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The Purple Pig

#22 of 7,852 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, 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
Lunch for 15

Arrived at 11:25am, 5 minutes prior to opening and were able to secure a 15-person table for our group. Great service and super-fun lunch. Highly recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
jodeejean
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Arrived at 11:25am, 5 minutes prior to opening and were able to secure a 15-person table for our group. Great service and super-fun lunch. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I can not describe the explosion of flavor this restaurant has created. Not over priced, great service, and great atmosphere. Get the pork patte, the tuna, even the cheese, and the chicken is suuu like butter, the meat balls really amazing.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I read about this place in so many articles and food blogs when i was researching on the net on what new places to go to for my 2013 trip to Chicago. So i just had to take my family there. And i had no regrets whatsoever and my family loved it there. On a tuesday it was packed -... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Holy cow this place was amazing! Sat at the bar ans visited with great people. The staff were so nice and helpful and friendly!

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Flint, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nice aray of different items you dont get everywhere i like the Medditeranian theme you are going with

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San Clemente, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This popular place does not take reservations so plan on a wait. There are two eating areas, a covered patio which looks like it can be enclosed for colder weather and an indoor area. Plan on sitting at long tables with others although there are some tables as well. Even with all of this, the food was worth it. Try... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This place can easily have a 2 hour wait for dinner. Go for a leisurely late lunch, order a bottle of Rosé and sample their delicious apps, spreads, etc. Just know that you will likely be sharing a communal table with people you don't know. It was loud but still easy to carry on an intimate conversation.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fun! Cool! What an interesting menu! Our table (available for immediate seating) was close to the service door, but that was the only negative. The food rocked and the whole place was vibrant and buzzing with activity. A true Chicago restaurant!

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Pompano Beach, Fl.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This place is very popular with the locals. They do not take reservations...because they don't have to. In a word the place is packed. There is a great youthful vibe to this place. We came late around ten at night and we were seated in a communal table of 8-10 seats inside. We immediately hit it off with the people... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Don't go here if you only want to eat standard restaurant or bar food and want a quiet environment.... you won't find it. You may need some help deciphering want you are going to get when you order but if you dare to be different you should have a very enjoyable experence.

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene

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.