Best Chicago Pizza Places for Families
Chicago is loaded with pizza spots – the popular types, the neighborhood types, the deep dish types, or the brick oven types. Whatever you are craving for, we dish on these worthy for a family evening out. Check out the list below of the top pizza places for families in Chicago.
When eating Chicago-style pizza, you’re best advised to use a knife and fork. The deep-dish delicacy was invented in 1943 at the still standing and always crowded Pizzeria Uno, (29 E. Ohio St.) A Chicago pizza is about two inches thick and arrives in a heavy black pan. The crust is covered with abundant amounts of mozzarella, meat (usually sausage) and a sauce of uncooked crushed tomatoes.
Chicagoans order their deep-dish pizzas with every imaginable ingredient. Spinach has become extremely popular, or you can have mushrooms, pepperoni, green pepper, black olives – even shrimp and pineapple. There’s also a variation called stuffed pizza, with additional dough that makes it even thicker than standard deep-dish.
Chicago teems with great deep-dish pizza restaurants, many of which have several locations – including Edwardo’s, Gino’s East, Giordano’s, Leona’s, Home Run Inn and Lou Malnati’s. Just a block north of Pizzeria Uno is Pizzeria Due (619 N. Wabash Ave). And most Chicagoans can direct you to their favorite neighborhood joint, which they’ll swear is the best in town.
Finally, if you prefer thin-crust pizza you can get it in Chicago – and it’ll be some of the best you’ve ever had. Check out what our Chicago Moms picked as their favorite pizza places…
730 N Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Our Rush Street location is convenient to the best hotels in Chicago as well as Northwestern Hospital, Loyola University, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the John Hancock building. Stop by and relax in our dining room or enjoy a drink from our full bar on the patio. If you prefer to eat at home, order online for pickup or delivery. – giordanos.com
2207 N Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Included with the culture of Chicago’s best pizza is, unfortunately, the dreaded wait…Pequod’s Pizza in Chicago is no exception, however, it’s our attention to those waiting where we stand alone. Looking to appreciate both our long-standing Chicago pizza patrons and newcomers alike, our Pequod’s hospitality has expanded into the steps-away Whale Tale Chicago Restaurant and Bar. We will never make our wait as good as our pizza, but we are trying. #WaitAtTheTale – pequodspizza.com
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
1769 W Sunnyside Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
For over a decade, Spacca Napoli has made pizza faithful to the authentic Neapolitan style. Dough is tended daily as a blend of love and craft and baked in an oven built by third and fourth- generation artisans from Napoli. Ingredients are carefully sourced from trusted vendors, many of which are unavailable anywhere else in Chicago. Wines and music are selected to create just the right experience and mood. – spaccanapolipizzeria.com
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company
2121 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Conceived by the owner in his Chicago Law Office while Dreaming of “il gran giorno” when he would open his restaurant, the Pizza Pot Pie has become a favorite of world-wide pizza connoisseurs who have graced the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company since its inception in 1972.- chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com
Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
61 E Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60603
One of the pioneers of pizza’s inland movement has been Rudy Malnati, who in 1943 established Pizzeria Uno on Chicago’s near north side. An unpretentious lower-level bar and restaurant, Pizzeria Uno early developed a substantial following among pizza lovers and led to the establishment of Pizzeria Due last year. Though Rudy doubts that pizza like his can be achieved at home, he is quick to offer helpful hints to the would-be pizza baker. A good raised bread dough tones the crust. High-grade canned tomatoes (not paste) and slices (not shreds) of bland mozzarella cheese, topped with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan and oregano complete the basic pizza. If you can obtain good quality Italian sausage (Rudy makes his own), add a substantial layer before baking. A hot oven is essential; Rudy’s bake at 600 degrees for approximately twenty minutes. Anchovies, onions or green pepper are other optional additions. A tossed salad, a chilled bottle of red Chianti wine and fresh fruit complete a peasant’s meal fit for the king of Naples.- pizanoschicago.com
201 E Ohio, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60601
Since opening in 1966, Gino’s East has maintained its reputation as one of Chicago’s most loved pizzerias! The original Gino’s East was opened by two taxi drivers, Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli, along with a friend, George Loverde. Driving up and down the Magnificent Mile, Levine and Bartoli knew a hit pizza spot right off of this busy stretch of road would be a sound investment. From this decision, Gino’s East was born! The original location opened at 633 N Wells St. in 1966, but our new flagship is located at 162 E Superior St. – just steps away from the famed Magnificent Mile where the original Gino’s idea was born. – ginoseast.com
Bartoli’s Pizzeria & Catering – West Town
658 N Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Brian Tondryk, Owner and Founder, cherishes the significance of family tradition. Carrying on the legacy of his grandfather, Fred Bartoli, he craved to create an experience for pizza lovers similar to his own. Growing up, Brian witnessed his grandfather build his own pizza empire and succeed at every turn. Fully understanding the pizza industry, Brian scratched his entrepreneurial itch and founded Bartoli’s Pizzeria in 2013. – bartolispizzeria.com
2124 West Lawrence Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625
Our family pizzeria in Chicago serves recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, dating back to the owner’s great great grandmother and grandfather in a small town in the Italian countryside. Modified with a touch of unique Chicago, we have perfected our pizzas to satisfy even the greatest of pizza lovers. With years of experience making delicious “cracker-thin” crust pizza here in Lincoln Square, Borelli’s is excited to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us. – borellipizza.com
1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Roots Handmade Pizza was born in the Quad Cities, raised in Chicago. It’s what happened when a bit of hometown nostalgia met our obsession with inventive, made-from-scratch food. – rootspizza.com
2251 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Classic Chicago Style Thin Crust and Deep Dish Pizza available at our 10 locations across Chicagoland or delivered anywhere you are! Voted Reader’s Choice “Best Pizza” by local Daily Herald Readers, Moretti’s pizza is just the most famous part of our large and varied menu. Moretti’s features more than 80 Italian and American creations, from favorite local recipes to modern trends including gluten free and vegan menus.- morettisrestaurants.com