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The Purple Pig

#25 of 7,783 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 62
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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
Wow, the flavors!

This is a great restaurant in a great location. Sitting outside is a nice feature - inside is a bit on the noisy side. As a tapas restaurant, we were able to try several dishes and were pleased with everything. Service was excellent!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
cjqviola
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Maineville, Ohio
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The food is fine, but not worth the wait, crowds, communal tables, or deafening noise level. Decent place if you go during non-peak hours.

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Maineville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great restaurant in a great location. Sitting outside is a nice feature - inside is a bit on the noisy side. As a tapas restaurant, we were able to try several dishes and were pleased with everything. Service was excellent!

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I went for lunch at the "Purple Pig" during a weekend in Chicago. The wait was a little long but to be fair they don't take reservations for lunch. Anyways, the food was delicious and non traditional. The place was noisy but in a nice way. We shared our table with a lovely couple from Toronto and shared experiences. Our... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lots of people here, organized chaos! Tasty food. You can order several dishes and share. Nice staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed. Great sharing dishes, pressured with care that will surprise. The pork neck smear is unreal. Excellent non-traditional wine list, and knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly staff. One of the best meals I have had in a long time.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

After a frustrated attempt to have dinner on Sunday (there was a 75min waiting list) I finally had the opportunity to try their food on a Monday lunch. Before 11:30am there was a line. And before noon, there was a waiting list. People keep coming for a reason: the food is superb. Service is good and the atmosphere is really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

You can't reserve the seats. But they ask you the phone number and call you when your seat is ready. They are little slow to take orders and bring food and drinks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Wine list was interesting. Food and service were tremendous. Trust your wait staff with recommendations and you'll enjoy lots of interesting and tasty dishes. Great atmosphere. Not the place to be if you're looking for a quiet intimate meal.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Wow! We went two nights in a row and then for afternoon tea to devour the yummy dessert of "donut" filled with ricotta and chic chip, absolute heaven in your mouth. Can't find one fault, fresh inspiring menu that you can share. Great wine selection and the waiters know their stuff, only so keen to make a recommendation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

My absolute FAVORITE place to eat in Chicagoland. Great food, excellent service, excellent wine list, a MUST for stopping if you're enjoying Michigan Avenue. The music inside is a little loud, but if you prefer a lower volume, sit outside - even in winter it's covered and warm. Go there, you won't regret it.

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Additional Information about The Purple Pig

Address: 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: (312) 464-1744
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > 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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Contemporary, Pub

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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

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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.