The Purple Pig (Chicago Getaway)

The Purple Pig. Location: North Michigan Ave. and West Illinois St. Scene: Casual. Wine Bar. High-Top Communal Tables. Food: Cheese. Swine. Wine.

Chek Recs:

  1. Calamari: Fregola, Radishes, Cucumbers, Pistachios (1st pic).
  2. Octopus: Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes, Salsa Verde (2nd pic).
  3. Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes (3rd pic).
  4. Sicilian Iris: Ricotta and Chocolate Sauce Filled Fried Brioche (4th pic).

Here, you are guaranteed to eat like a pig and drink like a pig in one of the most amazing restaurants in Chicago! The Purple Pig is THAT restaurant everyone is looking for. A place where you can “wine” down while enjoying some scrumptious treats. The staff is laid-back and interactive, and the small plates make it the perfect place to dine for any occasion. The menu is filled with all sorts of gems which are mostly under ten dollars. You can order a range of Mediterranean dishes from fresh veggies that taste like candy to a smear of pork neck bone gravy with ricotta and bread for dipping.

The excitement while you wait for each dish’s delivery adds to the fantastic dining experience which should be shared with good friends. The pork shoulder is so tender I thought I was eating filet mignon. The ricotta and chocolate-filled fried brioche “doughnut” was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever shoved into my mouth. I wanted to slap someone in disbelief and then eat ten more! You can’t go to Chicago without experiencing The Purple Pig. You will find yourself dancing and laughing uncontrollably after each bite. Eat yourself silly, and don’t worry you’re sharing everything, right? Go ahead and pig out, just stay classy!

***Bon Appetit named the restaurant one of the 10 Best New Restaurants of the Year in 2010…just sayin’.


  • If you get a chance, check out Art Smith’s Table 52. I think they only offer their Fried Chicken on Sunday or Monday, but if you can make it there on the right date, it was probably the best meal I can recall eating. It’s definitely in the top 5.

  • Thanks! I actually just tried his fried chicken at the New York City Wine & Food Festival a couple weeks ago, but it was from his DC restaurant Art & Soul. I’ll def “chek” out Table 52 next time I’m in Chicago!

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