Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

Piece Brewery & PizzeriaPiece Brewery & Pizzeria

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-1316
United States

(773) 772-4422 | map

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 dukeandduke
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

2/19/16 - Came late one Friday, very crowded but able to get a seat at the bar. This place was highly recommended for the pizza and beers, a recommendation not only spot on, but even exceeding my high expectations. The two beers I had, The Bowie Beer and the award winning The Weight Beer, were excellent, as good as their respective namesakes. The pizza was very good, in terms of taste, texture and crust. Not sure why I never made it here before, though I definitely want to hit this again, both for the beer and pizza.

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Photo of 3fdread
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Definitely has more of the pizzeria feel than brewery. Lucky for everyone they're good at both. Pizza and beer are both great. Handful of solid beers with a strong good menu. Parking is typical north side(sucks), but worth a stop if you're on the north side.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

I've been to Piece three times (I live in Wicker Park/Bucktown the two neighborhoods that North Avenue centers. In our neighborhood, my wife and I are usually the oldest people in the restaurant... even if the other residents bring their parents.)
The first time was for lunch. I walked in and sat behind a half-empty bar and waited for someone to wait on me. After feeling dumb and old for about ten minutes, I walked out and no one said anything.
About five years later, a friend of my wife's thought Piece was a good idea. It wasn't. Although the waiter was funny, he could not distract from the facts: the place is too damn loud to carry on a conversation, I had average sauce on the pasta and my flight of their three beers were gladly shared as they were undistinguished.
Then this past summer to escape a torrential rainfall, a friend and I scooted in. We were only going to drink beer and did in bottles (Belgians from Belgium.) He got hungry and ordered pizza. Below average.
Piece is a success.
As for me, three strikes and you are out.
This neighborhood may well be the best place to eat in a city of 2.5 Million. I have options other than Piece to explore.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

what a cool spot, with a couple of entrances, one for beer and pizza to go, the other for the main restaurant and bar. we did not eat, but the pizzas coming out looked and smelled sensational, and i will certainly be back to try them. the beers were really solid, it sounded like the brewer had quite the resume, and the beer, while somewhat simplistic in terms of styles on the menu, absolutely showed that experience. the porter was probably my favorite, but the pale and kolsch were also outstanding. they had some neat guest beers here too, so assuredly something for everyone. the space is big and warm, really long bendy bar with some great staff back there. our dudes were really friendly, happy to chat, and eager to share all their stuff. they also were full of information about the chicago beer scene, and enhanced our trip tremendously. the porter was the winner for me, lots of chocolatey layers, and a smooth full bodied feel. perfect for a chilly saturday afternoon. i look forward to coming back, gorging myself on pizza, and hunkering down for a nice long session. these guys are really worth checking out.

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Photo of 98green
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've stopped here on a couple of recent trips to Chicago, usually after a session at Link's Taproom around the corner. It is always packed when I try to stop in (~9 or 10PM, both weekdays and weekends), so be prepared to wait or have a Plan B. Their beer is solid, but the reason to come is the New Haven style apizza. Highly recommended all around.

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Photo of srletend
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Good beer that you can't get outside the brewpub. A couple of the beers were 4/5 in my opinion. Others were average. Service was okay, but not great. Pizza (Atomic) was awesome--something different (thin crust) than the crowded deep dish places. Bottom line: very good beer and great pizza make this a place worth visiting when in Chicago.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My favorite place in Chicago for pizza and beer. I always thought the pizza was better than the beer, but since I've been going there, they've stepped up the beer game, both with the house brewed stuff, and the guest taps. They make a few great beers that go great with eating pizza- The Weight and Golden Arm come to mind. Great thin crust, New Haven style pizza bucks the Chicago deep-dish trend, but I'd rather be eating the thin stuff when drinking any day . Cool natural lit wide open room in the center/bar area, but the booths can be dim and dark. I suggest going during the day, or right when they open for lunch. Sunday Pizza and a Growler to go for 20 Bucks is an awesome deal. I go back every time I visit Chicago.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Review from notes - Visited on a Sunday that the Blackhawks were in the playoffs, so it was extremely hard to get a place at the bar to eat...may have taken 15-20 minutes. Not too bad. I had a beer in hand so all was good. Tried the Marketing Ploy, Victoria, and Golden Arm. All three were well done and served in proper glassware. The staff appeared to be well versed in the beers that they were pouring, but given the situation, they were less inclined to really talk about it. Also had a pizza and it was really good, if you like thin crust pizza. While it is "New Haven" style pizza, and the crust was what I expected, it lacked flavor in addition to the sauce, as compared to those pizzerias in New Haven. Don't get me wrong, the next time that I am in Chicago, I will be back. Good beer, good pizza and a good vibe...what more can you really ask for?

