Warning: 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
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!
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.
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
Our fourth and final stop was Flo & Santos, which served classic South Side Chicago pizza.
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.
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.
On behalf of the US Branch’s leadership team and committee, thanks for reading and we hope to see you at our next event!