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The Purple Pig

#23 of 8,183 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Magnificent Mile
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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, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Description: This is a new restaurant from the house of Bannos (owners of the infamously...
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
Fun Atmoshpere; Delicious Dessert

Worth the wait for dinner. We enjoyed the family-style seating. Service was friendly and we enjoyed interacting with the other people at our table. Food was creative and fun. The highlight of our meal was the lemon panna cotta. We will definitely return on our next Chicago visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, Ohio
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Dublin, Ohio
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth the wait for dinner. We enjoyed the family-style seating. Service was friendly and we enjoyed interacting with the other people at our table. Food was creative and fun. The highlight of our meal was the lemon panna cotta. We will definitely return on our next Chicago visit.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We shared several small plates which the menu style of the restaurant. We liked the food but you have to be in the mood to be adventurous. The interior of the space is very cool.

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Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for lunch. 35 minute wait, not bad at all. Restaurant seats most patrons at community tables with high chairs, again not really an issue. But the table was situated that the chair was going downhill and I would have been wobbling my whole meal, if not falling backwards. I did ask for a different table and were given one,... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was by far our best stop in Chicago. The knowledge of the staff on wine was unreal. The food was fast, unique, and delicous. I feel bad about rating other restaurants a 5 after being here. I will definitely be coming back.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here back in October. Had a bottle of wine and cheese. Was a unique setting and nice to have again. Will continue to come back here in the future for elegance and it is right on Michigan Avenue on the River North area.

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Thank jordansbulls
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Over priced, small portions, slow service, uncomfortable seats, high tables and chairs. Don't get why people go here when there are so many good restaurants.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small space but good food; mediterranean cuisine, and very friendly staff. Try it as a new experience if you have a chance.

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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food. Great choices for wine pairing. Very tasty aromatic dishes. Waiters are very helpful and the know their stuff. Classic Pop songs are playing in the backround which gives a wonderful vibe. Trendy funky and delicious place. Can't wait to go again.

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Thank Mada H
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing - and intimidating - wine selection. Pretty good food. We had fried, chorizo-stuffed olives and pork-fried almonds. Not for the heart conscious. At 5pm it was busy and just got crazier. Hard to deal with the door opening on a cold day, the wind block outside didn't seem to cut it. We were jammed in at the bar... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so much fun and in a killer location on Michigan Ave. It is definitely very loud, so if you are looking for intimacy look elsewhere. Food is unique but absolutely delicious. We relied on our server to select options for us and we were not disappointed. Great place to take out of towners or people new to... More 

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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, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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

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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.