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Photo of gtermi
4.18/5  rDev +4%

I was so excited to try the beer and pizza here. The place is very nice inside and had an awesome beer list. I order the flight of beer and most of their beers were delicious. My only issue with this place was I ordered a Hannsens Gueuze and they brought me a St. Louis without telling me they didn't have Hannsens anymore. This annoyed me a bit because my waitress told me "it's the same thing" which I couldn't disagree more with. The pizza was great and I would def come back here to eat and drink their beers on draft.

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Photo of NickyPogs
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This was an awesome place to hang out, grab a beer, and eat some pizza. Stopped in on a gorgeous Sunday night and of course the place was packed but the wait to get a beer was minimal. The wait for a pizza was a little bit longer, but that's to be expected. And it was well worth waiting!

They have a nice selection of rotating beers on draft and they make some really interesting and enjoyable brews. The atmosphere inside was really cool, high ceilings with sky lights to let in a lot of natural light. The dining/bar area were a big open room that was very inviting. I'd definitely recommend stopping in and checking this place out, very happy I did.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came in on a Wednesday night and it was still busy. We got sat in 10 minutes and server was wonderful.

Piece Brews are absolutely delicious. The Pizza is great. Our server said that the pizza was burnt and they gave us a free appetizer and round of beers on the house. It wasn't necessary but greatly appreciated.

I recommend Piece to any beer lover as well as foodie.

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Photo of Yarni28
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Piece is a must visit for out of towners. Everyone has to get over the idea that all Chicagoans only eat is deep dish. While you won't find an extensive beer list here you will find a small, but great selection of Piece brews. They have their regulars / year rounds (4-6) with a small rotation of seasonals and limited releases (2-3 beers).

It's always busy, but if you go for an early or late dinner then getting a table shouldn't be a problem. Avoid this place 5pm-8pm or you can put your name in and walk around Wicker Park while you wait. There are plenty of bars to get a beer at while you wait an unreasonably long time.

The beers are above average with a few standing out against others. Most of the brews are of the Belgian style (not my cup of tea), but they do some great stouts and porters. My personal favorite, Flatiron is a solid oatmeal stout with some chocolate notes.

The pizza is what really sets this place apart. Do not order a pepperoni and cheese with red sauce. It's a great pizza, but you have so many other options here that you're doing yourself a disservice. We always order the white pizza with mashed potatoes and bacon. Delicious.

Piece is a great spot for game days and I'd suggest going early then bar hopping in Wicker Park or down Division (a few blocks south) for a great sampling of Chicago night life.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.26/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Went here on a Saturday night with a large group ( 12 people ) they told us about an hour wait, as we'd probably expected. They only take reservations for groups of 20+. We hung out in the bar area which was crazy packed, but a good time. Bar tenders were very attentive and took care of us for drinks and apps ( although someone had to be seated at the bar to be able to order food, but luckily we acquired a couple chairs)

Brews -- The Double IPA (Camel Toe) and Pale Ale (Full Frontal) were decent, but actually I thought the Hefe was the best.

