ISO Exceptional Pie in NW Illinios
Not NW Illinois at all, but worth the drive if you have the time to go east. About 15 minutes over the border from Richmond, IL, is the Lake Geneva Pie Company in Lake Geneva, WI. The last two years, they have won blue ribbons in the National Pie Championships. Their natural apple pie (no sugar added sweetened with apple juice) is outstanding. About a half hour north in Mukwonago, WI, is the Elegant Farmer, which has an apple-pie-baked-in-a-paper-bag. You might have seen them beat Bobby Flay in a Throwdown on the Food Network.