Big Bricks

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Smoked Chicken at Big Bricks
North Center

What puts the Big in Big Bricks, the sibling of Lincoln Park’s subterranean pizza institution? First, a spacious upstairs. Second, an expanded menu, which tacks barbecue (baby backs, pulled pork, etc.) onto the pizza offerings. Aside from the juicy chicken tinged pink with smoke, the ’cue’s merely a distraction from the signature offering: thin, square-cut pies like the Painful, which is topped with spicy pepperoni and jalapeño. (Tip: Order it “extra crispy.”) The last way this place went big: the commendable craft-beer selection.

Venue name: Big Bricks
Address: 3832 N Lincoln Ave

Cross street: at Berenice Ave
Opening hours: Dinner
Transport: El stop:Brown to Irving Park. Bus:11,50,80.
Price: Average pizza: $15
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