciutto di parma/arugula, to the Garbage Pizza (zucchini, black olives, blue cheese, mushroom, pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes). All that said, their simple grilled chicken slices may actually be the best.

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9. Dante's Pizzeria 3028 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This Logan Square pizzeria -- with another location in Avondale -- serves New York-style pizza with a quirky punk rock/heavy metal-themed vibe. Available in extra-large 20" pies or by the slice, the pizzas are made with a notoriously strong and foldable crust ready to handle an abundance of toppings. Though cheese, sausage, and pepperoni pizzas are on the menu, Dante's speciality is unusual pies topped with anything from shrimp and prosciutto to sausage and broccoli rabe. Your best bet is to trust whatever the kitchen is cooking up and order the slice of the day. The spot is super laid-back and has some old-school arcade games to play while you wait for your pizza.

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10. Roxie's by the Slice 1732 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Brendan Sodikoff checks "pizzeria" off his restaurateur bucket list with Roxie’s, a cozy, 56-seat, brick-fired ‘za mecca in the former Café Con Leche space, where Chefs Cameron Magee and Chad Anderson are slinging 28in Brooklyn-style pies by the slice. Toppings include hot coppa, serrano ham, pork salami rolled in black pepper, sweet peppers, and more. Thirsty? Snag a cold one from the shop’s selection of craft beers.