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The Purple Pig

#22 of 7,702 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Magnificent Mile
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500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
+1 312-464-1744
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11:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Austin, Texas
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129 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

The food was great - the better choices were recommendations from my server. I had the Greek cornbread with feta and honey, which was good but frankly too sweet. My server recommended the broccoli with anchovy sauce, which was amazing. For a main course, milk-braised pork shoulder, which was tender and well-seasoned. Prosecco to start (excellent) and a wine recommendation... More 

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1 Thank KateZ1212
Carmel, Indiana
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

The great thing about this restaurant is that the majority of the dishes are sharing plates and you can taste test several different items. The worst thing is that you fill up before you're tired of tasting more plates. Everything we ate here was delicious. Even dishes I doubted I would like were incredible. I ate there with my wife... More 

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2 Thank Andrew F
Mount Tabor, New Jersey
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Stopped in here for a quick lunch after arriving from Newark. The menu is very creative and diverse, of course focusing mainly on pork dishes. We ordered JLT "pork jowl, lettuce, tomato" open faced sandwich, hot dog for our son, braised pork with mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Gotta have at least one real veggie. It was hard to decide on... More 

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1 Thank Zachary B
Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Everything is amazing here. The people are friendly and the food is amazing! I recommend this place to all my friends who visit Chicago. Always busy, so make sure you get there early to get a table. Open until 1am!

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1 Thank Janet M
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Web searching prior to our recent weekend in Chicago lead us to the Purple Pig It was recommended that we arrive between 4-5 for faster service with theater tickets at 8 pm . We arrived at 5:00 it was packed with an hours wait but well worth it .The waitress was extremely helpful with recommendations for dishes and with the... More 

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1 Thank BJHarbach
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

I ended up having lunch here with some co-workers. We shared everything, which is the way to go here. We had the roasted olives, milk braised pork shoulder and the octopus. All were excellent and leave you feeling full. The food is rich with flavo, so a little goes a long way. I highly recommend this place.

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2 Thank Bruce0918
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2015

In town for business, went by myself (had a reservation!). Was walked through the menu by waitstaff, they made spot-on recommendations!

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Thank Michelle B
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

A great place to stop for fun dining right on Michigan Avenue. Small plates are perfect to share and good wine selections. Stop for a snack or order enough for a meal.

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Thank LindaSC60611
Maryville
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

We tried 3 times to eat here. Our last day.....we got in. After eating, i am so glad we kept trying to get in. Service was great. Food was outstanding. You need to eat here.

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Thank Phd P
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Great wine list, wait staff are always friendly and knowlegeable. Great food!! That is the reason to go, plus great atmosphere, shared tables bring conversation.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
American, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 00:00
Monday
11:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-464-1744
Description
This is a new restaurant from the house of Bannos (owners of the infamously popular Heaven on Seven, here in Chicago). They have now opened what could affectionately be called the foodie tourists' dream come true, with everything from bone marrow to fried pig's ears and fresh ricotta as well as a nice selection of paninis, and of course, the wines. Not to mention: Its right on the Magnificent Mile!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.
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