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Bang Bang Pie
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The 14 best pies in Chicago

The best pies in Chicago range from fruity creations to seriously rich chocolate versions. Here's where to get a slice.

By Time Out Chicago editors

Creamy, fruit-filled or savory: The best pies in Chicago are wonderfully varied. Craving a slice? You'll find this heavenly pastry at dedicated pie shops, many of the best Chicago bakeries and even a seafood restaurant or two. Pie aficionados know that the dessert travels remarkably well, which is why we've also looked to some of the top restaurants for takeout and delivery in Chicago. Whether you're looking to place an order for the holidays or you just want to treat yourself to a mouthwatering mound of key lime goodness (or creamy pistachio, or apple cinnamon, or summer cherry), you're sure to get the perfect slice among the ranks of the best pies in Chicago.

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Best pies in Chicago

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1. Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain

Restaurants Cafés Humboldt Park

Travel back in time (if only for an hour) at this charming Humboldt Park pie and soda shop that's outfitted with old-timey barstools and beautiful vintage accents. Despite its decor, the pies on offer aren't stuck in the past: Diners can choose from imaginative flavors like yuzu-matcha meringue, s'mores, lemon-lavender and key lime-hibiscus. Order a slice and a house-made soda, hunker down in a booth and transport yourself to a simpler time.

Photo: Erica Gannett

2. Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Restaurants Bakeries East Village

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 and the Malört-inspired "Chicago Sunrise"), along with Metropolis coffee, at her tiny, retro pie shop. The pies are, in a word, extraordinary.

Milk chocolate cream pie at Bang Bang Pie ShopChoosing a standout among this sweet little shop's biscuits, pies and candied bacon is like picking a favorite child: They're each perfect in their own way. And yet, of the way-too-many Bang Bang pies w...
Photograph: Martha Williams

3. Bang Bang Pie Shop

Restaurants Bakeries Logan Square

The flavors at Bang Bang rotate regularly, offering a taste of seasonal produce and funky flavor combinations concocted for special holidays. Come summer, diners might be able to grab a slice of lemon pie with tangy lemon cream, frothy lemon mousse and lip-smacking lemon curd. In the winter months, keep an eye out for more indulgent creations, like the chocolate-caramel pie with shortbread cookie crust. Key lime is available all year for good reason—it's an excellent example of what the little shop can do. Citrusy custard pools in a graham cracker crust before being topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. It's spectacularly simple yet inexplicably divine.

Note: Both Bang Bang locations are temporarily closed, but you can pick up online orders once a week at the Logan Square location (2051 N California Ave).

Justice of the PIes
Photograph: Caroline Taft

4. Justice of the Pies

Restaurants Loop

Maya-Camille Broussard launched Justice of the Pies as a way to honor her late father, a criminal defense attorney and a self-proclaimed pie aficionado. Though the business's Riverwalk location is currently closed due to COVID-19, you can find Broussard and her delicious slices at Chicago Build Coffee and Ina Mae Tavern, or get them shipped directly to your door. The sublime lavender-lemon pie tastes even sweeter when you find out that Justice partners with nonprofits to positively impact the lives around them.

Photograph: Christina Slaton

5. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Restaurants Seafood River North

Let's be honest: You're probably not going to Joe's explicitly for the pie. But maybe you should. The dessert menu is stacked with tough decisions: Key lime or banana cream? Chocolate fudge or peanut butter? Old-fashioned apple or Boston cream? There's not a bad choice in the bunch, but we're suckers for the banana cream. The River North restaurant also features a Pie it Forward seasonal slice, with $1 going to charity.

The traditional apple pie at First Slice
Photograph: Joe Tighe

6. First Slice Pie Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Andersonville

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 organization that provides hunger relief. Whatever it may be, it certainly doesn't hurt that the pie is expertly crafted in classic varieties like French silk, chocolate cream, Michigan sour cherry and key lime. Inhale the shop's brilliant aroma and feel good about giving back.

