If you’re headed downtown this weekend for the festivities, here’s a rundown of what to expect, and of course, where you can find your Lou Malnati’s pizza fix:
Saturday, March 11th will kick off with the River Dyeing at 9am.
The best views can be found between Michigan Ave and Columbus Drive, but plan to get there early for the best spot! After you’re seeing green (in the river, that is) head to Lou Malnati’s River North for lunch. Located at 439 North Wells, it’s just about a mile away from the action.
The party continues with the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled to start at 12pm.
The route starts at Balbo Ave and Columbus Drive, and will continue north to Monroe Street. The party doesn’t have to end with the parade, though! Lou Malnati’s South Loop is located just a few blocks from the route at 805 South State Street – a short walk when you know you’re close to eating deep dish pizza!
Ok, that’s a tough one…spoiler alert: it was Lombardi’s, which opened in 1905.
You’ll find pizza history like this and much, much more at the “I Love Pizza Exhibit,” now on display at the Niles Public Library!
The exhibit, created by Kendall Bruns, founder of the U.S. Pizza Museum, gives pizza lovers a slice of the history behind their favorite food and features memorabilia, old menus, photos, and more. Let’s not forget, the history of pizza would not be complete without Lou Malnati’s! You’ll find some old school Lou’s memorabilia at the exhibit, too.
The “I Love Pizza Exhibit” is running now through March 31st at the Niles Public Library. Go check it out!
Head to the original Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Lincolnwood (just a few miles away from the library) to check out even more pizza history and get a taste of Chicago’s best deep dish pizza!
Tickets are hard to come by this late in the game, but fans that make the trip to the convention will enjoy meet and greets with current and former Cubs players, pics with the World Series trophy (how cool is that?), panel discussions, and more!
The three-day event is at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, and guess what? The hotel is conveniently located near multiple downtown Lou Malnati’s locations!
If you’re not staying at the Sheraton, check out all of our locations to see which Lou’s is closest to you! View Locations ›
Take a look at our photo of Lou Malnati and Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks! Those were the good old days…
Make the most out of your Taste of Chicago experience by starting with a slice of Lou Malnati’s deep dish cheese, sausage, or pepperoni pizza at booth #21, then move on to choose from offerings from close to 70 additional food vendors, selling everything from tacos to donuts, and everything in between!
To get a feel for what the Taste of Chicago is all about, watch the video below for an inside look at the Lou Malnati’s booth. Not only are we one of the busiest booths, but we’re also one of the few restaurants who cook our products fresh on site. Deep dish pizza hot out of the oven = crazy delicious.
Chicago Ideas Week is built on the belief that when a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world. Throughout this week, Ideas Week has hosted talks, conversations, and small-group experience labs with different speakers and Chicago companies.
During Marc Malnati’s lab this morning, attendees got an inside look at both our pizza making process, and the history of our family-run business. We think it was the tastiest lab of the whole week! Take a look at the pizza making process below.