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 styrene
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went here with my fiancée, Sara, for lunch today. The place was pretty empty, but we were, after all, there for an early lunch on a tuesday afternoon. The décor was interesting enough, and the gigantic skylight lent a certain airy feeling to the main room that I'd never before encountered in a restaurant, let alone a brewpub. I ordered their "superfluous tripple" [sic], while Sara ordered the "top heavy hefe-weizen". Both were, I thought, quite good in their styles, though I was amazed to see that they were essentially the same shade of yellow-orange. They had about half a dozen in-house brews on-tap and then a couple dozen more mainstream beers on-tap and in bottles. The selection of non-piece brews was good and showed a bit of thought, but i still don't understand their choice to carry the chimay dubble over the quad. We ordered two small pizzas which were pretty good, nothing to rave about. Their style of pizza ("new haven") is new to me..I'm curious to try the version with no tomato sauce. We finished the meal with a piece of carrot cake. It was a little small, but had the best cream cheese frosting I've ever tasted. The prices were pretty reasonable and the service was good. I'm curious to go back and try their other beers..if what we tasted today was any sort of indicator, these guys know what they're doing.

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Photo of nortmand
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Ginormous place, with a huge bar and huge seating capacity. Low levels of colored lighting make this a unique experience.

The house beers were pretty average brewpub fare, and not much was on when I was there. I think I had an ESB and was unimpressed, as were my friends with their selections, so I only had 1 beer.

Service was a bit slow, but the place was packed, so this was understandable.

The best part of this place was the food. Absolutely fantastic pizza, great sauce and a huge variety of fresh toppings. I had basil, artichoke and chicken and it was great.

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Photo of kdog630
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

You walk into what appears to be a converted garage or storage building with an arched roof that has a huge skylight in the middle. On the wall to your left is Rick Nielson's five neck guitar like the one in the 'She's Hot' video. Not a big Cheap Trick fan after 'In Color' but what can you do, he owns the place.

Went during lunch so the place was well lit with the Cubs playing on half the TVs over the bar. About two dozen patrons. A few families. I had my wife and two kids with me. At first my kids were unimpressed. Just another one of daddy's brewpub excursions. But when the pizzas came, they were impressed.

My wife had a Golden Arm kolsch and actually enjoyed it. She is not much of a craft brew drinker, preferring macro swill. I'm trying though...

I had the Worryin' Ale. It was pretty good. I was hoping for more hops, but they were between batches of their heavily hopped beers.

Growlers were on the high end of the price spectrum, but I got one to take home to friends.

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Photo of pgroove
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Nice place. Piece is huge. There are several different levels and varieties of seating/eating areas and it really make for a dynamic bar. Towards the front is an open-air porch or sorts alongside an aread of recessed seating for boozing. Booths for eating the pizza are in the back and along the middle while the bar runs along the other side.

So there are two main attractions bringing patrons to this Wicker Park locale: the pizza, and more importantly, the beer. The pizza is made true to New Haven, CT style, which means super-thin crust and no cheese. It is pretty damn good, I must say. For not being a fan of New Haven style, or even acknowledging it as a legitimate pizza genre, I do maintain that it is tasty and satisfying.

But this is not pizza-advocate.com. The beer--that I was able to drink--was pretty good. Unfortunately, my first two choices were out (what's up with that??? Why is it on the permanent tap menu if you are going to run out of the stuff?). Anyways, I had a medium-bodied ale, which was a good blend of hops and maltiness, and a second, aptly-named, Dark Bier.

When I inquired about this mystery brew I was told it was a dark beer (who would've guessed?). Anyways, despite the lackluster description and name I gave it a shot. I'll save the details for the actual review of the beer itself.

In all, i was pretty impressed with the place. They have some pretty good special during the week such as $3 pints tuesdays and $12 pitchers Wednesdays, which makes the trip worthwhile (unless they run out).

