The Purple Pig: Ears, Bone Marrow and Shoulders in Chicago

Diana Chan September 16, 2013 American, Four Beakers, Magnificent Mile, Tapas

The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig is one of Chicago’s most talked about restaurants. It’s located right on the Magnificent Mile and has won 3 consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmands Chicago awards. It basically means they are quality restaurants at an affordable price.

The Purple Pig

Even at 5:30pm, the place was packed. They don’t take reservations, so you gotta get there early if you have a big party. They do have indoor and outdoor seating.

The Purple Pig

There weren’t any tables left so we sat at the bar, which looks into their little kitchen behind the bar. Fun to see them put our dishes together.

The Purple Pig

Pig’s Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg. This item is very popular and its’ really good. It’s quite greasy, so its nice to have a drink to go with this. Highly recommended.

The Purple Pig

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes. The shoulder was very tender and lots of flavours It was slightly on the salty side, but still yummy.

The Purple Pig

Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs has some rustic toasted bread on the side. If you’ve never had bone marrow before, it just tastes like fat and oil. Some people like it, but it’s more of

Overall, it was pretty tasty food and a nice meal before heading to Second City to watch a comedy show. Our bellies were full of pork. We didn’t have a full meal here since we weren’t that hungry, but some of their other dishes looked amazing.

We Rate The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL


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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. wendyyy September 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Great post! i didn’t get a chance to try the pig ear but it looks delicious!

  2. fedorukville October 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I tried this place 3x when we were in Chicago for a week. Amazing place!!! Love this Fried Pig’s ears with Crispy Kale!!!

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