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8 Chicagoland Pies That Taste Homemade

Are are you hosting a Thanksgiving dinner? It can be totally and utterly overwhelming. Thankfully, there are some fantastic Chicagoland pie shops that will make your guests think that you slaved in the kitchen all day when you simply sipped on a pumpkin spice latte and scrolled through your phone. Even grandma will be fooled. Guaranteed.

Spilt Milk Pastry

The pair of sisters behind this adorable Oak Park pie shop truly encompasses the “Shop Local” philosophy. Their popular Heirloom Apple pie features apples grown nearby at Nichols’ Farm and everything served in the shop is homemade using local ingredients. In the fall and winter months, you can also choose from their savory pie menu, which includes pot pie and the flavorful Chicken Marbella.

103 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park

First Slice Pie Cafe

You can feel good about indulging at this philanthropy-focused bakery. Chef Mary Ellen Diaz created the initial First Slice location as a way to give back to the local community and offers up the “first slice” to them. Diners praise the Key Lime and Chocolate Peanut Butter pies the most, but you can’t go wrong with any of their delicious pies with a side of social conscience.

Various locations in Chicago

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Your mama will most definitely be charmed when you offer her some of the delicious creations from this popular pie shop. Maple Pecan is boozy and swoon-worthy, and your sweet tooth will be fulfilled by either the Chocolate Chess or Hoosier Sugar Cream. You can’t go wrong with any pie, sweet or savory, from this artisan shop, so take advantage of their pie flights (in store only) so you can enjoy a bite of everything.

Various locations in Chicago

The Growling Rabbit

Comfort food shines at this cozy and artistic Edgewater spot. Their in-house full-service bakery caters to vegetarians, carnivores and vegans alike through their delicious offerings. Fruit-filled crumb pies such as Apple Cranberry and Pumpkin are popular, as are the Chocolate Cream and double crust seasonal pies. A new flavor is baked daily, so there is always a surprise waiting. Or you can also special order any type of pie you prefer, including vegan and gluten-free options.

5938 N. Broadway, Chicago

Baker Miller

What happens when a miller and baker fall in love? Baked goods that are out of this world … and a happy marriage, too. Under Dave and Megan’s watchful eyes and taste buds, no detail goes unnoticed at any Baker Miller location, from the unique and flavorful crusts to the well-balanced flavor combinations featured through its seasonal pie menu. Their double crust fruit pies are delectable, as are the rich chocolate and cream-based varieties.

Various locations in Chicago

Brown Sugar Bakery

If you love sweet potato pie, then you have to try this South Side bakery’s version. There are plenty of other pie options include lemon ice box and key lime pies. And while you there, you might want to grace a slice of their famous caramel cake!

328 E. 75th St., Chicago

Spinning J

This family-friendly spot is the perfect place to indulge your sweet and savory cravings. While the décor may be retro, the unique and modern flavors are anything but old-fashioned. The Hibiscus Key Lime Pie is bright and fresh, and the S’mores and Peanut Butter pies are wonderfully indulgent (and totally worth the calories). 

1000 N. California Ave., Chicago

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Just the sight of the blue-and-white checkered paper nestled underneath each pie or biscuit lets you know that you’re in store for some Midwestern flavors and hospitality. You can’t go wrong with any of the savory or sweet pies from the Bang Bang kitchen, whether you choose a classic like Pumpkin or a unique thriller like their Honey pie. You can even take their pie-making class to hone your skills and attempt to pass off their pies as your own.

Various locations in Chicago

This article was originally published on Nov. 11, 2017. It has been updated with the most recent information.

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