The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave (at W Illinois St.), Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.3/10

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  • Thrillist

    Visit this new haven for "cheese, swine & wine," delivering said goods in a wine bar-meets-butcher shop space with marble countertops and wine barrels jutting out from the wall. Read more

    Thrillist · January 25, 2010
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  • Bon Appetit Magazine

    Chosen as one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America in our annual restaurant issue!

    Bon Appetit Magazine · September 21, 2010
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  • Eater

    Incredibly rustic Mediterranean small plates paired with a massive yet affordable wine list in a hopping setting and Jimmy Bannos, Jr. is on the line. Sign us up. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · January 11, 2011
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Jimmy Bannos Jr. feeds the need for both style and sustenance, dishing out salads of crispy kale and pig’s ear, dropping a spoonful of ricotta into a pool of pork-neck-bone gravy. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · September 17, 2010
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  • Bon Appetit Magazine

    Must Order: Milk-braised pork shoulder, porchetta panini, and pig's tail braised in balsamic. Crispy chicken-thigh kebabs do the original white meat proud. Read more

    Bon Appetit Magazine · March 31, 2011
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Thought you’d want to know: Purple Pig has been nominated for Best New Patio and Scott Harris has been nominated for Restaurateur of the Year in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more

    Time Out Chicago · February 15, 2011
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  • Crain's Chicago Business

    It's great for casual group gatherings, and just the thing to impress a foodie. Read more

    Crain's Chicago Business · May 10, 2010
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  • Mary K.

    Eat here... Possibly the best food I've ever had.

    Mary K · July 24, 2013
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  • Time Out Chicago

    To understand the allure of the Pig, you have to be comfortable enough that you chat up the strangers next to you and eventually steal their food.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
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  • Metromix

    Perfect order: olive oil-poached tuna, grilled octopus, milk-braised pork shoulder, olive oil gelato.

    Metromix · March 17, 2010
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  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Arrive super-early or expect a seriously long wait at this small plates hot spot from a powerhouse team. - Inspector

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 16, 2011
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  • Lilly C.

    Last evening we had dinner at the Purple Pig. It was fantastic! Very strange to have a really nice dinner on Michigan Ave. Food, service, ambiance & value all 5 stars. Read more

    Lilly Calandrello · January 8, 2010
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Goat-cheese-and-squash arancini come in an earthy sage pesto so good most people close their eyes while they savor it. Same goes for the milk-braised pork shoulder and deep-fried deviled egg (!). Read more

    Time Out Chicago · March 28, 2012
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  • Bob I.

    When at The Purple Pig, don;t leave without tasting the 'Iris' dessert.

    Bob Iles · January 11, 2010
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  • Crain's Chicago Business

    Go for the affogato: espresso-flavored soft-serve doused with a shot of espresso. The coffee melts the ice cream slowly so that swirls of cream and coffee rise to the surface, resulting in a wonderful Read more

    Crain's Chicago Business · August 6, 2010
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  • Sara G.

    Have the Sicillian Iris for dessert... or breakfast, or lunch, or an appetizer, just GET IT!!!! Also, try the crispy pig's ears and try to tell my they don't taste like gourmet ballpark nachos on ster

    Sara G. · June 28, 2011
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  • Dan M.

    Loved the razor clams, olive oil-poached tuna, pork shoulder, & bone marrow. You really can't go wrong.

    Dan Melillo · April 15, 2011
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  • Theo E.

    The milk braised pork shoulder with mashed potatoes was amazing! Melts in your mouth.

    Theo Estes · August 14, 2013
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  • Sana S.

    Try the Chicken Thigh Kebabs! This is so good.

    Sana Sarina · April 23, 2012
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  • Danielle A.

    you must try the pig's tail!

    Danielle Aadsen · October 7, 2011
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  • Laura C.

    Crispy pig ear with a fried egg 👍

    Laura Chin · July 4, 2013
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  • Nick J.

    The charred cauliflower fucking rules.

    Nick Jordan · July 1, 2012
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  • Todd C.

    The milk braised pork shoulder is the best thing I've tried, but everything is pretty damn good.

