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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Piece Brewery & PizzeriaPiece Brewery & Pizzeria
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

186 Ratings
Ratings: 186
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 806
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 18
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-1316
United States
phone: (773) 772-4422

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @piecechicago

Notes:
8 house taps, 10 guest taps.

Extreme parking enforcement area.
Metered parking on North Ave., permit only on side streets.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

This place is pretty big, it's in like an old repair shop or something. The tables are all kind of close together, and they're all filled up for the most part. It can get kind of loud, but it's very lively inside. I enjoyed the atmosphere. The beer is good, though it all looked a bit hazy to me - maybe it could've used a few more days to clear up, or maybe it was chill haze. Nothing too bad, but still a little strange to me. The service was okay, nothing went wrong and the waiter was pretty friendly. I did wait for a water refill for a while, but I still had some beer to drink while I was waiting. The selection is pretty good, I think there were 6-8 house taps, and maybe a few guest taps, with the styles being moderately varied (though it was hard to tell what each was from the name). The food was pretty good, not the traditional Chicago pizza you think of, but good. I enjoyed this place, and would likely go back again if I were in the area.

taylorhamrick, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of johnyeast
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

I'll start out with- I had a great experience at Piece. Easy to get to off the Blue Line. The only problem was the "well over an hour wait' for the group I was with. Sothe group bailed and I bellied up to the bar had a couple good beers, 3 great slices of a very big 'small' pizza, and watched the Cubs game.

The food was great. The beer was really good. The IPA was the best/ The brown was good. Bartender gave samples so I could find what I like and she was was knowledgeable. Chicago prices are not to be avoided. Overall, I really enjoyed Piece and would highly recommend and go back next time I'm back in Chi-Town.

johnyeast, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon. High ceiling gives tis place a bigger, airy feeling. Nice bar area, and a good amount of seating. Plenty of televisions to check out sports.

On our stop, there were 6 or 7 beers on tap, plus a very impressive guest tap list. We tried 4 of the beers between us, and 3 of the 4 were outstanding. Hard to be a fresh, solid brewpub beer. Beers seemed to lean toward the hoppier styles, but there was also a hefeweizen that was outstanding.

Service was good, no problems in that area. Our server even offered explanations for each style if needed.

We has pizzas, and they were very good. Different from the Chicago deep dish, but very tasty.

Overall, Piece is now one of my favorite stops in CHicago. Great beer, good pizza, ands a friendly, lively atmosphere.

Bierguy5, May 09, 2009
Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Typical sports bar brewpub. Tried to get in for a bite to eat on a weekend night to no avail. Went back for lunch on a Monday with little to no crowd.

Reasonable amount of taps of their own concoctions. I had the Full Frontal Pale ale and thought it was actually really solid. I get worried a lot of times about how bland a place's pale ale is going to be, but it was way above my expectations. I sampled the DIPA, and thought it was a bit alcoholic given its strength.

Pizza was good. Prices seemed good at lunch. Solid beer offerings. I'd frequent the place if I lived in the area.

blitz134, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Flippindiscs
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Piece is my favorite brewery in Chicago. It is a bit trendy and has lots of hippsters but the clear span garage like atmosphere is great. It is cool that the place is co-owned by the guitarist from Cheap Trick.

Their Belgian Pale I had the other week was absolutely amazing. All their beers seem to be high in alcohol and high in hops. Great aromas on every beer. The have a chalkboard inside that shows all their awards and every year they seem to walk away with a gold. Great place to stop by when in Chicago

Flippindiscs, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of beertooth
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%

I've been here three times in the past year and I really want to like this place, but I just can't.

The pizza is tasty and priced right, but every time I've been the beer has been worse and worse. I had a "smoked" stout tonight that had no body. It tasted like a watery porter with liquid smoke in it. The IPA was unbalanced and had no malt backbone at all. Think club soda with pine sap added. Their barleywine tasted like an old freezer or freezer burnt food. The best beer I had tonight was a guest tap. The last two times I've been here the beer was better, but not great. Their other IPAs are worth a shot and they do brew a decent smoked porter.

Service is decent, but everyone I've had talked to me like I'm twelve years old.

I don't really fit in with the crowd at this place.

Next time I'm in the mood for their pizza I'll just pick some up and pair it with some better beers I have in my fridge and skip everything else.

beertooth, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

I arrived at 6pm on a Friday night and got a table w/in a 1/2 hour, but it started filling up quickly around then. While we waited for a table the bartenders were easily accessable and knowledgable about the beers.

