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5 Great Chicago Stops for Pie

Fruit, cream or custard, pie stars at these Chicagoland stops—great choices for a sweet fix on the spot or at home.
Loretta's Bake Shop and Cafe. Photo by Kit Bernardi.
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Weber's Bakery. Photo by Kit Bernardi.
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1 Line up early to get one of the delectable fruit-filled hand pies ($2.95) or 5-inch mini pies ($10) created from family recipes at Loretta’s Bake Shop and Cafe in the West Loop. (312) 243-3959; lorettasbakeshopandcafe.com

2 You could say pie is an edible art form at First Slice Pie Cafe in Ravenswood’s Lillstreet Art Center’s gallery-studio. Choose from a dozen flavors (we love the chocolate peanut butter). A portion of the sales of the from-scratch whole pies ($20–$25) and to-go slices ($3.50) go toward fulfilling this charity’s mission of feeding Chicago’s needy and homeless. (773) 506-7380; firstslice.org

3 Wire racks and glass counter cases overflow at Weber’s Bakery, a southwest-side landmark since the 1930s. The 8-inch pies ($6.50) change daily, but often include cherry, blueberry, apple and banana cream. (773) 586-1234; webersbakery.com

4 A sweet spot since 1939, Wolf’s Bakery in Evergreen Park (17 miles southwest of the Loop) sells 8-inch whole pies, like the golden-crusted cherry we tried ($7.89). Flavors vary daily, but on weekdays, count on apple, cherry and blueberry; or order lemon meringue, coconut and chocolate whipped cream. (708) 422-7429; wolfsbakery.net

5 Follow the scent of sugar to the new sunny strip mall storefront of south suburban Orland Park Bakery (in Orland Park, 25 miles southwest of the Loop). Favorites at this 30-year-old bakery include cherry, Dutch apple caramel and seasonal fruits  (8-inch pies, $6.99). (708) 349-8516; orlandparkbakery.com


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