A Chicago Pizza Lover’s Guide to Father’s Day


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15. This year, skip the ties and cuff links and treat Dad to the best gift of all—pizza! To help narrow down your pizza options, Encyclopizzeria has complied a list of classes, events, and historical locales to help any Chicago pizza lover celebrate Father’s Day.

1. Enjoy a free comedy show and try a few slices of pizza topped with mac and cheese or chili jam
Dimo’s, known for its innovative and unique pizza topping combinations, is pairing up with Geek Bar on Monday, June 16 to present Nerd Comedy Night. The free show will include performances by comedy groups, improv troupes, and a “to be announced closer to the event” special guest. Dimo’s will also offer $3 pints and on draft and $3 slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza! Nerd Comedy Night will be followed by Dimo’s weekly Comedy Slice Open Mic where comedians and improv troupes in the audience can test out their five-minute sets.

1615 N Damen
Chicago, IL 60647
Nerd Night Comedy starts at 8:30 PM with an Open Mic following at 10:00 PM

2. Learn how to make your own deep dish pizza with chef Brian Kirshenbaum
On Thursday, June 12 Now We’re Cookin’, a communal commercial kitchen and demonstration space in Evanston, is hosting a homemade deep dish pizza class taught by Brian Kirshenbaum, the owner of Magic by the Slice. Tickets are $50 per person. Brian will teach students how to (almost) recreate his homemade deep dish pizza as well as provide the class with a tri-colored salad, marinated artichokes, and dessert. Brian, a stand-up comic and magician, will make the 30 minute wait while your deep dish bakes far less excruciating by performing his comedy and magic routine.

1601 Payne Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Class begins at 6:30 PM

3. Binge on pizza and learn about Chicago’s rich pizza history on the original Chicago Pizza Tour
Jon Porter created the Chicago Pizza Tour in 2009 in an attempt to showcase Chicago’s various neighborhoods and pizza options. The bus tour includes four pizzerias where you and Dad will get to try a tavern-style thin crust, deep dish, stuffed, and Neapolitan style pizza. The Chicago Pizza Tours for Friday June, 13 through Father’s Day have yet to sell out. Depending on the tour option you select, tickets range from $60 to $80 each and the tours themselves run from 3 to 3 and 1/2 hours.

Madison St & Wabash St 
Tours begin at 11:00 AM and between  7:15 PM and 7:30 PM

4. Visit the Original Lou Malnati’s
Lou Malnati and his wife Jean opened the first Lou Malnati’s pizzeria in Lincolnwood on March 17, 1971. The original location still exists today and is worth the short drive to the northern suburb. The brick cabin like exterior, carpet, and wood-paneling of the original Malnati’s offers a charm and atmosphere that’s impossible to recreate. Crowded with locals, Dad will be sure to enjoy his deep dish without having to endure the tourists and traffic of Malnati’s downtown locations.

Here at Encyclopizzeria, we hope your Father’s Day is filled with copious amounts of cheese and smiles as wide as the father and son in the photo above. Go ahead, let Dad have the last slice. He deserves it.


About Author

Erin Nederbo grew up in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood. Her writing has appeared on UpChicago.com and in New City. Her favorite pizza topping is sausage.


  1. I’m one of those regulars at the original Lincolnwood Lou Malnati’s. I’ll be there on Father’s Day with the kids, as I am every year. If I could only eat one pizza for the rest of my life, it would be a deep dish sausage with buttercrust from Lou Malnati’s. Add a bowl of their signature housemade creamy lemon garlic dressing in the middle of the table to dip the pizza into, and you have pizza perfection. For whatever reason, their creamy lemon garlic pairs really well with their tomato sauce and sausage on their pizzas. The servers refer to Malnati regulars who pair the two together as “dippers.” Yes, I’m very guilty of being a “dipper!” It’s so decadent, but it’s so worth it.

  2. Ah! I forgot about the great dressing tray at Lou Malnati’s :) We’ll never judge how you eat your pizza! Have a great Father’s Day at Lou Malnati’s. Thanks for reading!

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