As for the beers, I had a few and really enjoyed the Full Frontal and Worryin' Ale. The stout, not so much. They have a decent selection of brews, although they do lack a true IPA.

The pizza was fantastic and worth all the hype.

Overall, the people were very friendly. I also saw quite a few people with small children and a little area for kids to run wild. Around 8pm the families started cutting out and it became more of a bar scene.

The food and beer are both great for the price.

Vonerichs, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Went here while visiting family in Wicker Park, Chicago. One of few breweries located in Chicago.

The atmosphere was comfortable. I went at night where the setting was dark. A pretty big place with many tables. The tables are next to each other where two parties could be seated at the same table. A unique feel.
The beer selection was good while the food selection was as good as any other pizza place in the city. The food was decent. I have heard people rave about their pizza but I wasnt impressed. However I was impressed with the beer.
Had good service when I went. This place can fill up at night with long lines to get in, for a warning to those interested.

cagocubs, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev -1%

Visited this place while in town on business. About 2 blocks from the blue line; very convenient. It's pretty big inside really, with lots of tables and a good sized bar. Sports bar sort of feel. I would say that well over half the people there when I visited were 30ish or under. They had 6 or 7 of their own beers on tap; nothing high alcohol or all that interesting, but I had the Belgian single (not sure of the exact name; it was a Belgian pale basically), the Flat Iron Stout, and Amarillo Brillo. Amarillo was easily the best of three; a really nice hoppy red. Others were drinkable but nothing spectacular. They had Surly Furious, two 3Fs and a few others as guest taps. Pretty decent selection overall. The pizza was quite good, and service was prompt and attentive. I enjoyed my visit and would certainly stop back.

number1bum, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Hit this place for lunch before they even had the doors unlocked. Large wide open room with skylights and vaulted ceilings. Large, half moon shaped bar with ~30 stools. Various musical paraphernalia on the wall...via Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, who is a part owner. TV's everywhere and nice background music...but alas no Cheap Trick!

Great selection of beers from the 10 or so Piece offerings to the dozen or so guest taps with the likes of FFF, Surly, Bear Republic and other fine craft brewers.

Food is New Haven, CT style, read thin crust--bucking the deep dish Chicago style, pizza. A bold move here in the City of Big Shoulders! I like it, brought back memories of having fine thin crust pie at Bru Room @ bar in CT! We all ordered pizza and were very happy with it.

The Piece beers were all VERY solid with the winner being the Egyptian Camel Toe, not only for the irreverent name, but also it freakin' ROCKED!

Our server was fine, nothing exceptional, and she did her job without any problem.

Overall a nice visit...I would hate to see this place on a weekend night....it was even getting busy when we left. Parking I imagine can be brutal...this is a place best served by public transport! I happily return but would be cautious what time I visited.

Deuane, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Hollenbeck2
4/5  rDev -2.2%

wow! what a find, this place is easily accessible from the blue line train out of downtown, only about 15 minutes on the train.

the atmosphere is great, open and high ceilings, plenty of room to lounge about, watch the game, whatever.

the quality was excellent, the both in food and presentation of the beers on tap.

the service was cool, tattoos and facial hair abound, very urban chique.

the selection was extensive, about 12 of their own beers on tap although they were out of coupl I wanted to try, but they also had about 10 guest taps, both local and national craft breweries, and a full bar.

food was good, only had one app but it was great, and saw some of the pizza's they were serving and they looked awesome, they claim on the menu to use all homemade and fresh ingredients, this place is a must stop if visiting Chicago, the only true micro/craft brewery in the windy city.

Hollenbeck2, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Went here the other day after a White Sox game. This place seemed pretty solid inside, very loud though. Lots of TVs with various sports game on. They had quite a few beers on tap but I only had one. I tried the Camel Toe Double IPA and it was very good. Also noticed Top Heavy Hefeweizen, Dark Bier, Dysfunctionale, and Baron Von Awesome to be on tap as of 8/24. Also some Three Floyds guest taps, and many other bottles that wouldn't really be worth ordering due to their price. Service was as good as can be expected, everything was timely. The pizza was insanely good though, I ate half of a large pizza to myself. I would recommend this place just for that alone, the beers just happen to be a nice bonus.

roadhouse, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

I took the family here after a Sunday afternoon Sox game. First impression from the outside is a really cool old brick building with a hip look. Inside, things were a bit more generic but pleasant all the same. Bar one direction, dinig room the other.

