Slideshow: Snapshots from The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

Most Beautiful
Most Beautiful
Our vote for the most beautiful pie goes to this one—a layered tart-style pie.
Angel Food Bakery
Angel Food Bakery
This professional apple pie was from Angel Food Bakery.
Enso Sushi & Bar
Enso Sushi & Bar
One of the professional pie entries was, surprisingly enough, from a sushi restaurant named Enso Sushi & Bar.
Second Place Professional Winner
Second Place Professional Winner
JR Dessert Bakery won second place at the contest.
Winner!
Winner!
Cheap Tart won the Professional Pie portion of the contest.
The Finalists' Table
The Finalists' Table
Look at all those pies. The cream of the crop.
Fried Pie Under the Covers
Fried Pie Under the Covers
This entry was garnished with blue and white sugar sprinkles.
Leonard's Pie by Carol Hilker
Leonard's Pie by Carol Hilker
The same judge that told me NOT to eat the Maple Bacon Pie told me that this was the best pie he had ever eaten in his five years of judging.

To my surprise, this pie was from our very own Carol Hilker, and it was absolutely delicious. The crust was combined with cheddar cheese, and the whole thing was topped with a brown sugar mixture that took it to the next level.

Gangnam Pie-yle
Gangnam Pie-yle
That Gangnam Style song has infiltrated every facet of popular culture right now, including... apple pie.
Grandma Iva's Apple Pie
Grandma Iva's Apple Pie
Grandma Iva is representing Chicago's flag with her pie.
Gryffindor Pie
Gryffindor Pie
Harry Potter endorses the Gryffindor Pie.
Jeneral's Apple Pie
Jeneral's Apple Pie
Jeneral's Apple Pie by contestant Jennifer Koltse featured thick meaty chunks of Granny Smith apples in a tender and flaky crust.
Memory Lane Pie
Memory Lane Pie
This dome-style pie was flavored with a lot of lemon juice and featured a saltier crust than most.
Memory Lane Slice
Memory Lane Slice
This is the giant "tasting" size they were giving out of all pies.
Aunt Julie's Old Orchard Apple Pie
Aunt Julie's Old Orchard Apple Pie
Just look at the impressive latticework on this beauty!
Loaf Pie
Loaf Pie
This pie was baked into a bread loaf pan. One of the more uniquely shaped pies we saw.
Passion of the Crust
Passion of the Crust
This one wins "best name" award, at least in our book.
Apple Apocalypse
Apple Apocalypse
This was called the Apple Apocalypse Pie. In Soviet Russia, apple pie eats you!
Glutton For Punishment - Maple Bacon Apple Pie
Glutton For Punishment - Maple Bacon Apple Pie
I was dying to try this one until a judge told me it was a bad idea. I listened to him, and now I live with great regret.
Ghost Cupcakes from Sprinkles
Ghost Cupcakes from Sprinkles
What goes better with pie than cupcakes from Sprinkles Bakery?
The Finalists are Announced!
The Finalists are Announced!
The names of the finalists were proudly announced on stage with the band watching in the background. What's an apple pie contest without some live tunes?
Vienna Beef Hot Dog
Vienna Beef Hot Dog
Apple pie and hot dogs. What more do you need?
Moon Bounce
Moon Bounce
Nothing says "good idea" like filling children up with pie, then letting them play on a Moon Bounce for a long time.