Food - the spinach cheese dip was great, though we ran out of chips and not enough dip. Pizza is amazing - got to try both the white pizza ( with sausage and jalapeno) and red pizza with all kinds of toppings that was fantastic.

Service was great despite how crazy it was there, can't wait to go back again.

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Photo of Fluffheady
3.86/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Piece is a great spot for large groups of people. Their pizza is delicious, and their beer is well above average. The space is beautiful, and the bartenders are very attentive and on-point with their knowledge. On the weekends it get a little full of suburbanites, but what place in a prominent neighborhood doesn't? I don’t know if I’d put this place on a short list of must-visits if you’re in town touring Chicago craft beer bars, but to have a beer hall of this quality with good pizza in the neighborhood is definitely great.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited PIece Brewery and Pizza during a Chicago bar crawl for my friend's birthday.

The Atmosphere is solid. It's normally crowded, but you don't feel like you're completely on top of the people sitting next to you. It's a comfortable environment, but nothing stands out about it.

The Quality is pretty good. They normally have quality guest beers on tap, but nothing stood out to me among their house brews. They serve high quality pizza.

The Service was polite, and despite handling a large table, we received consistent service throughout the entire stay. No complaints here.

The Selection of beer is good. There's 8-10 guest drafts on tap, there's a handful of house brews on draft, and then they have a decent amount of bottles as well. The selection of pizza is great.

The Food is fantastic. They make really good pizza, almost NY style with the thin crust, but they cut the pieces up thinner than the wide NY style slices.

One complaint: the menu only lists the brewery rather than the brewery and the beer. There could be several reasons for this, such as consistent tap turnover, but it's annoying having to ask what's on tap simply because they don't put it on the menu. Other than that, I enjoyed my experience here, and I would visit again.

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Photo of heytomcat
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Went here on a rainy Thursday and it was packed. Not a lot of room to wait for a table. The atmosphere is basically one big square room so it gets pretty loud. Despite that, the beer and pizza was pretty good and the service was great. I would definitely go here again when it's less crowded.

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Photo of guityler83
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Overall Piece was a good accidental find in Chicago. Personal 2 topping pizza crispy crust was made well. I would have liked have had more options for session beers to go a loth with it, the sub 6% or 80+ IBU beers were limited to their golden Kolsch. The Kolsch was refreshing and hit the spot, but more variety would have put Piece up a few notches. Recommended if your in the Wicker Park area.

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Photo of krl2112
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place. Really good pizza and pizza dessert! Nice beer selections and friendly staff. Cool vibe overall. Tried a few of their brews and really enjoyed them. Wish they had a location closer to me cuz I would go back consistently. Anyone coming into town make sure to try this local gem out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

After hearing great things about this place, I decided to finally quit wavering and get my ass in for a visit. It's a decently large (compared to other, slightly similar places I've been to) place, with that kind of Max and Erma's faux-semi-postmodern-industrial motif going on, what with exposed brick and ductwork intermingling with drywall, metals, and smooth 'n' shiny woods. It's never been my thing, but at least it's not a turn-off. A few flat screens line the wall over the bar and into part of the seating area, allowing for a glimpse into the sporting world not often seen at brewpubs these days (sometimes awesome, sometimes not). As per usual, I eschewed tables and whatnot for a seat at the bar. I ordered a flight of everything to give myself a sense of what Piece was all about beer-wise. The bartender was generally amiable, though it seemed as though the lunch rush was just about to begin, and the staff was preparing to deal with it. As such, friendly and helpful though the were, the staff made sure things were done with a sense of urgency, with the next item on the agenda to follow right away. I didn't feel rushed, but I didn't feel not-rushed either. Weird. Anyway, the beers were generally solid, though nothing really grabbed my attention. It's clear that's the basic MO here, to brew good, semi-traditional beers. I have no problem with that whatsoever, but I could easily think of at least two other offerings in the same style I'd rather have for each beer. (I know I shouldn't have thought that, but it's where my brain went whilst sampling.) Suffice it to say, nothing was either growler- or return-visit-worthy. I didn't try any food and have heard mixed reviews on the pizza (I think it depends on how you feel about thin vs. thick crust and whatnot...and I'm in the latter camp, myself). Prices seemed on par with pretty much every other Cicago brewpub I've been to.

