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Italian food & Cocktails - Il Vicinato Ristorante, Chicago, IL

Il Vicinato Ristorante

4.2
4.2
484 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
IL Vicinato is immersed in the Heart of Chicago’s Little Italy Neighborhood. This authentic piece of Italy is a hidden gem that has passionately created dishes from old world recipes for 40 years. Appetizers are a great start with such favorites as twice Baked Clams, Red Roasted Peppers, and Grilled Octopus. Our signature dishes include Homemade Veal Ravioli’s, Chicken Vesuvio, and Steak Rinaldo that will make your dining experience an event to remember. If you save room, choose from one of our delectable desserts! We have daily specials; some created and named after customers. Our welcoming atmosphere and family orientated staff will make you a “regular.” Customers come from city and suburbs alike to dine with us. Corporate events welcomed. Dishes are plentiful and accompanied by an extensive wine list and full bar. Great stop before United Center, U.S. Cell and Soldier Field. See us at Check Please, and a recent review by CLTV Chicago's Best.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon 5:00 am–5:15 am
  • Phone number
    (773) 927-5444
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Leo Rios
  • Catering
    Vicinato caters every event. Please contact us by calling the restaurant for you next gathering. <br />Email us at: leo.rios@ilvicinatochicago.com<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Vicinato is available to host your next private event. Email us at: leo.rios@ilvicinatochicago.com
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Cross street
    24th and Oakley St
  • Parking details
    Valet available over the weekends or Special Events
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 484 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

484 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always delicious and the servers are attentive. We always enjoy our family special occasions here!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food! I guess two waitresses had called out but we didn’t feel the lack at all! The hospitality was off the charts, you felt like family and it was a fantastic dinner with friends.

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  3. PaulaG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I remember Il Vicinato fondly from my childhood. My dad worked in the neighborhood and would take me there for special occasions. It was full of locals from the "old world" and business men. A real "scene"! I reconnected with the place again 10 years ago, under new owners. Many of the "old timers" were still there. And the place was still cool, boho, neighborhood friendly. It was still magical to me. So, I was really excited to share this restaurant with my now adult kids who recently moved to the neighborhood. I shared my story them and our waiter who literally could not have cared less. As though he's heard it a million times. He was gracious, but the service was extremely slow and impersonal...just not the same. The Food was as expected for "Italian", but nothing spectacular. And I did love that they have preserved most of the décor. Including the fabulous chandeliers. This is a decent "Friday night" place if you are local. But not worth the hour drive anymore for me.

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  4. AnnG

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You feel wecomed immediately into this vozy, authentic Italian gem in the heart of Italy. The staff takes great care to help with menu, and cater to all our needs. Food was delicious, calamari excellent , walleye delicate, pastas were like homemade . Valet parkingtoo.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Decided to dine with you all as a first date this past Valentine’s Day and unfortunately, I will not be back. Arriving 15 minutes before our reservation didn’t matter as we stood in a line that blocked the bathroom and stretched outside on the cold evening. Once seated, our waitress seemed hellbent on not writing anything down and proceeded to bring us all the wrong things. From drinks, to appetizers, to entrees. The steak medallions were just ok and my partner’s gnocchi was undercooked. I suppose the wine was good but the best part of this experience was an extremely kind woman who came to clear out dishes whenever she noticed that people kept putting more plates than our 2 top could ever handle. Not sure if it was the holiday rush but we were not impressed.

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  6. JeffreyN

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a 7:30 reservation and we did not get seated until 8:00pm. We put in our order quickly, but did not receive food until 9:00. Food was good. Staff were kind. The restaurant was not prepared to manage a full house. They over-booked their reservations. We were disappointed.

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  7. ChristopherR

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My fiancés food was cold, her salad was never brought to the table. Our appetizer was also never brought to the table. Awful Valentine’s Day experience

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  8. MikeH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is typically great. This last visit, service was bad. Food was good. I brought guests to introduce them to the restaurant. Not a great impression for them.

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  9. susanv

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Convenient street parking. Had the black fettuccine- it was delicious. We would go again

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  10. DIVA

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, ambience and food options! Wouldn't recommend drinking there unless it's a Thursday (happy hour all day)

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  11. GinaL

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great, ambiance moderate, the calamari was a bit tough, the sauce for the alfredo was thick, there was a lot of breading on the kids’ chicken tenders. The Shrimp Diavolo was good but it wasn’t spicy at all like the menu stated and I like spice. My husband’s long island had a lot of ice and he disliked it.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, authentic Italian cuisine. The ambiance is so cozy and the food is some of the best in Chicago.

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  13. AnneS

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around! Would definitely go back again….

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  14. Dobbjgd

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated Immediately, The food was excellent, The appetizer suggestions were also very good. The Wait staff was very attentive, & the Pasta Roger was amazing

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  15. PJay

    Atlanta Metro

    26 reviews

    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant wasn’t open. We spent over 45 minutes to get there only to learn they were closed. I notified OpenTable and never heard back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Il Vicinato! We’ve been going there for 35 years, and Leo is holding true to its legacy!

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  17. AlanaH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service, delicious food, great old-school ambiance.

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  18. GabrielB

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food took a long time, we were seated in corner, and when I gave a card to pay I was told they needed my zip code. That has never happened to me before. I will never go back!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is now my favorite Italian restaurant The food and service is always great. I wish I could come more often

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  20. Peter

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, welcoming and very accommodating. Great neighborhood spot.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was excellent! Definitely appreciated the atmosphere and authentic feeling. Definitely will go back with the family.

