Bill and Giuliana Rancic force us to like them with excellent Italian food in a trendy setting.

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About RPM Italian

RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Chef partner Doug Psaltis has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.

52 West Illinois
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
MON: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
TUES: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
WED: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
THURS: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
FRI: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
SAT: 3:00 PM -12:00 AM
SUN: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Cross Street:
Dearborn & Illinois

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 222-1888

Website:
http://rpmitalian.com/

Public Transit:
Grand Ave. Red Line

Executive Chef:
Doug Psaltis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:

Private Dining

RPM Italian features a modern expression of classic Italian fare suitable for any type of event. From corporate functions to social soirees, our spaces offer a sophisticated and chic setting for groups of 12 to 40 guests.

RPM Italian Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (289)
Special Occasion (264)
Romantic (202)
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Good for Anniversaries (199)
Hot Spot (188)
Good for Birthdays (179)
Fit for Foodies (168)
Notable Wine List (135)
Fun (133)
Business Meals (124)
Creative Cuisine (123)
Vibrant Bar Scene (116)
Good for Groups (115)
Authentic (102)
Worth the Drive (102)
Bar Seating (92)
Pre/post Theatre (85)
People Watching (84)
Handcrafted Cocktails (81)
Cozy (67)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Comfort Food (54)
Happy Hour (49)
Casual (46)
Late-night Find (40)
Tasting Menu (40)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Great for Lunch (29)
Local Ingredients (24)
Gluten Free Options (22)
Seasonal (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Tapas (18)
Great for Brunch (11)
Healthy (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Scenic View (7)
Great Beer (6)
Spicy (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was outstanding along with the service! This experience was incredible and we will definitely be coming back to visit RPM again!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was very good. Our wait staff was excellent. Extremely loud and packed with people. Bar was crazy. Only one bathroom that we could find for 100s of people. Felt more like NY then Chicago. Enjoyed it but prefer old line classic Chicago Italian.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is phenomenal! My only complaint is that their tables for 2 are tiny and so tight together... It's hard to have a conversation and try multiple dishes... But definitely worth it for the food!

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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food with unique ingredients. We had spaghetti and meatballs, steak, mashed potatoes, and garlic bread. Everything was very good although the portions are not very big

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant was a phenomenal experience! Service was impeccable . Would recommend to anyone visiting Chicago.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

Appetizers we had were good, as were cocktails. The pasta and other mains we had fell short. Highlight was the brussel sprouts, which were delicious! I think there are better restaurants out there and would likely not return

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

The best eggplant parmesan! I wish there was an RPM Italian in L.A.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Late-night Find
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·Dined 6 days ago

I was really excited to visit RPM Italian because I had ate at RPM Steak the night before but I ended up disappointed. It was so hot in the restaurant that I had to get my food boxed up Togo because I was too uncomfortable to even eat.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined 6 days ago

The management and staff I was great. They made planning a proposal very special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We've eaten here before and couldn't stop raving. This weekend we went for our anniversary and the food was subpar at best. Drinks were great, service was great, but didn't have anything other than dessert that stood out as superb. Disappointed and won't be in any rush to return

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·Dined 6 days ago

Overpriced. My piece of halibut was dry on outside 32.00. Spaghetti and meatball very good. 1/2 roasted chicken dry. Butternut pasta good. Server was excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

I took my fiancée here after I proposed to her and she and I absolutely loved it. The food was great and so was the service. They even gave us a free dessert! Would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Booked this reservation severa weeks out and got a 5:15 reservation on Saturday. Was told to arrive 30 minutes prior which we did. Was told that we probably wouldnt be seated early. Watched for the next 30 minutes people walk in without reservations and be seated. Finally when it was our time to be seated we were stuck in the corner where several open tables were. Couldnt understand why we were made to wait in a very cold lobby with all these open tables. Next ordered an appetizer and it was brought to the table next to us where and they started eating it. Mentioned to server who placed another order for us. At this point we were a little frustrated with the service. Placed our orders Eggplant parmesian and Chicken Parmesian and asked if we wanted pasta with that!?!? Replied yes. Meals came and were delicious but really really on the small size. Frankly we didnt have any alcohol and our bill was $120.00. It was good but not worth that for pasta and the unorganized service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I think the food is overpriced at $50+ dollars a plate I ordered gnocchi and I had like five little pieces of gnocchi with some sauce and everything else was alacarte definitely not impressed for the price

