Il Culaccino

4.6
452 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.

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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 452 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipkathya
Chicago
230 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great food and service. Can’t get a bad meal!!!!

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stephenc
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very clean our server was excellent the food was very very good it was a beautiful night

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GabrieleP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Loved the patio seating, service and food. Can’t wait to come back.

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Phil
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the experience the staff the food is outstanding. Will always be my go to spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor option, although, i did choose for inside seating for the reservation and ended up sitting directly in the sun the rest of the time, but food was amazing, service was beautiful and loved the water constantly being refilled!

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CherylS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I will return for other family and business meetings

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vipfoodieman
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Italian food and wonderful services

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vipMaryT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time at Il Culaccino and it was delicious! Our server was incredible! I put a very specific request on the reservation and they accommodated perfectly!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We go here all of the time and usually have a stellar experience, but this last time they had a large engagement party happening at the same time, so the service and food was slow and lacking. The soda tasted like seltzer water, and it took forever to get the correct items and we had to ask numerous times and wait super long to get a high chair. The outside patio is perfect though for summertime Chi.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time and time again this is the best dinner. Every trip is better than the last. Cannot recommend this place enough.

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Goat13LV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to walk to from McCormick place for a date or business lunch or dinner or just because 10/10 will be back

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rglinla
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. I recommend!

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ruvy
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party of 3 really enjoyed Il Culaccino. Like all restaurants they are short-staffed at the moment, however their experienced servers hustled to deliver good customer service and really made an effort. We really liked the food and they have an excellent wine selection. Only our tiramisu dessert missed the mark- not awful, but just not quite right. It was nice to dine outdoors under the covered patio, it was extremely loud (beyond energetic), sometimes difficult to hear each other. Some sound dampening would probably go a long way, but not a deal-breaker. This is a fun spot and very convenient to McCormick Place and nearby hotels.

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CMelv
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food. Server was great but too busy - I think they were short staffed so she tried her best to stay afloat.
We ate on the outside covered patio and although it was nice to be out there, it was very noisy - people talking seemed to be extremely loud/noticeable - perhaps b/c no noise buffering ceiling.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very nice. Short staffed but staff there good

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CarmenV
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a great time. Ambiance is beautiful. Service was great but a bit slow. We understand you are understaffed so we waited patiently.

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Huggy
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

The food and service was ok. Nothing special, will not dine there again.

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PRBu
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The patio is spacious and well ventilated but provides adequate protection from the elements. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Each dish was delicious. Especially recommended are the veal limon and the salmon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

. Decent experience. Food was prepared well just lacked seasoning for my taste. Very inviting atmosphere with nice vibes on the patio. Service was not the best for our party of 6. Food came out timely but had to track down the waitress every time we wanted something. Didn’t feel like we were important to her at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carissa was great and the food was excellent! I went for the first time 2 weeks ago and was back already. Excited to have a great restaurant when I live nearby.

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ArthurR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, ambience is great, staff was courteous, and helpful.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a huge fan of local restaurants, and this is the best of the best. Frank and his staff are amazingly welcoming, kind, and thoughtful. The food is absolutely excellent and has something for everyone. I was worried that the pandemic would cause Frank to have to shut the doors but they pivoted from take away only, to outdoor dining, and navigated various capacity limits. Whether for a business dinner or to have a working lunch, everyone can find a place at Il Culaccino’s tables.

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JazzHead
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Really good quality food. Surprisingly - no lasagna on the menu, but all of the dishes are large, fresh and savory. You could share, but I would not call this family style dining. The staff is friendly and the wine selection is pretty good too. Two thumbs up.

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ChiTownFoodie
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Chicago, hands down. My server, Ashley, was an absolute delight. I can't wait to come back and try more of the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made reservation for girlfriends birthday and the experience was exactly what I was looking for. Outside of noise from children near by our visit was great.

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JoeC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It won’t be long before word gets out about this place! Can’t complain, great food, great service, TV’s with sports, awesome large patio, trendy indoors for both family & youngsters 😜

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vipScott
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We came to culaccinos on a whim. We were happy to learn culacinnos is the newer sister restaurant to Franco's, a local favorite in Bridgeport. We were seated in the greenhouse extension which is all glass with an epoxy floor.
1) nice space but noise is a problem.. THERE IS NO SOUND ABSORPTION AT ALL. We couldn't hear each other. Our server had to shout and couldn't hear us order.

2) Service could have been better. Water glasses were empty even after multiple requests for water.

Overall I'm happy to see the restaurant expansion in this area. I feel that Culaccinos has strong potential to be an anchor restaurant. The dishes were well prepared, quality was good, and food was hot. I feel the restaurant needs to work on the sound and better staff training.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best dinner and lunch I’ve had since living in Chicago. The food is spectacular, the service is diligent, the atmosphere is authentic and the overall experience is top class. I’ve never had a bad experience in the dozens of times I’ve visited this great spot. Whenever I have friends or family come into town, I take them here. If I have to suggest a place to bring a client from work, I suggest here. If I ever need a good dinner, I come here. It’s never a bad decision to visit Il Culaccino.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food! The outdoor patio is the largest and best around by far. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We had the grilled calamari and stuffed peppers to start which were both gone in seconds everything was great. We will be back soon

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, amazing staff, all around an excellent dining experience. Will be recommending too all my friends and family.

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vipFoodieForever
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Patio is beautiful and retractable roof is great for a rainy day.

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Goodfoodfinder
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was just here with my wife last week for dinner and it was so good we came back to have lunch on the patio. It has quickly become our favorite place in the neighborhood. The portions are generous so we split the whipped ricotta appetizer, a salad and the spicy penne and everything was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I live nearby and heard rave reviews from neighbors, and always saw cars getting takeout in front- and for good reason. The fettuccine is the pasta of my dreams and I can not wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Waited half an hour for over cooked, soggy pasta. For an Italian restaurant, I have one single expectation: pasta need to be al dente. Calamari is nice and fresh.

Very loud environment, obviously understaffed. Waitress was too busy to show up most of the time.

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SaraT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outdoor patio on a summer evening with a gentle breeze. Good food with good friends in a relaxed atmosphere-will go back for sure.

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vipStormD
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I had an afternoon reservation. When I arrived there were very few patrons in the restaurant, with one waitress. We were seated and brought drinks in about 10 minutes. It was then more than 15-20 minutes before we saw the waitress again. She arrives and appeared agitated that I mentioned the long wait. Our order was taken. I ordered baked clams and the linguini with clam sauce. The baked clams were covered with a bread crumb mixture. The clams were lost in the mixture. The mixture was tasty. Then the linguini arrived with half of the clamshells closed. This is just unacceptable for a restaurant with the ratings you show.

FD
FineDining
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food and ambiance. Would definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The waitress, Jacqueline, was extremely rude. Didn’t check on our table. Not once. Didn’t give us time to properly order before walking away. Stopped my friend as she was going to the restroom (weird). There was a bug in my food and she didn’t acknowledge the mistake; rudely told me she’d “talk to her manager” as if I put the bug there.. then it was taken off of the bill ; when I asked if it could be remade. Drinks were good but I wouldn’t go back bc of the service that was provided . TERRIBLE!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. The outdoor seating was awesome!

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RoseMary
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat customers because the food is so good, servers are on top of it and the outdoor patio is lovely. In addition to the menu, they always have 4 or 5 specials to choose from. Can’t ask for more in a dining experience!

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 4.6 stars by 452 OpenTable diners.

Il Culaccino does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/il-culaccino/giftcards.

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.