We sat in a booth along the wall and had pleasant views of 4-5 televisions. The menu offered 6 house brews and a host of guest taps and a small but high quality bottle selection. The two house beers I tried were both excellent.

The pizza was very good, nicely crisp thin style. Obviously fresh ingredients made the otherwise simple pizza very good.

The waitress was pleasant and helpful and service was above average. No complaints.

I really liked this place and will definitely return soon to taste more of their local beer and check out the bar area.

spointon, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

When we walked in we were greeted with a sterile, clean... sort of stiff feeling brewpub. The bar was off to the right with high top seating and more seating off the main room. Clean walls, a few TVs about... it was sort of restaurant-sports bar meets brewpub. For some reason it didn't feel "beery" even though there was a huge chalkboard touting all the awards their beers won. Impressive and cheesy at the same time. The atmosphere wasn't cozy and it wasn't classy either... it was sort of just neutral.

We found a seat at the bar; it was around 2pm on a lazy Monday. I was not thrilled with the beer selection; it was heavy on wheat beers and lighter offerings. No stouts or porters, nothing too hoppy. I tried their ESB and it did nothing for me. However, the guest taps were great. Racer 5, two 3F beers and about 10 other tasty offerings... I had a Racer 5 with my pizza. It is a shame I needed to drink a guest beer at a brewpub...

The pizza was thin crust, simple, greasy and nothing special. The bartender talked us into getting the spinach dip and chips, it was far from great.

The service was above average but not overly noteworthy. It took sometime for us to get our check as one of the two bartenders/waitress seemed to have disappeared. But, overall, no complaints.

We stopped here because it was close to the train stop and a short walk to Map Room. Nothing about Piece was outstanding enough for me to recommend to others and I really have no need to return the next time I am in Chicago. Sadly, it was a forgettable brewpub experience.

bditty187, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

i had a great time at this place. the space is quite cool-and old brick building w/ chalkboards covering the walls around the restaurant and behind the bar explaining the beers as well as all of the medals. the waitress i had was a real cute hipster chick who had very respectable knowledge of the beers and was on the ball with service. the IIPA(which they called an egyptian pale ale) and the pale (which they called an extra special pale) were both quite good. they could use more selection as they only had about 6 on tap too many of which were on the light side. they have no porter/stout/other darker after dinner beer which was especially annoying because of their great location right next to a train stop (which means no driving) so i was really looking forward to slowly working my way from pale ale down the darkness scale but there weren't enough offerings. the pizza was excellent and the music was pretty exc. i had a great exp. and this place is definitely worth a stop.

hoegaardenhero, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

Atmosphere: It has the feel of a yuppie sports bar, the space is nice, it has a nice look and I love sports mind you, but I f***ing hate the yuppies of the type that congregate at this place.

Quality: The beer was first class, except for the severe foam shortage, more on that later. The three beers I had were all very good.

Service: My waiter was kind of an ass, a dork in a Nirvana shirt with little man boobs, though I might have been an a-hole myself. I was hoping to talk to the brewer, I had called several times that day, and I may have crossed into belligerent territory without noticing. The main issues for me were; first they stuck us in the corner, black folks are sensitive to that sort of thing, but considering the place was packed and this was probably the only table open I let it slide. Though suspiciously all the black people in the restaurant ended up sitting directly adjacent to us. The second thing was all my beers came to the table with zero head, inexcusable at a brewpub. I'll be back for the beer and the pizza, but if they put me in the corner, I'm liable to do something terrible.

Selection: My wife's salad was good but mediocre, basically there is pizza and beer here which is fine by me.

Food: The Pizza was top notch, and I think I've got high standards being from Chicago and all. Not to mention the large is huge, thin crust ,but very filling. The raspberry cheesecake
my wife ordered was good and twice as high as a standard cheesecake.

The prices were decent, especially considering the location.

July 27th;

I went to a wedding reception just down the street and afterwards picked up a growler of the porter, on top of this some friends from out of town had somehow found out about the place. Went back late that night after making an appearance at another party. There was live band karaoke, we all got shitfaced and a few of them got onstage, I was too late to sign up. Had a ball, service was decent, especially as it got later.