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

our server Andre was exceptional and very friendly!!!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at RPM Italian. The food was phenomenal. We got the Roman artichokes, which Was one of the best dishes I have ever had, Ciabatta toast with fresh ricotta, pork short rib bolognese pasta, and butternut squash pasta. Everything was delicious! Very chic atmosphere, great service, and pleasant dining experience. Portions are on the small side but I highly recommend RPM Italian!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were both great! Ask for Maurine as your waitress!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

This has been my fourth time dining at RPM and the fourth time that I have been seated a half hour after my reservation time. Not the place to go if you have anywhere to be after. They need to get a better system for managing their reservations.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

Disappointed. Our server was rude and rushed us through our meal. A few of the items we ordered were very good but overall nothing was so outstanding that we would make an effort to go back. Had heard great things so we were surprised to be so underwhelmed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 7 days ago

The Brussels sprouts are amazing!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Table ready great service creative menu food delicious

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been wanting to try this place since it opened but had not had the chance to travel to Chicago. The atmosphere was very fun and full of energy. The noise level was just the right level to have your conversation but not really be interrupted by the neighboring tables that were close by. We tried the brussel salad, the artichokes, the short rib bolognese and the butternut squash cappelletti and shared it all. Everything was delicious. I would definitely go back when visiting the city.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food is excellent!! Pricey but certainly worth it. Wait staff very knowledgeable. Very elegant atmosphere!! I would highly recommend RPM Italian!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, People Watching, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

RPM is my go to place in Chicago for modern Italian dining. Hand made pasta, high quality ingredients, wait staff in white jackets—it’s the place I will come back to again and again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was amazing! I definitely recommend trying the lobster ravioli.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, well dressed purple and includes a pretty good mix of people but the young crooks likes this place as well which is a testament to the atmosphere and food. You must eat their doughnut dessert which is incredible. I went back two nights I a row just for drinks and dessert

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Amazing venue trending and over the top service!! So glad we came here to dine with our clients!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I have been to RPM before and always enjoy the food and ambiance. I was in town and met my daughter-in-law for dinner. She knows that RPM is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. We had excellent service and great food. Looking forward to returning again in the near future.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

As always a treat to dine at RPM Italian. The highlights of tonight's meal were the tempura zucchini, OUTSTANDING and the grapefruit sorbet. Had never tried these two and they were awesome. Although the definite highlight was cameo by Guilana and Bill who did a quick stop at the restaurant and she couldn't have been more charming , chatting with many patrons..

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was everything I was expecting it to be. The food was amazing, the service was top notch, and the atmosphere was wonderful. Loved this place.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in the City! Mama Depandi's Bucatini is the BEST!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We went for a 25 th birthday dinner and our server was not very attentive and a little dismissive. It took a long time for us to order food and drinks. My chicken parm came out luke warm which was a let down.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

one of the very best fine dinning places I have eaten at...anywhere. the food quality was amazing and the attention to detail was perfect. Can not wait to get back to CGO and eat here again. The manager on duty was present and looked to stop by at each table to extend his gratitude for coming in as well. thanks a memorable dinner

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great menu selection!! Very nice and knowledgeable wait staff

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I took my wife here for her birthday last Sunday evening, and the ambiance, food, and waiter, Danny, was amazing. We didn’t feel rushed and they had even paid attention to my note of my wife’s birthday (which I wrote down when I originally made the reservations) and brought out a small treat that had Happy Birthday and small candle on it. Nice work RPM Italian.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Server was great and I've never been disappointed with the food. I have my favorites but I'm willing to try anything vegetarian. The eggplant parmesan is my favorite followed up with Bill's budino - not to be missed!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was wonderful. The service was very slow.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. She absolutely loved the food. There is a pasta that was cooked in a brown butter sage sauce. It was fantastic. The meals are rather pricey, but that was too be expected. The value of the food offsets the price you will pay. Our waitress was very attentive even on such a busy night. Since it was my girlfriend's birthday, they brought out a lit candle with a complimentary desert. I would absolutely recommend RPM for special occasions or if you are looking authentic Italian food with a modern twist.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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