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The Purple Pig

€€ - €€€Mediterranean, Spanish,
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
+1 312-464-1744
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
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Reviewed yesterday

We chose the Purple Pig based on the reviews, but it wasn't what we were expecting. It was called a Mediterranean style restaurant, but it really wasn't. I think we would have enjoyed it more if we had selected other dishes, but the menu while...More

Thank eroof01
Reviewed 4 days ago

Place was packed and despite having a covered patio, cold air rushing in the front door made it a bit uncomfortable sitting at the bar a few yards away. But the lamb was delicious. The recommended glass of wine was overpriced.

Thank BrianJSpain
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This restaurant does not take reservations. Be there early because it fills up fast. Seating is family style, which means you may sit next to someone you don’t know and maybe make a new acquaintance. Outdoor seating is heated and fairly comfortable, however it gets...More

Thank LiliM06
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went their very early at 11:45 pm and were able to find a place. We preferred the bar which was looking to the kitchen. It was funny to watch how the kitchen worked, however it was quite noisy. The food was great. The octopus...More

Thank Earibal
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice restaurant, impressive team and a very creative chef. The Chef improvised a very tasty vegan dish. I highly recommend it.

Thank Margueritta A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Good food, great. Presentation of the food. Very busy not enough seating. Should get a reservation otherwise you wait along time.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 5 days ago

A bustling place with the usual terrible acoustics, the basic scream across the table to be heard thing..some people don't seem to notice or mind this but you might want to know it going in. Excellent small plates, wonderful wine list, very friendly and accommodating...More

Thank AverillEwing
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The setting was nice. My daughter and I ordered a selection of plates that we’ve never savored before such as different parts of a pig (ears) we liked everything we ordered. The service was very good. The atmosphere was lively and friendly. The restaurant was...More

Thank julia_issa
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you cant get agreement from a group on where to eat, The Purple Pig is the place to go to satisfy everyone. Best small plate restaurant that that I have been to in Chicago. Great wine list, and the food was on par with...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food, service ok when the waiter manage to reach out to you on the other side of a very looooooonnnnggg table, (sitting with and facing complete strangers...like it or not...I guess it’s a style). Friendly, very casual and noisy. But I repeat the food...More

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Magnificent Mile
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Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent
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Questions & Answers
Orlando F
26 December 2016|
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Response from Purple P | Property representative |
Hi there, we are closed on New Years Day and we do not have TV Sets. We are open the rest of the week. Best, TPP Team
Linda H
6 September 2016|
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Response from Purple P | Property representative |
Hi there! We don't take reservations. Pop in and place your name on the waiting list if there is a wait. We will take your cellphone number and give you a call. See you at the restaurant!
20 July 2016|
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Response from Purple P | Property representative |
We can accommodate just about any dietary restriction. Gluten Free options are far too many to publish and our menu is vast and ever changing. You are welcome to give us a call or head on in and let your server guide you... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
08:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 23:00
08:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 23:00
08:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 23:00
08:00 - 10:30
08:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-464-1744
Experience the exquisite cuisine of James Beard, Rising Star Chef 2014 - Jimmy Bannos Jr. As a fourth generation restaurateur, he was mentored by his father, Jimmy Bannos (Chef/Owner of Heaven on Seven) and catapulted his expertise through training by nationally renowned chefs. Since opening in 2009, under the leadership of Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig has received numerous accolades, including being named one of 2010’s “10 Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit magazine; and a Bib Gourmand recipient from the Michelin Guide Chicago in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; among other honors. Dubbed the "Prince of Pork" by Dana Cowin (Food and Wine Editor and Chief); Jimmy Jr. brings his love for Mediterranean food to the Windy City in fun, inventive ways - at this rustic sharable plate restaurant, conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile. Located at 500 North Michigan Avenue, the restaurant offers cheese, swine and wine, among other standout dishes, showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece and Spain.
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