The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
21 reviews

In a city full of tapas and small plates restaurants, this one stands out, and is even favored by a number of celebrity chefs themselves. Adventurous eaters should try the pig ears, bone marrow, and foie gras with membrillo.

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    0.22 mi

    Architecture River Cruise

    0.22 mi from The Purple Pig
    39 reviews

    Home of the skyscraper, taking the time to appreciate the city's architecture is a major thing to do when you're in town. There are a lot of boat tours to choose from, but your money is best spent on the slightly more expensive tour run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. With experienced, knowledgable staff, you'll walk away tons of fun ...

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    0.16 mi

    Michigan Avenue Bridge

    0.16 mi from The Purple Pig
    32 reviews

    The Michigan Avenue Bridge is an easy way to cross the Chicago River, though it's even more exciting when the bridge goes up to let the boats go by.

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    The Magnificent Mile

    0.1 mi from The Purple Pig
    87 reviews

    It is everything you've dreamed it was and MORE. Its a shoppers paradise.

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    0.23 mi

    Chicago River

    0.23 mi from The Purple Pig
    47 reviews

    The river is a great way to explore the city. The best way to see it is with an architectural boat tour -- one of the highlights of a visit to Chicago. The river takes center stage during St. Patrick's Day when it "turns" green in honor of the Irish community.

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    Wendella Sightseeing Boats

    0.12 mi from The Purple Pig
    6 reviews

    Unbeatable 75-minute info-filled architecture river tour with a super knowledgeable guide for $25. Cruise up and down the river while looking at some the buildings that make Chicago the Architecture Capital of the United States. Learn about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Daniel Burnham, The Chicago School of Architecture, Art Deco Style, Post-Modern Style, reversal of the direction of ...

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    Chicago's First Lady

    0.18 mi from The Purple Pig
    2 reviews

    The 90 minute river tour is led by a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent and is incredibly informative (but can be a little bit dry--be sure to head down to the bar to liven things up), while the lake and river tour, which is led by a staff tour guide, is usually more laid back. Come late or early in the ...

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    Chicago Riverwalk

    0.12 mi from The Purple Pig
    5 reviews

    You can have a nice walk. Drive on N Columbus Dr going north from Millenium Park. Turn on Wacker Dr and drive down a level (yes roads lead down to the river) and park on Lower Wacker Dr right by the river. Cheap parking on weekdays and free on weekends. You can walk right onto the riverwalk a few feet ...

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    Howl At The Moon

    0.25 mi from The Purple Pig
    9 reviews

    Live music- 2 pianos and a full band. A ton of fun for a night out.

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    0.13 mi from The Purple Pig
    7 reviews

    This place is a foodie's paradise and was bursting at the seams when we were there, with a 90 minute wait for seats at the pizza and pasta restaurant. The prosciutto and mozzarella are excellent and you can ask for samples and suggestions.

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    0.05 mi from The Purple Pig
    7 reviews

    Great shopping, very friendly and helpful staff, and awesome return policy. The cafe on the 4th floor is super good also.

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    0.19 mi

    Andy's Jazz Club

    0.19 mi from The Purple Pig
    4 reviews

    Exactly what a jazz club should be....cozy, good drinks....great place talk and listen to great music. My husband and I walked passed a packed club (could hear the bass like two blocks away) and we both looked at each other and said "I'm so glad we didn't go there". ;)

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    0.23 mi from The Purple Pig
    5 reviews

    The "other" House the Jordan Built is home to everything Nike. From head to toe every inch can be covered by NIKE products.

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    Shoreline Water Taxi

    0.15 mi from The Purple Pig
    3 reviews

    Cheap, easy, and fun! Who doesn't love a ride in a boat on the Chicago RIver?

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    0.14 mi

    Wendella Boats and Chicago Water Taxi

    0.14 mi from The Purple Pig
    3 reviews

    Water taxi can be a nice way to avoid the hectic street traffic in Chicago. On a clear day - early in the morning or just about sundown chugging along the river amidst the sky scrapers will provide you good photo opportunities.

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    Wrigley Building

    0.12 mi from The Purple Pig
    3 reviews

    Absolutely gorgeous. A must visit on any architectural tour. An easy stop on a walk down Michigan Avenue. No need to enter.

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    0.19 mi

    Fannie May Fine Chocolates

    0.19 mi from The Purple Pig
    1 review

    The chocolates here are so good!!! As one of the chocolate vendors part of the Chicago Chocolate Tour, Fannie May gave us the chocolate pixie (turtle) and two FM Artisan fine chocolates to sample: the dark chocolate and apple pie. So delicious, especially the apple pie. Coated with a red sugar coating, once you bite into it, it really tastes ...

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    0.22 mi

    Mother Hubbard's Sports Pub

    0.22 mi from The Purple Pig
    3 reviews

    I'm staunchly indifferent about this place. Yet it always ends up being a small part of the Hubbard Street hop.

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    Public House

    0.23 mi from The Purple Pig
    2 reviews

    Lots of televisions and men. If you're a sports fan, you'll probably like it here.

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    Michigan Ave

    0.05 mi from The Purple Pig
    1 review
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    0.24 mi

    Navy Pier Fireworks

    0.24 mi from The Purple Pig
    1 review

    Almost every Saturday and Wednesday in June. This free event is spectacular in how they time the music to the explosions. You can also watch the show along the lake path all the way to Adler Planetarium, but you'll miss the music. Schedule -->

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