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Great Lake

1477 W. Balmoral Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60640, United States
TEL: (773) 334-9270

At this tiny Andersonville eatery, a limited menu and extensive wait times are a small price to pay for what's often named the best pizza in Chicago. Run by passionate owners Nick Lessins and Lydia Esparza, Great Lake is famous for pies that are (slowly) handmade to order and topped with fresh, locally-grown, organic ingredients. The ever-changing menu offers three to five pizza options that combine chewy crust with inventive topping combinations like cremini mushrooms, goat cheese, and black pepper. The 14-seat interior is sparsely designed with hardwood floors and a few shelves of gourmet dry goods for sale. BYOB. Dinner for two $50.

Insider Tip:

You can take your pizza to go, but for the full experience, bring your own wine and wait for a spot at the communal dining room table.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • BYOB
  • Monday - Closed
  • Noisy
  • No Reservations
  • Open Kitchen/Watch the Chef
  • Sunday - Closed
  • Take-Out Available
  • Tuesday - Closed

Cuisine Type:: Pizza


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