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First Slice Pie Cafe (Chicago Water Works)

View Map163 E. Pearson St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 202-1227
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One of the best things about this downtown outpost of First Slice is its location. Occupying a chunk of the Chicago's Visitor Center, tourists wandering in off the Mag Mile looking for maps find this altruistic organization. It's nice to give our visitors the impression that the city believes in First Slice's mission: to operate as a "self funding charity ... that provides access to wholesome food for those living in poverty."

First Slice is one charity that has shown no signs of trouble financing itself so far. This downtown location being their second opened so far, First Slice operates by selling the very thing it provides to the needy: pie. Well, not pie, exactly, but the pie does represent, in the vision of Chef Mary Ellen Diaz, a community-based, shared food on which everyone can come together. Who dislikes pie? No one, especially at $3 a slice.

The bright, neat space serves up more than just dessert. Though there are about eight different pies daily, the shop is stuffed with salads and deli offerings, as well as quiche, sandwiches, pizza and other desserts. Everything is under $10, and the ingredients are organic, healthy and delicious. As the cafe implores: "Enjoy a guilty pleasure ... with a side of good deed."

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Bill Burman

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8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

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