Best Chicago-Style Pizza in Illinois (2019)


Chicago’s version of pizza is a true indulgence – a thick cracker-like crust with equally thick layers of gooey cheese, meat (typically Italian sausage) and tomatoes cooked in an oiled steel pan. This style dates back to 1943, when Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo opened Pizzeria Uno in Chicago’s Near North Side. Today, you’ll find the dish on pizza menus across the state, along with thin crust, crispy crust and stuffed pizzas. 

  • Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due

    Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due

    This is where the concept of deep dish pizza all began, and it continues in these twin pizzerias inside Victorian mansions on opposite street corners in Chicago.
    Photo courtesy of Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due

  • Louisa's Pizza and Pasta

    Louisa's Pizza and Pasta

    Family owned since 1981, Louisa’s makes their pizzas and pastas from scratch every day. Pizza toppings include all the classics, like sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers and onions.
    Photo courtesy of Kara Fitzgerald / Louisa's Pizza and Pasta

  • Nancy's Pizza

    Nancy's Pizza
    Multiple Locations

    The stuffed deep dish pizzas from Nancy’s Pizza are like pies, with a top and bottom crust and ingredients stuffed inside. Nancy’s secret recipe sauce goes on top.
    Photo courtesy of Nancy's Pizza

  • Greathouse of Pizza

    Greathouse of Pizza

    The Greathouse of Pizza proves you don’t have to be in Chicago to get great Chicago-style pizza. The award-winning pizzas from this Casey restaurant can be made deep dish or stuffed.
    Photo courtesy of Brandi Millikan / The Greathouse of Pizza

  • Lou Malnati's

    Lou Malnati's
    Multiple Locations

    The hearty pizzas from Lou Malnati’s are usually eaten with a knife and fork to capture the flaky, buttery crust, creamy Wisconsin mozzarella cheese and tangy tomato sauce made from vine-ripened California plum tomatoes.
    Photo courtesy of Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

  • Exchequer Restaurant & Pub

    Exchequer Restaurant & Pub

    House favorite pizzas from Exchequer Restaurant & Pub in Chicago come in deep dish, thin crust or crispy crust. The Chicago features Italian beef, sausage, onion and hot giardiniera, while the Deluxe comes with sausage, mushroom, onion and green pepper.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Reese Sara

  • Giordano's

    Multiple Locations

    If you’ve ever wanted a heart-shaped deep dish pizza, you can get it from Giordano’s. The restaurant is also known for its stuffed deep dish pizzas, like the Chicago Classic with pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper and onion.
    Photo courtesy of Giordano's

  • Aurelio's Pizza

    Aurelio's Pizza
    Multiple Locations

    Family owned since 1959, Aurelio's Pizza is best known for their thin crust pizzas – a departure from the typical deep dish – but they also craft thick and crispy pizzas in sizes ranging from 6 to 18 inches.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / bjphotographs

  • Papa Del's Pizza

    Papa Del's Pizza

    While Papa Del's Pizza makes thin crust and super stuffed pizzas, they’re best known for their Sicilian pan pizzas, featuring a thick crust with plenty of blended cheese, tomato sauce and a range of toppings.
    Photo courtesy of Papa Del's Pizza

  • Bartoli's Pizzeria

    Bartoli's Pizzeria

    Bartoli's Pizzeria serves both traditional deep dish and thin crust party cut pizzas (Chicago tavern-style). The Chicago Classic comes topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and layers of cheesy goodness.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / RiverNorthPhotography

The top 10 winners in the category Best Chicago-Style Pizza in Illinois are as follows:

  1. Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due - Chicago
  2. Louisa's Pizza and Pasta - Crestwood
  3. Nancy's Pizza - Multiple Locations
  4. Greathouse of Pizza - Casey
  5. Lou Malnati's - Multiple Locations
  6. Exchequer Restaurant & Pub - Chicago
  7. Giordano's - Multiple Locations
  8. Aurelio's Pizza - Multiple Locations
  9. Papa Del's Pizza - Champaign
  10. Bartoli's Pizzeria - Chicago

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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