Il Culaccino

4.5
542 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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Il Culaccino, the new fine Italian dining restaurant presented by the Franco’s Restaurant Group, comes to McCormick Square in Spring 2019. Anchored in the Arrive Lex Apartment Tower, 2134 South Indiana, Il Culaccino is just steps away from Wintrust Arena and a short walk from McCormick Place. At Il Culaccino, you’ll enjoy unique wines and delicious plates accompanied by the friendly and superior service that has become the hallmark of Franco’s Restaurant Group, family-owned since 1989.

Be prepared to have your senses thrilled at Il Culaccino, before or after exploring McCormick Square, Chicago’s most exciting and vibrant new entertainment district.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 542 people are saying
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MargeM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Culaccino was a fantastic dining experience! Food, Ambiance, wait staff, service, decor... Outstanding!! I can't wait to return again soon!

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AnitaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server was most helpful. I had a great experience.

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Nissy
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised! My 1st time going & enjoyed ourselves! Really cute ambience & the food was DELICIOUS! I'll be going back there.

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Great
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was delicious, service was excellent, ambience is really nice, the owner is friendly, walking around and visiting with patrons.

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DennisG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food Lovely dinner with friends. Staff was very attentive and meet all our needs

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Nikki
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Very impressed. Will be back to visit...it's in the neighborhood!

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vipCindyf
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, as always, and our server, Mellanie, was knowledgeable, provided wonderful suggestions and was attentive and cordial. Excellent dining experience.

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vipLiz312
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

A couple brought in their 2 dogs and were sitting at the bar. I did not find that appealing at all. It didn’t leave a good impression on my family either which is sad. Their other restaurant, Franco’s, is top-notch! Sadly they weren’t open for lunch so we came here. I think the wait staff needs to be trained on how to pour wine. Example, when you pour the first glass, you’re always supposed to let the person who ordered it, usually, a taste of the small sample, to gage whether or not they like it. She did not. She poured the wine in all 3 glasses. Many of the wines we asked about were also unavailable unfortunately so we settled on a lesser expensive bottle. The area, the lack of street parking, and the patrons bringing in their 2 small goods left me with not returning. Franco’s is much better.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great, the staff was great when finding a table that I liked and the food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very disappointed with this outing at IL Culaccino. Usually the food is excellent, but tonight's meal was overcooked and dry. I was embarrassed, because I bragged on how great the food was, but my date was very disappointed with her meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my sons birthday. After dinner they gave us Canoli dip. Nice touch!

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vipTwoNeighbors
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is usually quite good, but Anelle was the best server we've had. The specials were really good last night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always good. The calamari on a bed of lettuce is a 10 as is the eggplant

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience and service was great. We will definitely return.

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HildeC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The atmosphere was great. Staff very friendly. I ordered the chicken Vesuvio it was dry and cold potatoes cold peas undercooked not enough oil. I think the chicken was prepared days before and barely warm before serving. I didn’t return the meal because all my friends really enjoyed their dishes so I figured I selected the wrong item.

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Aycso
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and wait staff will keep us coming back. The noise level sometimes made conversation challenging but overall the ambience is good.

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DanielB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for Family Weekend at our son’s college. We picked the restaurant for its proximity to our hotel (and its very strong reviews). The restaurant and meal exceeded expectations. We would definitely return.
We were seated in the enclosed patio - don’t hesitate; it is enclosed and heated, etc. Our server was tremendous (great pace, attentive, solid recommendations).
My favorite part: the pastas arrived piping hot and perfectly cooked. (Perhaps the hottest-from-the-kitchen pasta I have ever been served — really great; the only way to serve pasta but so few do)
The ambience was fun, family, a bit noisy, casual - all good.
Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

For my birthday I really wanted something special but was kind of disappointed with the meal: ribeye was bit chewy, diced potatoes overdone slightly, spinach mediocre… salvation was linguine in white clam sauce was superb… we understand that it was busy but for the price point?…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was on business trip and did some investigation prior to trip and this was near our hotel. Facility is very nice and service was great. When looking at the menu was concerned with limitation of choices at first, but they clearly are masters at the selection. I had the veal marsala, which I have had all over the country and this was in my top 3. Also had the bruschetta, which was perfect. Overall great experience and when back in Chicago, I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great and food was good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great. They were able to accommodate my mistake of reserving the wrong date. Was still able to eat wonderful food and make planned event on time. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time and time again I am impressed with how amazing the food, service and atmosphere. I cannot think of a time where my expectations were exceeded. I raise my expectations for this fabulous restaurant every visit and I’m consistently blown way. The wine selection is amazing and the staff was extremely helpful in helping me pick a bottle. The food (as always) was delicious, but the gnocchi was so good I added a second order just so I could eat it again for dinner the next night. And, to top everything off, the dessert was phenomenal. You can really tell the great care and attention to detail the staff brings to every aspect of the experience. If you’re in Chicago this is a MUST STOP.

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MarshaO
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. We went here the night before the Chicago Marathon. It is very close to the expo. Great food and ambience. Because it was during COVID, we reserved a seat outside and they have a very nice patio area with ample seating. Service was great as well. I would highly recommend.

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LeeH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible ambiance and delicious food. Highly recommended!

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DawnP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed in the food. We were really looking forward to the meal. The calamari was tough and rubbery, the pasta sauce wasn’t what I considered good. The carrot cake and tiramisu were the only things that lived up to the expectation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for my boyfriends pre-marathon pasta carb-oload

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BarbaraP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great outdoor dining

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TeresaA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My family and I loved everything about our experience. Our waiter Ben was very attentive. The grilled calamari was really good. The outdoor seating was a little too loud, but it was a really nice area. Would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon! Great experience, food and service !

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vipHannahM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipthww
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Nice place for a pre-game meal. Their "outdoor" space is completely closed in, however, when the roof is closed, so it is not a viable outdoor alternative during cooler weather.

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SteveO
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was extremely mediocre for the price. Asked for sautéed spinach and it came out tasteless and dry. I had a pasta dish and it was OK. My waitress was prompt and pleasant. Service time was a tad slow. Would I recommend this place vs all the other Italian place in Chicago I could have gone. Absolutely not.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food? As always VERY good.

Ambiance? The noise level on the patio was off the charts; it was so difficult to carry on a conversation with my family - after about 45 minutes, it finally toned down due to the number of people leaving.

Service? The waitress did not ask us if it was a special occasion as it was actually my husband‘s birthday. When my daughter’s soup was delivered, the spoon was submerged in the soup and the soup was all over the rim. At the end of the meal, we were not asked if we would like dessert, nor did our server offer to box up my meal to take home. It was all a bit lack luster this time. We were there last fall and it was absolutely a wonderful experience. I’m not sure what changed since that time.

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Unimpressed
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Seemed like a jumped up chain restaurant. The food was nothing special. The whole restaurant was too loud to have a conversation in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Made a reservation for patio, only to be told upon arrival that there’s a wait of 30-40 minutes. Kind of defeats the purpose of making a reservation. Service is understandably affected by COVID shortages, but we didn’t get our main course until nearly an hour and 15 mins after being seated. The empty bottle of wine wasn’t cleared from the table. Not to mention we were finished with that long before entrees arrived. Food was adequate but the patio wait despite having a reservation was a dealbreaker. That can’t be blamed on COVID.

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STUARTC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service!

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MJGH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an wonderful evening at Il Culaccino! The food was amazing, the best risotto I've had and the Nonna's meatball salad was delicious. The service, on a very busy Wednesday evening, was perfect, very attentive but allowed us to have conversation time. A really fantastic night! Thank you to the Ruffalo Family!

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JayA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food
Excellent service (Nancy was on top of her game).
Great location if you are at McCormick Place.
In a town known for its Italian food this place holds there own with the competition.

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vipMabeRuth
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Got rained on when the bussers opened the rooftop when I specifically warned them that a storm was in the area. They seemed really eager to open it, so once the storm had passed I informed the server that I’d be ok with them opening it again and he just laughed. We always enjoy this place but we will probably think twice about going next time if there’s rain in the forecast.

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JudithJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time visiting. Everything was wonderful. I don't recall our waiters name, but he was fabulous!

We'll be back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Culaccino using the Order Online button. Il Culaccino also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Culaccino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 794-5300.

Il Culaccino is rated 4.5 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.