Eataly, River North

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CHICAGO | Looking to experience Italy without leaving Chicago? Then the River North branch of Eataly, the famous chain of gourmet Italian markets, is for you. Located steps off the Magnificent Mile, it’s the perfect stop to recharge after a shopping excursion.

Eataly opened in Turin, Italy in 2007, and in 2010, founder Oscar Farinetti teamed up with celebrity chef Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich, to open a 50,000-square foot Eataly in New York. To say that it was popular is an understatement, and in 2013 the second largest Eataly in the world opened in Chicago. The 62,000-square foot Italian superstore is more than just a grocery store, it’s a food lover’s delight. Having been to the Eataly in New York, we find the Second City location less crowded but just as impressive.

Whenever we visit Eataly, the first stop is to Vino Libero on the second floor, to grab a glass of wine to accompany us on our excursion around the market. This wine counter has a selection of wines and small plates to enjoy at the bar, or to carry with around the store. All of the wines on offer are produced using minimal amounts of added sulfites and zero chemical fertilizers and herbicides.

With a glass of wine in tow, it’s time to explore the other counters, grab a bite at one of the restaurants, and pick up some at-home essentials. It’s not just about dining in here – Eataly is the perfect place to pick up gourmet ingredients for a dinner party or special bottle of wine for your next host gift.

Last time we took tally, Eataly’s Chicago location had 11 counters and cafes, as well as six restaurants serving all things Italian. Eataly is spilt into sections each dedicated to a specific product from focaccia to gelato. Counters and cafes, offering a quick stop for a specific specialty item, are located throughout Eataly. For a decadent bite combined with a caffeine pick-me-up, we recommend the Nutella counter and Caffe Vergnano. The Nutella croissant is best enjoyed with an espresso Italian style (consumed standing at the counter).

After you finish exploring, you will likely have worked up an appetite. Eataly has three restaurants inside which are La Pizza and La Pasta, Il Pesce, and Osteria di Eataly. Each restaurant serves up authentic food and the atmosphere is fun and lively. These fast casual options can be booked via OpenTable. If you have to wait for a table you can always spend time browsing the aisles of the market.

For something a bit different, Eataly run a range of courses throughout the year. If you are looking for an idea for the perfect date or a night out with friends, check the Eataly website for the happenings in the store. During our most recent visit we enjoyed the Neapolitan-style pizza making class where one of Eataly’s Pizza Experts taught us, along with six other students, all of the intricacies of this specialty dish originating in Naples. The class includes instruction on making the fresh dough, topping with a light flavorful tomato sauce, and baking pizza in the wood-burning ovens in the La Pizza restaurant. We had a blast appreciating our creations with our new friends, and took home the recipes to recreate in our own kitchens.

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Eataly (Chicago)

43 E Ohio Street
Chicago
Illinois 60611
United States

Telephone: 312 521 8700
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Mon – Sat: 10:00am to 11:00pm
Sat: 10:00am to 10:00pm

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Erica has been living in Chicago for over 13 years and loves everything the city has to offer. She is a Director at a Real Estate Finance firm, and enjoys the work-hard play-hard lifestyle of the industry. When Erica's not celebrating real estate success at the best restaurants and venues in Chicago and across the country, she enjoys travelling the world. She's visited some of the most beautiful and intriguing cities in every continent except Antarctica.

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