The apple pies of our eyes

A slice of pie seems to have an uncanny way of melting away problems and Chicago’s bakers have an arsenal of great ideas when it comes to the pastry. They’ve all mastered the art of crust making and fill their creations with seasonal fruits and luscious creams. Some use exotic ingredients, providing their own spin on tried-and-true classics.

The following spots represent a tasty cross slice of great pies available in the city. From popular flavors like apple and pumpkin to more complex options, such as chocolate amaretto pie, there’s something for everyone. And apologies to meat pie purveyors, e.g., Pleasant House Pub, as this list focuses solely on the sweet variety.

Ema

Ema, the River North spot from chef C.J. Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, doesn’t slouch on dessert. Jacobson whips up a honey pie, complemented with roasted grapes, that ties in nicely with the Mediterranean theme.