Upon arriving for a stay at the Thompson Chicago on the corner of Bellevue and Rush, I was happy to hear the concierge tell us that we had three solid nearby pizza options in Lou Malnati’s, Pizano’s, and Connie’s. I already knew that I would greatly enjoy Lou Malnati’s and Pizano’s based on previous experiences. However, we were already very hungry, and the concierge suggested that Connie’s could deliver to us the quickest. Granted, this is likely because they are the least popular of the three, but I was still open to trying a different Chicago pizzeria.
Connie’s Pizza has a large menu that also includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, calzones, and some entrées. Plus, they have all sorts of pizza options: wood-fired, thin, artisan, gluten free, Connie’s Original Pan, Sicilian Pan, deep dish, and stuffed. Being in Chicago, we didn’t want something too thin, but we were also hungry and didn’t want wait very long. Therefore, we ordered a couple of Connie’s Original Pan pizzas; one sausage and one extra cheese. Both pizzas were good, and I liked the extra cheese one slightly better. There is just something about a thick pizza with lots of cheese in Chicago that always wins me over!
Overall, I enjoyed our pizzas from Connie’s, but I would say that they aren’t quite on the same level as Lou Malnati’s or Pizano’s (or Giordano’s either for that matter). Their delivery was prompt tough, and I appreciated that they included plates, silverware, and napkins without being asked but just knowing we were in a hotel. If you happen to be in Chicago for an event at McCormick Place, then I recommend the Connie’s there as a great alternative to typical convention center food.
What I Ate: Sausage Pizza and Extra Cheese Pizza
1030 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610