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Deep Dish Pizza Location

I want to take some guests to enjoy a nice deep dish pizza before attending the autoshow this evening. I found a previous thread from someone asking for advice based on taste, and it appears you can't go wrong with any of the big four, Lou Malnatis, Giordanos, Pizzaria Due, or Gino's East. So I know who to go to, but my question is now where to go? We will be traveling into downtown from Joliet via I-55 between 3-4:30 to eat an early dinner between 4-5:30. Which downtown pizzaria would be easiest to get to (traffic, easiest car parking) with minimal wait early on a Friday evening? Each seems to also have multiple satellite facilities outside of downtown, is the quality the same at the other sites? Do most of the satellite facilities have normal parking lots? I know cooking the pizza takes a lot of time, do any of the big 4 offer the option to reserve a table and/or pre-place an order for dining in (not take out)?

So far, what I am seeing as the best option is to go to Lou Malnatis at 3859 W. Ogden Ave in Chicago-Lawndale. It is a short hop off 55 near the end of the trip toward downtown so we are not eating too early. I am hoping it is also far enough outside downtown that I SHOULD be able to park at the restaurant or at a hotel/gasstation/store just up the street for free.

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By the way, how is I-55 North on an early Friday evening? I know leaving the city is a mess, but can you get "in" fairly easy between 3-6pm? I was watching traffic on the internet last night and it was generally green but there still seemed to be some red spots periodically on I-55 N between 3pm-6pm. Is this northbound congestion normal or uncommon?
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Depending who your guests are, Lawndale may not be the best location to take them too IMO, (If they're out of towners or people you're trying to impress). Not the best area.

Every downtown restaurant is going to have a decent wait on a Friday night, probablly can't avoid that. Find a place that has valet parking and you'll be good

I take 55 north into the city on Friday night pretty regularlly. 55 is usually ok, it starts getting slow once you jump onto 94 north. It's usually not too too bad though

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most will let you pre order your pizza, given that it can take upwards of an hour to cook a deep dish pizza... however, that hour is just an hour you have to enjoy the company of others, swing back a few beers and munch on some fried appitizers

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inbound 55 is not bad (usually) on a friday. Outbound blows though.

Here's my best advice: Its -3 degrees outside and will be hella cold tonight, so forget pizza. Do that some other time.

Instead, get off at the Chinatown exit and go to Chinatown. Its quick, Cheap, and you're RIGHT there to the auto show. Your friends will appreciate your leadership qualities. And yes, they serve liquor in Chinese restaurants too.

But if you must have pizza, take 55 to 94 north to Ohio and hit Gino's East which is just off the highway. Its more traffic-time, and you'll lose 30 minutes to/from 55 to there, but if its pizza you want, its the most convenient place I can think of at 8:18am (pre-caffeine). +1 on pre-order that pizza. Good advice!

Otherwise, check www.chicagoreader.com restaurant ratings. Simply select the area you'll be in and they'll give you all kinds of pizza places.
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I would say to hit the burbs ...a little north of 55 off you got Giordanos in Willowbrook, Homerun or Nancys in downers grove or Lou Malnatis or Barones in Western Springs

If you are set on Chicago za though...bite the bullet and hit Ginos East
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Thanks for the chicagoreader link. I found that site the other day but lost it. I walked away form my laptop for 10 min and Windows automatically downloaded & installed some updates and then rebooted so I lost the web address.

The guests are parents/siblings. I am not trying to impress, but I do not want to take them into a slum where they won't feel safe either. Is lawndale a "bad" area?

Chinese is interesting, but I am likely going to take them for Japanese tomorrow. I know they are totally different cuisines, but they would consider them too similar.

If lawndale is out, I guess I will try calling one of the big 4 ahead of time for a table and our order and hope we don't get bogged in traffic so that we miss our meal. I am thinking Ginos East as they seem the most unique with that cornbread crust.
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There's a Pizzeria Uno on Ohio, 1 street before Rush. Parking lot next to the restaurant, but it always looks busy lol. Hope this helps.

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There's a Pizzeria Uno on Ohio, 1 street before Rush. Parking lot next to the restaurant, but it always looks busy lol. Hope this helps.

+1000 Uno's on Ohio is the original, and has the best deep dish pizza anywhere in the world. The difference is they have all the old pans, and that's what makes the pizza. They do have a parking lot right next to the restaurant, but it is a pay lot and is small.

Gino's is good to, but it's not Uno's. If you're staying in the suburbs, there's a Gino's in Arlington Heights or hit a Lou Malnati's.

