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Pip pip, Pi Day!

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The delicious circumference of this pie = π x its delicious diameter
Nerd alert: Tomorrow, 3/14/2012, is American* Pi Day, the day commemorating the mysteriously constant ratio between any circle's circumference and diameter, and the day where you obnoxiously recount all the digits of pi you can still remember from that fifth grade Pi Day competition. (3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971, since you're asking me—the secret is memorizing five digits at a time.) What was the best part of that competition? Eating the π-shaped pies kids brought in because they were slightly nerdier than the rest of us at nerd school. The awesome, nerdy people at the Illinois Science Council sent us a list of bakeries and restaurants keeping that tradition alive, and I pasted it in below the jump.

*In most countries, where the day precedes the month in the calendar date, Pi Day falls on July 22, since 22/7 is the simplest fractional approximation of pi. Knowing that is really just an excuse to celebrate twice.

BAKERIES

Bennison’s Bakery, 1000 Davis St., Evanston, 847-328-9434, Wed. 6am-7pm, BennisonsCakes.com.
Offering individual pies (Boston cream, apple, cherry and chocolate cream) for $3.14.

Café Selmarie, 4729 North Lincoln Av., Chicago, 773-989-5595 Wed. 8am-9pm, CafeSelmarie.com.
Offering whole apple and cherry pies for $13.14 and pie slices for $3.14.

Sarah’s Pastries and Candies, 70 E. Oak Street, Chicago, 312-664-6223, Wed. 8am-6pm, SarahsCandies.com.
Offering slices of pie for $3.14.

Sweety Pies Bakery, Cakery & Café, 8042 N. Lincoln Av., Skokie, 847-213-0900, Wed. 7am-6pm, SweetyPiesBakery.com.
Customers mentioning Pi Day will receive a slice of pie for $3.14 (limit 2 per customer) or a whole pie for $23.14 (no limit) while supplies are available.

Swirlz Cupcakes, 705 W. Belden, Chicago, 773-404-2253, Wed. 10am-7pm, SwirlzCupcakes.com.
Offering “Pi” and “Einstein” cupcakes for $3.14. A special treat if you come in at 3:14pm and mention Illinois Science Council!


RESTAURANTS

Artopolis Chicago, Bakery, Café & Agora, 306 S. Halsted, Chicago, 312-559-9000, Wed. 9am-11pm, ArtopolisChicago.com.
Offering their signature menu item a savory pie, called Arto-PI-tas, for only $3.14 (usually $4.50) all day.

Baker’s Square, various locations throughout Chicagoland, Wed. 7am- 11pm, BakersSquare.com.
Offering $2.00 off the purchase of any whole pie, plus a free slice of pie with any menu item purchased between 10:30am-11:00pm.

First Slice Pie Café, 4401 N. Ravenswood Av., 773 506 7380, Wed. 8:30am-7:30pm, FirstSlice.org, and other locations at 5357 N. Ashland Av., Wed. 9am-9pm, and Lill St. Arts Center, 4664 N. Manor St., Wed. 8am-6:30pm.
Offering pie slices for $3.14 and free pie for those dining in the café at 3:14pm.

My Pie Pizza, 2010 N. Damen, Chicago, 773-394-6900, Wed.11am-9pm, MyPiePizza.com
Offering a slice of pizza pi and a fountain drink for $3.14 (limit 2).

One more bar that's celebrating, albeit a slightly different concept, is the Local Option (1102 W. Webster). At 3:14 pm they'll begin offering half a muffuleta sandwich for $2 and 31 "loud" beers, to commemorate the π-branded Big Muff guitar pedal. See the beer list here.

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