    Todd Carpenter · April 10, 2011
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  • Chicago Tribune

    You must try the roasted butternut squash! With complementary flavors and textures, to wit: toasted pumpkin seeds, grated ricotta salata, fried sage leaves and brown butter. Read more

    Chicago Tribune · June 22, 2012
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  • Foodspotting

    Try the Roast bone marrow & parsley salad

    Foodspotting · December 12, 2010
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  • Marco M.

    You must get the deviled egg and the octopus (roasted corn w/Mushrooms and walnuts is great too)

    Marco Morelli · August 18, 2010
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  • Joe R.

    All the desserts were awesome!

    Joe Rago · August 5, 2010
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  • Steve A.

    Try the Fried Pigs ear!

    Steve Anderson · July 24, 2010
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  • Dora T.

    The quail is amazing! Deboned and stuffed with trahana and porcini stuffing glazed with pomegranate sauce.

    Dora T · October 6, 2013
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  • Mery Ann M.

    Nice, after dinner

    Mery Ann Mar · September 3, 2013
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  • Caroline R.

    The Purple Pig is an absolutely amazing establishment - Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. was incredibly friendly & helpful in guiding us through the menu. Avoid long wait times by scoping out a seat at the bar!

    Caroline Reinert · September 3, 2013
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  • Rubens A.

    Pork Secreto! Love it!

    Rubens Angelotti · May 15, 2013
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  • Amber Porter T.

    Butternut Squash is fabulous!

    Amber Porter Telfer · February 8, 2013
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  • David F.

    Try the turkey leg. Delish.

    David F · November 17, 2012
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  • Cassandra B.

    The butternut squash is absolutely AMAZING!

    Cassandra Bradby · October 28, 2012
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  • Darrick C.

    The parmesan ice cream is amazing! Tastes a lot better than it sounds

    Darrick Chan · May 11, 2012
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  • Roxanne M.

    Pork shoulder is to die for!

    Roxanne Mendoza · December 5, 2011
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  • Lora R.

    Milk braised pork shoulder was awesome! Also the pecorino noce was my favorite with the fig and grape spread.

    Lora Repka · December 2, 2011
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  • Lori E.

    Despite being a vegetarian, I can't rate this place high enough! Simply delectable food that will make you swoon.

    Lori Erickson · July 11, 2011
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  • Adam S.

    Look for hum on the back bar, Chicago's Local Amaro. T

    Adam Seger · April 23, 2011
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  • Alison

    AMAZING! Loved the pork shoulder, the brussel sprouts, and the proscuitto apple smear. Oh, and the nutella panini for dessert! But be prepared for a long wait - they take no reservations, and we waite

    Alison · October 8, 2010
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  • Lyn S.

    Must have the Lardo!!!

    Lyn Scalzitti · July 14, 2010
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  • Sean S.

    The '07 Veedha from Portgual is an amazing red wine

    Sean S. · February 13, 2010
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  • B P.

    Great atmosphere, sharing is caring. Make new friends chatting to the strangers on your table. Vegetarian options are plenty. Food come to table once ready so remember to leave room to try everything.

    B P · December 21, 2014
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  • Valerie

    The salt cured Greek yogurt smear takes three days to make and is delicious.

    Valerie · September 14, 2014
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  • Paull Y.

    This place is awesome. Read foursquare tips to find a few standouts (my fave: chicken thighs), then let your waiter pick the rest.

    Paull Young · August 26, 2014
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  • Sophie M.

    Love fried smashy potatoes + lamb blade+ italian sausage+ serano

    Sophie Misson · June 8, 2014
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  • Sirus O.

    Great shareable small plates.

    Sirus Orndoff · May 15, 2014
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  • Alexandre H.

    Comida muito saborosa e uma carta de vinhos de respeito, com ótimas alternativas de países mediterrâneos. A parte de fora do restaurante é bem simpática ainda que o serviço seja meio atrapalhada.

    Alexandre Horta · June 26, 2012
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  • Maria M

    Sentarse en la barra y dejarse recomendar!

    Maria M · March 27, 2011
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