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The Purple Pig

#25 of 7,757 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neighborhood:
Magnificent Mile
Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Pub
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500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: This is a new restaurant from the house of Bannos (owners of the...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very nice place

If you are walking on Michigan Avenue and want to step in a restaurant and enjoy great wine, cheese, and great fast service... This is it! I would definetely go back!!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you are walking on Michigan Avenue and want to step in a restaurant and enjoy great wine, cheese, and great fast service... This is it! I would definetely go back!!!!

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We had lunch on Thursday afternoon and split 4 dishes between two people. The drinks were great and the food was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it; it is worth the wait!

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We had no reservations and had to wait for a bit, but well worth it. And really it wasn't as long as they said it would be. Everything we had was delicious. It's super crowded at lunchtime, but just find your way to the hostess and give her your cell. Will definitely be worth it.

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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's busy, buzzing and brilliant. As long as you like pork. Great tapas-style menu of wonderfully eclectic dishes. We went on a Tuesday late lunchtime and it was packed and buzzing. Great choice as all the food was fabulous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting Mediterranean food, great beer selection. Real close to Michigan ave around everything, tucked back alittle hard to see

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Miami, Florida
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101 reviews 101 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This place was a pleasant surprise, as they carry an extensive wine list that fits great for a late afternoon or early night snack. Location is in Michigan Avenue which makes it great for enjoying while moving around the Magnificent Mile.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The concierge at our apartment block recommended this restaurant (along with others), so glad we chose The Purple Pig. We waited outside with a drink for a table and then we were shown to a canteen style table- this was great as you got to see what others ordered. Our server explained that the menu was a tapas set up... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

tried pork shoulder,liver,bacon,ear only shoulder is eatable. liver is too salty, ear and bacon just too fatty. very disappointed. lots of people say this is must try, but i think the food is a shame. shame on Michelin i don't know how this restaurant got rated as Michelin,cause the food is not eatable! did not finish bacon and ear and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited the purple pig for lunch after reading great reviews and it did not disappoint. The sangria was delicious and the food was too. We had the octopus, the stuffed squid, the fried manchego and the foia grass. They were all really really good!!! The server was not the best; I felt he could have done a little better at... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Really tried to eat here for two days but each time the wait was over two hours! The food looked delicious, the atmosphere was great and just wish we had prepared and planned a bit better to get a seat at the table. Will try again the next time when in Chicago.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: (312) 464-1744

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

Questions & Answers

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

Staying in Magnificent Mile

Neighborhood Profile
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.