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Gioco

1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
+1 312-939-3870
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (22 reviews)
“veal chop” (5 reviews)
“prosciutto” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
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1 - 10 of 148 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Gioco is a nice, though not especially fancy Italian restaurant. Prices are reasonable, the food is very good, and service was very good too.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for dinner with some friends on a Friday night. Service was friendly and helpful, after the standard “everything is good” our server recommended a couple of great dishes. The scaloppini, the tortellini and the veal chop were excellent! The risotto was also good,...More

Thank Roberto A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was a recommendation of a friend and it was such a find. The place itself is lovely and inviting, warm and cozy with exposed brick, wood, soft lighting, crisp white linen tablecloths, split levels, open kitchen and a wood-burning oven ... a charming...More

Thank Toni740
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a great meal! The meal was amazing and the service might have been some of the best I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. We never wanted or had to ask for anything but the staff wasn’t hovering over us. We started with the...More

Thank JCinNC1968
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Gioco was recommended to us and were not disappointed at this Italian restaurant. The building is a delightfully rustic with exposed brick juxtaposed with crisp white linens. Jose served us with utmost finesse. The pasta was fresh, light and tastefully sauced. Wish we were able...More

Thank beachNmargarita
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

That's a very good restaurant at downtown with plenty of options. Their pasta is very good and al dente. Very kind staff and kids friendly.

Thank Rafael1978
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The food was very good here. Warm, inviting atmosphere with attentive service. Small but pleasing wine list. Dessert was absolutely delicious. It's the kind of place, that, if I lived in the South Loop, I could see as becoming a regular spot for me.

Thank Steven H
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We were a harried party of three looking for respite from a long day at conference and found it in Gioco. An inviting atmosphere of brick and dark wood with an open kitchen. We started by sharing a Burrata. The preparation was very simple, oil...More

Thank rcr2501
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Gioco offers a variety of Italian specialties, in an inviting atmosphere of dark woods and drape curtains. Too many great dishes to list, but I am partial to the way they prepare beets.

Thank Sylvie S
Reviewed 26 December 2016

last minute needed a table at 7 on Christmas Eve, not an easy find, and wanted it to be dining, not just eating a quick meal. Had always noticed this spot in the south loop and they were not busy, so made a reservation and...More

Thank dixonconsultinginc
Nearby
South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of
activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you
happen to visit during football season, you may bump
into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears
game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the
flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and
educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and
aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park
...More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
    (E 13th St.)
  • Public Transportation: Red line train
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighbourhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-939-3870
Description
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.
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