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Gioco

) #500 of 7,846 Restaurants in Chicago $$ - $$$ Italian
1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
+1 312-939-3870
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (21 reviews)
“prosciutto” (8 reviews)
“affogato” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
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1 - 10 of 143 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

That's a very good restaurant at downtown with plenty of options. Their pasta is very good and al dente. Very kind staff and kids friendly.

Thank Rafael1978
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The food was very good here. Warm, inviting atmosphere with attentive service. Small but pleasing wine list. Dessert was absolutely delicious. It's the kind of place, that, if I lived in the South Loop, I could see as becoming a regular spot for me.

Thank Steven H
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We were a harried party of three looking for respite from a long day at conference and found it in Gioco. An inviting atmosphere of brick and dark wood with an open kitchen. We started by sharing a Burrata. The preparation was very simple, oil...More

Thank rcr2501
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Gioco offers a variety of Italian specialties, in an inviting atmosphere of dark woods and drape curtains. Too many great dishes to list, but I am partial to the way they prepare beets.

Thank Sylvie S
Reviewed 27 December 2016

last minute needed a table at 7 on Christmas Eve, not an easy find, and wanted it to be dining, not just eating a quick meal. Had always noticed this spot in the south loop and they were not busy, so made a reservation and...More

Thank dixonconsultinginc
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Was in town before heading to the notre dame game and hitting up the art institute and the field museum. I arrived around 530 and the place was quiet with great atmosphere. My server was friendly and pleasant and suggested the meatball appetizer which i...More

1  Thank spendingdagreen406
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We came with friends who live nearby. It was this past Saturday night and it was full- we were fortunate we had reservations. I had the pasta with seafood, which came wrapped in aluminum foil and paper. My wife had the fish special. All 5...More

Thank William L
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Our family,who lives in Chicago, has made Gioco one of their restaurants of choice. They live nearby and suggested we (all 10 ten of us) dine out prior to tomorrow's Thanksgiving celebration. We were glad they did! With valet, parking was no problem. We were...More

Thank ssei1
Reviewed 12 November 2016

In Chicago for a 3 night stay and really wanted a great Italian dinner. Couldn't have been more pleased. Food was excellent, the old speakeasy atmosphere was great, and our server was attentive and fast.

Thank vintheman
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great restaurant with really good food and ambiance. I was so excited that Prosecco was $5 on the nite we went (Sun)! Party of 6 and we all enjoyed our dinner selections.

Thank romeck
Nearby
South Loop
This downtown neighborhood offers a variety of
activities ranging from cultural to sporting. If you
happen to visit during football season, you may bump
into a boisterous few fans on their way to a Bears
game on the southernmost tip of South Loop. On the
flip side, Museum Campus offers cultural and
educational experiences in its planetarium, museum and
aquarium, all situated along the lakefront. Grant Park
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
    (E 13th St.)
  • Public Transportation: Red line train
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighbourhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-939-3870
Description
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.
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