Eataly will open next week

The long-awaited Chicago outpost of Italian food mall Eataly — backed in part by celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich — is set to open in River North on Monday afternoon. OKW Architects helped design the 63,000-square-foot, two-story space at 43 E. Ohio St. It contains 23 eateries — including a Nutella bar, a brewpub with “Alpine-inspired” fare, and Le Verdure, which serves all-vegetable meals — plus a handful of shops that sell regionally grown produce, housewares, meats, cheeses, beer and wine. We toured Eataly today; here are the highlights:

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