Contrary to popular belief, Chicagoans don’t devour deep dish pizza every other night. In fact, the city’s most ubiquitous local pie more closely resembles the tavern-style creations that Candlelite serves, set atop a cracker-thin crust that’s shatteringly crisp and cut into easy-to-share squares. Founded in 1950, Candlelite has become a Rogers Park institution, beckoning hungry diners with a bright neon sign that’s nearly as iconic as the toppings-laden pizzas that come out of its ovens.
When out-of-towners start talking about the best pizza in Chicago, they tend to get hung up on deep dish. The supremely gooey, decadently thick style certainly has its moments, but real Chicagoans know that the city is rife with options from near and far, like tavern, New Haven, Detroit and Neapolitan. And though we may not lay claim to all of these styles, we know some Chicago chefs who do them justice. We tracked down the best pizza in Chicago at slice shops, Italian restaurants and delivery-only ghost kitchens. Consider this lineup a rite of passage that should top your bucket list of things to do in Chicago. Put down the folk and knife and prepare to get your hands dirty with the best pizza in Chicago.
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