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The Purple Pig

#24 of 7,552 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Magnificent Mile
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500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
(312) 464-1744
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Congested with tons of people and close seating...but the food and experience is worth it! Ricotta gnocchi with beef ragout or the deep fired Brussels sprouts... the menu is filled with an eclectic but perfectly executed tasty dishes that will satisfy any taste or palate. Wine pairings are well thought out, so let go your biases and let the staff... More 

Thank Chuck E
Louisville, Kentucky
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed dinner here recently....interesting and varied menu, nice wine selection. Really enjoyed the Feta smear, the meatballs were good (but not exceptional). My son tried the beef tendon chips - totally different than expected, looked like pork rinds on steroids - difficult to eat and not what I would want for his dinner (which it was) - would not recommend... More 

Thank Donna S
Margate City, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I wandered into this restaurant by chance and ended up at an outstanding bar/restaurant. Most menu items are small plates so you can choose several things. The homemade meatballs were the absolute best I ever had! They were flavorful and tender, not like the cannon balls many restaurants serve! The broccoli with anchovy vinaigrette was unusual and delicious. The patrons... More 

Thank robinyschwartz
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped at this place with a friend while in town, we did not have a formal meal but got different appetizers and small plate options. Highly recommend: brussel sprouts and beet salad

Thank Una P
Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The portions are small (obviously, it's tapas) but WOW! are they delicious. Never have I seen such a creative menu. It's very popular and there are no reservations, so unless you arrive very early prepare to wait and share a community table. The only drawback was a very limited beer selection. The wine menu is extensive though, if over priced.

Thank Nick M
Ontario, Canada
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow! To start with considering how popular is restaurant is - I didn't expect the staff to be down to earth and/or the service to be very attentive. But my preconceived notions were definitely very wrong. We initially put our name on a waiting list for a table, which they said would be about 30 minutes. So we headed to... More 

Thank 2013Wren
Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was unique with combinations that worked. Really liked La Paloma cocktail. Very casual, noisy but not intrusive. Would go back

Thank Jim S
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very hard to find tables, specially for a group. Reservations highly suggested. We seated at the bar. Spectacular beet and goat cheese salad. Awesome fish! Everything look delicious.

Thank isaroca01
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were walking down Michigan Ave and found this spot.Interesting and challenging menu. I did not know there were so many different pork meals. The shared tables were interesting too. Be adventuring and try it. I tried the pork but skipped the pig ears.

Thank Kenneth Z
Springfield, Ohio
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in for lunch and were able to be immediately seated at a family style table with other guests. The menu is a variety of "small plates" all of which looked interesting. The Lamb ribs were extraordinary!

Thank Samuel P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: (312) 464-1744
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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.
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