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 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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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to Piece on a Saturday afternoon, about 3pm. The place (as expected) was pretty packed. After a 10 minute wait, we were seated at a communal table. The atmosphere was a little chaotic, with the college football season upon us. Pretty sure any establishment serving beer and pizza on a Saturday would have had the same issue.

I liked that they offered sample sizes of their in-house brews. Tried all they had on tap, and all were better than average, with the hefeweizen being exceptionally memorable. They also had a relatively decent selection of guest beers on tap.

Their lunch special is a decent deal, with a personal pizza with three toppings for about 8 bucks. Pizza quality was good, and food service was fairly quick.

Piece would be a decent go-to sports bar if I lived in the area and wanted to hang out and watch a game or five.

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Photo of hombrepalo
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Awsome place. I've been going here for the past 4 year and it is always packed. Young yuppy crowd, the majority are there for the great New Haven style pizza, but I think they make great brews too. Love the large pie and growler for $25 on Sundays, perfect for football Sundays. This is a must go for any out of towners who either love pizza or beer or better yet both.... Many flat screens for all sorts of sports. They have kareokee night with live bands. The seating is excellent with a pit area for private parties. I had my rehearsal dinner there and everyone who had not been there loved it. This is by far the best pizza in town, especially for the value. LOVE PIECE!!!

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Photo of Treebs
4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went there with the GF Friday afternoon around 4:00. Walking in it looks sort of industrial which is pretty neat. The bar is along the right sided when you first walk in and the rest is seating. There is a lot of communal seating in this establishment so if rubbing elbows with people isn't your thing, I suggest you come at an earlier time. Fortunately for us it wasn't crowded.

The service was great and our server new all the questions asked about the guest taps and such, but of course I had two of Piece's offerings. Their Top Heavy Hefe and the Camel DIPA were both very good. The guest taps they did have were nice as well and had a wide variety of styles to keep everyone happy.

The menu was small, but very good. Lacking a little on the apps, but the pizza selections and what you can do to the pizza made up for it. We had the red pizza and it was very thin, but very delicious. The prices were very reasonable for everything as well.

Overall a great experience. I will come back shortly.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The famous Piece! The just won some award for "Number 1 Independent Pizzeria" in America or whatever. Is that why they're mobbed? And I mean mobbed! Saturday evening there, around 6:00pm.

The wife's luck got us parking right by Piece, both amazed at the comings and goings around North Avenue. Lotta buzz! Bucktown/Wicker Park- a 'hood I ought to explore. 30-minute wait, then some more but we get in, the place is crowded and extremely loud and/or "lively". It looks like everyone and their grandma has come to Piece!

But... service is outrageous. And I mean outrageous. Despite the craziness, we got a server right away and he took care of us. It was a bit like being at Per Se in NYC or one of those exceptional fine-dining restos. You're thinking of having something and the guy materializes himself in front of you with what you were thinking/expecting. Fucked-up good!

The whole thing reminded me of the Dogfish brewpub in Delaware- a loud, crowded joint, three-people-deep at the bar, boisterousness all around. Only here service is WOW and tables are shared, which I like.

8 house brews on tap plus a bunch of guests, including a Bell's sour, New Belgium Grand Cru, Sierra Life&Limb, FFF Alpha King, Half Acre and more. Their house brews were alright good but not amazing. The 10% Anniversary Ale tasted like a Euro Strong Lager, all booze and no subtlety. Fornicator Dopplebock was blah... another lager/ale with lots of alcohol but no complexity (surprisingly, the wife liked it).

Dysfunctional IPA was the winner, a very solid pale ale. I'm giving quality relatively low marks because of my disappointment with the brews, but other than that, they are fresh and varied.

Pizza is a lil' pricey and the ingredients are a tad boring (no gourmet toppings here) BUT OH MY GOD. Best pizza ever! This coming from a New Yorker talking about pizza in Chicago! It is true. Unfreakinbelievably good.

I will make Piece a priority destination next time I'm in Chicago.

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Photo of cratez
4.38/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

9th stop on a recent trip to Chicago with my girlfriend.

VIBE: massive "open air" interior has a sizable bar with several flat screens and various dining areas dispersed throughout the restaurant. Two-seater tables off to the left, some communal tables and stools in the middle, and large booths toward the front. Windows were open on our visit, which we enjoyed. Downmarket atmosphere has a sports bar feel to it. Pretty cool vibe.