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  22. Raybear

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I have been going to this gem of the Heart of Italy in Chicago for some years. It’s a testament to its enduring quality and family friendliness. And with even with new ownership and some recent upgrading and redecoration, it still retains the same ambiance, featured dishes, and warmth I remember from my first visit there 25 years ago. So worth a trip to 2400 South on Western!

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  23. SuperFanTodd

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been coming here for over 30 years and it never misses. Best chicken vesuvio in the city and it’s not close. Our server Ben has been there for 25 years, is always happy to see us and does an amazing job. The new renovations are fantastic but it still keeps the old neighborhood charm. Can’t wait to go back!

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  24. KathleenH

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family has been dining here since I was a child. The food has always been outstanding. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. I had Rigatoni Bolognese, my mom had Veal Ravioli and my husband had Veal Parmesan. Don't forget to save room for Banana's Foster. The place is a neighborhood classic. Great ambiance, great food and the best service. Can't find better service. Ask for Benny when you go.

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  25. MariaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They serve great food, provide great service, and great atmosphere.

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  26. BD711

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian food money can buy! Simply good old school recipes with incredible flavor

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  27. Mexgato

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I have dined here many times over the years but since moving out of the country I haven’t eaten here as regularly as before. I ordered a signature entree which did not disappoint but…… the calamari appetizer was chewy and I had to send it back. Also the salad portion was lacking. The dining room is welcoming and the service was good.

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  28. TiffanyM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have dined here quite a few times over the last 17 years, and this was the first time I left disappointed. I ordered the Veal Vesuvio with a side of Roasted potatoes. My daughter and husband both ordered pastas. Their entrees were delicious. However as soon as the waitress, who was very nice and accommodating placed my plate in front of me, I immediately noticed the appearance of the veal was different from previous visits. It was so thinly sliced my daughter referred to it as “Italian beef” Not only was it thinly sliced, it was also overcooked. It was dry and because it was so thinly sliced it had more of a bacon texture. I have never dined at an Italian restaurant where I had to send my food back. But both my husband and daughter was saying how awful it looked and honestly I was not happy. I was extremely hungry because I hadn’t eaten anything all day because I was looking forward to dinner. I sent it back and it was replaced with more thinly sliced veal that wasn’t overcooked but still not worth the money or ever returning. I noticed the place was fairly empty on A Sunday afternoon. Now I understand why.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food spectacular service with smile and genuine. Definitely worth the value The restaurant was cozy and warm.

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  30. KennethG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    True old world Italian ambiance with homemade food. Limited menu means better quality.

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  31. Paddy

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a gem! Food and service are great, employees are wonderful!

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  32. ChicagoPeg

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. We have been going to IL Vincinato’s for ivermectin 20 years. It takes us at least an hour to get there from the suburbs, but it is ALWAYS worth the trip. Lovely dining room and fun, casual bar. Perfect spot for dinner before events at the United Center.

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  33. VERONICAA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wish they serve more vegetables with the steak. The portions of food was small for a really large plate. I believe it was $15 overpriced for the entrees.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent! Had the Grilled Octopus, Pasta Roger and Cheese Ravioli with a side sausage. Happy we dropped in and enjoyed the conversation with Chef Leonardo. We will be back.

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  35. BobbyW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, our server was very pleasant and quick to respond. I would recommend for date night, birthday, or any other romantic occasion.

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  36. SweetDeeEats

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining at this restaurant. We had 6:30 reservations on a Saturday night. We were greeted upon arrival. We were given an option on the perfect table. We took a corner table to keep noise level to we could converse but the tests phase a nice chill vibe and wasn’t too loud at all. Very unique vintage decor right out of an old Italian movie. It added to the cool ambiance. The servers were all very attentive, knowledgeable, professional,and friendly. We ordered pizza bread. Crab cakes and a pepper and cheese appetizers for the table. We all had a pasta dish. I had the Pasta Carbonara. Someone had the pasta Bolognese. Another had the seafood diabla pasta and the hubby had the Arribiatta. Very solid pasta dishes. No dessert for us, we were stuffed. Beer, wine and cocktails were bad. Would definitely go back for that old school Aurelian restaurant feel. They always serve the best food and have the best service.

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  37. Nuny

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time here. The food was amazing. Everything I had was so fresh and delicious. It was my first time having Italian wine and it was good. Flavorful and strong which I loved. My waitress was amazing. Very accommodating and gave me great recommendations. I definitely found a new favorite Italian restaurant. Overall great experience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a dinner meeting service and food was excellent…

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  40. KathrynT

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy our time at Il Vicinato. It is a casual, comfortable, old world Italian restaurant. The food is always terrific and the portions always yield the next day's lunch...Bonus! The staff is always friendly and welcoming. We always feel like we are in our own neighborhood even though we have driven from the north suburbs. We highly recommend this place for an enjoyable evening.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Vicinato Ristorante using the Order Online button. Il Vicinato Ristorante also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Vicinato Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 927-5444.

Il Vicinato Ristorante is rated 4.2 stars by 484 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Il Vicinato Ristorante

2435 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Additional information

  • Cross street
    24th and Oakley St
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy / University Village
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon 5:00 am–5:15 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet available over the weekends or Special Events
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Leo Rios
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (773) 927-5444
  • Catering
    Vicinato caters every event. Please contact us by calling the restaurant for you next gathering. <br />Email us at: leo.rios@ilvicinatochicago.com<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Vicinato is available to host your next private event. Email us at: leo.rios@ilvicinatochicago.com
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