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

Piece is a very enjoyable, if less beer-geeky brewpub than some. Location is pretty nice-- right on north in wicker park/bucktown with big glass windows that open up onto the street. I like the atmosphere--open and airy, different from your general pub. Seating is mostly on tall stools in the middle of the room.

the beers piece serves up are all pretty good, but generally nothing too wild. still good drinking for the most part. if you like east coast pizza, this may be the best place for a slice in chicago in my opinion. my girlfriend hates chicago pizza (she says it isn't pizza) and swears Piece serves up the closest thing to good NY pizza she found in the city.

this place may not have the huge number of offerings or unique offerings that Goose Island does, but I like the feel of the place and the food. It's a good spot to hang out with a bunch of friends, especially if you are looking to get away from some of the more stuffy and very pub-like bars and restaurants in this city.

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Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The folks at Map Room wrote me up directions and drew me this little map to Piece on a small paper plate. Head right out front to the corner, hook a right and head to the next light. Not the stop sign, but the light. You turn left and it's a little bit up on the right side. Easy enough, except that the "head to the next light" piece is a major haul along the unplowed sidewalks of January Chicago...
Piece seems to be a large airport hangerish room. Entering through a small triangular entranceway, you're in a small pit area with a half dozen raised bar tables at the foot of a stage (decent Jazz quartet up there playing tonight). A half wall seperates this area from the main dining space and bar. It's a large open space with a few raised bar tables, a half dozen long beer hall type tables, and a dozen low dining tables to the rear. To the front of the room lies a wood semi circle bar with seating for about 2 dozen, fermenters visible through a glass wall behind the bar, strung colored Xmas lighting, and 7 TV's over the bar. The far wall holds an open kitchen with a pizza oven serving up the primary staple here. The menu reads, "Our pizzas are modeled after the famous pizza that originated in New Haven, Connecticut". Mark (the Connecticut kid) was skeptical. I was slightly bent to find that the kitchen closed 10 minutes ago. Grrr!!!
Interesting room. The front wall is all brick with a modern wood beam ceiling and cross hatch support structure. There's a portion of the ceiling, a long strip running the length of the room, made up of arched glass panels on rotaries that hinge, and would reasonably open out upwards to ventilate this room. They claim the panels don't open but I'm pretty sure they do. Maroon and lime green walls with modern paintings throughout. Mike said, "It's a coordinated clash of styles. It's 2 different styles slammed together, but you know what? It works". Having described the concept of a beerfly to my coworkers, they were offering up things to jot down. The statement, "Look, they've got Phil's golf game!!!" was offered up enthusiastically.
In the back back, there's an elevated room with 2 dozen booths and to one side of the entranceway sits a small sunken lounge area with some cushy couches.
I asked for a sampler, but they don't do one. Instead they offered up samples to the 7 house taps (Triple, APA, Dunkel Weisse, Kolsch, Double IPA, Dry Irish Stout, Pils).
The Amarillo Brillo IPA, an Amarillo hop, double IPA, was wonderfully hoppy, the Flat Iron Dry Stout was absurdly dry, roasty, with a slight burnt flavor, and the best of the lot of them was the Dark & Curvy Dunkel Weissen, with a great deep bananananana clovey flavor. We all ended up with a glassful of it.
They've also got 10 guest taps (Sierra Nevada Celebraton & Pale Ale, Lindemans Framboise, Guinness, Hoegaarden, Stella, 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce, Capital Autumn, Bittburger Pils, PBR) and about 10 bottles (Chouffe, Leffe, Duvel, Delirium Tremons, Chimay, Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, Hitchachino White, Berliner Weisse, Czechvar).

It's a good joint, comfortable, beers were solid.
All we are saying, is give Piece a chance.

