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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Piece Brewery & PizzeriaPiece Brewery & Pizzeria
Based on:
34 Beers
837 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 203
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: n/a
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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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 sgoro
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I'm always looking for an excuse to head to Piece (usually to refill my growler). The beer is hit or miss. I tried a pretty atrocious alt bier the last time I was there but they also had FFF Zombie Dust on tap so I can't complain too much. I think they brew for people who don't normally drink craft beer. Check the individual beer reviews on BA before you go but I don't think you can go wrong with Wingnut and Cameltoe if it's on tap and the Top Heavy Hefeweizen is always a good choice.

The pizza here is outstanding and definitely worth the wait. They'll probably tell you that you have a 2 hour wait for 4 people but if you sip some of the solid brews at the bar and wait it out you'll probably get a table within 45 minutes.

Also, growler prices are very reasonable at $12 for a refill. They don't growler some seasonal/limited beers though.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a really cool place that I try to visit every time I go to Chicago. Fairly decent atmosphere, but pretty open-area, bright and noisy...not too intimate. The crowd can be a little annoying / hipster. The bar is nice though, if you can get a seat. Bartenders are friendly and helpful. They have a good beer selection; good variety of styles with seasonals rotating. The food is tasty, with good quality pizzas...not deep dish actually, but thin crust style, with some good topping options. Prices are mostly reasonable. Good place.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Took the family down into the city for a random fun night out.

Nice hip/trendy/artsy neighborhood. The parking, of course on the street is awful, just pay the $10 for the valet, it's worth it.

The atmosphere is very crowded, loud, bustling. They do not take reservations on a Friday night. We had to wait about 35-40 minutes for a table. Most of the crowd were 20-40 somethings, either big groups of friends or couples. We were one of the few families there.

Our waitress was fine, she had a good understanding of the food and beers.

The beer surprised me. They had at least 10 beers on tap. I tried the Imperial IPA "Wack Job" (DELICIOUS) and the American IPA "Dysfunctionale" (QUITE GOOD).

I picked this place because of Chicago Magazine rating this place as one of the Top 5 Best Pizzerias in Chicago! Considering Chicago is deep dish country, this is amazing NY style thin crust! Probably the best thin crust I have ever eaten.


Photo of LacquerHead
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went here with my two sisters who were visiting Chicago.

We should up around 8pm without a reservation and waited a little over an hour for a table. The bar area was crowed, which is typical. It can get rather cramped and hot near the bar. I ordered a Dark and Curvy which was great. I also sampled two other beers but I didn't take note of the name.

The Beer: They had a good selection of styles available.

The Food: We started off with the goat cheese appetizer. Then we ordered a large pepperoni, garlic, and artichoke pizza with a side of crumbled feta. No complaints in the food, it was all great. I think they serve up some of the best thin crust pizza in Chicago.

Service: The bartenders were nice and attentive even though they were swamped. Our waitress was pleasant.

As usual, there was a crowded lively atmosphere. It can get really warm in this place, especially near the bar - even on an 20 degree night. During the summer, boy does it get hot! Still, this is a place worth checking out for great beer and pizza.

Note: if sampling beer in peace is the objective then I would recommend visiting on a week day when they open at 11am.

Photo of Shakujin
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: Great vibe here. Full of young people having fun. Not rowdy idiots or pretentious hipsters. Lively.

Quality: Beer tasted great, served slightly cold i suppose. pizza was tasty, overflowing with toppings.

Service: Went twice, service was great the first time, so so the second time. Servers were always friendly though.

Selection: Selection is great. A rotating (?) selection of piece brews and a back up of guest beers. Focus on providing a rounded, tasty, accessible beer list, rather than a beer geek pleasing menu.

Food: Its a pizza place, and i has good pizza.

Value: Beer was well priced, pizza was a bit on the high end

Overall: On my last trip to Chicago this was far and away my favorite place. If your looking to have a few beers and pizza look no further. If your looking for a place to sit down and have a quiet meal, or a place to chat with beer geeks though maybe not the right place.

Photo of ferrari29
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first time coming to Piece had to be my most memorable, for two reasons. One, I finally found a pizzeria that served New Haven style pizza to satisfy my wife's hunger for home-style pie (also cuts down on our trips to Connecticut). The second reason, I finally got to meet Todd Alstrom at the 2010 BeerAdvocate Chicago Crawl event. Definitely an honor. I thought it was a great place for beer and pizza. The selection of brews was top-notch and I loved the atmosphere.

If you're in there you should try something from their long list of award winning brews (I recommend the Camel Toe at 9.5% ABV) and if they have the H... Oppenheimer on-tap, give that a shot too. My wife had a Festivus and enjoyed it plenty, especially for not being a beer snob like myself. If you're not in the mood for Piece brewed beer they have a great selection of craft beers to choose from.

