The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan
Chicago, IL


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.


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