5 fabulous spots in Chicago to treat your family to a slice (or two) of pie


From the city to the suburbs, places abound where families can enjoy a delicious slice of homemade pie.



The Sugar Path

The folks at The Sugar Path in Geneva are using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients to turn out an ever-changing selection of pies. Michelle Adams and her sister started The Sugar Path in 2011 after learning the art of pie-making from their grandmother and spending years working together on recipe creation.

"Our pies are special because they are handcrafted with love in small batches using only the finest ingredients. Most of our pies are old favorites with an artisan touch and we enjoy experimenting with flavors," Adams says. Popular pies include the Cowboy Pie (walnuts, bittersweet chocolate and a splash of whiskey), Classic Apple and Salty Honey.




Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Paula Haney's pies were coveted farmers market finds until she opened Hoosier Mama Pie Company in Chicago's Ukranian Village. Each morning, The Hoosier Mama team prepares more than 10 kinds of sweet pies (plus a couple of savory choices) from a repertoire of dozens of options. Customers can choose from whole pies or slices. The Fat Elvis Pie (graham cracker-peanut-pretzel crust filled with chocolate, peanut butter and banana) is the stuff of legends.




Sweet Ali's Bakery

When Ali Graeme and her son were both diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago, she found that the gluten-free baked goods options on the market were sub-par (to put it politely). An avid baker, Graeme knew she could create products for those following gluten-free diets that tasted delicious. Devoted customers love that the gluten-free bakery items taste as good as their conventional counterparts. This Hinsdale-based bakery makes everything from bread mixes to custom cakes, muffins and pies-and it is all gluten-free. Pie options include apple, blueberry and French Silk. Call three days ahead to place your gluten-free pie orders. sweetalis.com




First Slice Pie Cafe

The cafe serves amazing pie, but the business is about more than just delicious baked goods. "First Slice was founded with the mission of providing the 'first slice' to those in our community who are struggling with homelessness and hunger, rather than just giving them the crumbs left over at the end of the meal," says Interim Executive Director Ann-Louise Haak. Every purchase helps support its Outreach Meal Program, which provides 600 meals a week to the needy.

The thriving business now has three locations on the north side of the Chicago. Customers can choose from a dozen pie options every day. Best sellers include fresh fruit pies like Michigan Sour Cherry and Apple. Haak says the specialty pies like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coffee Toffee and Polka Dot Pie all have devoted followers, too. "We love to make delicious pies for our customers, but we also love it that our pies help feed those who might otherwise go hungry."






Bang Bang Pie Shop

In the spring of 2012, Megan Miller (the granddaughter of a pie shop owner) opened Bang Bang Pie Shop with her husband Dave Miller and business partner Michael Ciapciak. Word of their delicious homemade pies spread quickly and the trio began receiving rave reviews from both enamored customers and the local food media. Bang Bang offers only three pies per week-a seasonal fruit, chocolate, and cream-based pie. If you call ahead, they are happy to reserve pies for you so you don't end up disappointed.



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