What Is the Holy Grail of Chicago Pizza Delivery Addresses?
Here's how it goes: you move into a new Chicago apartment, you want to get a pizza delivered, buuuuuuuuut you also want to spend exactly zero effort getting said pizza delivered. Which means you try ordering from whatever random pizza place you find on Google and, if it works, you continue ordering from that place. Forever. Or at least, until TODAY (!), when your best bros at Thrillist decided to spend exactly way-more-than-zero effort for you.
What are we talking about? Well, we called 10 of the best pizza places in the city that 1) aren't chains like Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, or Pizano’s (since you'll be able to get them pretty much anywhere you live), and 2) actually deliver (sorry, Vito & Nick’s, Coalfire, and Boiler Room), then mapped all of their delivery zones, laid the maps on top of each other, and ended up with this SUPER map that makes it abundantly clear you need to move to Wicker Park/keep living in Wicker Park.
Click here to enlarge the map, or scroll down to figure out what incredible Chicago pizza you've totally been missing out on, and then pick up a phone and make some delivery magic happen.
Sometimes simplicity is best: like the simple pleasure of the grilled chicken thin crust pizza at Pizza Metro. Or get crazy with the Garbage Pizza (zucchini, black olives, blue cheese, mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes) or potato rosemary 'za. Basically just order a pizza here. (Enlarge Map)
Heralded by the late Roger Ebert for having the best thin crust in town, Pat's is known for freakishly thin, tavern-style pizza that packs enough of a punch to give deep dish a run for its money. Even though it's... basically... the opposite. (Enlarge Map)
Lincoln Park + Ravenswood + Old Irving
Chicago's Pizza is like an old friend. Reliable, easy to get along with, and always on time (okay, maybe your friend isn't the last one). Whether you're going deep dish, thin crust, or with the surprisingly on-point gluten-free, this place never disappoints. You can also get delivery 'till 4am on weekends (and 3am on weekdays). (Enlarge Map)
It hasn't taken Roots long to establish its, uh, roots as one of the finest pizza makers in Chicago's number one pizza delivery zone. This hand-tossed, cut-with-scissors 'za comes in a variety of forms, from taco to BLT to a sauerkraut-topped German offering. Roots is famous for its Quad Cities mozzarella blend, so be sure to order a side of garlic monkey bread. Or don't. It's your life, dude. (Enlarge Map)
This tiny under-the-radar gem takes on the big boys with a deep dish offering that rivals Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s, but runs on the thinner side -- so eating it doesn't automatically induce not-power-napping. Famous for its secret pizza sauce, My Pie also does quality work in the thin crust department. (Enlarge Map)
Some swear this is the best pizza in Chicago. We swear it at least makes our Top 10. The wood-burning oven churns out hunger-assassinating pizza like the Hog, covered in pork belly carnitas, cotija, and salsa verde. Other options include smoked chicken, fennel sausage, and jalapeño pesto. (Enlarge Map)
Piece is The Place where Dave Grohl eats when he's in town. It's also The Place where you can get specialty pizzas rotating throughout the year from local culinary luminaries such as Doug Sohn and Stephanie Izard. You can grab the signature New Haven-style 'za if you're lucky enough to live in the delivery zone, but you'll need to step inside if you want it with beer. (Enlarge Map)
Perhaps the most sought-after delivery zone in Chicago is that of Pequod's, whose breadier crust is only equaled in awesomeness by the fatty meatiness of its pepperoni. Order a large and fire up the Netflix. It's gonna be a while. (Enlarge Map)
We're not saying you have to move to the area above if you want access to all the best pizza delivery in the entire city of Chicago, we're just saying... you have to move to the area above if you want access to all the best pizza delivery in the entire city of Chicago. DO IT.
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Jay Gentile is Thrillist's Chicago Editor and asks that you do not disturb him as he dials for the next few hours. Follow him @ThrillistChi.