Chicago Pi Day Round Up


If your anything like the Chicago Nerds than you love Pi in any form, from the mathematical constant to delicious bakery desserts. Here are a few different events and restaurant/bakery specials to celebrate Pi Day around Chicago.

Local OptionOn Friday March 13th, Local Option will be tapping a series of rare and highly sought after beers to celebrate the 666th annual Pi Observance Day Weekend. At Midnight (00:00 on 3.14) they will invite people to recite as many consecutive digits of pi as possible with the winner taking home tickets to the upcoming YOB/Enslaved show. All beers will be tapped by 3:14, bar & kitchen opens at noon.

Please email ahead of time if you are interested in participating in the recital of Pi digits (666 at LocalOptionbier Dot Com)
Date: Friday, March 13th 2015
When: 12pm – Close
Local Option’s Pi Observance Day (FRIDAY 3:13-3.14)

eventbritepik2015bannerThe Illinois Science Council hosts its third annual Pi Day ‘Pi K’ Fun Run/Walk, Four simultaneous runs will start and end at Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports locations. The event benefits ISC’s educational programs that make science fun and accessible to the public.

Immediately after the run, there will be a post-run party at each location where participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, slices of dessert pie, bagels and coffee and can compete in a trivia quiz for prizes.

ISC requires advance registration since space is limited and walk-up registration is not allowed. Pi K will take place regardless of weather conditions.

March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday so ISC gives a special discount to anyone named Albert or Alberta.

Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015
When: 9:26:53am
Cost: $31.41 per runner, $21.41 for students 17 and under
Register at

adler Pie-Day-graphicJoin WBEZ 91.5 and the Adler Planetarium as they celebrate both Pi and Pie. Just like Pi, the fun goes on, and on, and on! There will be two events held at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, on Chicago’s Museum Campus. The family-friendly daytime event is from 12 to 4 pm. The evening 21+ event is from 6 to 10 pm.

Daytime Pi Day activities, which are FREE to all visitors with paid museum admission, include a Pie Eating Contest, a Parachuting Pies challenge and Pie in the Sky solar observing (weather permitting). Don’t miss the Nerd Confessional Booth staffed by the ladies of the WBEZ Nerdette podcast, a lecture on Pi and Einstein by Adler Astronomer Shane Larson, Ph.D at 3 pm, and more.

From 6 to 10 pm, guests 21 and older can enjoy the best of The Ultimate Pi Day after museum hours with cash bars, music from Vocalo’s DJ Collective, a Nerdette panel discussion and Pi Day activities. Tickets are $25 and include sky shows and museum access.

Pi Day wouldn’t be complete without, you guessed it – pie! Celebrated Chicago pastry and pizza vendors including Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Pies and Piece Pizza will be onsite – day and night – to offer guests samples of the best Chicago has to offer.

Date: Saturday March 14th 2015
When: Family Event, 12pm-4pm, 21+ Event 6pm-10pm
Purchase tickets at Ultimate Pi Day

Pi DayCelebrate 3.14.15 (and Einstein’s birthday!) with a carnival of pies and fun at Geek Bar Beta from open to close, sponsored by Angels Envy Bourbon!

They will be serving specialty pies (including vegan and gluten-free options) and host a bevy of special events and features, including:

– Face painting! – Carnival games!
– Charity Pies to the Face! ($5 whipped cream pies, with 100% of the purchase going toward a charity to be announced.)
– Open tabletop gaming!
– 10% cosplay discount!
– Special Event at 9:26pm!

This is event is open to all ages before 9pm, and 21+ only after 9pm. Click here for more info on our age policy.

Date: Saturday, March 14th 2015
When: 3pm – Close

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Anne Pi dayAlmost Pi(e) Day 2015

For a few years now, we have celebrated Pi(e) Day. We aren’t just math fanatics; it’s more of an excuse to get together with friends and eat pie. So come and join us for a casual homemade Pi(e) Day on Sunday 3/15/2015.

3:00PM Open Event
4:00PM Pie Tasting

Prizes: Top 2 pies will each receive a pass to C2E2.

