When Chicago got its very own Eataly in 2013, we got more than we bargained for: 60,000 square feet of Italian food, wines, desserts, cooking supplies and other offerings to add to our city already rich with Italian heritage.
With five years passed, and a team that loves to mix things up, we were quick to notice a lot of changes in both the offers and vibe of our very own Eataly. Responding to the evolving needs of busy Chicagoans, they've added a range of new restaurants, counters, and offerings designed to make life a little simpler keeping their focus on high-quality, regional Italian recipes.
Here are five reasons to visit the whole new Eataly Chicago — and make this culinary hub a regular stop on your everyday agenda. Andiamo!
Knowing Chicagoans love new culinary adventures, Eataly is always offering something new! On the second floor, you’ll discover three unique restaurant concepts: flagship La Pizza & La Pasta, traditional Osteria di Eataly, and a new, rotating concept. Themes and menus will change with the seasons, allowing the talented culinary team to craft not only fresh, seasonally inspired menus, but new immersive experiences. Over the summer, you may have seen SABBIA, a brightly-colored, umbrella-clad space and a light, seasonal menu featuring fried seafood, housemade pastas, and more. For the winter season, Eataly has transformed the same two-restaurant space into an Alpine-inspired restaurant and winter wonderland called BAITA serving up melted cheese (raclette!), gnocchi, traditional pastas, warming wines, and more.
Chicago loves Italian wine — which is why there is the nation’s largest collection of Italian wine available in their wine shop. With over 1,600 different labels, you can shop, drink, and learn all in one visit to the second floor space. Stop by the wine bar, talk with their experts, and take home a bottle (or six!) to drink at home.
Eataly serves up two floors of culinary delights, but when schedules demand a quick visit, sometimes there's no time to head upstairs. Find more tables, chairs, and outlets on the first floor with a redesigned seating space near Caffe Lavazza, perfect for holding meetings or posting up with a laptop. With Italian coffee and made-to-order meal options on hand (we see you, fresh pasta and wine bar!), it's easy to spend several productive hours here — and reward your hard work with a scoop of housemade gelato or a traditional Italian pastry.
From housemade pastas to pastries to traditional handmade pizzas by their partners at Rossopomodoro, additional take-away options mean that a fresh, handmade meal is never more than an Eataly stop away. Scoop up fresh, housemade fresh pasta at new quick-service counter Ravioli&Co, or Sicilian style filled-to-order cannoli at their new Cannoli Bar. With a range of counters serving fresh take-away foods — think focaccia breads, rotisserie meats and artisanal cheeses — it's easy to dine on a delicious Italian meal in the comfort of your own home. Buon appetito!
The original all-white backdrop gives way to a more eclectic décor scheme, with stylish touches that reflect Eataly's Italian roots while adding a dose of comfort. Keep an eye out for added storytelling elements, giving insight into the talented makers and artisans behind the well-curated food, beverages and supplies available.
With all these reasons to visit Eataly Chicago, here’s one more: on Sunday, December 2, attend their five-year birthday celebration with complimentary tastings, $5 glasses of wine, $5 market and restaurant offers, free classes, and more. Get the details!