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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
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Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
A little pretentious but very good food

Seems to be the overflow choice for the upstairs at Italian Village. Upstairs had a 45 minute wait but downstairs was only half full. A more "modern" menu and a little pricey. Still would pick the traditional restaurant upstairs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Seems to be the overflow choice for the upstairs at Italian Village. Upstairs had a 45 minute wait but downstairs was only half full. A more "modern" menu and a little pricey. Still would pick the traditional restaurant upstairs.

Thank Clarkston_Rambler
St. Joseph,
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

My wife and I plus another couple ate at Vivere before a play recently. We were disappointed, first the service was slow, we had a 5:30 reservation and a 7:30 curtain. This should have been plenty of time. The first hint of trouble was the delay in getting water and our drink orders taken. At 6:55 I motioned our waiter... More 

Thank Steve W
Portland, Oregon
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89 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Before theater Vivere a perfect place to enjoy reliable fine Italian food, the buzz of anticipation for theater and the meal and generally good service. A favorite of locals and great for tourists!

Thank Passportalwaysready
Moline, Illinois
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178 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

We have come here quite often especially when going to the show. The pheasant pasta is a staple - you must have it! The Italian sausage and potato soup was excellent as well the veal chop was superb. The atmosphere is old-school true Italian.

Thank Vacation-Advocates
Phoenix, Arizona
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

On a recent trip through Chicago we stayed at the Virgin Hotel and the bartender (Amanda) recommended a couple of Italian restaurants that were not too far from the hotel. One that she recommended was the Italian Village so I made reservation using the open table app. This created some confusion though because we didn't know that the Italian Village... More 

Thank Chris W
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place for both the food and ambiance. Been here three times and it has never disappointed. The pheasant stuffed pasta was great. My husband had the vela chop. Yum.

Thank BCA34
Waterloo, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

My friend and I stopped here for dinner after a day of walking and shopping. A little pricey but very tasty food. She had a pasta filled with pheasant and I had some ravioli with braised beef in it - very good. We weren't there to see a show but I appreciated that the waiters asked us if we needed... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Overpriced and so-so food and poor service. We were very disappointed. Our waiter was very annoying and obsequious.

Thank HappyTraveler1957
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125 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This restaurant has been around since 1927 and the decor takes you back there. The food is interesting and the servings generous (we were advised that the starters were big enough to share and it was true). The wine list is magnificent and the wait staff attentive.

Thank ConstantTraveller77
Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I visited this restaurant with a colleague. We looked at the menus displayed in the foyer. Decided we'd like to give it a try and were shown to our seats. Decor is unusual in an interesting, pleasant and inoffensive manner. We ordered drinks and were shown menus. To our surprise the menus had non of the things on it we... More 

Thank Mike P

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
  • 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: Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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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.