Stonebreaker, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

hmm, interesting place

its a big open space inside with skylights and vaulted cielings...on a tuesday night at 8pm there was a long wait for tables but there was some space at the bar if you staked it out

the bar was a long semi-circle with maybe 25-35 seats and the rest of the space was quite large

there were nice tv's everywhere broadcasting a variety of baseball games and there was great music in the background (heard the magnetic fields, pavement, and some others).

the crowd was pretty shit-tastic though. its on the outskirts of wicker park but doesnt reflect that scene at all - its like lincoln park got lost and overflowed this place...kind of a shame

there was maybe 10 piece taps which spanned a few interesting styles...there was also about 10 guest taps including bear republic, surly, sierra nevada, a few belgians, and a few three floyds. on tap of that there were about 12-15 overpriced belgian bottles. All things considered, lots of great drinking options

the food-fare is pizza, which i didnt try. its not deep dish, so in my opinion it has no place in this city. they were spitting out some massive pizzas though - amongst the biggest i have ever seen

service was fine, but they didnt know shit about beer and this place gave off that whole vibe of being a brewpub catering to and employing people who dont know shit about beer

dirtylou, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

A: This place has an interesting setup to it. Very much is trying to sell you on its name and beers. Walk in and on the wall is a a big display of merchandise for the brewpub. The taps are all the same piece symbol. Standard setup, tables and a big standing area in the center of the bar. What makes this place stand out to me is the offering of other choices besides the beers they brew. Allowing people to mingle and talk about the craft brews they serve and the standard beers sold in stores.

Q: Each beer came in the proper style of glass. Everything seemed clean and tidy.

S: The place kept filling up as people got off of work, but only one bartender remained. He was good, but not good enough to work alone at this time.

SE: Had a good selection of beers on tap that spanned a wide variety of styles. The food menu was relatively plain and standard. Lot of options though for the few choices presented.

F: Only ordered a pizza. Nothing special about it.

V: Not being a city boy this place was about what I would expect to pay at home. Especially for a craft brewpub with a selection like it had.

bilyboy65, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of hoosier222002
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

We stopped in to Piece on a Monday afternoon. Nice atmosphere to the place. Plenty of big screens showing ESPN around the room. I was able to enjoy a Dysfunctionale which was an extremely good Pale Ale. The next beers enjoyed were there Worryin Ale and the Porter.

The pizza that my wife and I enjoyed was very good. I would recommend it to anyone.

Now the downside of the visit: The service was poor at best. There appeared to be one lady working the bar and the tables in the restaurant at the same time. On one occasion, I sat with an empty glass for quite a while. It also took her quite a while to run our credit card to cash us out to leave. The service was a big negative.

With exception of the service, I liked the place. May have to give it another try and hope for better service though.

hoosier222002, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of davedahl
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%

Piece is a brewpub in the Bucktown area of Chicago.

They have a nice selection of brewpub standbys including a nicely-balanced double IPA. However to non-beer geeks this place is known for the pizza....and the over-abundance of flat-screened TV's. The weekend nights, and most weekday nights, the place is packed with 20-somethings eating pizza and staring at the TV's.

The beer is great, pizza is adequate, atmosphere bland, and service can get slow when with the crowds.

Go for the beer on a weekend afternoon to skip the crowds - and don't feel like you have to try the pizza.

davedahl, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of KelleyAnn76
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

Read the great reviews of this place before a trip to Chicago and decided it was a must-see. Piece did not disappoint. At first, we weren't sure we were getting in - the door jockeys said they were at "max capacity" even though I could see at least 3 empty tables for four through the window. In no less than 2 minutes, we were able to get inside. It was in fact packed, but we found a couple at the bar getting ready to leave and snagged their spots.

Now, this is where it gets impressive. I said this place was packed and I'm not joking, it was wall-to-wall people. But our service at the bar was fabulous. The bartenders weren't rushed to serve us at all and gave us their undivided attention when they were helping us. Beers ordered were delivered in a very timely manner, again, given "max capacity." Beers were great - no complaints there. Good variety, well-described by the staff. I stuck with the Full Frontal Pale Ale; husband had the Veda Belgian Black and the You Will Fail IPA. We were both impressed our choices.

The pizza - I don't even know where to start with this pizza. Good, great, amazing... there aren't enough adjectives to describe how good it was. Thin, crispy, fresh toppings. We ordered a medium "Plain" with chicken, sauteed mushrooms, and fresh basil. By the time my husband and I were completely stuffed, we still had appx 3 or so pieces left, so the medium is a good-sized pie.

If you're planning a trip to Chicago, do make the trip to Piece!