I was very impressed and I recommend it to East Coast visitors. I will be back soon! Congrats to brewer Jonathan Cutler on all his awards for brewing world-class beers!

Photo of RTrain12
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here with the family after we went to the circus on a sunday night. It was very easy to get from the united center. I was alittle worried about going here because I heard the wait is to be seated can take awhile. But we parked with ease and walked right in and sat down to a booth.

Staff was nice, and helpful. The resturant is very big and open, with a big bar. I wish this place was alittle closer to my house! The pizza was amazing! If you go, make sure you get the bacon, and clam pizza with white sause! The beers were ok IMO. I had the camel toe egyptian pale ale, and captain kickass. I liked the camel to better than the kickass. The brew pub called the camel toe a PA, but to me it seemd more like a DIPA. And that is what it was listed on BA.

If you like pizza it is well worth the stop. The wife and I will be back soon!

Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Walk in and it had a little bit of a cozy feeling (yes smallish but not cramped or anything). A number of TVs around the place, with the World Cup on. Sat down at a little table. They weren't too busy so the waiter was there right away. He was pretty helpful and nice, although he didn't seem like the most beer savvy (at least he knew everything they had and knew a little bit about them).

They had about 8 of their beers on tap and some guest beers as well. Didn't really look over those as I wanted one of their beers. Ended up getting the Hefeweizen. Came pretty soon, in the proper glass, just a touch on the cold side (but it was a warmer summer day). The beer was tasty and was well crafted. Hit what I want in a Hefeweizen. Food came shortly after as well, and it was tasty as well.

A little on the pricey side, especially the food, but it isn't too unreasonable. Definitely worth a stop if you are around the area (Wicker Park area is fun to walk around in so just another reason to check this out).

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Unfortunately some friends and I visited the place the day after DLD so I didn't try any beers. Pretty easy to find and in a pretty decent neighborhood.

I really liked the decor of the place. A good feel and a decent sized bar. We were seated right away and had our drinks(water for me). The food came pretty quick and the waitress was good about coming over to check on us.

I had heard about all the awards so I really wanted to try some beers but coming after DLD there was no way I was in the mood for any. They had some guest taps and you could easily see there whole selection. The pizza was good and wasn't that much. A medium pizza took care of three guys so it worked out pretty well. If you get a chance, stop by, I will be doing so again so I can try some of their awards winning beers.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Piece is located on the northwest side of Chicago on West North Ave not too far off I-94. Metered parking is available in all directions, however the spots right in front of the place cannot be used until after 6pm.

Inside the wraparound bar can be found on the right side, with highboy tables and booths on the left. The paneled skylight ceiling is high and makes the space feel very open. There are chalkboards that list the available beers, and medals and awards won by Piece are displayed all over. There is a dark red and cream color scheme. One other note related to atmosphere: the men's room is laid out so that there is a clear view to the urinals from the main seating area if that's your thing.

Piece has around 7 beers of their own beers on draught and another 9 or so guest taps. The house beers run from Kölsch to the Dark 'N Curvy Dunkelweizen to an IPA and IIPA. Some slightly more atypical styles like Altbier and Bière de Garde (Worryin' Ale) are available too. All in all the beers are above average to very good, especially the Wack Job Imperial IPA. The brews are available in a sampler too. Guest brews include Bell's, Three Floyds and the like.

Service on an early evening was good, and the place went from relatively empty to practically standing room only in the nearly two hours I was there as the after work crowd started showing up. The Blackhawks were on TV playing my hometown Blue Jackets which I think was part of the draw.

The pizza at Piece is very good. They have some menu pizzas but the recommendation to me was to start with red or white sauce and build my own which is what I did. My creation was delicious if I do say so myself.

Overall I really like this place. If this brewpub was on the ocean it would be neck and neck with Pizza Port as far as my favorite brewpub and pizza place. As it stands it is definitely a place I will try to hit on future trips to Chicago.

Photo of hawks10
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been to Piece quite a few times over the past couple years, I always have a good time. The pizza and the beer are always top notch...

Atmosphere is good, not terribly noise, can easily carry on conversations without shouting. Tons of seating area, very long bar with a bunch of flatscreens behind, and a gorgeous exposed wood, barn style ceiling...

Place can get pretty crowded at times (best to get there after 10:30ish on a Friday or Saturday) but the service seems to always keep up.

Parking can get ridiculous at times, we seem to always luck out. But be prepared to circle around for a while some nights, weekends, obviously are quite difficult.

Growlers are $16 and $12 for a refill (I think), also have glassware and shirts, etc. for sale.

Overall Piece is definitely worth it. Try to get there at off-peak times and you shouldn't have a problem. Stick with the house beers, they are all top-notch. Even if you don't usually dig thin crust pizza (I usually don't) Piece's thin crust is friggin' fantastic. Get a Large and take some home with a growler...

Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've been waiting to try Piece for some time now. However, I'm not a big fan of Chicago's pizza options, whether they be "traditional" pizza or Chicago-style and I have more or less given up on going anywhere for pizza. So, even though I know Piece is more than a pizzeria, I've largely avoided the place because of my avoidance of every other pizza place in this city.

I wish I hadn't. Piece serves up some very good pizza along with some pretty good beer as well.

Piece is located in what used to be a garage. It's basically a large, dark room, with high ceilings that is divvied up in parcels for different uses: waiting area, bar, seating, etc. It kind of a has a dingy, "well-used" feel to it, but I imagine that is a result of this place nearly always being packed.

I was lucky enough to go during the middle of the day on a Saturday, so I can't comment much on how busy Piece can be or how service reacts to the large crowds, but, what I can say is that they were only about half full and the place was still pretty frigin' noisy. However, service was quick and attentive. Beers were received within minutes of ordering them, so quickly I think our waiter was pouring them himself. Our waiter's beer knowledge was scant, but he knew what was on tap and had a general knowledge about beer. Considering this is a pizzeria, I felt that was enough for me.

The beers I tried were generally good, some better than others, but that is to be expected. I will say their beer showed great promise, and for that reason, I look forward to making it back soon. Tap list was respectable, with a nice blend of their beers and a few guest drafts. If they have bottled beer, I didn't notice it anywhere on the menu nor did I see anyone drinking it.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I walked into piece and thought it was very modern, kind of a hip place to be. There were flat screens all over the bar and they had the NFL ticket. The bartender asked us which games we wanted on and put those on immediately. There was music playing that was very chill and upbeat, relatively friendly staff. They had an area with couches in front of a big tv, really cool. A big dining area and huge, i mean huge, pizzas coming from the kitchen (didn't have anything to eat though).

The beer was pretty solid and they had a nice guest draft list. Enjoyed a couple pints and the cost was reasonable especially for the cool atmoshpere.

Photo of tedsox31
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been here several times now, and every time I have come away impressed. The brewpub is one big high-ceiling room with plenty of natural light. There are two smaller sections off the main room that interact with the main room. Also included is a bar and plenty of tvs to watch a variety of sports.

The quality has always been top-notch here. I recently had the barleywine which was quite excellent. The kolsch is also very good here, as are all of the beers.

Service has always been quick and friendly. Depending on the server, you will get some that know about the beer and some that don't.

Selection of beer is good, usually around 8 or so beers on tap at any given moment.

The food is awesome, if you like pizza (and who doesn't?). You have so many choices, and every type that I have gotten I love. Whenever I am near Wicker Park in Chicago I try to stop by for a pint and a bite of pizza. It isn't super cheap, but nor is it overly expensive. Highly recommended.

Photo of kneids
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I went here on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. Its a big place with a long bar and quite a few TVs. It was about half full so we got a table right away. The place has kind of a young, alternative vibe to it, which is nice. The pizza there is all thin crust, but you choose the sauce and toppings that go onto it. They have all the traditional toppings, and a lot of different ones that you don't normally see, such as mashed potatoes. I had a white pie with chicken, spinach, and artichokes. It was really good. I would recommend the pizza if you like trying something different than just the standard toppings.
They had about six or seven beers on tap. I tried the Worryin' Ale, IPA, Flat Iron Stout, and the Camel Toe. The Camel Toe was definitely the one that stood out. Unfortunately they don't have it all of the time. The IPA and the Worryin' were both solid. I didn't care for the stout though.
Our server was very friendly. My friend told her he was in a hurry to catch a plane, and she got everything out to us real fast. I will definitely try to visit here whenever I come to Chicago.

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Piece is pizza place and brewery wrapped into one. The pizza is outstanding with tons of selection.

They brew their own beer and also offer a nice selection of foreign brews, about 10 or so.

The brewed beers are decent overall. Most of them I find only soso, especially their lagers. Their anniversary ale is probably the best beer they make.

The service is decent, nothing outstanding.

Its alwasy crowded which pretty much sucks.

If you're looking for really good pizza and a decent beer selection this is the place to go. Don't go just to try thier brewed beers, you'll be a little disappointed.

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Near the Wicker Park area, which is a nice towny area northwest of downtown. Cool looking old warehouse or manufacturing facility turned into a brewpub. Looked like about 7 of their own beers and 3 or so regional guests. Looked like you would have a good chance of trying something new the brewer was rotating through. Oatmeal Stout was new in place of the menued Dark Bier. Prices descent for the town. Pizza was pretty good, I think I would have liked it more if the toppings were picked just for me, but I was sharing. Bartender service was ok, knew just enough about the beers. Kitchen was extreamly slow, but the place was dead and they had been open for over an hour so no excuse. 40 minutes for 1 small pizza? Anyway, seems worth stopping in, at least for beer when the place isn't slammed busy.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of johnyeast
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Flippindiscs
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of beertooth
2.95/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of cagocubs
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.