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Vivere

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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
312-332-4040
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 14
    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
A time capsule

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
ConstantTraveller77
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Melbourne
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

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Boerne, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We found this restaurant just walking down the street. The sign said "Chicago's Oldest Italian Restaurant" which caught our eye. Being Italian, we tried it. Oh my goodness, what great food. I have some food restrictions and the chef was very accommodating. They have gluten free pasta. He made a seafood dish for me without onions or garlic in the... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Do you kinda like upscale dining with a dose of cozy? Do you crave Italian with comtemporary nuance (i.e home made pasta with wild rice/mushroom sauce)? Do you dig small, old, initmate shadowy bars where the background music is FRANK and DEAN?...Then you gotta go to Italian Village Resturant...(which is multi level)....NOTE: Must do the BAR on street level and... More 

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Geneva, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We love Vivere! The food, decor, service, and consistency make it one of the best downtown restaurants in Chicago. We especially love it as a pre-opera/theater/orchestra dining venue. Most recently we had appetizers ranging from wild mushrooms to crab cakes to salad. All were delicious. For main courses we had hearty rack of lamb, always perfect pheasant pasta, and incredible... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The place is dark and interesting and the service excellent. Our appitizers created great expectations.; the gnocchi perfect and the mushrooms memorable. My wife's risotto was a bit bland and I had their daily special, pork tenderloin wrapped in procutto. Three round disks on a long plate. The preparation was good but the design poor. The strong ham taste with... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

small little bar with Italian Village food and wonderful ambiance and decor. Long time bartender remembers you and your name. Prices are average for cocktails. Very quiet and intimate.

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Wittenberg, Wisconsin
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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Additional Information about Vivere

Address: 71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910
Phone Number: 312-332-4040
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary

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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: Romantic, 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

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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 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.