The last months of quarantines and stay-at-home orders have been trying for local residents, but at least they’ve been able to endure the pandemic by enjoying great pizza and entrees from Waldo Cooney’s.

Although this local favorite has been open for 39 years, 2020 has been truly unique for owner Gary Cooney and his son, Greg.

As the longtime general manager of Waldo Cooney’s, 2410 W. 111th St., Greg has been busy directing the restaurant’s operations. And while dine-in services are not available currently due to the coronavirus, Greg and his staff have been working long hours to satisfy the high demand for pick-up and delivery orders.

Gary is a former executive chef for a blue-chip corporation, and he opened the family business in 1981. Greg Cooney takes pride in continuing the traditions his father started and guiding the family business as it heads into its fourth decade of serving the community.

Greg has been an important ingredient in the recipe that has made Waldo Cooney’s the best place in the neighborhood for local residents who love great cooking.

Although Waldo Cooney’s use of Facebook, Twitter and social media has taken off under Greg’s management, one thing will remain as it has for 39 years: amazing pizza.

Whether it’s Waldo Cooney’s authentic thin crust, gourmet stuffed pizza or any of the other menu items, everything’s delicious! Its reputation for outstanding quality is the reason Waldo Cooney’s is proud to be celebrating its 39th anniversary.

Along with General Manager Jose Barrera, the staff serves customers at six locations: 2410 W. 111th St.; 8541 S. Pulaski Ave.; 2640 W. 51st St.; 6715 W. 111th St., in Worth; and 3622 Ridge Road in Lansing. The sixth is a Waldo Cooney’s franchise restaurant—which is family owned and operated by Cyndi and Ed Nemec, who have decades of experience in the pizza industry—at 3651 E. 106th St., in Chicago.

All the locations feature pizza, calzones, sandwiches, appetizers, pasta, chicken, seafood, salads and desserts.

“Original” thin crust pizza or “Chicago Style” stuffed pizza are Waldo’s specialties. Waldo has delicious specialty pizzas like the Supreme (sausage, mushroom, onions, green peppers); Bacon Deluxe (sausage, bacon, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes); Texas Special (sausage, onions, bacon and BBQ sauce); Vegetarian (mushrooms, onions, green peppers, tomato), or Hawaiian Deluxe (Canadian bacon, pineapple and BBQ sauce—a tropical delight!).

Calzone is another popular item on the menu. It’s a delicious pizza turnover filled with your favorite combination of toppings.

Sandwiches such as the Italian beef, Chee-zee beef, or BBQ beef are available as well as homemade meatballs topped with homemade marinara sauce.

Appetizers include cheese stix, garlic bread, Chee-zee garlic bread, tomato bread, jalapeno poppers, breaded mushrooms, French fries, onion rings and Buffalo wings.

Waldo’s also has chicken or chicken wing dinners served with toasty garlic bread, cole slaw and French fries. The chicken Parmesan dinner is tender breast of chicken baked under layers of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, accompanied with spaghetti and topped with marinara sauce.

For pasta lovers, there’s spaghetti, ravioli (meat or cheese), mostaccioli, baked mostaccioli or baked lasagna. Meatballs or sausage can also be added.

Family-style pastas, served with homemade marinara sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread and grated cheese can be ordered to serve 3-4 people.

Seafood like the jumbo fantail shrimp dinner or perch dinner, served with toasty garlic bread, cole slaw and French fries, are popular. Shrimp and perch are also available by the pound.

Italian tossed salads with lettuce, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots with choice of dressings (French, garlic, thousand island, Italian or ranch) are light and delicious as is the chicken breast salad.

Waldo even has gourmet cheesecake for dessert.

Catering, when conditions allow, is available from Waldo’s for graduations, birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, reunions, weddings, company picnics, Sweet 16’s, team banquets, club meetings, Christenings and holidays. The catering selections are all homemade.

People can choose beef, sausage, fried chicken, mostaccioli, lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli, chicken Parmigiana, tossed salad, macaroni salad, potato salad or cole slaw.

And don’t forget to follow Waldo Cooney’s on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information or to order, call Waldo Cooney’s in Morgan Park at (773) 233-9781. Visit its website at

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