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The Purple Pig

500 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Critic’s Notes

This Boul Mich gastropub parties like it’s in hog heaven. The kitchen still dissects the pig and roasts, fries, smokes, and preserves it. In addition, the restaurant excels at seafood, cheeses, and snacks, always marrying robust, meaty flavors with bold sours and herbs. When you plan your outing, factor in the wait—no reservations accepted.

Dishes We Liked

Fried almonds ($6), pig’s ear ($10), squid stuffed with prosciutto and breadcrumbs ($15), meatballs with green garlic ricotta purée ($13), salt-roasted pork tenderloin ($22), hazelnut verrine ($9)

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Additional Information:

Price: $20-$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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