Yeow. Sorry, but some -- in my estimation -- are giving some peculiar suggestions here . . . to say the least -- regarding recommendations for "Chicago" pizza. The poster is coming in for "one night in Chicago
." Now Milwaukee has some great thin crust pizzas, and when visiting Milwaukee one should go to them, BUT only when in Milwaukee. When visiting Chicago, however, which IMO has some of the best thin crust and Chicago Style deep dish pizzas in the world
, I would think the "normal" response of many would include going to some of the classic Chicago pizzerias. Why in the world would one recommend, when asked about Chicago pizza, to "jump up to Milwaukee? ? ?" That is a total "puzzlement" to me.
And the suggestion about Spacca Napoli is a good one IF
you want a style of pizza that is popular -- in this day and age -- in almost EVERY major metropolitan area in the U.S. (i.e., Neapolitan style). You can almost get that style and quality pizza almost anywhere. Spacca Napoli and many of its genre is decent, BUT it is far, far, far away from classic Chicago thin or deep dish pizzas. That's all I'm saying. So what is a good recommendation for one wanting to experience good "Chicago pizza?"
A previous recommendation that I made for one visiting the Chicago area was at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,8295.msg72764.html#msg72764
However, for a "one night stand" for one staying around O'Hare airport in the northwest side of the metro area, it is impractical -- I think -- to expect one to run around the huge metro area (with its crazy traffic pattern) to all the "great spots." The best thing to do -- bar none IMO -- is to cab it to the Lou Malnati's "Elk Grove Village" location near the airport on Old Higgins Rd. That restaurant was the second in the Malnati group, is very old, and many (maybe even me) think it is the best of the Malnati pizzerias. In the NW area that I am guessing that the poster will be in, this is the best suggestion IMHO. Another in the NW area would be Malnati's in Buffalo Grove.
I can suggest dozens of other great places for pizza, but is it practical to do so?
Edit -- sadly I didn't notice how old the posting was. Hope Smith1026 had a good visit and let's us know what the experience was. Of the three deep dish pizzerias mentioned, I think they are all good, with my preference being in this order for Malnati's, original Uno's, and Gino's East. But all very good.
Am sorry my response wasn't more timely. Would suggest the posting in the Chicago Style thread as so many don't get into some of the chit-chat or shop talk threads.