SERVICE: initially we were seated in the two-person tables section, but it was quite cramped and we could hear everything that the patrons beside us were saying, so the waitress agreed to move us. She was very graceful about it even though we moved to another server's area. The male waiter wasn't nearly as friendly but he provided timely service and decent recos.

SELECTION: I ordered the Dysfunctionale IPA and Flat Iron Stout and the lady scored a wine of her liking. The Stout was too malt-forward for my tastes; however, the IPA was one of the best that I've sampled in a while. House taps span a wide range of styles (Belgian Single, Kolsch, Rye Beer, DIPA) and the guest draughts come from top-notch breweries such as 3Floyds, Bell's, Half Acre, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. Although the bottle list is lacking for Chicago, it still includes a few gems like Saxo and Bahnhof Berliner Weisse.

FOOD: we went with a custom pizza (pepperoni, Italian sausage, tomato, spinach, onions) that was absolutely sumptuous. The "large" can feed 4 people and, at $13, it's dirt cheap. Also had a fresh mixed green salad to start. We couldn't have been happier with our dinner.

OVERALL: Piece is exactly the type of place that my girl and I would regularly visit if we lived in Chi-Town. They're doing the "beer & pizza" thing really well. A choice destination for its award-winning craft brews and flavourful, unpretentious cuisine.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ate here for the second time with A, S, and ratatat on 11 Jul 2011 on our Epic Beer Tour of WI and IL 2011.

We arrived early evening, ~1800. It was fairly crowded, mostly due to a Boston University alumni event. Quite loud, it was difficult to hold a conversation at our table.

We ordered the large pizza. It was huge, enough for probably 6 people. Chicken, fresh tomatoes and onions on red sauce. Pretty good pizza but the fresh tomatoes seemed slightly redundant (not my choice, I was outvoted). Overall the beers were tasty and well made. Service was not bad considering the crowd.

It seemed to be the place to meet in the neighborhood. My only complaint was the noise, but I like it on the quiet side.

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Photo of Northsider
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my kind of place! "aww the staff has tattoo and is kind of rude, boo hoo"...ok, then go to Giodando's in the Loop then. If you can't handle tattooed servers, non-Chicago style pizza, great beer, eclectic (but surprisingly awesome) selection of music, please avoid this.

I arrived after work on Friday at about 4:30. I was waiting for my wife and was told I could wait at the bar. Ok, strange since it was still early and not many people were there. I could have just grabbed a seat at a table. I ordered the Stout while I waited. The menu is simple and straightforward...no messing about, easy to read. Beers, their styles, awards, and short descriptions are in the menu.

Got a table after my wife arrived and ordered a pizza. What a brilliant change of pace from normal Chicago style (and by that I mean deep AND thin crust Chicago style) pizza. The food seemed to pair beautifully with the beer, if on purpose or by accident I'm not quite sure.

The music was farking brilliant and seemed to be straight out of my music collection. One moment we'd hear Siouxsie and the Banshee, followed up by a 1950's oldie, followed by Junior Senior...just awesome! Eclectic but awesome...not the droning heavy metal you hear at Kumas or Local Option, but just as good (stuff you wouldn't normally hear on the radio!).

Staff is all tatt'd up, which was great. That sort of thing makes me feel very comfortable. Value was good, not expensive at all really: 3 beers + 1 small pizza (perfect for 2 people who don't glutten themselves) = ~26 bucks.

I love this place and will return as often as I can stomach the hipster-laden and hippie-smelling Wicker Park.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made my way in here on a Friday night. I popped in to put our name in while my friends circled the block to find someplace to park. It was jam packed but I made my way up to the bar near the servers' station to order a Whack Job (their 9.5% DIPA). It was delicious. I was told we had an hour and 15 minute wait but it ended up being closer to 45 minutes. It's got a nice atmosphere although at 33 years old I felt like an old man. Most of the crowd appeared to be mid to late twenties and single. My wife and our married friends didn't fit in but did not feel like we were singled out. The pizza is fantastic and they are big. Each couple ordered a small, because we didn't want to take any back to the hotel. Also, had a tasty spinach and artichoke dip beforehand. I tried the Alt and Golden Arm kolsch, too. Nice German-style beers. Only complaint is that the loud music made conversation a little difficult. All in all, it's a great brewpub.

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Photo of sgoro
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.


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Photo of LacquerHead
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Shakujin
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of RTrain12
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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).

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of hawks10
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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...

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,017 ratings.
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