Remember back in February when all those rumors were flying around about Eataly opening a location in Chicago? Well, we finally have some confirmation that the massive Italian market is indeed planning to invade River North. Run by the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (you know, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich), Eataly Chicago plans to set up shop in the space formerly occupied by the ESPN Zone at 43 E. Ohio.
If you're unsure why this exciting, here's a sample of what Ed Levine said at the opening of the New York location: "There's every Italian foodstuff you'd want, everything you could think about wanting, in the vast space curated by Batali and company." Sounds great, right? Along with the various deli counters that you'd find in the Manhattan location, the New York Times quotes Joe Bastianich as claiming there will be a grill restaurant "in homage to the Eastern European tradition of sausage in Chicago." Wow! Eater Chicago also has a great interview with Bastianich about what else you can expect.
By the way, congrats to Grub Street Chicago for predicting the exact location back in May. Well done.