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The Purple Pig

500 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611


Be forewarned: The Purple Pig remains a remarkably loud affair, thanks to a blaring rock soundtrack, cramped communal tables, and a no-reservations policy that deters no one. Thankfully, the small-plate menu, both fun and frivolous, is more than worth the chaos. Think Greek chicken kebabs with homemade tzatziki, Spanish-inspired squares of fried Basque cheese with membrillo (quince paste), and Italian meatball sliders. The biggest surprise? For a place named after pork, the vegetable options, especially the spearmint peas with bacon, are irresistible, as is the wine list, which offers treats for all tastes and price points.

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Dishes We Liked

Fresh spring peas and bacon with spearmint ($8), Petit Basque cheese with membrillo ($8), pork neck bone rillettes and mostarda ($11), chicken thigh kebabs with fried smashed potatoes and tzatziki ($13), scallop spiedini with chickpea aïoli ($16), soft-serve caramel ice cream ($6)

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Additional Information:

Price: $30-$39
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: River North
Noteworthy: Child friendly
High noise level
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: L & D daily.
Date Opened: 12/30/2009
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