As a DePaul alumna, I’m a big fan of Lincoln Park, the Chicago neighborhood known for its graystone buildings, tree-lined streets and rich character. But, just between us, what I really love are the restaurants. And of all the Lincoln Park restaurants, Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co is one I love a lot.

Step inside this Lincoln Park landmark, and you enter a dimly lit, wood-heavy restaurant that’s, nine times out of ten, packed with people. Those awaiting seating stay in the front benches or move into the glass-enclosed room at front. A man—the man—comes by to ask you how many and to give you the wait time. He doesn’t write anything down. He’ll remember your face.

On the large, folding menu, there are pizzas, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads. The Mediterranean-style flat bread is a house specialty, and it’s definitely worth trying and sharing. Large and doughy, boasting the smell of garlic and herbs, it overflows on the plate they place it on. It tears easily, with a consistency similar to naan or pita, and is delicious.

While we’re talking about food, can we just focus on the pizza pot pies for a minute? Triple-raised dough creates a sturdy crust, which is inverted at your table when you are served, letting the homemade sauce flow into the center. According to, the sauce is made of “olive oil, fresh garlic, onions, green peppers, whole plum tomatoes and a special blend of cheeses; sausage made from prime Boston butts; and doorknob-size, whole, fresh mushrooms.” For those who don’t eat meat, there’s also a vegetarian option available.

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

2121 N Clark Street
(at Dickens Ave)
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 248-2570 ||

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Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

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  2. Erin

    I am glad you found me… I love keeping track of various Chicago blogs.

    I’ve heard great things about this place. We tried to go last saturday, but it was jam packed and we had a bigger group, so we decided to try somewhere else. I’ll have to try it eventually, though, because everyone says great things!

  3. Shannalee

    Thanks, Erin! You will love it–oh my gosh, that sauce! YUM.

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