Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, which means one thing for us sugar enthusiasts: pie. And while homemade is tough to beat, picking up your pie from a bakery or restaurant ensures less to worry about – and more oven space for all of the other Turkey Day fixings.
Below, find a slew of Chicago bakers offering pies to-go for the holiday. Ordering deadlines are coming up quickly at many spots, so take note and reserve accordingly to get your fill of fillings.
Owners Dave and Megan Miller opened Bang Bang Pie Shop before landing in Lincoln Square with this millhouse-meets-bakery. In addition to the expected apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, the team is offering gluten-free pumpkin, vegan sweet potato and several flavor collaborations. Try the apple pie made with Virtue Cider, or bourbon pecan with Koval Bourbon.
4610 N. Western Ave., 773-654-3610; 4542 N. Francisco Ave., 872-806-2901, Bang Bang Pie Shop www.bakermillerchicago.com 2051 N. California Ave., 773-276-8888; 4947 N. Damen Ave., 773-530-9020, www.bangbangpie.com Blue Sky Bakery and Cafe
Any baked goods fan knows that this Logan Square pie shop takes its specialty seriously. Go traditional with pumpkin or apple, or surprise guests a little with chocolate pecan or key lime.
You’re bound to feel great about any pie from this bakery (think apple cranberry or chocolate peanut butter), but you’ll feel even better in knowing that your purchase is helping Blue Sky’s cause: an onsite employment program for homeless and at-risk youth.
3720 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-880-9910, Brown Sugar Bakery www.blue-sky-bakery.org
Order by:Monday, Nov. 21
Orders accepted:By email (email@example.com) or phone
Pickup: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23
328 E. 75th St., 773-224-6262, www.brownsugarbakerychicago.com Chopping Block
The South Side bakery is known for its sweet potato pies, but also offers flavors including Key lime and lemon ice box.
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107, 312-644-6360; 4747 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-472-6700, Cold Storage www.thechoppingblock.com
Price: $16-$19; 3 sweet potato pies for $35 (holiday special only)
Order by: ASAP, orders cut off when bakery reaches capacity
Orders accepted: Phone
Pickup: Wednesday, Nov. 23
1000 W. Fulton Market (inside Swift Sons), 312-638-6280, www.coldstoragechicago.com Floriole
This culinary school and event space is breaking out the classics this season with pumpkin and apple. The latter is served in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, so come prepared to lug that home.
1220 W. Webster Ave., 773-883-1313, www.floriole.com The Gage
Meg Galus, whom we named the city’s best pastry chef in our 2016 Dining Awards, offers two types of pies to-go for the holiday. A pumpkin praline features hazelnut frangipane, crushed hazelnut praline, pumpkin cream, whipped white chocolate ganache and pumpkin seed brittle; chocolate gingersnap has a cookie crust filled with caramel dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate mousse, whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings
24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, Hoosier Mama www.thegagechicago.com
Order by: Wednesday, Nov. 23
Pickup: Tuesday, Nov. 22, or Wednesday, Nov. 23
1618 Chicago Ave., 312-243-4846; 749 Chicago Ave., 847-868-8863, www.hoosiermamapie.com Little Goat
Pastry chef Sandra Holl is at it again this year, whipping up favorites with a master baker’s touch: pumpkin pie gets brown sugar meringue, apple crumble pie is better with almonds, and a honey pie is both sweet and salty.
Give thanks for pastry chef Kym DeLost (also of Acanto) and her decadent five-layer pumpkin pie with bourbon cream, pumpkin custard, caramel cream and spiced pumpkin mousse.
This pie powerhouse has already closed orders for Thanksgiving, but don’t be dismayed – about 200 extras pies (from chocolate chess and maple pecan, to Hoosier Sugar Cream and pork apple sage) will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings leading up to Turkey Day. It gets better: Country singer Kent Rose will be there Wednesday and Thursday to serenade your purchases.
Publican Quality Meats
Price: Sweet pies from $21 to $27, savories from $29 to $30
825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-8977, www.publicanqualitymeats.com Summer House Santa Monica
You can tell guests that your pumpkin, apple and French silk pies are courtesy of your good pal Stephanie Izard.
In addition to hosting Thanksgiving dinner, this modern Italian restaurant is offering to-go pies from pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky. Flavors include spiced pumpkin with a gingersnap crust and chocolate pecan with vanilla-bourbon gelato and sweet cream.
Order by:3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18
Orders accepted: By email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and phone.
Pickup: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23
The always reliable West Loop spot is offering three kinds of pies: apple, pecan and pumpkin cheesecake.
301 S. Happ Road, Northfield, 847-446-5444, www.threetartsbakery.com Vanille Patisserie
Pumpkin pie is taken up a notch with the spiced pumpkin chiffon variation on offer at this California-meets-Lincoln Park hangout.
2108 N. Clark St., 3243 N. Broadway, 131 N. Clinton St., 773-868-4574, www.vanillepatisserie.com
Order by:Tuesday, Nov. 22
Orders accepted:By email (email@example.com) or phone.
Pickup: Wednesday, Nov. 23
In addition to a variety of other Thanksgiving-ready sweets (think chocolate-dipped acorn cookies and handmade pepita caramels), this Northfield bakery and cafe is batching up four kinds of pies: lattice-topped apple, apple caramel crumb, pecan and pumpkin.
Order by: Monday, Nov. 21
Orders accepted: In store or by phone
Pickup: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23
This French-inspired bakery offers pies but once a year. Choose from pumpkin with cinnamon whipped cream, apple streusel and pecan.
Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer.