Il Culaccino

4.6
574 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 574 people are saying
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MandyM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst restaurant experience in the last 25 years. Food was poor, brought one wrong meal, dirty wine glasses with lipstick on them, incompetent waiter. Overall, a horrid experience.

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SteakhouseAficionado1
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Pork chop was cooked a little too long

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Kitkatb
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the cozy feeling. Our server was attentive but not overbearing. We had an early reservation (6pm) pretty calm in there at that time, definitely started filling up and noise level increased as we were there but in a happy good way. Food was plentiful and delicious.

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vipEnjoyable
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and Great food. I maybe have been here 8 times in 3 months.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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vipMicaB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, consistent flavorful food. Server Lena was very attentive and receptive to our requests.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Delicious entrees salads and appetizers

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vipVictoriaE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The correct request for reservations and super friendly wait staff. Bread and water brought to table as soon as we were seated. Always great specials! Beautiful and warm patio room has great ambiance. Can always count on a nice relaxing dinner at this south loop gem.

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vipHannahM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday age 76

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AllyK
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place for delicious food, great atmosphere and kind service.

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vipnick
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best restaurant in the city. Great Italian food and excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my first time at your restaurant and I was disappointed in a few things about my experience:

1. Waiter was not properly masked and wearing it under his chin
2. Food came out all at once, so certain dishes were cold by the time we got to them
3. Parking was extremely confused. Didn’t know where to go. Plus the QR code to get out didn’t work. Can we please have a refund for $10 please?

I hope you address the above issues

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was perfect, food was fast and excellent plus service was outstanding

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MikeR
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall! Food was great and the only suggestion is the lighting was a tad dim in the “outside” part.

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WilliamC
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, and the service was excellent even though they were quite crowded. It was a little noisy out there.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scenery in the glassed in patio area. Good wine knowledge from the servers. And the food was delicious.

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. I can seldom get pasta since I don't eat gluten, and they had gluten free pasta in a wonderful sauce with chicken and spinach. Our waitress was so attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere was festive but not too loud. I would highly recommend II Culacinno!

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vipJonathanK
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Inattentive.

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DiannaD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic night! We were Looking for someplace near the convention center that took reservations and wouldn’t be crazy expensive. We had never been to Il Culaccino before, but we will most certainly be back! Delicious food, generous portions, thoughtful and friendly service. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipKimberlyT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, everyone enjoyed their meals. Good did, good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Chicago! I love coming back here time after time. Amazing food, friendly and quick service, and the best atmosphere. Unreal!!

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DavidH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was expecting a more authentic and flavorful experience. Despite the rest of the staff masking, our server chose not to. The overall ambience was more ‘tourist’ than ‘foodie’.

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GeneT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time for excellent food and service!!

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MariaF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was slower than molasses! We had to ask for water twice, asked the server if we could have some balsamic vinegar for the olive oil and Parmesan cheese and never received it. We poured our own wine, asked for utensils and had to ask to clear our plates. I believe the kitchen were the only ones working. The food did come out fast! Hostesses and servers mingle way too much!

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Tmcubbies
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here several times now and it's always a great experience. Last night was for a friend's birthday and everything was outstanding. Sat in the enclosed patio area. Yes, it gets noisy. It's an Italian restaurant on a Saturday night. I, for one, love the atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Il Culaccino was a fantastic restaurant to go out for. The food was amazing and so was the ambiance. The only problem we experienced with the restaurant was that our waitress did not seem to give us the same amount of attention and effort as her other tables. We have been to Franco’s many times and received great service there, we were disappointed to not see that same service at Il Culaccino. We also understand that it was a busy night, and that they might have been understaffed. We did greatly appreciate the service from the bus boys as they were very attentive and helpful for our table! Either way I would still recommend this restaurant to our friends and family as it is amazing Italian food at a fair price with a great ambiance.

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MikeC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great experience

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bbbb
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped in for dinner after going to. DePaul college basketball game. They had our table ready at our reservation time. Service and food were both great!

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frankr
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The service was terrible and it was not crowded but still very loud.

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vipAmyFitz
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I took the kids to Il Culaccino before the DePaul game. The food and service were excellent. And I was grateful foe a kids menu!

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MargeM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Nissy
Atlanta
13 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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vipGreat
Chicago
24 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
106 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
8 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.

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 574 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.