If you’re a local to Chicago, you have probably heard of Parlor Pizza. It’s a restaurant that serves pizza, drinks, desserts, and yummy cocktails. It isn’t my favorite pizza place, but I think it’s a really fun place to go!
There are actually three of them in Chicago. One in West Loop, one in Wicker Park, and the newest location is in River North. It’s definitely one of those restaurants that falls into the category of “instagrammable.” It had a neon signs, murals, and of course, the food.
I was at the River North location the other day, and decided to do a blog post about all three locations. I have been to each and think there are two clear “winners,” depending on the season.
To set the scene, all restaurants have the same menu, at least from what I can tell. The prices are honestly a little high. The appetizers are each like 15 dollars on average. Drinks are around 12 dollars (I don’t think this is terrible for Chicago and they are decent size drinks). And the pizzas are in the range of 12-20 dollars each. Keep in mind they are smaller pizzas, coming with 6 slices. There are typical pizzas on the menu, but also some fun ones using different meats, veggies, cheeses, and even honey. My favorite pizza is the “Cheesus, Mary, and Joseph.” If you ever end up at one of the locations, I recommend that pizza the most!
Now onto the locations: I visited the West Loop location first in August or September. It was super crowded and I ate inside. The actual location was cute. There are murals, like the classic pizza wings to take photos with. There is a patio area, but I didn’t get to enjoy it because it was so crowded. I feel like all locations tend to be crowded, but for some reason I think this location seems smaller.
The Wicker Park location is one of my favorites, but specifically for summer. I went in October, so I did eat inside, but there is a huge patio area. The actual restaurant is cute and there are murals, of course. I think the environment at this location is best for summer. So if you visit during the warmer months, I’d recommend the Wicker Park Parlor Pizza.
My most recent visit was to the River North location. It is new, so I imagine they had ideas on how they wanted it to be. I personally loved this location. The bar area was big enough where you could enjoy a drink while you wait for your table. The place seemed huge, especially for River North. And the murals and neon signs were really cute. I’d say this is the best Parlor Pizza for the winter months. There really isn’t a patio area, but it’s really spacious for the colder months when you don’t want to be outside!
Have you been to Parlor Pizza? Which location did you go to, or do you have a favorite? What is your favorite pizza in Chicago or beyond?