Eataly Chicago

When Tom and I were headed to Chicago last fall, my friend Lynda, whose daughter lives in Chicago, said to me, “You have to go to Eataly! Emma took me there and I loved it.”

How to describe Eataly?

Eataly Chicago

The Chicago location (there are also locations in New York, Japan, Turkey, Dubai, and of course, Italy) is two stories tall and it’s part bakery…

Eataly Chicago pastry case

part cheese shop,

Cheese case at Eataly Chicago

part bucher shop,

Eataly Chicago meat display case

part grocery store,

Produce at Eataly Chicago

(gourmet grocery store, that is…look at this selection of mushrooms!),

Mushroom selection at Eataly Chicago

and part so many other things…

Eataly chicago

Hemingway Quote at Eataly

Eataly Fresh PastaHow else to describe it? Oh! They have a manifesto. I think this section says it best: Eat. Shop. Learn. This is a store with stories. Here you won’t just discover what you love, you’ll learn about what you love.

That makes sense as Eataly has cooking classes you can take.

Eataly ClassesAnd a book section. (You know I bought a book: Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich, one of the partners in Eataly Chicago. It’s currently on my to-read shelf.)

Restaurant Man

Eataly is a restaurant, too. Actually, multiple restaurants, although it can be hard to tell where the store ends and the restaurants start. Tom and I had a quick lunch at the counter of one before we had to leave for the airport, and we were able to chat up the chefs and watch them work.

I ordered the Pappardelle alla Bolognese (ribbon pasta with meat sauce).

Pasta dish at Eataly Chicago

Tom was more adventurous with the Pasta al Nero con Calamari (squid ink pasta with calamari).

Eataly Chicago seafood pasta dish

Have you ever been to an Eataly? I can’t wait to go back.

P.S. St. Louis by iPhone and P.O.S.H. Chicago.

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  1. Colorado reader says:

    Hi Julie,
    I sure enjoyed reading The Family CEO Blog and I do miss it, but I want you to know that I now also enjoy your Creating This Life blog. I like your writing style and your inspiring ideas. Hope I can get to Eataly sometime. What a fun way to spend a day 🙂

    1. Thank you, Colorado. So nice of you to leave this comment. I’m very happy to have you as a CTL reader.

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