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Vivere

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Neighborhood:
Downtown / The Loop
Italian, Contemporary
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71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910 (Clark)
Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
312-332-4040
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Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Italian dinner

We started with roasted beet salad, lobster gnocchi, mushrooms with cream sauce, veal chop and ended with 2 desserts. Everything was flavorful and in a timely manner by a friendly and knowledgable waiter. We will be back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
dred1
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Wittenberg, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
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Wittenberg, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We started with roasted beet salad, lobster gnocchi, mushrooms with cream sauce, veal chop and ended with 2 desserts. Everything was flavorful and in a timely manner by a friendly and knowledgable waiter. We will be back.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Only one word describes Vivere in the Italian Village restaurants, WOW. In all my life this has be in the top 5 restaurants I have ever been too. It is just fantastic all the way around. Here are some suggestions for anyone heading here. The Carpaccio is out of this world. I could sit and eat this all night. Also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I narrowed it down to 5 downtown restaurants to try during restaurant week. My friend chose Vivere. Great choice. Everything was wonderful. Elegant , divine and delectable. The service was five star, food delightful and overall experience unforgettable. Will definitely return and tells others about this treasure. Kudos to all who works hard to make this restaurant shine. You deserve... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We were in Chicago for the opera,so our dinner reservation was a bit early at 5 PM. We were seated immediately at a nice table at the top of the stairs. We thought the decor classy and just right for dinner. The food itself was the disappointment.Hubby had the pork lasagne. He called it unremarkable and bland, and it looked... More 

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Tolland, CT
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went to Vivere for a small business dinner. Food and service was very good, interesting variety of choices on the menu.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The atmosphere was wonderful - contemporary yet a little like the roaring 20's. The food was outstanding. The service wonderful. Even though it was an Italian restaurant, the creme brulee was amazing!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Waiter was more than willing to let us know that the kitchen staff were not up to the challenge of the evening. Waited well over an hour for our food. Food was more than disappointing. My ravioli was super salty!! The other dishes were not edible. They must have known because no one asked about our meal.

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Arkansas
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156 reviews 156 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We had to wait in the bar for a table, in spite of having a reservation, but we enjoyed the atmosphere there. The restaurant was very busy with pre-theater diners (us included), but we had plenty of time to make the curtain. The service started a little slow but not inattentive, but as diners left and servers were not as... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The food was good. Not exceptional, but good for the price. Not too much space. No windows, limited room to move. Great decor. It looks like a place Salvatore Dali would have created when he had a hang-over... Yes, the curls and the flowing curves with long flowing curtains... I enjoyed it. Specially the bar with the low clearance bar.... More 

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Freeport, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We went to this restaurant as a mistake. We was going to The Italian Village but didn't know that there were 3 restaurants in one building. The Vivere was on the main floor. The décor was very nice. The staff was great. We wanted spaghetti but their menu didn't have it. The waiter told us he would call upstairs to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
    (Clark)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line & Red Line Trains, Clark Bus 22
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: 312-332-4040

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown / The Loop

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.