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Photo of mkopera24
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

I've been to Piece two times now. I have yet to be impressed. Being located in Chicago, they had a lot to live up to. When you're competing against other brewpubs like Goose Island and Rock Bottom, you really have to step it up a notch to impress this Chicagoan. I would have to say that the food selection first of all is below par. Mainly pizza on the menu. Pizza that, again, doesn't impress this Chicagoan. But before going to this establishment, I was on the website researching which craft beers I would try. I was excited. This excitement was lost when 2 of the 3 beers I planned on trying were out. Either now out of season or they just ran out. The staff there were no help in giving suggestions when I gave an explanation of my tastes. The gentleman I was speaking with had little knowledge of the beers. Comparing that to Goose Island, a place where every staff member apparently has GREAT knowledge in their beers, Piece fell short. But the remaining beers I did have the pleasure of having were decent. But nothing extraordinary. I would definitely go back. It was not bad, but like I said, when you have strong competition in the same city, you want to either meet or beat what they are doing. Will be going again, hoping for a bit of improvement.

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

This place had a barn-like feel to it with wooden rafters strung with Xmas lights. A big, wide-open room with a long bar and totally stuffed with finished wooden tables, some higher than others, and some booths. Cement floors. Atmosphere was so-so--like a sports bar more or less.

Would've liked to try the food, but went after dinner. Mostly pizza anyway.

The beer, I thought, was pretty interesting. I was pretty surprised. Had the Worryin Ale, Big n Curvy, their Anniversary Ale, and the Hefe Weizen--in a big 22oz. glass. Lots of other beers on tap, including 3 Floyds, Bells, and Pabst, and a great selection of bottles, including 10 great int'l selections.

They also have free wireless internet.

I'd go back.

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

Stopped in on my last night in town. Nice looking place, lots of space. Good sized crowd, but not too loud. They had 6 of their own beers on draft and then 10 guest taps including Victory, 3 floyds, SN and Guinness. I admire a brewpub that brings in guest taps. Pints of Piece beers went for $4 and growlers were $12. The service was good but since they were busy they weren't especially chatty. I had already eaten but the pizza they served there looked awesome, so save room before you go. I really enjoyed stopping in here and the house brews are quite good as well.

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Photo of beerinator
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place doesn't really feel like a brewpub. There is a huge bar on the right as you enter, and there are long high tables in the middle of the floor where many happy people seem to be enjoying pizza. The restaurant has a nice warehouse-y feel. There is a seating area behind some columns on the left side of the restaurant too.

The brewery has 7 or 8 beers on tap, as well as a nice selection of craft and import drafts from other breweries. There is also a very small but nicely selected grouping of bottles from other breweries.

The staff was attentive, but not that knowledgeable about beer. We sat at the bar and had quick service all night long. The bar got rather smoky (after 8 on a Saturday Night), and it was almost unpleasantly smoky near the end of the night. There is a non-smoking section, which might be a good idea if you're planning an evening visit.

The beers were all of good quality, but only one really stood out as a beer that I would seek out. The Dysfunctionale was a high gravity well hopped beer, that I felt was a good choice.

