CHICAGO — The holiday season is a busy one for many Chicagoans.
So if taking time to bake a pie sounds like the straw that could break the camel's back, then here's our advice: don't.
With an abundance of bakeries and specialty pie shops in the city, feel free to pass on some of that holiday baking to the experts. Here are our picks for best places to get your holiday pie.
These Lincoln Square pastry experts just announced that their Thanksgiving pre-order has closed, but there will be some pies and desserts available at the store on a first-come-first serve basis.
Price: $20-23 ($2 extra for vegan/gluten-free crust)
This Rogers Park brunch spot serves a lot more than just omelettes: apple, pumpkin, blueberry and pecan pies are all holiday specialities, as well as cheesecake and choclate pies. Vegan and gluten-free options available, too.
Bad news: Thanksgiving pre-orders have already been booked. But come at the right time this week and you might be able to nab one of their delicious, rich pies.
Blue Sky is offering a special Thanksgiving menu and is taking pre-orders for the holiday. You might want to try the pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust.
Pies ordered by Friday at Lovely, Too bake shop in Edgewater will come with a coupon for another free pie before Thanksgiving. With options like pear cranberry and chocolate pecan, you'll definitely want that extra pie coupon.
This Little Italy favorite has a holiday page on its website offering a number of specialty pies. Pre-orders can be placed online.
Not only can you nab one of Bang Bang's incredible pies, the pastry shop is also selling Thanksgiving candles and flower bouquets. How amazing does a honeyed bourbon pumpkin candle sound? And, the first 50 pre-orders will receive a free bouquet.
Judge Mathis is a fan of this establishment, and you should be, too. People come here for one thing: sweet potato pies. Really, that's because they only serve sweet potato pies, but there are a few varieties.
Better hurry: Thanksgiving pre-orders are due by Friday. But that should be enough time to stock up on tasty pies and sides. And First Slice might have the most robust Thanksgiving menu of all: vegan pies, bread, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, vegetable sides and quite a few soups.
Not a pie fan? Then Pleasant House has you covered. The Bridgeport spot might specialize in meat pie, but die-hards also love their breads. How does cranberry-pecan-oatmeal bread sound? No? Then just get the sweet potato rolls, an old standby.
This neighborhood gem has been serving up classic pies for decades, and this year is no different. Through Nov. 24, you can order your Thanksgiving pies here (you can fax, email or call 'em in at 773-281-7300). They have everything from pumpkin and pacan to turkey cakes and pumpkin cheesecake.
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