In all, I enjoyed my time at Piece, and have enjoyed a couple visits since, but it's still really not a place I wholeheartedly look forward to visiting, and I never find myself saying "Man, you really need to go to Piece!" I don't mean to knock the place too badly, but I just can't get all that excited about it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A leisurely stroll throughout the Chicago streets takes us first to Bangers & Lace then to the Maproom, and now dinner and beers at Piece caps the night with pizza and ale- yea, I'm a happy guy.

The busy dinner hour rush held us up at the door for a few minutes. When asking the door guy for recommendaitons of what's a preferred flagship and a special beer not to be missed, the young fellow replied with Worryin' Ale and Wingnut with no hesitation.

We shrugged off the 20 minute wait for a table for two open seats at the bar. This gave us a chance to take in the large warehouse-type space. Full of beer drinkers and pizza eaters, it looks like there's 50 tables with a curved bar that has to seat 30 or so. The space and personnel handles the Wednesday night crowd very well. A mix of industrial designed lighting, chalk boards, and exposed brick, ductwork, and structure reinforces the notion of being a hipster joint under the tracks; except we're in a pretty nice Chicago neighborhood.

The two pints of beer were nicely promptly delivered and provided a very rewarding taste that's malty rich, seemingly of English origins, firmly hopped with noble and American varieties, and enough of an American experimental attitude to keep the imagination churning. With their strong malty character, the beers were not the perfect match for the garlic pesto pizza but that's my fault. The thin and biscuity crusted pizza is a departure from the famed deep dish Chicago pies and took care of the hunger pangs, but yielded few other reasons to celebrate. This is Chicago- food expectations are high here.

The bar staff was courteous although very busy. They took care of our orders swiftly and efficiently but with little opportunity for conversation otherwise. The visit to Piece was satisfying and rewarding but I left with the impressions that Chicago has better to offer. Although the business model for this brewpub seems strong and loyal, it has a sense that it is 1992 and can use a remodel from concept to execution to fulfill the demands of today's beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of KDawg
3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Piece is a real fun place to go to. It gets packed here on the weekends and you need to make sure to get here early if you want a table. The waits can be a long time when it gets packed.

The beer is pretty solid. A bit variable across the board, but never a bad beer in the bunch. They will have anywhere between 5-8 of their on beers on tap along with about the same in guest taps.

The service has generally been very good for me. I've been at both the bar and tables. I've always gotten great service from the wait staff and the bartenders are usually very good as well (and obviously it's hard to keep up when the are slammed)

The pizza is really why you come here to be honest. It's new haven style so it's thin and with good sauce. The pizzas are real big where even a small is way more than enough for 2 people.

The pizza isn't cheap and things add up real fast here. Piece is fun to go to though. The only real downside is the parking. It's near impossible as non-permit cars usually get ticketed at some point or you have to deal with paying for street parking

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Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It just worked out that the girlfriend (fdkayti) and I were seeing a show a block down the road at the Subterranean so we decided Piece would be a great place for food and brew beforehand. Inside Piece is you normal bar/tapline wall with a good dozen long tables in which you can sit next to strangers. They also have some booths and stand-alone tables. There were quite a few flat screen TVs...probably more than I'd like for an atmosphere where the beer and food is the main focus, minor complaint.

We ordered a Chicken/Bacon/Artichoke pizza that the menu said could feed 2 to 3 people. Well I'll be damned if we didn't finish off 95% of that pizza. It was great! For me being a beer people first and foremost, I felt that the pizza really stole the show at this visit.

