While Chicago has countless options for satisfying your pizza cravings, it’s still difficult to find many places offering a quality pizza slice. We tracked down the best bets for grabbing a piece of pie to go when you don’t have the time to wait for a made-to-order deep dish or thin crust pizza. When ordering, keep in mind that a pizza that’s been sitting around can get dry and crusty fast—you may want to consider sacrificing your favorite topping choice for a pie that's fresh from the oven.
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Top spots for pizza by the slice
For only $4, you can get an almost half-pound slab of deep dish that will test the longevity and strength of the paper plate it rests on. The crust is thick and toasted to an olive-oil crisp on the bottom and covered in a half-inch of mozzarella that seeps down the sides of the slice like molten lava. If you can even manage to finish your piece, it's sure to tide you over for the rest of the day.
Known for its PB&J pizza deal (a piece of pizza, a PBR tall boy and a shot of Jameson for $8.50), Boiler Room is still one of the best places in Logan Square to grab a slice of pizza. Classic slices are available, from a simple balsamic-drizzled margherita pizza to sausage and pepperoni. In addition, two pizzas of the day are available, one of which is vegetarian. We’re smitten with the veggie options here—recently we enjoyed a slice topped with rich cheese, broccoli and eye-wateringly spicy local hot peppers.
On a quiet stretch of Damen just north of Division Street, Craft Pizza is serving up some of the best new thin-crust pizza in the city. Slices are available in classic choices, like a bare-bones margherita or dressed with pepperoni, as well as a vegetable slice of the day, which is what we tried. The dough is crisp, perfectly thin and chewy, with a tomato sauce that cuts through the richness of the cheese. Topped with a changing rotation of assorted veggies from Green City Market, the pizza is a quick and easy way to change up your lunchtime routine, and won't make you feel as guilty as splurging on a slice of deep dish.
With a second location now open on Milwaukee in Avondale, this popular Dante's "Inferno"–themed chain is Logan Square's go-to choice for grabbing a slice of pie. The whole pizzas at Dante's come in one size (gigantic), and two very hungry people would have trouble polishing one off. Order a slice and wait below a mural of Satan happily gobbling pizza while your huge New York–style slices are crisped up in the oven to order. A daily special is hand-written on the wall next to the register, and is available in addition to the usual selection of pizzaria slices. We're partial to the pepperoni, scattered with huge, thin slices of the spicy salami and perfect for folding in half, the way pizza this big is meant to be eaten.
By-the-slice is the way to go at the adventuresome local chain Dimo's. With pizzas loaded with increasingly bizarre toppings, ranging from the almost mundane mac and cheese to more questionable choices like Swedish meatballs and lingonberry jam, you don't want to place your bet on an entire pie. Recently we tried the daily special topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheddar cheese, nuggets of diced Belgian waffle and drizzled with maple syrup. It was surprisingly enjoyable, but one slice was plenty. More traditional picks—sausage and mushroom or buffalo chicken—will have you ordering seconds. Dimo's is also the hands-down favorite for vegan pizza in the city, offering at least one vegan slice option every day.
Located in Lincoln Square, this cozy little pizza spot has all the cheery atmosphere of a coffee shop. The daily offerings of Jimmy’s New York–style pizzas are all kept in a glass case by the register and warmed to order. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, we recommend the white pizza. Spread with a buttery garlic sauce and sprinkled with mozzarella, Parmesan and a heaping dollop of fresh ricotta cheese, it’s cheesy garlic bread bliss.