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If you want total convienece and don't want to freez your asses off tonight - Park at the Hyatt Hotel which is attached to McCormick, walk through to "Shor" and dine then walk to the Show without ever having to fight the cold - Yiou can drop the folks at the hotel, go park the cage, meet them in the lobby and walk to good food and the show - Save room for a Chorro

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Now you are making a good case for Uno... I will have to speak with them and see what they want.

How much to park at Hyatt? Won't they have security there to insure I am a hotel guest? I don't want to pay and then find my car towed because I am nota guest with a special sticker or something. Is "Shor" inside the hotel, inside McCormick, or across the street? I tried looking up Shor on the restaurant guides and found nothing. Is it just regular "contemporary american" cuisine? I remember the word chorro from the show last year, but what is a chorro again?

Sorry for all the questions, I need to get downtown more often.
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I like Lou Malnati's and Pizzaria Uno for deep dish. The Lawndale location is not the best neighborhood so you might want to consider other options.
There's a Lou Malnati's on Hubbard and Wells which is not to far from McCormick place.
http://www.loumalnatis.com/locations...ivernorth.html

And if you want Giordano's which I think is also very good, there is a Giordano's on Pulaski near Archer Ave., about 2-3 miles south of I-55.

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Now you are making a good case for Uno... I will have to speak with them and see what they want.

How much to park at Hyatt? Won't they have security there to insure I am a hotel guest? I don't want to pay and then find my car towed because I am nota guest with a special sticker or something. Is "Shor" inside the hotel, inside McCormick, or across the street? I tried looking up Shor on the restaurant guides and found nothing. Is it just regular "contemporary american" cuisine? I remember the word chorro from the show last year, but what is a chorro again?

Sorry for all the questions, I need to get downtown more often.
The Hotel lot charges you for parking, they don't care if you are a guest or not, so don't worry about getting towed.
I believe the pizza at the auto show is Connie's which in my opinion sucks.
And Churro's are a Mexican pastry, 12 in tube of fried dough covered in sugar and sometimes filled with strawberry jelly or vanilla pudding. Tastes somewhat like a donut.

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And Churro's are a Mexican pastry, 12 in tube of fried dough covered in sugar and sometimes filled with strawberry jelly or vanilla pudding. Tastes somewhat like a donut.
Yummy, i want.

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more like pizza pot pies but.....

Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co.
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Right accross the street from where the st. valentines day massacre occurred and a rumored capone hide out.

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more like pizza pot pies but.....

Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co.
2121 N. Clark St. , Chicago
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Right accross the street from where the st. valentines day massacre occurred and a rumored capone hide out.
You mean at the Green Mill?

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You mean at the Green Mill?

honestly, I don't remember. Haven't been there in years

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You mean at the Green Mill?
No, the Green Mill is wayy north, in Uptown (on Broadway). The St. Valentine's Massacre was on Old Town, where this pizza place is. The pizza from
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co is a potpie, not really a pizza. I liked their salad and bread, but its not pizza. Sorry.

And, its nowhere near the auto show.
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Go to Edwardo's if you want something close to the show. Best pizza in town IMO. It's just south of Congress on printers row

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I used to work there back in the day
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bah....dude. 75% of the city has rats bro
Yeah, but are they TASTY, DEEP DISH RATS?
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doesnt mean I have to like them
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I like Lou Malnati's and Pizzaria Uno for deep dish. The Lawndale location is not the best neighborhood so you might want to consider other options.
There's a Lou Malnati's on Hubbard and Wells which is not to far from McCormick place.
http://www.loumalnatis.com/locations...ivernorth.html

And if you want Giordano's which I think is also very good, there is a Giordano's on Pulaski near Archer Ave., about 2-3 miles south of I-55.
+1 on Malnati's for deep dish, it's the best. A unique place is Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders. Not ideal for the Auto Show but not bad either and again somewhat unique.

http://www.chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com/

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doesnt mean I have to like them
Deb and I ate at The Hamburger Hamlet a long time ago...and had roaches on the table eating with us...
That place is now Hugo's which is one of the nicer places in town

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Now you are making a good case for Uno... I will have to speak with them and see what they want.

How much to park at Hyatt? Won't they have security there to insure I am a hotel guest? I don't want to pay and then find my car towed because I am nota guest with a special sticker or something. Is "Shor" inside the hotel, inside McCormick, or across the street? I tried looking up Shor on the restaurant guides and found nothing. Is it just regular "contemporary american" cuisine? I remember the word chorro from the show last year, but what is a chorro again?

Sorry for all the questions, I need to get downtown more often.
Shor is in the Hyatt - Hotel Resturant

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Lou Malnati's actually has excellent mail-order pizza and it's pretty reasonably priced.....for those of us who live out of state
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