Photograph: Anjali Pinto

7. Shaw’s Crab House

Restaurants Seafood River North

We love tucking into an order of chilled crab claws at Shaw's, but we're always sure to leave room for dessert. The seafood restaurant’s key lime pie is arguably the best option on the menu and is crafted with an almond-graham cracker crust and buttery-smooth filling. If you prefer a fruit-based confection, opt for the raspberry pie, which is stuffed with berries from Mike & Jerry's berry farm in Washington state.

Photograph: Found Light Studios

8. Vanille Patisserie

Restaurants Patisseries Lincoln Park

If you want to show up your entire family at Thanksgiving, bring a pie from Vanille Patisserie, a French pastry shop with locations in Lincoln Park and Chicago French Market. Every year, the bakery puts out a roster of tempting seasonal confections, like pumpkin with cinnamon whipped cream and chocolate Nutella French silk. Place your order in advance—these pies go fast for good reason.

Brown Sugar Bakery
Photograph courtesy: Navy Pier

9. Brown Sugar Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Greater Grand Crossing

Stephanie Hart turns out a number of “down-home delights” at her bakery, many of them smacking of the shop’s eponymous ingredient. Fans flock to the shop's two locations—one in Park Manor, the other at Navy Pier—for Hart's famous laser pie, which is stuffed with sweet potato chunks and topped with caramel, chocolate and nuts. Don't tell your granny we said so, but her sweet potato pie is one of the best we've ever had.

Note: The Navy Pier location is currently closed.

The chocolate pecan pie at Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe is one of the best pies in Chicago.
Photograph: Robert Olding

10. Blue Sky Bakery & Café

Restaurants Bakeries North Center

By employing homeless and otherwise at-risk youth and training them to enter the hospitality workforce, this nonprofit café doubles as a social venture. That's all the reason you need to walk through the front door, but after just one bite of their key lime or dark chocolate pecan pie, you'll be a repeat visitor for years to come.

The peanut butter pie at Bub City is one of the best pies in Chicago.
Photograph: Martha Williams

11. Bub City

Restaurants Barbecue River North

Between the bourbon, the live music stage and the disturbing mannequin of a cowboy urinating in the women’s bathroom, one could make a lot of bad decisions at this River North barbecue joint. Here’s one you won’t regret: ordering a slice of pie for dessert. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Delight—made with Valrhona chocolate ganache and house-made peanut butter—is positively insane, a marriage of comfort food and unimpeachable finesse. 

12. Beard & Belly

Restaurants Rogers Park

Years after building up a devoted following out of the Long Room's kitchen, chefs Kyle Schrage and Jim Torres have set up shop in a brick-and-mortar location in Edgewater, serving griddled burgers and warming comfort foods. Equally appealing, though, is the pub's rotating roster of pies by the Milwaukee cafe Honeypie. Pie maker Valeri Lucks dreams up these 11-inch confections in a cascade of flavors, from seasonal picks like peach blueberry and Door County cherry to piquant combos such as ginger chai cream and old fashioned buttermilk and jam. 

Sweet Mandy B’s, carrot cake,
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

13. Sweet Mandy B’s

Restaurants Bakeries Lincoln Park

As its name suggests, this Lincoln Park- and Streeterville-based bakery is as sweet as pie—and luckily, the menu offers a laundry list of actual pies to boot. Nine-inch whole pies come in flavors like apple, pecan, peanut butter chiffon and Oreo. Just don't be surprised when you leave the store with a box of whimsical cookies, brownies and cupcakes; the pastry case at Sweet Mandy B's is irresistable.

Pie, Pie My Darling
Photograph: Courtesy of Pie, Pie My Darling

14. Pie, Pie My Darling

Restaurants Humboldt Park

Though Heather Bodine-Lederman—the mastermind behind this 100 percent vegan bakery—has turned her attention toward cakes since starting Pie, Pie My Darling in 2014, you can still find some pretty delicious pies on the menu now and again. Stay tuned to the bakery's Instagram to watch out for pie offerings, which come in unique flavors like Butterfinger, raspberry Danish and chocolate peanut butter pretzel, and don't hesitate to grab a slice of fresh-baked cake from The Handlebar and Upton's Breakroom in the meantime.  

Note: The bakery's West Town storefront is currently closed due to COVID-19, but you can still place orders online. 


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