The milk chocolate cream with graham cracker crust at Bang Bang Pie Shop is one of the best pies in Chicago.
The chocolate pecan pie at Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe is one of the best pies in Chicago.
The peanut butter pie at Bub City is one of the best pies in Chicago.
The traditional apple pie at First Slice is one of the best pies in Chicago.
Hoosier Mama Pie makes some of the best pies in Chicago.
Shaw's Crab House, which sells pies to-go during the holidays, has some of the best pies in Chicago.
We're not sure exactly when Chicago became so pie-crazed, but we don't care–the past few years have been an embarrassment of riches when it comes to our favorite dessert. Whether it's rich chocolate pies by the slice from Bang Bang Pie Shop, perfect renditions of pecan pie at Shaw's Crab House or decadent peanut butter pie from Bub City, here's where to go for a terrific slice.
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David and Megan Miller's (Bang Bang Pie Shop) new millhouse and bakery is, unsuprisingly, serving up some of the best pies around. Since they're milling grains in house, that means a sage-laced pumpkin with graham crust, a sweet-tart cranberry apple with a vegetarian crust that uses coconut instead of lard, and creamy butterscotch pie with oat cookie crust.Read more
You could say this place is a coffee shop: It roasts its own beans to create bold, serious cups of hot and iced coffee. Besides, back when this business was a food truck, it was called Bang Bang Pie and Coffee. But now, the “coffee” has been lopped off, and it’s mainly a pie shop. There’s a particular charm to that—a place where you can just meet someone for a slice of pie, whether in the vintage-y interior or at a picnic table in the huge yard. Whatever you do, don’t overlook the biscuits, particularly when topped with gravy.Read more
By employing homeless and otherwise at-risk youth and training them to enter the hospitality work force, this nonprofit café doubles as a social venture. But to be honest, the only thing you'll think about once you've had one of its chocolate-chunk cookies, cheddar-chive scones or local produce–packed pies is how well this cute café is serving you.Read more
Between the bourbon, a live-music stage that would be easy to hop onto and the very disturbing mannequin of a cowboy urinating in the women’s bathroom, the Melmans’ latest hit is a place where one could make a lot of bad decisions. Here’s one you won’t regret: ordering a slice (or six) of chef Doug Psaltis’s pie for dessert. The lemon-meringue and banana-cream are incredible, but the Peanut Butter Chocolate Delight—made with Valhrona chocolate ganache and housemade peanut butter—is positively insane, a marriage of comfort food and unimpeachable finesse. Psaltis’s secret: his wife, Hsing Chen, the former pastry chef at the Peninsula, who he says taught him everything he knows about pie.Read more
Maybe it's the giant pie sculpture in the window here that seduces you and draws you in. Or maybe it's the fact that eating at this charitable café is an easy way to support an org that provides hunger relief. Inhale the aroma of fresh-baked pie (red wine and poached pear, and standbys like apple) and feel good about giving back.Read more
Former fine-dining pastry chef Paula Haney made a name for her pies at farmers’ markets and coffee shops. Now she sells seasonal creations (from strawberry-rhubarb in spring to apple and pumpkin in fall) and signatures (like her incomparable banana-cream), along with Metropolis coffee, at her tiny, retro pie shop. The pies are, in a word, extraordinary. But while pie is Haney’s thing, don’t ignore the scones, either, especially the chocolate chip.Read more