There’s another kind of March Madness in the air lately—madness for pie! And if you’d like a method to your madness, here’s a list of four-ish purveyors of perfectly-prepared pastry around the neighborhood for tomorrow’s Pi(e) holiday.
Bang Bang Pies and Biscuits (2051 N. California Ave.)
With two locations in both Logan Square and Ravenswood, Bang Bang Pies and Biscuits is a popular destination for those in the mood for something sweet or savory. Even the veggie crowd can sop up a biscuit with vegetarian gravy. There’s a wide selection of pies, such as the Frankenberry Pie (for those who like variety), the S’mores Pie and even a hearty Chicken Pot Pie. Ay-ay-ay Bang Bang!
When they’re not catering or hosting events, Bang Bang Pies offers pie-making classes—but you might want to hold off until May; these classes sell out fast. Call (773) 276-8888 for pre-orders and questions about events. And if you are out on California late at night or early morning, you could see bakers hard at work through the window of the shop, getting ready for the next day.
Margie’s Candies (1960 N. Western Ave.)
A landmark location that once sat both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, this sweet shop has been in business since 1920 and is named after the founder’s sweetheart Margie in 1933. Margie’s main specialties are homemade candy and ice cream, but they do serve pie a la mode, so you might want to call ahead at (773) 384-1035 if you’re not willing to roll the dice. Margie’s has a shop at both Bucktown that borders Logan Square and Uptown.
Eat All the Pie: Vegan Pies, Pizza Rolls, & Art! at Flair Chicago (3415 W. Fullerton Ave.)
After a successful sale of 100 percent vegan Valentine cookies and dark, dark delicious slices of chocolate cake in February, Pie Pie My Darling (PPMD) is teaming up with Flair Chicago again for Pi(e) Day.
PPMD doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar home right now, but they offer special orders for pickup at Ka’lish in Uptown. Slices of cake are available daily at Paulie Gee’s, Ka’lish and The Handlebar; it’s quite an output for a one-woman-business.
Pre-orders for PPMD are already sold out for the Pi event, but there will be extra mini pies, slices, and sampler pies for those who get to Flair between 12 and 6pm. If you drink any kind of milk, get a tall glass to go with it: These treats are deliciously rich and prone to cause sugar nirvana.
Sweet Mandy B’s (1208 W. Webster Ave.)
Sweet Mandy B’s is in Lincoln Park but is worth the trek outside of Logan Square for its impressive menu of pies, brownie and cookies. A fixture of the neighborhood since 2002, Sweet Mandy B’s started like so many other bakeries, as a labor of love for friends and family that grew into a sweet-toothy enterprise.
They also specialize in wedding cakes and cut-out cookies for special occasions, and they even have cake classes for preschoolers. Sweet Mandy B’s needs at least 24 to 48 hours advance notice for special orders, so call (773) 244-1174 or visit the bake shop in person.
Katherine Anne Confections (2745 W. Armitage Ave.)
Katherine Anne doesn’t serve pie, but they serve thick and creamy marshmallows that make for great pie toppings and several different flavors of hot chocolate to pair with pie. And, you know what? Get some truffles while you’re there. It will be on Hump Day, after all… Treat yourself.
The weather forecast for Pi(e) Day is in the 40s, so get out of the house, loosen your belt like it’s Thanksgiving and sample these pie delights! Forget about the no-sugar diet for just one day.
To view homemade pie crust designs that make pies into high art, check out the ‘Beautiful Homemade Pies Topped With Wonderfully Creative Crust Designs’ article on Laughing Squid.