Over the course of our meal we had four different beers brewed by Piece...Camel Toe Egyptian Pale Ale (DIPA), Dark 'N Curvy (Dunkleweizen), Swingin' Single (Belgian Pale Ale), and Roland The Headless Assistant Brewer (Oatmeal Stout) which I rated as 4/4.5/4/3.5 respectively. All beers were $5 (came in different size vessels as per the appropriate glassware to each style. I found that very fair for being in Chicago.

The only negative, and it was a big negative (to me anyway), was our waitress. She would ask us a question and walk away before we could even answer. I got water poured onto our table (she missed my glass with the pitcher) and it never got cleaned up. Uhhhh. She seemed like she was on drugs or something.

Other than the service, which isn't bad enough to keep me away, Piece was a fine place for pizza and fresh beer. I recommend it if you are in the city.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. Even as a Milwaukeean, I've driven by this place numerous times on trips to Chicago. Every time I've uttered "I'll get there next time". Well, I finally went. Was not disappointed at all.

Started off with a Full Frontal Pale Ale, which was hoppy, delicious, and a beautiful copper color. Even more impressive was the Roland Stout - malty, a bit smokey, and full of chocolate notes. For dessert, the stunning and in/appropriately named Camel Toe Double IPA. An awesome beer that everyone should try, probably on two or three occasions in their lifetime. Pizza was great as well - and I work at a pizza company. White sauce/clams/bacon and a red sauce/pepperoni/basil/mushroom was had. For a town full of great pizza, Piece does not disappoint. If you're looking for deep dish - look elsewhere. Piece specializes in thin crust.

Service was attentive. On a Monday night at 7pm, almost every table was full - just another testament on how busy this place can get.

As for selection, theres plenty of guest taps and other bottles if you don't feel like indulging in any of Piece's offerings. Probably 500 different pizza combinations as well. No problem when it comes to selection.

Pizza was outstanding, beer was cold and delicious. Nuff said.

Value is between $$-$$$. Your pizza can get pretty expensive depending on what you put on it. Obviously.

I'll be back. A growler of Camel Toe IIPA would be perfect for Xmas...

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have heard about this place before and my friends wanted to go to watch the Bear’s game last Sunday so I thought what a great opportunity to check the place out.

Walk in just a bit after it opened and it was not very packed (though it did fill up later). The quality is quite nice in my opinion. High ceilings with wooden beams. A nice looking bar, plenty of seating. A very “hip” place if you will.

The service was great. Our waitress was awesome and put up with us for many hours when we were there for the game, and was always nearby.

The selection was decent. They had some house beers on and a few guest beers (both selections were pretty solid). I was very happy to try (over and over again) their collaboration beer with Half Acre that had just been put on tap that day.

The food was great. The chips and guacamole was a bit lackluster (they need better chips) but the pizza was pretty damn good.

The price was average and actually decent for Chicago. I will for sure visit this place in the future.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walked from GI Clybourn over to this spot.

Upon entering the pub, I get a classy sport bar feel. A hostess seats u to your spot were you will be consuming fine brews.
Flat screen T.Vs are large and numerous throughout the restaurant. There are multiple chalk boards place around the place that state their specials and their awards. It's noisy but rightfully so as many people gather to enjoy their giant pizzas. Tall ceilings work for the loud noise.

This place is pretty damn clean and the quality of the beers was pretty top notch. The servers were dressed casually and had quality information to dish out about the brews that they had on tap.

The service included a knowledgeable staff that was quick with drinks and eager to hook up some samples and glassware.

They had about 6-8 house made brews that ranged from IPA's and Belgians to Stouts and barrel-aged browns.

Didn't try the food this time but the giant, cookie sheet strayed pizzas were smelling this place up mighty fine and from the looks of em, were pretty colorful and tasty looking.

The value was decent at about 5-6 bucks a brew and for the quality I would have paid more.

Overall, pretty impressed with the place and loved the Camel Toe- Egyptian style DIPA. Will certainly be returning upon my next visit to the windy city.

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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
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