By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 5, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate Chicago-style pizza.

Deep Dish

Today is Deep-Dish pizza day! It has been celebrated in Chicago since 1979.

The origins of pizza trace back to central Italy with the first recorded mention in 997. With that said, pizza-like foods have been prepared since the 6th century BC in Persia – flatbread topped with dates and cheese. 

Pizza typically has a relatively thin crust, topped with, well, you name it. That is until Deep-Dish pizza.

The origins of Deep-Dish pizza are relatively murky, but most believe it was invented at Pizzeria Uno in 1943 in the Windy City. 

If you are in Chicago, allow plenty of time to order the Deep-Dish pizza, and have a few drinks while waiting.

This pocket map of Chicago is by Blanchard from 1882. It outlines the “burnt districts”, where the famous fire took place one year prior to the issuance of the map.

Chicago – Circa 1882 (Cedit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.