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Aug 8, 2011 08:47 AM

About 1 day in Chicago...Italian quest

I have to go to a family event in Chicago over Labor Day weekend and I'm flying in from Philly. I probably have most of the day Saturday and part of Sunday. I'm staying near Adams & LaSalle.

Are there worthy pizza places and Italian deli's within walking distance? If not, where should I go and how should I get there by public transit?

You help is greatly appreciated.

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  1. You can get our delicious deep-dish pizza at Pizano's on Madison, a 5-10 minute walk east. Or, at Lou Malnati's on Wells, a ten minute walk north.

    For an Italian deli, here are two places, although both are a bit far for walking. Panozzo's is 1.4 miles south; you can get there by walking east to State Street and catching the CTA Red Line (underground) to the Roosevelt stop, or walking one extra block east to Wabash and catching the CTA Pink Line or Green Line (elevated) to the Roosevelt stop. For a little less walking at both ends, you can catch the #130 CTA bus eastbound on Jackson and take it to Roosevelt and Michigan.

    Conte di Savoia is a bit over two miles west. You can catch the CTA Pink Line at Quincy and Wells (elevated), and take it to the Polk stop.

    Note that if you use a CTA fare card (instead of paying fares in cash), you can use it to transfer (once or twice) within two hours for an extra 25 cents. So if you take CTA to go to the deli, you can get the ride back for 25 cents instead of paying a full one-way fare. You can buy a fare card in any el station. You'll find more CTA information at

    It's also an easy ten-minute walk from your hotel northwest to the French Market. There aren't any Italian-specific vendors there, but the booths include the city's best cheese and sandwich shop (Artisan), its best French bakery (Vanille), and its best artisanal chocolatier (Canady). Closed Sundays.

    If you'd like to eat at a full-service Italian restaurant, one of our best is right near (or right inside) your hotel - The Florentine.

    Pizano's Pizza & Pasta
    61 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60603

    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (River North
    )439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Conte Di Savoia European Spec
    1438 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

    Panozzo's Italian Market
    1303 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    The Florentine
    151 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60601

    French Market
    131 North Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks. We just got back from Chicago. I did have time to go to Lou Malnati's and enjoy a deep dish pie and got drawn in as I passed Al's Italian Beef. Also ended up taking in a Cubs game at Wrigley. Two things I was amazed about clean it was and the number of people with lots of tats, although it could have been the baseball crowd