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The Purple Pig

#22 of 8,443 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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European, Contemporary
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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: 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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  • 55
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Still great fun

We went back after a couple of years and it is still as good, and still as creative, and still as vibrant as it was when we went the first time. Wait staff is wonderful. Food is great. Beer and wine selection complements the food perfectly. And — mirabile dictu — even late on a Friday night it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
WISEGUY572
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Philadelphia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Philadelphia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went back after a couple of years and it is still as good, and still as creative, and still as vibrant as it was when we went the first time. Wait staff is wonderful. Food is great. Beer and wine selection complements the food perfectly. And — mirabile dictu — even late on a Friday night it was quiet... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Must try this restaurant next to Nordstrom's! You can have "smears" , small plates or sandwiches. I had a Gyro which was delicious. There is a wide variety of wines to choose from. I really enjoyed the lemon panna cotta!

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Murrieta, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a very crowded and unique restaurant. There are so many unusual items on the menu, making it hard to choose what to try. We enjoyed everything we had but felt that it was quite expensive. The service was very good.

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Springfield, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

One of the more unique spots in Chicago. The Purple Pig takes no reservations and is not kidding about the long wait time, but it's 100% worth the wait! We ate at the bar (which is recommended) and enjoyed house smoked meats, artisan cheeses, bone marrow and pig liver pate. The menu is for the adventurous - only go there... More 

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Providenciales
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

After three different persons and the concierge at my hotel suggested that I dine here I had to stop in. We arrived around 7pm and to say that it was busy and crowded is truly an understatement. Surprisingly after making it inside we were able to sit at the bar within about 20 minutes. The wine selection was superb and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We visited based on a recommendation from a friend. we arrived at 11:30 AM on Sunday and the restaurant was packed. But we were quickly seated and served. The server was very familiar with the menu and had made suggestions to us. we tried like six different dishes which are typically appetizer portion but were all fantastic. I would not... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

From the moment I walked passed the front window and looked inside I could tell this was going to be a memorable meal. The place was packed, but controlled in a fun and festive vibes environment. I read some reviews online and figured "let's give it a whirl." My girlfriend and I arrived at 645, no reservations are taken, and... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Our concierge at the Drake recommended the Purple Pig and it was a great experience. The food was inventive and interesting. This is not a run-of-the-mill restaurant with the same standard fare. We sat at the bar and had a great time. Our server was friendly and helpful and we felt like we could have stayed there all day without... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

2nd visit to this dynamic lively place did not disappoint. The menu tempts even the pickiest eater to try something new. Exciting blends of favors in each dish and an impressive selection of wines by the glass makes this. Stand out dining experience.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Having lived in the Middle East for so long, we really miss places like The Purple Pig. We loved the whole experience, the food is really good and the friendly and relaxed atmosphere is an added bonus, but since they don't take reservations make sure you go early to avoid disappointment.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • 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?