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The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
+1 312-464-1744
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bone marrow” (371 reviews)
“pork” (404 reviews)
“pig ears” (83 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Hours
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3777
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited "The Purple Pig" for a late afternoon snack after reading all the reviews about first come first serve and the amount of patrons. Yes, they serve about 2,000 covers a day. So it just so happen to work out for us perfectly as...More

Thank KChiselko
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The purple pig is an amazing Chicago eatery near the river ! Delicious food , wine , cocktails and excellent service ! A little pricey - but all sharing plates and so many choices ! The octopus is highly recommended! A must when visiting Chicago!

Thank Diane P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visit this restaurant every time we are in Chicago. We've noticed that they are using more salt in their food- not good! We like food to be seasoned but not salty! Overall the food was good. Sauce on the lamb chops was salty but...More

Thank Valerie K
Reviewed 3 days ago

We sat in an outdoor patio (with heaters), because we couldn't wait long enough to be seated. Just had cocktails- Moscow Mule and Mojito. They were both delicious.

Thank Lichenlover
Reviewed 4 days ago

Be warned, most guests seem to have a love/hate relationship with this joint. No reservations and it's quite an effort to finally get seated and served. We were warned so we went mid afternoon for a late lunch and were seated within 5 minutes on...More

Thank Saveur1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Despite the classification, this is neither a Mediterranean nor a tapas restaurant. The menu, at least the lunch menu is a mixed influence tail to snout offering of all things pork, plus other proteins including fish and chicken. The portions are too small to be...More

Thank privateuser1909
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food here is 5 stars, definitely worth dining here. But the place is overly busy and somewhat crowded because it's not a large place hence the lower vote. Go on a quiet evening is my advice

Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is my third visit to 'the Purple Pig' - never reviewed before. The plates are beautifully decorated and presented. Out of a magazine, at least what we ordered. The food was just as good, had an Avant Garde aspect to it. The wait staff...More

1  Thank MademoiselleMT
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of my friends recommended we go here for lunch meanwhile in Chicago. It is a hidden gem. It is a little hard to find but the food is amazing. It is a small place so wouldn’t recommend going with a large group but it...More

Thank lolo1024
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on a whim for a quick lunch. Had an absolutely incredible lunch experience. The turkey club, apparently soaked in pork fat, was the best sandwich I’ve ever had.

Thank Michael R
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.
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Charlotte P
May 7, 2018|
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Response from Foodsthatsright | Reviewed this property |
I do not feel it is expensive for a Chicago restaurant with a James Beard award winning chef. Three of us ate for $45 without alcohol. They offer small plates. They start at $5 to around $17. You share the food.
Orlando F
December 26, 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
September 6, 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!
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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