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When it comes to pies, we strongly believe you really can't go wrong! But since it 'tis pie season, we wanted to recognize some local favorites that truly stand above the rest. And if you are thinking about picking one up for Thanksgiving, place your order ASAP, as some places are already booked up! Now who's ready for a slice?

Hoosier Mama Pie Company
749 N. Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8863
http://www.hoosiermamapie.com/evanston.html
This Evanston outpost is a joint endeavor of the Hoosier Mama Pie Co. in Chicago & The Dollop Coffee and Tea Co. The storefront boasts a large sunny rom to enjoy a slice and some coffee while watching the bakers and baristas ply their trade. Everything is made in house. There is always a tempting and varied selection of sweet pies to choose from and they also offer pie flights – 3 half slices of pie from their daily flight menu for under $8! Breakfast pastries, savory pie plates, sandwiches, and salads available too.

Sweety Pies
8042 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, 847-213-0900
http://sweetypiesbakery.com/
Sweety Pies is a family run business whose founders gave up their day jobs to follow their passion. Since opening in 2007, this bakery, cakery and café has become a Skokie landmark. When it comes to their pies, most of the recipes have been handed down from family and are baked by mama, Arden Kruger. The pie menu always features three staples: Apple Pie Crisp, Chocolate Cashmere and Crocodile Pie (their version of pecan pie with semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of rum in a buttery pastry crust). However, they are happy to accommodate special requests so just give them a call and enjoy!

Bent Fork Bakery
333 Waukegan Avenue, Highwood, 847-926-4438
http://www.thebentfork.com/
This adorable, family-run bakery tucked away in Highwood is one of the North Shore's best kept secrets; although word is spreading and there is a reason why. You really can't go wrong in this small batch, all butter, everything made from scratch bakery. There is always a fresh selection of fruit and cream pies to choose from. Current holiday offerings include: Perfect Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple Crostata, Cranberry Apple Crostata, Southern Pecan Pie and a variety of Fruit Pies (Door County Cherry, Granny Smith Apple, Peach or Mixed Berry). Holiday orders must be placed by Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 pm.

Foodstuffs
2106 Central Street, Evanston, 847-328-7704
338 Park Avenue, Glencoe, 847-835-5101
1456 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-832-9999
225 E. Westminster Avenue, Lake Forest, 847-234-6600
http://www.foodstuffs.com/
With four locations throughout the North Shore, Foodstuffs has been providing quality gourmet food to Chicagoland shoppers for more than 30 years. Modeled after the European Market concept , they offer a full menu of items including homemade appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, sauces, breads and pastries as well as pates and cheeses, fresh seafood, quality meats, build your own salads and sandwiches and unique shelf products. There is always a rotating selection of fresh baked goods on site, but if you have a particular pie in mind, you will have to place an order. Their current holiday offering includes: Pumpkin Pie, Harvest Lattice Pie, Laura's Pecan Pie, Mom's Apple Pie, and Triple Berry Pie. Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 23 at 5 pm.

Deerfields Bakery
201 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, 847-520-0068 (café too)
813 N. Waukegan Road, Deerfield, 847-520-0068
http://www.deerfieldsbakery.com/
Deefields Bakery has been serving the North Shore for more than 40 years and it has truly become an institution. It is owned by the Schmitt family whose tradition of baking actually goes back more than 5 generations. They are known for their wide assortment of cookies and custom cakes but you certainly can't go wrong with one of their baked or whipped cream pies. With 20+ varieties to choose from, the only problem is choosing which one to order!

Long Grove Confectionery
220 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove, 847-634-0080
http://www.longgrove.com/
The closing of the Long Grove Apple Haus a few years back left many North Shore residents in a state of dismay. By thankfully, those who still yearn for those famous Uncle Johnny's Brown Bag Apple pies, can get their fix at the Long Grove Confectionery where the pies are now sold fully baked, but frozen. Just let one of these beauties defrost for 8 hours and then bake for approximately 1.5 hours and you'll be instantly transformed back to your childhood.

*Brown Bag Apple Pies from Elegant Farmer in Mukwango, WI can also be found at area Sunset locations. Please check with your local store for details.

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