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Mag Mile Icon the Purple Pig Opens its Larger New Home Today

Plus, new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks deep-dish pizza on Colbert and more intel

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The Purple Pig starts serving its popular dishes in a larger new home today
The Purple Pig [Official Photo]

Michigan Avenue favorite the Purple Pig opens its new spot today

One of Downtown Chicago’s most popular restaurants returns today in its larger new home. The Purple Pig, chef Jimmy Bannos Jr’s ode to Mediterranean food, wine and pork, unveils its new 120-seat space at 444 N. Michigan Avenue, nearly twice the size of and just down the street from its previous home since 2009. Check out its new food menu below and stay tuned for a look around the space.

Mayor Lightfoot talks deep-dish pizza and more on ‘Colbert’

New Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a lot on her plate — including deep-dish pizza. Lightfoot appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday night, and the host’s first question was what’s her favorite deep-deep dish spot. Lightfoot responded “it’s got to be Pizano’s” and the Sun-Times found out that her favorite specific location is at 2106 S. Indiana Street. Check out the video below, in which Lightfoot also talks about whether she’s a Cubs or Sox fan, crime in Chicago, her “historic win,” and more.

Riverwalk extension still not open a month after its grand opening

Although it held a grand opening a month ago, the eastern extension of the Chicago Riverwalk, which is slated to house seven more restaurants in addition to other vendors, still hasn’t opened yet, CBS2 reports. The pathway was completed last month but new lighting and furniture still hasn’t been installed due to poor weather, according to the TV station.

No one was hurt after a fire outside Emporium Logan Square

A fire erupted outside Emporium Arcade Bar’s ever-popular Logan Square location on Friday morning after a construction worker struck a gas line, Block Club reports. No one was hurt and the business has been open uninterrupted.

Two of Chicago’s hottest spots come together for a ‘Mexican-Middle Eastern’ collaboration dinner

And finally, the Bayless family’s speakeasy-style cocktail spot Bar Sotano will host Middle Eastern hotspot Galit on July 17 for a rare collaboration dinner that melds their two cuisines. Dubbed a “Mexican-Middle Eastern Pop-Up,” attendees can try two collaborative cocktails and three mash-up dishes, as well as food items from each restaurant. Reservations are available now via Resy.

Bar Sotano

445 North Clark Street, , IL 60610 (312) 391-5857 Visit Website

The Purple Pig

444 Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 464-1744 Visit Website

Pizano's Pizza & Pasta

864 North State Street, , IL 60610 (312) 751-1766 Visit Website

Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago River, Chicago, IL 60601


2429 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 360-8755 Visit Website

Emporium Logan Square

2363 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 360-8774 Visit Website