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Sample the city’s best slices when Chicago Pizza Summit returns in October

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For the past three years, the Chicago Pizza Summit has served as the holy grail for anyone passionate about cheesy, crusty, topping-laden creations from some of the city's finest pizzerias. The annual event has traditionally offered up unlimited slices of local 'za to attendees each April, but the month came and went without any announcement of the pepperoni feast. Thankfully, that's just because the Pizza Summit is transitioning to a new weekend in the fall, in its largest venue to date.

This morning, organizers announced that the Chicago Pizza Summit will return for its fourth edition of Sunday, October 6, with two sessions of tastings (2–5pm and 6–9pm). After selling out Thalia Hall in 2018, this year's event is moving to Theater on the Lake, a larger locale that should be able to accommodate even more hungry pizza fanatics (the building has a capacity of up to 1,500 people, according to its website).

The lineup of participating cooks and restaurants will be revealed in the coming weeks and organizers are promising a mixture of straight-up slices as well as pizza-inspired cuisine (past editions of the event have featured "pizza in a bag" and pizza-flavored shots). When they're not eating, guests will be able to explore a pop-up exhibition curated by the Chicago-based U.S. Pizza Museum, take a picture in a pizza-themed photo booth, shop for pizza-inspired items by local makers, bid in a silent auction benefiting the First Responders’ EMWQ Fund charity or peruse local artist Ryan Duggan's Chicago pizza art showcase.

Want to get in on all the cheesy fun? Tickets for each session of the Chicago Pizza Summit cost $45 (the price includes three beer tickets and commemorative plate) will go on sale Friday, August 9 at 9am via Do312 and—if past years are any indication—they're nearly guaranteed to sell out faster than a speeding pizza delivery truck. Snag your tickets quickly and prepare your body and mind for an evening of gluttony.

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