Continuing our hunt for Chicago’s best

When we created our new list of Chicago’s 25 best pizzas, my fellow Food & Dining reporter Nick Kindelsperger and I knew we’d eat a lot more than that. So how do we honor those that are great, but just didn’t make the list this time?

a slice of pizza sitting on top of a table: Peaches en regalia seasonal special pizza with 'nduja at Grateful Bites Pizza Shoppe in Winnetka.

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Peaches en regalia seasonal special pizza with ‘nduja at Grateful Bites Pizza Shoppe in Winnetka.

First, I have to tell you, I hate “best of” lists. Sure, I use them too, but only as part of my own reporting. Here’s the truth we should all know by now: Not all list-makers go to the places they include. We do, and I have the pizza pounds to prove it.

Whether it’s deep dish, tavern-style, woodfired, pan, bakery or those that defy categorization; in the city, on the North, South and West sides, and suburbs, near and far: We

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Coronavirus cluster at Attleboro hospital on heels of outbreak at Brigham and Women’s illustrates continuing challenges

Officials at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro say a cluster of COVID-19 cases there has expanded to at least four patients and 10 employees in the past week, while Brigham and Women’s Hospital now counts at least 52 patients and employees linked to its September outbreak, illustrating the continuing challenges of containing an aggressive virus as infections rise statewide.

On Sept. 29, Sturdy closed its Balfour surgical wing, where the cluster is believed to have originated, to new patients, and has prohibited visitors to the entire hospital until further notice. So far, all patients and employees who have tested positive are linked to the Balfour wing, said Dr. Brian Patel, the hospital’s chief of emergency services.

“We have tested several hundred employees to be on the safe side and are trying to do everything we can to contain further transmission,” Patel said. “It’s still not clear to our infection control

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To cope with pandemic stress, many women turned to alcohol, continuing a worrying trend

Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S., a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

The report, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that deaths from alcohol use increased by 43 percent from 2006 to 2018.

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The findings, which don’t include data from this year, come as other research highlights how drinking remains a problem for many in the U.S., particularly among women.

Indeed, the CDC report found that the impact was greatest on women. “While rates were higher for males than females for each year,” the study authors wrote, “the rate of change was greater for females.”

The report didn’t give reasons for the increase among women, but it suggested that women living far outside city limits may have been more at risk. “From 2000 through 2018, greater percentage increases in the rates

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