Interested in bringing a pie? Each pie will have 1 slice saved to be tasted by our Constant Pie judges and the rest will be shared by our nerds. If you are interested in baking a pie for our event please make sure you select the correct ticket. Contact if you have any questions.

Date: Sunday, March 15th 2015
When: 3:00pm-5pm 
Where: Open Books – 213 W Institute Place, Chicago IL 
Cost: FREE but please Register

Our friends at Open Books are hosting the event so please consider making a book donation, they collect books, sell books then the sales help them support literacy programs for thousands of students.

Chicago Restaurants and Bakeries Pi Day Specials

Sweety Pies Bakery, 8042 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, 847- 213-0900, Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Offering pie slices for $3.14 all day and $3.14 off large pies.

First Slice Pie Cafe, 4401 N Ravenswood Av. 773-506-7380, Saturday, 8:30am-6:00pm, 4664 N Manor, Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm, 773-267-0169, and 5357 N Ashland Av., Saturday, 9:00am-10:00pm, 773-275-4297, Chicago, Offering buy 1 slice, get 1 free (only slices, not whole or mini pies), on all flavors all day long.

Bennison’s Bakery, 1000 Davis St., Evanston, 847-328-9434, Saturday, 6:00am-5:30pm, Offering individual pies in Boston cream, strawberry-rhubarb or apple for $3.14 while supplies last.

Alliance Bakery, 1736 West Division St., Chicago, 773-278-0366, Saturday, 6:00am-9:00pm, Offering special “pi” cookies for $3.14.

Swirlz Cupcakes, 705 W. Belden, Chicago, 773-404-2253, Saturday, 10:00am-7:00pm, 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” (or drawing for all those in the store at that minute) will win a free 6-box with three Pi and three Einstein cupcakes.

Jarosch Bakery,35 Arlington Hts Road, Elk Grove Village, 847-437-1234, Saturday, 6:30am-6:00pm, Offering mini fruit pies (4.5″ double crust), 8″ fruit pies and 9″ fruit pies with pi-shaped vent holes while supplies last. Also offering cream pies: Banana, Chocolate and Lemon Whipped Cream Pies with chocolate Pi symbols on top. With a $20.00 purchase, get $3.14 off the price of a large pie. At 9:26am will be giving away Pi-Cookies – round sugar cookies iced in white fondant with a black pi symbol on top

Hewn Bread, 810 Dempster St., Evanston, 847-869-4496, Saturday, 8:00am-1:00pm, Offering a special Pi Country loaf with 3.14 stenciled on it with rice flour, apple galettes specially priced at $3.14, and a drawing among customers in the store at 9:26am for a special prize.

My Pie Pizza, 2010 N. Damen Av., 773-394-6900, Offering a thin slice of pizza with a regular fountain drink for $3.14.

Swedish Bakery, 5348 N Clark St., 773-561-8919, Saturday 6:30am-5:00pm, Offering mini apple, blueberry and cherry pies for $3.14 each.

Sweet Cakes Bakery, 1223 N. Milwaukee Av., 773-772-5771, Saturday 7:00am-6:00pm, Offering mini fruit pies in mixed berry, apple and peach for $3.14 each. They are taking advance orders if you’d like to ensure your preferred pie.

Shokolad Pastry & Café, 2524 W. Chicago Av., 773-276-6402, Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Offering slices of Pecan, Apple, Key Lime and Tart Cherry Pie for $3.14 while supplies last.

Cafe Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln Av., 773-989-5595, Saturday 8:00am-10:00pm, Offering $3.14 off whole pies including Apple Streusel, Cherry Streusel, Pecan, Banana Oreo, Coconut Cream and Chocolate Silk.

Blaze Pizza, 953 W. Belmont, 227 E. Ontario and 24 S. Clinton in Chicago, plus 1737 Sherman in Evanston and Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. Store hours vary by location, so check site at Offering individual pizzas for $3.14 each.

Fritz Pastry, 2233 N. Lincoln Av., 773-857-2989, Saturday 8:00am-5:30pm, Offering slices of pie for $3.14 including Apple, Blueberry, Peach, Strawberry, Rhubarb, Pecan, Banana Cream and S’mores.

Thanks to Illinois Science Council for providing the food links.

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