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#669 of 7,460 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
Italian, Contemporary
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71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-4910 (Clark)
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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65 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The dining room was designed by Jordan Moser and everything about this place gets an A+ from me. The food is reasonably priced and excellent. Nice to enjoy upscale quality food without the price. Nice wine list as well. The baroque theme is inviting and cozy. The crab cakes are to die for…seriously divine. For an entree, I recommend the... More 

Thank annesue00
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We dined here on a Saturday late afternoon (6 people). We couldn't get online reservations earlier than 5:30PM, but we stopped in around 4PM and they took us right away. Very Italian atmosphere, very low ceilings and very dim lighting. Menu selection was somewhat limited, and everything was a bit pricey. Food was OK, but small portions for the price.... More 

Thank Ddrw
Morton Grove, Illinois
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We went to Vivere last week prior to the theater for dinner. We don't get downtown all that often, so we went for this upper bracket restaurant hoping for something a bit special. We were very happy with our experience, My wife had the risotto with lobster, and I had the seafood calabrese, which we shared. The risotto was perfect... More 

Thank WhitIV
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

On recommendation from some locals we headed to the Italian Village for dinner. There were 3 choices of different restaurants with 3 different menus. We chose the Vivere on the ground floor and glad we did. Overall it was a great experience the food was delicious and was presented beautifully. I wish I had taken a picture of my plate... More 

Thank Cindy_in_Toronto
Belle Mead, New Jersey
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

The food at this restaurant is absolutely outstanding. We were a party of 5 colleagues who went out for dinner to this restaurant. The decor is warm and reminiscent of the 50s and 60s. The colorful artwork on the walls also add the ambience. Our waiter gave us a good rundown of the menu, had helpful suggestions and made accommodations... More 

Thank Doctortraveler
Miami, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Great place, nice atmosphere, food was great, and friendly employees. Perfect place for a business dinner

Thank Chris12341968
Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Of the three restaurants in this one building, this is the "fine dining" experience. Everything is delish. Don't miss it.

Thank john w
Chicago, Illinois
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197 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We love the excellent service and the vibrant décor here, and visit often when downtown. The menu is a bit more upscale than the sister restaurant upstairs, but they will gladly serve items from either menu. This is helpful for my mom, who has difficulty with the stairs and is sometimes in the mood for eggplant parmesan. We have enjoyed... More 

Thank Tom B
Belleville, New Jersey
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48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

This restaurant is the high end of the three restaurants that make up the Italian Village. They often have interesting specials of the day and a varied menu of steaks, chops and seafood as well as some interesting pasta dished. If your looking for a more traditional predictable place, go upstairs to one of their other eating places. It's good... More 

Thank Thomas D
Clarkston, Michigan
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206 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
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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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $80
Italian, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
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
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

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  • 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.