Where To Preorder Thanksgiving Pies In Chicago
Thanksgiving may not go as planned. At least there’s pie.
There are all sorts of reasons why you may be interested in ordering a pie for Thanksgiving. Here are a few: you’ve been assigned to dessert duty, pumpkin pie is delicious, and when you tried making pie last year you spent Thanksgiving with the local fire department. Whatever the reason, here’s a list of places across the city that’ll help you check “pie” off your holiday to-do list.
As much as we wish we could have Kasama’s tasting menu as our Thanksgiving dinner, they’re closed. But even though we can’t visit this great Filipino restaurant on the holiday, they do have a variety of pies available for pick-up, like lemon pecan and chocolate cremieux. And though it’s not pie, we’re pretty sure if you show up with a 9” version of their ube basque cake no one’s going to complain.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits in Logan Square is a great place to swing by if you’re bringing both a dessert and a savory dish to dinner. They have a variety of sweet options from pumpkin to cranberry buttermilk, as well as chicken pot pie and even a green bean casserole pie. Click here to place your order.
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The people behind Baker Miller mill their own flour—which, if you’re reading this guide, is probably way more work than you’re willing to put into Thanksgiving. But this attention to detail is what makes this Lincoln Square spot’s pastries and pies so delicious. This Thanksgiving, they have the usual suspects like pumpkin and pecan, as well as a s’mores pie. Place your order here.
Weber’s Bakery in Garfield Ridge has some of our favorite donuts, but they also have a wide variety of sweet pies. You can order everything from standard fruit pies to pumpkin to strawberry whipped cream here.
photo credit: Sandy Noto
Edge of Sweetness Bakery
We really like picking up cinnamon rolls from this Edgewater bakery and cafe, but for Thanksgiving, they also have pies like apple, cherry, sweet potato, and pumpkin. And if you don’t want to eat multiple full-sized pies by yourself, you can order a flight of three 5” pies.
photo credit: Sandy Noto
Spinning J Soda Fountain and Bakery is a Humboldt Park spot that makes fantastic sodas, and equally fantastic pies. And while they have some Thanksgiving standards like pumpkin or pecan available, we also recommend trying one of their less traditional ones like s’mores, cranberry yuzu meringue, and our favorite: key lime hibiscus. You can place your order here.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s in River North has a bunch of pies available for pre-order, like banana cream, peanut butter, apple, and tres leches. But if you’re even considering getting pie here you already know what you really want. Just order the key lime pie and call it a day.
Publican Quality Meats (PQM)
If you’re hoping for a little extra help with Thanksgiving prep, Publican Quality Meats has a lot of carryout options, and that includes pie. Choose from pumpkin, apple, and pecan, and also feel free to pick up one of their turkeys which come with very detailed cooking instructions to make the process as painless as possible (unlike when you haphazardly built your Ikea desk). Place your order here.
Honeypie Bakeshop is based in Wisconsin, but you can grab one of their pies from their sister cafe, Beard and Belly, in Edgewater. Place an order for all sorts of flavors like Door County cherry or whiskey walnut pecan here.
First Slice Pie Café
First Slice in Andersonville has some of our favorite sweet pies like chocolate peanut butter and pumpkin, and some great vegan ones, too. But they also have a few savory options like chicken or turkey pot pies if you don’t want to deal with carving a bird this year. You can see their whole selection and place an order here.
photo credit: Aliza J Sokolow
We really liked the original Mindy’s that closed in 2020, so we’re glad that they opened a new Wicker Park location. They only have one pie as part of their Thanksgiving specials, but it has so much going on, one pie is probably all you need. It’s the Turducken of Pies: pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate cake baked into a graham cracker crust, topped with pecan caramel candy bars and housemade marshmallows. If this sounds like an exciting dessert rather than something that’ll get you banned from next year’s dinner, you can place your order here.
Pie, Pie My Darling
Pie, Pie My Darling, is a great vegan bakery in West Town. Orders need to be placed here by November 16th, so unlike the last minute holiday shopping you always end up doing every year, make sure not to procrastinate your pie duties.
Good Ambler is one of our go-to bakeries in the city. They have great pastries and plenty of space when we need to get some work done. And if their macarons or alfajores are any indication, we’re pretty confident that their Thanksgiving pies are delicious. Their line-up has flavors like apple crisp, French silk, and caramelized pumpkin, and you can place orders here—just make sure to get them in before the November 19th cutoff.
Familiar Bakery is a new bakery located inside From Here On, a massive food hall in the Loop. Dutch apple pie is the only actual pie that they’re serving as part of their Thanksgiving menu, but you can order a variety of quiches and a coconut custard tart, both of which we’ve decided are pie-adjacent. Plus, they also offer delivery.
Eméché Cakery & Cafe
Bronzeville’s Emeche Cakery and Cafe makes delicious pastries, cakes, and vegan desserts, so you can expect their holiday pies to be good too. You can order sweet potato, pecan, apple, and pumpkin pie here, and don’t be surprised if you “accidentally” also add some garlic dinner rolls to your cart.
This Lincoln Park bakery is mostly known for their cupcakes and cakes, but they also have a small selection of pies. And though these are technically available any time of the year, they’re just as good on Thanksgiving. You can place an order for apple streusel, cherry, banana cream, chocolate cream, or key lime—all of which are great alternatives if the thought of another year of boring old pumpkin pie excites you as much as the annual political rant your cousin gives before dessert.
Brown Sugar Bakery in Greater Grand Crossing makes great cakes, but this Thanksgiving they’ll also have pie. As long as you order by November 14, you can get their Thanksgiving special which comes with both a caramel cake and a sweet potato pie. Orders for pick-up can be placed here.
West Town’s Aya Pastry will be making three pies for this Thanksgiving season: chocolate bourbon pecan, apple crumble, and spiced pumpkin pie. If you want to bring one or all three to dinner (plus maybe some of their delicious shokupan), they are accepting orders until November 15.
Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Cafe Floriole only has two classic pies available for pick-up this Thanksgiving, but this Lincoln Park bakery and cafe is adding their own personal twist to both. Their pumpkin pie gets some added sweetness from honey caramel and a topping of chocolate pearls, while their apple pie has five spice and is topped with toasty barley crumble.
Dollop Coffee + Hoosier Mama Pie
So Hoosier Mama is actually fully booked for Thanksgiving pre-orders, but they will have a few available on a first-come, first-served basis from both their Chicago and Evanston locations on November 22 and 23. Aside from varieties like pumpkin and apple, they also have interesting flavors like the Queen Victoria with banana, peanut butter, and marshmallow, and a savory pork apple sage pie. Put someone else on basting duty and get there early.