Pan Pizza in Chicago

For many people, the city of Chicago, Illinois brings to mind images of wind, city life, and, of course, deep-dish pizza. Tourists and locals alike love to hunt for and taste test the best pizza recipes in the city. Chicago has become incredibly famous specifically for the idea of deep-dish pizzas, but individuals in the city can enjoy a variety of signature pies anywhere they go.

Pequod’s Pizza in Chicago has gained and maintained a huge following as one of the most legendary, and delicious, pizzerias in the area for over 50 years. Here are just a few of the unique secrets, services, and recipes that make Pequod’s pan pizza a Chicago favorite.

The Most Delicious Pan Pizza in Chicago

Pequod’s famous pan pizza remains its most notable and famous pizza recipe and embodies the authentic Chicago style. Our pan-style pizzas with their signature caramelized crust were the first to put us on the map over 30 years ago. Locals, tourists, critics, and pizza enthusiasts have delighted in and raved about our original and hand-crafted caramelized crust pan-style pizza creations for years. If you’re looking for the best authentic Chicago deep-dish baked to perfection, Pequod’s Pizza is eagerly awaiting your order and we’re constantly working to provide you with our award-winning pizzas and signature dishes.

All great pizza starts with a great crust, and we at Pequod’s have a bit of a reputation for ours. When we say “crust,” we’re referring to two things. First is the baked dough that composes the bottom layer of the pizza. Our bottom crust is different from a lot of other deep-dish joints, as we prefer a more pillowy texture to a crumbly one. 

The second type of crust we mean is our signature cornicione of caramelized cheese. When we press our handmade dough into the pan, we don’t push it all the way up the sides. We arrange slices of mozzarella so that it lays against the pan’s walls. In the oven, the heat caramelizes the cheese, producing a crispy, lacy edge and emphasizing the sweeter, nuttier notes of the dairy. Many have described the result as a “halo of goodness.”

Of course, before baking, we have to assemble the rest of the pie. After layering the cheese, we ladle on a generous heaping of our bright and tangy sauce, which brings a hint of sweetness that cuts through the richness of the cheese. Then we layer on the toppings, which actually go on top. If you don’t know what you want, we’d recommend pepperoni. You can’t go wrong with a classic.

After baking the pie, we run a thin spatula around the edge to make sure you get every last bit of that cheesy cornicione. When you finally see your slice on the plate, you know you’re in for a great bite. Grab a fork and knife and work your way from point to edge. Some pizza eaters, elsewhere in the world, skip the cornicione. At Pequod’s, you won’t want to do that.

More Than One Way To Enjoy Pequod’s Pan Pizza

Whether you’re a Pequod’s regular, a frequent passerby, or a curious enthusiast, we want to make sure you can enjoy a Pequod’s pan pizza the way you want it. If you’re in Chicagoland, you can find us at two locations. For our Lincoln Park restaurant, head to 2207 N. Clybourn Ave. In Morton Grove, we’re at 8520 Fernald Ave. Both locations operate seven days a week, with the following hours of operation:

  • Chicago: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.
  • Morton Grove: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.


Plan to dine in? We accept walk-ins, but seating may be limited. Make sure you get in at your preferred time by requesting a table online at either our Chicago or Morton Grove location. For standard reservations, use the “Book Now” feature to choose a party size, date, and time. For parties of 12 or more, please send your request through the specialized form provided on the reservation page. 


If you’d rather enjoy our pan pizzas in the comfort of your home, use our online ordering tool to arrange a pickup. Select the location from which you’d like to grab your order. Choose your menu items and a pickup time, apply any promo codes you have, and click “Checkout Now.” Complete your order by filling in the onscreen fields and selecting “Place Order.” To ensure a smooth transaction when you arrive, we ask that you follow these directions:

  • Chicago: When you receive a text confirmation that your order is ready, head to our location on Clybourn Avenue and present your order number. If you’re ordering between 4 and 9 p.m. on Friday or Saturday, head to the Whale Tale at 2211 N. Clybourn Ave. instead.
  • Morton Grove: Locate the Pizza Valet Window in the alley of our Fernald Avenue location and present your order number.


You can use the online ordering tool to set up a delivery, too. Begin by inputting your address. The tool will automatically bring up the applicable Pequod’s location. After that, the process is much the same as with pickups. Select your menu items, choose a delivery time, apply promos, and check out. On the checkout screen, input additional address details and comments to help the delivery person find you. Then fill in the remaining fields and place your order. A $3.95 delivery charge will apply, plus additional charges based on the size of your order.

Before ordering delivery, please keep in mind our delivery hours and the range of areas where we deliver. Our Chicago location offers delivery during all operating hours, but the cutoff for pan pizza orders is 1:40 a.m. (11:40 p.m. on Sundays). The range includes Lincoln Park, West Town, Near North Side, Lake View, North Center, and the majority of Logan Square. If you live just beyond any of these areas, please give us a call, as we may be able to accommodate you. 

At Morton Grove, the delivery hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (10:10 p.m. cutoff for pan pizzas).
  • Friday: 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (12:10 a.m. cutoff for pan pizzas)
  • Saturday: noon to 12:30 a.m. (12:10 a.m. cutoff for pan pizzas)
  • Sunday: noon to 10:30 p.m. (10:10 p.m. cutoff for pan pizzas)

Our suburban delivery range is extensive and includes Morton Grove, Skokie, Niles, Village of Golf, Glenview, Northfield, Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, Wilmette, Evanston, Edgebrook, and Winnetka. With that being said, we do recommend calling to ensure that we can deliver to you. The delivery charge will depend on your specific location and the size of your order.

Nationwide Delivery

You don’t have to live anywhere near Chicago or Morton Grove to enjoy a Pequod’s pan pizza. Thanks to Goldbelly, we can bake, freeze, pack, and deliver our famous pies across the United States. Simply select your items and complete the applicable field to get the halo of goodness sent to your door, no matter where you are.

We at Pequod’s are sure you’ll agree that our pan pizzas are unlike any you’ve had elsewhere. Don’t miss an opportunity to see why we’re among the most beloved establishments in the Chicagoland area.

How To Top Your Pan Pizza

The ability to customize pizza by selecting the crust, cooking methods, and toppings helps pizza maintain its status as one of the most widely beloved dishes. The topping options and combinations for pan pizza allow for endless creations and flavor profiles to fit every taste. You can also order pies with toppings limited to half the pie to accommodate families or parties with varying preferences and allow for greater customization.

Our selection of 20 fresh toppings and two premium toppings makes it easy for you to customize and combine flavors and ingredients for a personalized slice. Fresh toppings include vegetables such as peppers, onion, olives, and mushrooms and proteins such as pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, and ground beef. Premium toppings are meatballs or Italian beef. You can order custom topping combinations or enjoy one of our signature combinations.

Additional Menu Options

While many know Pequod’s for the pizza, our menu expands past our signature pies to offer guests additional appetizers, pasta creations, sides, and drinks. Our full menu includes common favorites such as chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, garlic knots, bruschetta, and french fries plus alternative entrée options such as meatball sandwiches, various handmade pasta dishes, and traditional Italian sausage. 

You can also enjoy our selection of various spirits, beers, and wines now available for both dine-in and takeout customers. Our chefs also prepare a limited variety of desserts including cookies, cheesecake, and Tiramisu and guests can ask about additional seasonal dessert specialties.

Come visit us at Pequod’s Pizza in Chicago for a slice of our original and authentic Chicago pan pizza and see for yourself why we have remained a staple of the classic Chicago experience for over 50 years. For more information, you can call us at 773-327-1512.