The Purple Pig


500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
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Similar to how the Mag Mile is a chaotic pairing of beautiful architecture and confused tourists with Garrett’s Popcorn tins, The Purple Pig’s upscale food clashes with its cacophony of out-of-towners and outdated music. Awkwardly located in a Michigan Avenue office building, their menu has delicious dishes like bone marrow, broccoli in an anchovy vinaigrette, and crispy pig ears with airy fried kale and banana peppers. But it’s difficult to enjoy the food while listening to a tourist’s Old Navy wishlist and an alternative rock soundtrack that’s probably been around since they opened in 2009. If you’re in the area and don’t mind random couples asking you about the Sears Tower (excuse us, Willis Tower) or a relentless Fall Out Boy playlist, then feel free to check this place out—the crunch of delicious fried pig ears can help drown out the chaos.

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Food Rundown

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Roasted Bone Marrow

A Flintstones sized roasted bone marrow with a bit of salad and bread. Buttery, fatty, and delicious.

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Pig's Ear

A staple dish at Purple Pig. This is a perfect snack with a nice balance of saltiness and crunch from the crispy pig's ear and kale, creaminess from the egg yolk, and a splash of tartness from pickled banana peppers. Order this dish.

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