Every true pizza fan is familiar with the New York vs. Chicago food feud. As a New Yorker living in Chicago, my heart will always belong to the thin-crust New York–style pie. But when it comes to the other kind of pie (think: the dessert variety) I'm open to new ideas — and a growing number of shops in Chicago are bringing a new element to the Windy City's rich food scene. Often a sweet slice is just what you need to cope with the harsh winter.

Hoosier Mama Pie Co.

With an ever-evolving menu, Hoosier Mama is always adding and testing new sweet and savory pies. Aside from the 20-plus types of pie on the menu, Hoosier Mama also offers soups, quiche, salad and other snackables if you’re looking for something different. But you'll definitely be rewarded if you stick with the classics here — particularly apple and chocolate cream.

Where: 1618 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL

When: Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
More info: 
+1 312-243-4846; hoosiermamapie.com


Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

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Bang Bang is the definition of decadence, bringing soulful food to the Midwest via flaky pies and biscuits. Bang Bang likes to put a twist on the classics, topping biscuits with candied bacon and collards and stuffing pot pies with chicken, blue cheese and hot sauce. The pie selection is simple but bursting with flavor combinations to die for — think maple bourbon pecan, orange almond crunch and Key lime.

Where: 2051 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL
When: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: +1 773-276-8888; bangbangpie.com



First Slice Pie Café 

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The refreshing chocolate mint is a close second, but at First Slice the chocolate peanut butter pie nabs the blue ribbon (it's also the best seller by far). Staffers argue that the Michigan sour cherry is “better than your mom’s cherry pie,” and you might just agree.

Where: 1823 Church St., Evanston, IL

When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
More info: 
+1 847-859-6620; firstslice.org



Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pies  

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Located in the Beverly neighborhood, Jimmy Jamm is a friendly spot firmly rooted in the community. This foodie destination offers an astounding 50-plus creations made with sweet potatoes, from naked and cream-topped pies to cupcakes, sandwiches, loaded smashed potatoes and soup.

Where: 1844 W. 95th St., Chicago, IL

When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: 
+1 773-779-9105; jimmyjammpies.com


Sweet Mandy B’s


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Sweet Mandy B’s keeps old-fashioned desserts fresh. The quaint shop serves a short list of classic pies, including apple cherry, coconut cream, pecan and peanut butter chiffon. Other sweets on offer include cinnamon rolls, magic bars, iced molasses cookies, vegan cakes and dirt-cup cupcakes. The pastel hues and playful atmosphere will dose you with nostalgia as soon as you step inside.

Where: 1208 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL

When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
More info: +
1 773-244-1174; sweetmandybs.com

By Candace Butera

Candace is an avid runner, reader and sports enthusiast. As a New Yorker born and raised, she's come to embrace her life as a student in Chicago while living off the comfort of friends, coffee and exploration. Follow her on Twitter: @ButeraCandace.