Stuck with a group of friends who weren’t interested in heading to some “cooler” places, we were forced to look for a more mainstream restaurant to head to. What we came up with was Purple Pig, right smack dab on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. It seemed like everyone here was a tourist, stopping in for a bite after some shopping, definitely not the crowd you want to see when you walk into a restaurant. However, despite the tourist-y location and crowd, the food was surprisingly good.
The food was tapas style, and the waiter recommended that we should share all of our dishes. While some dishes were complete misses (short ribs), there were a number of delicious plates, including the turkey leg confit and pig ears. Overall, Purple Pig is definitely better than heading to a chain restaurant, and if you are stuck with a group like mine, its not a bad choice for a less adventurous group. However, we definitely think that the reviews online seem to be over-hyping the restaurant and there are far better choices for dining in Chicago.
500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611