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Pulaski: The pizza stop

The Orange Line boasts a mecca for pizza.


Chicago loves its deep-dish pizza, but South Siders may love it best, and we’re pretty sure this area is the mecca. Three spots specializing in the stuff are clustered within two blocks of this stop—and with all due respect to the personal pan, we’re not counting Pizza Hut. On the top of our list is Angelo’s Stuffed Pizza(4850 S Pulaski Rd, 773-927-9355), a tiny, uninviting storefront two blocks north of the El. Don’t mind the aesthetics; just order the classic stuffed and be prepared to wait at least a half-hour, as is customary. There’s also Giordano’s(5159 S Pulaski Rd, 773-582-7676), which claims to be the world’s most famous stuffed pizza. Does most famous mean best? Especially in this neighborhood, your taste buds can afford to differ.

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Back then… The Archer Heights neighborhood boasted a strong manufacturing presence, with 60 percent of the area dedicated to factories and transport facilities, 30 percent to residences and 10 percent to commerce. The Caucasian population stood at 96 percent, with 27 percent foreign-born and a strong Polish presence.

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Unique features Though CTA advertising partners always had rights to install ads in the station, the Pulaski stop remained ad-free for its first 13 years.—Julia Borcherts

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