KelleyAnn76, May 27, 2008
Photo of littleg
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Went here late afternoon on a Saturday with my wife for a few slices and beers. Everything about this place was exceptional. We were immediately seated by a friendly host who gave us our choice of two tables. Within a minute of sitting down our server was taking our drink. She was very patient with my indecisiveness over the beer menu. I finally settled on the Belgian Blonde "Cuffs and Collars." Very nice selection of their own beers as well as guest drafts and bottles.

Our food was delivered very quickly and the goat cheese in marinara was fantastic. Our pizza followed and is probably one of the best pizzas I've had in Chicago.

If your in the area, or are looking to make a trip, this place is worth a stop.

As a side note, Piece has a "To Go" special on Sundays that allows you get a large pizza and a growler for $25.

littleg, May 11, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

I stopped by Piece with some friend while on the way home from Dark Lord Day. I really liked the atmosphere. It had the perfect combination of modern, hip, and old fashioned. The music was eclectic (jazz, elvis, hank williams, indie rock). The people were eclectic (bohemians, Japanese business men, hippies with dreds so long they have to put their hair in their coat pocket). The service was very good. It seemed that our waitress was covering half the brewpub, but she still managed to be friendly, and prompt. She was also able to give good descriptions of the beers. The beer was as good as I've had at other great Midwestern brewpubs like Minneapolis Town Hall, or The Great Dane. The Top Heavy Hefe was the perfect antidote to a weekend overdose of RIS and DIPA at DLD. The kolsch they had on was one of the most flavorful I have tasted. The Egyptian Pale Ale reminded me a lot of Bell's Hopslam. While the Big Black Maria was a very well balanced coffee porter. The pizza was some of the best I've ever had. Great toppings with the perfect crust. My sister lives a couple blocks from Piece so I guess I will be visiting her more often to give myself an excuse to hit up the brewpub.

KarlHungus, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of millhouse
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

We arrived in Chicago in the early afternoon this past weekend and decided to knock Piece and the Map Room off of our to-do list early enough where we could get a seat.

We took the Blue Line to Damen and, after a brief lapse in directional judgment, found Piece. It's incredibly close to the CTA station.

We were seated immediately and perused the menu. We were surprised at how many people were eating pizza at 2 in the afternoon. The place wasn't packed full, but for that time of the day they were doing some nice business.

We immediately ordered two beers - I had the Hefeweizen and my wife had the Golden Arm. Both were very good for their styles and better than I was expecting based on some of the reviews that I had read.

Later, I moved on to the Dysfunctionale and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did manage to spill half of it and the waiter graciously helped clean up my mess. I was very grateful to see that he wrote that one off as a spill on the ticket and didn't even charge me for it. I made up for it on the tip that I left and thought that was above and beyond service. Afterwards, I moved on to the Big Black Maria porter and enjoyed it the most. It was very flavorful and tasted just like a Porter should. All of the offerings that we tried were very fresh and carbonated properly.

We were saving up our appetite for dinner that night and opted for their goat cheese appetizer. It was very tasty and hit the spot. We were drooling at some of the pizzas being brought out to the other patrons and would like to come back some time and give it a try. It's not Chicago-style, but looked delicious nonetheless.

Besides Goose Island, this is apparently the only other truly local brewpub in Chicago. I can't bring myself to consider the not-to-be-named chain brewpub in town to be in the same category. I will not hesitate to go back to Piece again if I can fit it in.

millhouse, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

Went here after taking my girlfriend to school to get some food.

Overall, the atmosphere of the place reminded me a bit of a small local pizza joint, with its beat up wooden tables, mixed with a loud sports bar that blares music and has flat screens around too. Also, had a bit of the fake "artsy" atmosphere that reminded me a bit of a starbucks. The pizza though was good; nothing special but not bad. It was super fresh and piping hot when it came out which I did like. The service was quick and the server seemed rather informed as he knew all about the different types of beers. To go to piece, you have to make sure that you want pizza since that really is the only food on their menu besides 3 salads and a few apps. Not a bad thing just a forewarning before you go. When i was there they had 6 Piece beers on tap and also about that many of guest tap. The beers ran about $6 a pint which seems to be about average for a pint in the City of a micro and a small pizza was 11. So overall costs about 28 with tip and tax for a small pizza and a 2 beers. It was nice but not really a place that I would be dying to go to again.

jeonseh, Apr 03, 2008
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.