The classic Chicago pizzeria known for their deep-dish, Gino’s East, has moved locations to just around the corner from us on N LaSalle St.
Their new building, the old LaSalle Power Co. building and former location of Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, is large and beautifully redone on the inside. You can dine on one of three floors at the giant venue, complete with three bars.
We toured the huge space and then sat down to everyone’s favorite: Chicago deep dish pizza. We ordered the Beef Brisket Za, one of the deep dish selections on their brand new menu. This pizza is to die for! By two slices I was stuffed and happily took home the rest for a second meal of delicious cheesy goodness. Our concierge (and my dinner partner),Wallace, ate almost four of his slices. But hey, the man’s a machine.
If your to-go box isn’t enough, you can also grab one of their pre-made pizzas on your way out to take home and bake. It’s a great way to enjoy even more of this city’s most iconic food.
And if you’re really craving Gino’s East pizza but can’t make it in to the city, you can order pizza online so that a frozen pizza is shipped right to your door!
Gino’s East is perhaps the best-known deep dish pizzeria around. One bite of their pizza and you’ll see why. Their recipe goes back to almost 50 years ago (started in 1966). If dining in, be prepared for the slightly-longer waiting period for deep dish. It takes longer to cook, which Chicagoans know but many visitors don’t. I’d say a 40 minute wait is standard for deep dish establishments.
In the near future, a craft brewery is opening up right inside the River North location. It’s hard to beat the combination of pizza & beer.
I loved the atmosphere at Gino’s East’s new River North location, and I couldn’t believe how huge the space was. They even have a stage and sound system on one level for corporate events. If you’re looking for a group outing that can accommodate small or really large groups, this seems like a natural fit. And since the space is brand new, you’re sure to enjoy the design as well. You can always make a reservation by calling them: 312.988.4200.
Stop into Gino’s East the next time you’re staying with us or just visiting Chicago, and you won’t be disappointed. Their iconic “graffiti” walls may be gone, but the change was a positive one, in my opinion. I’d take the new, classier, revamped Gino’s any day of the week. Check it out!
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Have you been to the new Gino’s East location? What did you think? Tell us in the comments!