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The Purple Pig

#24 of 8,486 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neighborhood:
Magnificent Mile
European, Contemporary
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500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 147
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  • 57
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  • 35
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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
Purple Pig offers more than pork

Ended up not eating any pork products and dinner was still amazing. Small and crowded so expect to wait. The wait is worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Rosanna F
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Ended up not eating any pork products and dinner was still amazing. Small and crowded so expect to wait. The wait is worth it.

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Hamilton
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35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This place was a blast and will always be on the itinerary when in Chicago. The food is eclectic without being pretentious. Chorizo stuffed deep fried olives, Pigs ear with crispy kale, etc.

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Plano, Texas, United States
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55 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A wide range of selection from meat to vegestables dishes. We ordered for four people as follows: 1) Salt-Roasted Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese & Pistachio Vinaigrette 2) Pig's Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg 3) Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs 4) Petit Basque Cheese with Membrillo 5) Eggplant Caponata with Goat Cheese 6) Rabbit salad. Our... More 

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Parkersburg, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a very unique restaurant. Treat yourself to some of the best food in Chicago!! I certainly highly recommend this restaurant after a day of shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

You have not gone to TPP Staff is incredibly knowledgeable From Tiffany the Hostess, to the Dave the Bartender, to John the server. The BusPeople are in constant motion but never too busy to say welcome back or just how you are doing. They know everything about what is being served. Chef Max Always has a warm genuine greeting, no... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We came here given all the hype. They don't take bookings, and it appears that there's usually a wait. Luckily, we walked in right away with only 2 people. There's a lot on the menu. If you're Australian, then you will probably be disappointed as there were way too many elements/ingredients in each of the dishes. The burrata was way... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The last time we were in Chicago we missed going to the Purple Pig and were told later that we needed to try it, so this visit we made sure to make a point of going. They do not take reservations so if you are going on a Friday or Saturday (we went on a Friday night) then you need... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We arrived for early weeknight dinner and the restaurant was packed with people waiting on the benches outside. There were two of us and we were able to be seated immediately at the bar. Despite the crowd, service was relaxed. Time to review the menu and talk. Server suggested wine which was very good and reasonably priced. Dishes are mostly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wonderful food and great service. David suggestions were toooo good. Appetizer of salt roasted beets/whipped goat cheese and pistachio vinaigrette , fried pig ears strips with kale and egg was too good. Main was milk braised pork shoulder / mashed potatoes(could cut with a spoon ) and the blood sausage with poached lobster, washed down with a Tuscany red and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I travel a lot and never really sure where to go if not with a local. This place was recommended and so myself and 2 colleagues went for dinner. This is an open group styled seating. Unfortunately they don't take reservations and even on a Monday evening at 7:30pm there was over an hour wait-so that was the only negative.... 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: European, Contemporary

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

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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.