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Chicago Style Pizza - Wicker Park/Buckhead

My wife and I will be visiting my brother-in-law next week, who lives in Wicker Park/Buckhead. We're chowhounds from Seattle, and we're looking for great Chicago style pizza in the area.

After a quick search of the board, I saw a lot of recs for some New Haven or NY style places, which is great - but it seems silly to focus on that while in Chicago.

Any ideas? Or places easily accessible by transit (I think he's on the Blue line) or car that would have a great pizza/authentic Chicago experience?

I'd also love any other recs for food in the area that seems typical of Chicago's character/gastronomic delights. We have two solid days to fill.

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  1. Bucktown, not Buckhead

    Piece is mentioned in the same breath as Wicker Park and Bucktown b/c it's in the neighborhood, but it's not typical Chicago pizza.

    There are several Giardanno's and Gino's pizzas in town for that (or Lou Malnati's or the the original Uno or Due). I can't think of any in the neighborhood, though. The blue line gives you a quick ride downtown for that, though.

    Although it's not "typical" Chicago food, if you have time for breakfast, I would suggest the Bongo Room on Milwaukee.

    1. I would have to also agree with the other reply.... Lou Malnatis, Ginos East, Giardannos, Edwardos, and if you do Uno's make sure that is the original downtown, not the chain.

      1. I can't think of any standout Chicago-style pizza in that area. The good thing is that it is easy to get anywhere from that part of town. So if your focus is pizza, you're going to want to go elsewhere. That being said, here are links to 2 recent discussions of Chicago area pizza (note that there are several styles of Chicago pizza - deep dish, stuffed, pan, cracker crust, etc)

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/327474
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/319254

        1. My Pi on Damen just north of Armitage has a good deep dish pizza. Not much space to eat there, so it's more for carry-out or delivery. You can do better, but for the neighborhood, that's one of my go-to places for deep dish (they also serve a good thin crust, salads, etc.)

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          1. re: JJ.

            That should be My Pie (not Pi).

            1. re: JJ.

              No, you were right the first time - My Pi.

              It is good, but since they have all of about 5 seats there, of which 2 are in the parking lot, I didn't suggest it as a destination :) I get takeout from there, but wouldn't recommend anyone go there to eat in.

              1. re: leek

                The logo is My (Pi symbol); but their website is My Pie: http://www.mypiechicago.com/

                I also like Pequod's as recommended by the poster below. Their pepperoni is the best around.

          2. I like Pequod's which is north of Bucktown on Clybourn, just north of Webster. The pizza is great and it's quite close to Wicker Park/Bucktown.

            Try Irazu (Costa Rican) on Milwaukee. It might not be a Chicago dog or Italian Beef but I think of Latin American cuisine as Chicago since their are a ton of good Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban places to eat.

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            1. re: cheapertrick

              I loved Pequod's, used to live in Bucktown and we got it delivered there all the time.

              Oh that carmelized cheese into the crust thing they do - yum