Has the number sequence 3.14159 truly made a difference in your life?
It can — on March 14.
That’s National Pi Day (for math aficionados and all the rest of us), marked not by incomprehensible math calculations (math lovers will recognize that sequence of numbers as the first six digits of “pi,” defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter), but by indulging in that iconic sweet or savory treat: Pie.
What better way to celebrate math?
So here’s a look at some of the area’s purveyors of all things pie, adding up to one delicious celebration in honor of pi. Any way you choose to slice it.
Vanille Patisserie: Get a free slice of pie with any $10 in-store purchase on March. 14. In addition, 10-inch pies (choose from Nutella Silk, Apple Streusel, Butterscotch Cream and Mixed Berry Crumble) are available through March 14, specially priced at $23.14. Order online vanillepatisserie.com.
Chiya Chai: Celebrate with these savory pies, all priced at $3.14 each (March 14 only): Masala Chicken (local free-range chicken, signature masala curry with cream, yogurt, spices, peas and carrots; Curried Kale and Potato with curried kale, red onions, cumin seeds, spices, potatoes, carrots and peas; and Spicy Minced Pork with minced Iowa pork, crushed pepper, hot chili, red and green peppers, garlic and spices. Dine-in or carryout. Info/orders: chiyachai.com.
Avli: All three restaurant locations (Lincoln Park, River North and Winnetka) be be serving up half trays of “mini pies” for $31.40 on March 14. Selections vary by location, and include: Tiropita (Greek cheese and philo crust) at River North; Hortopita at Lincoln Park; and Spanakopita at Winnetka. Pick-up via Tock.
PiniPico: The Brazilian cafe is offering Empadas for $3.14 on March 14. The mini pies feature chicken or hearts of palm fillings.
7-Eleven: Participating stores are offering large pizzas for $3.14 each on March 14. You’ll need to use the 7Rewards loyalty program in the 7-Eleven mobile app. Place pickup and delivery orders via the 7NOW delivery app (limit two pizzas per person.) With each pizza purchased on Pi Day, 7-Eleven will provide a meal to Feeding America.
Joe’s Seafood & Stone Crab: Order $314 in carryout (exclusive of tax & gratuity), a receive a complimentary whole Key lime pie. Valid on March 14 for carryout only.
Beggars Pizza: Big Cheese Loyalty Club members can get a small pizza for $3.14 with a $25 purchase on March 14. Locations include: Avalon Park, Midway, West Loop, Bolingbrook, Bourbonnais, Downers Grove, Maywood, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and more. Use their store locator to find one near you.
First Slice Pie Cafe: Ravenswood and Anderson Manor locations will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 14, offering slices for $3.14 and mini pies for $6.28 (2pi). Whole pies will be 20% off.
Mariano’s: 8-inch pies will cost $3.99 through March 14.
Blue Sky Bakery & Cafe: Enjoy a select variety of pies by-the-slice for $3.14
Whole Foods Market: $3.14 off large pies in-store only on March 14.
Papa John’s: Papa John’s is offering a large one-topping Epic Stuffed Crust pizza for $12.
Little Caesars: Through March 28, you can have your pie made with pretzel crust and it’s $6 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Bennison’s Bakery: Enjoy select mini pies for $3.14 on March 14 at this Evanston eatery.
Andros: Pastry Chef Hsing Chen offers a pastry box every weekend, and special for Pi Day, Chen is offering a Meyer lemon meringue pie and raspberry cream kataifi Tart in this weekend’s bakery box.