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702 W. Fulton St. (Union Ave.) Send to Phone
312-850-5005 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The scene is lively at this colorful Latin spot --- but it’s the (local) food that really heats things up.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Lounge open late Wed.-Sat.
  • Valet parking
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Live Latin band Wed.
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 3 reviews
Dining room at Carnivale, Chicago, IL

Carnivale Restaurant Review

: It's Kleiner-style excess at this explosively bright, beyond-festive hot-spot where the cocktail scene is as “caliente” as the menu. If intimacy is what you seek, you won’t find it here; instead, good people-watching is the draw, and there’s plenty to go around. The food carries the torch, incorporating local and seasonal produce with memorable results. Look for dishes --- many poised for sharing --- like artisanal meat and cheese platters, and Columbian pork belly arepas, accented with pickled jícama and plantain-black bean and aji-limo purées. But you’ll likely want to keep the braised short rib with Three Sisters Farm cheese polenta, carrot escabeche and spiced cashews all to yourself. Want to learn the ins and outs of Latin cuisine? Attend the Carnivale University food and drink series.

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