Illinois Science Council’s annual Pi Day Celebration is the tastiest one! We’ve asked bakeries and restaurants to offer Pi Day specials in recognition of the amazing mathematical constant Pi. A terrific group of math-loving establishments are offering an amazing array of delicious options – both sweet and savory – on Pi Day throughout Chicagoland. Check out the list below and when you visit a place, be sure to tell ’em ISC sent you!
Bennison’s Bakery, 1000 Davis St., Evanston, 847-328-9434, Thurs. 6am-7pm, BennisonsCakes.com. Offering individual pies (Boston cream, strawberry-rhubarb or apple) for $3.14 while supplies last.
Café Selmarie,4729 North Lincoln Av., Chicago, 773-989-5595, Thurs. 8am-9pm, CafeSelmarie.com. Offering pie slices and mini pies for the special price of $3.14.
First Slice Pie Café, at each of their three Chicago locations, will offer anyone in the café at 3:14pm a free slice of pie. Cafés are located at: 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 4664 N. Manor Ave., Chicago, and 5357 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. Learn about their unique mission at FirstSlice.org.
Jarosch Bakery, 35 Arlington Heights Rd., Elk Grove Village, 847-437-1234, Thurs. 6:30am-6:30pm, JaroschBakery.com. Will create the award-winning Blueberry/Cranberry Pie for sale on Pi Day.
Julius Meinl Coffeehouse, northamerica.meinl.com, will offer a piece of Lemon Ginger Pie for $3.14 at all three of its Chicago locations: 3601 N. Southport Av., (6am -10pm), 4363 N. Lincoln Av., (6am-10pm), 4115 N. Ravenswood Av. (7am-5pm).
Pleasant House Bakery, 964 West 31st St., Chicago, 773-523-PIES(7437), Thurs. 11am-9pm, PleasantHouseBakery.com. Offering a special variety of its handmade, savory, award-winning Royal Pies.
Shokolad Pastry & Café, 2524 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, 773-276-6402, Thurs. 9am-6pm, ShokoladPastryandCafe.com. Offering slices of apple, cherry or key lime pie for $3.14.
Sweet Cakes Bakery, 901 N. Damen Av., Chicago, 773-772-5771, Thurs. 7am-6pm, SweetCakesChicago.com. Offering mini pies in banana cream, chocolate cream, cherry streusel and Dutch apple pies (some will be vegan) for $3.14.
Sweety Pies Bakery, Cakery & Café, 8042 N. Lincoln Av., Skokie, 847-213-0900, Thurs. 7am-6pm, SweetyPiesBakery.com. Offering all slices of Pi for $3.14 to any customer saying “Happy Pi Day.” Limit two per customer, while supplies last.
Swirlz Cupcakes, 705 W. Belden, Chicago, 773-404-2253, Thurs. 10am-7pm, SwirlzCupcakes.com. Offering “Pi” and “Einstein” cupcakes on sale for $3.14. A special treat at 3:14 PM, the first customer who walks in and mentions “Illinois Science Council” will win a free 6-box with three Pi and three Einstein cupcakes.
Pizzeria Uno, 29 E. Ohio St., Chicago, (312) 321-1000, Thurs. 11am-1am, Unos.com. Offering $3.14 off a total bill for any party that wishes their waiter/waitress “Happy Pie Day.” Valid only at 29 E. Ohio location.
Papa John’s Pizza is offering at all 7 locations in downtown Chicago a Pi-Pizza (with bbq sauce, Canadian bacon and pineapple) or any other pizza with up to 3 toppings, for only $11. Plus, the first 10 people to post a photo of themselves on Papa John’s Chicago Facebook page on 3/14/13 holding a Papa John’s pizza box will get a code for a free pizza. Originality is encouraged. The first person to post a photo of themselves holding a Papa John’s pizza box at 3:14pm will get three large (14”) pizzas. See PapaJohnsChicago.com for locations and hours.
Parkers’ Restaurant, 1000 31st Street, Downers Grove, 630-960-5700, Thurs. 11:30am-10pm, ParkersAmerican.com. Offering a “3.14 Pi Pizza Pie” (cheese, sausage & pepperoni) for $3.14 for students and teachers w/ ID, and $5.50 for those more mathematically challenged (i.e., without ID) after 3:14pm. Plus E=MC2 daiquiris for $8. Offer good Thursday & Friday 3/14 &15.
My Pie Pizza, 2010 N. Damen Av., Chicago, 773-394-6900, 11am-10pm, MyPiPizza.com. Offering a thin slice of pizza with a regular fountain drink for $3.14.
Artopolis Chicago, Bakery, Café & Agora, 306 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-559-9000, Thurs. 9am-12am, ArtopolisChicago.com. Offering their signature menu item a savory pie, called Arto-PI-tas, for only $3.14 (usually $4.50) all day.
Ina’s, 1235 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-226-8227, Thurs. 7am-2pm, BreakfastQueen.com. Offering a special Chicken Pot Pi on their lunch menu.
Keefer’s Restaurant, 20 West Kinzie St., Chicago, 312-467-9525, Thurs. 11:30am-10pm, KeefersRestaurant.com. Offering a special Shepherd’s Pi (meat pie with a mashed potato crust).
Wishbone, 3300 N. Lincoln Av., Chicago, 773-549-2663, Thurs., 7am-3pm and 5pm-9pm, WishboneChicago.com. Offering slices of pie for $3.14.
Pi, if you’ve forgotten the geometry lesson, is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is abbreviated to 3.14 but continues indefinitely. To date, it has been calculated by computer to over 1.2 trillion digits. Competitions exist for reciting the most digits by memory. As the world’s most famous mathematical constant, Pi is important to many formulas used in mathematics, science, engineering and statistics. March 14 also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday!