NUBS Alumni Chicago Event Recap: Pizza Tour – Need We Say More!

Newcastle University US Alumni Event | Chicago | April 2014
On April 26, the NUBS US Alumni Branch held our successful second-ever national event in the great city of Chicago. US-based Newcastle alums enjoyed a fun afternoon loaded with some of Chicago’s -indeed, America’s- most mouth watering pizza, followed by networking above the city at the Signature lounge on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building.

 please read on for a virtual pizza tour, but you WILL be hungry by the end of this blog!

Pizano’s: The Preferred Pizza Spot of Oprah and the Clinton’s
Pizano's Pizza ChicagoWe began the tour at Pizano’s, founded by the “first family” of pizza in America. Known for their thin crust and being the preferred Chicago pizza place of Oprah, Bill Clinton and many celebrities, their pizza was a delectable introduction to one of many styles of Chicago pizza. Indeed, in the late 90s, then-President Clinton refused to leave Chicago’s O’Hare Airport until he got Pizano’s pizza delivered to Air Force One!

Coalfire’s Pizza: Home of the 90 Second Pizza!

We then boarded a tour bus and continued to Coalfire’s,  home of delicious coal-fired thin crust pizza, some of the best the city has to offer. Due to their coal-fired ovens that generate heat up to 1100 degrees, they’re able to uniquely cook pizzas in just 90 seconds!

Coalfires Chicago Pizza
Coalfire's Chicago pepperoni pizza with a dollop of ricotta
Our group of pizza loving alums tried their pepperoni pizza with a dollop of ricotta cheese – which was just as delicious as it sounds!

Newcastle University Business School 2014 Chicago Alumni Event

Pequod’s Pizza: Classic Chicago Deep Dish
We then continued on the bus tour across town to Pequod’s, home of the classic Chicago deep dish with a unique crispy. At Pequod’s, an authentic Chicago Blackhawks bar, we enjoyed a delicious sausage and ricotta pizza.

Pequods Pizza Chicago | Best Chicago Pizza | Deep Dish Chicago Pizza

Pequods | Deep Dish Pizza | Chicago Pizza

While this is the style that you probably think of when you hear ‘Chicago pizza’, according to our local guide, it makes up just one of many styles you’ll find at any of the city’s 2200+ pizza places. He pointed out that true Chicago pizza is actually the thin crust South Side style, that we experienced at Flo and Santos.

Flo & Santos Pizza: Polish Italian Infusion
Flo and Santos Pizza ChicagoOur fourth and final stop was Flo & Santos, which served classic South Side Chicago pizza.

Flo and Santos | Chicago Style Pizza | Newcastle Alumni Event

This pizza brought together a distinct fusion of Polish and Italian toppings served in the classic thin crust style – a savory combination!

In addition to enjoying great pizza, we learned about the history of the city as well as Chicago’s important role in the growth of the pizza industry. Who knew, Pizza is now a $32 billion industry in the US!

Signature Lounge: Networking with a View
After we finished our pizza tour, our next stop was the Signature Lounge on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building, where we enjoyed some great networking with a backdrop of outstanding views of the city and Lake Michigan.

View of Chicago | Signature Lounge | Newcastle Alumni Event
Great view from the 95th floor back towards Chicago

Signature Lounge | View of Lake Michigan | Newcastle University Alumni Event
Lake Michigan looks [almost] warm there
 Future US NUBS Alumni Events: Join Us!
A good time was had by all at our successful Chicago event and we are already planning our next event so please be sure to keep in touch on social media to stay up-to-date.

Please be sure to like our Facebook page and join our US Alumni LinkedIn Group. Have questions?  Feel free to connect directly with the NUBS US Alumni Chair Mike Kennedy on LinkedIn.

On behalf of the US Branch’s leadership team and committee, thanks for reading and we hope to see you at our next event!

Newcastle University Business School US Alumni



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