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Deep dish pizza in Chicago is shrouded in debate: Is it a tourist trap or a local delicacy? Who serves the best version? Who the heck invented it? Let's start with the facts. Built more like a casserole than a typical pizza, Chicago’s deep dish is anchored by a sturdy, buttery crust that’s moulded into a high-sided pan. The dough is then layered with gooey mozzarella and whatever toppings you choose (we like sausage, green peppers and mushrooms) before the whole thing is blanketed in chunky, bright tomato sauce and baked to bubbly perfection. Though most locals will turn their noses up at the city's most notorious 'za, we all secretly crave it every once in a while. It's one of those local staples you just have to experience for yourself, alongside Malört and the best Italian beef in Chicago. But of course, not all pies are created equal—the best deep dish pizza in Chicago is worth venturing outside of downtown for. Whether you're hankering for a gut-busting slice or you're showing your out-of-town visitors the best things to do in Chicago, consult our guide to the best deep dish pizza in Chicago. If you've still got room after that (doubtful), wash it down with a cold one from one of our favorite Chicago breweries.
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