The pizza and salad that we ordered were both very good. If you are looking for Chicago style pizza you will not find it here, but if you like thin crust you'll find something to enjoy.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This was a big and busy place that seemed to really fit the neighborhood style. I wouldn't change anything about it from a business perspective, but the beer was just okay. DysfunctionAle was good, the stout OK and the hefe was nice if a little weak. I would definately go back to this place, but mostly to try more of the food. There was a very interesting sounding strong ale that was unavailable at the time that I would have liked to try. This business could not be better, but the beer could be.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place gets high marks from me. It's located in Wicker Park (I think it may actually be Bucktown) at the Damen station of the Blue Line. We stayed in Wicker Park at the House of Two Urns bed and breakfast while taking in five days of Chicago including two Cubs games. The place is wide open and in the summer the windows are left open. That can be bad when karaoke is going on. They have an open microphone, so anybody can bring their guitar or other instrument in and entertain the crowd. They have a long, oval 1/2 circle bar, but usually plenty of tables to accomodate the patrons. Being a Cheap Trick fan, I enjoy the photographs along the wall of Rick Nielsen playing his guitar. I understand he frequents this place. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the greatest, I rate their pizza a 9. It's scrumptous. I have not tried all the beers, only two. But the IPA is excellent. This place can get a little loud, but everyone is laid back and having fun. For some great fun and good rock and roll before or after Piece Brewery, the Double Door is just around the corner. This is a must visit for the Chicago microbrew fan or visitor.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Have to admit was expecting something much greater than I got. Place as the feel of a trashy Euro-poser bar. Its got a really nice kind of curved bar but just not the right atmosphere for debating the finer points of Barleywine, Imperial IPAs and Scotch ales. Just had the feel of an old disco gone bad. Think of big puffy couches around low tables. The beer was good but very suspect clientele who couldn't probably tell good beer if it bit them. The beer itself was very good as mentioned in other reviews and I'd venture to say if this was a more beer-oriented or themed palce the beer crowd would be talking about it a bit more. Anyway, just didn't feel like a place that I want to go back to which doesn't happen to often. Didn't try the food but it looked and smelled good.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The first thing you'll want to know: yes, there's very good beer here. The brewers pay some lip service to styles, and have a few light brews for the Bud crowd, then come up with things like Wing Nut, with too much hops and too much malt, and something called "The Truth," an Imperial with extra coffee added. They even offer a "Beermosa" of orange juice and Berliner Kindl Weisse, and several guest taps.
I only had their pizza, but it was excellent; the thin, cracker type crust that is Chicago's “other” pizza, cheezy and greasy.
Located in the Bucktown neighborhood, formerly a hipster place until it was the focus of a "Real World," now a poser area (lots of 20somethings singing along to Led Zeppelin on the jukebox). But still comfortable, airy and friendly, with sports on TV. Be sure to visit Quimby's book store down the block for esoteric comic books.

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Photo of fuchebu
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On the recent trip to Chicago this was the only in city brewpub that I had not yet visited. It is a bit out of the way as it is in North Chicago away from the tourist areas. The bartender was surprised we made the effort to find the place. The place was crowded both at the lengthy bar and in the large dining area. It was darkly lit but I felt comfortable.

They had six different house beers when I was there. I like the names of their beers like Passive Aggressive Porter and Dysfunctionale (IPA). I tried the Dysfunctionale first. I found it to be pretty hoppy with nice floral bouquet. One of my friends ordered the Passive Aggressive Porter. I tasted it and found it to be a nice porter but nothing to write home about.

They also had an unlisted stronger IPA that weighed in at 8.6% abv. I ordered one of these which was served in a 10 oz glass. It was like an Imperial IPA but not quite as hoppy. It was more bitter than the dysfunctionale and a bit more flavorful. Time didn't permit drinking more of their beers. I think I will try to return next spring when I am back in Chicago. I regret not trying out their Fog Heavy Hefeweizen which I hope they will have again.

Piece won't make anyone forget Goose Island or Flosmoor Station but it's still worth checking out. Not as beer focused but they seem to be working on it.

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Photo of jackndan
2.13/5  rDev -47%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Piece: This is a place one would expect the tools from Real World to work, much more style than substance. Great looking big barn, I heard it was a former auto repair shop. Unfortunately, it was staffed with uninterested and non-too bright help. Sample:

J-D: Do you have a sampler?
Wait-Person: Ummmmm. . . . I’ll have to check
W-P: No.
J-D: Are you freaking kidding me, bring me the manager; I’ll have to throttle him or her!
W-P: (insipid stare).
J-D: for Christmas crackers, get me a beer.
W-P: sure we have beer.
J-D: (wimpers).

What was eventually brought was an uninspired “beer” like substance. Bad beer, bad help, bad service, fairly good pizza. Do not believe that this is Chicago style anything, go elsewhere.

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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
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