Subway: Brown to Irving Park(773) 525-5022 brickschicago.com/bigbricks41.951378 -87.676835 3832 N Lincoln Ave (at Berenice Ave) North Center, Chicago
DinnerAverage pizza: $15
What puts the Big in Big Bricks, the sibling of Lincoln Park’s subterranean pizza institution? First, a spacious upstairs. Second, an expanded menu, which tacks barbecue (baby backs, pulled pork, etc.) onto the pizza offerings. Aside from the juicy chicken tinged pink with smoke, the ’cue’s merely a distraction from the signature offering: thin, square-cut pies like the Painful, which is topped with spicy pepperoni and jalapeño. (Tip: Order it “extra crispy.”) The last way this place went big: the commendable craft-beer selection.