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ChicagoGrid.com has a piece about the new Eataly being built in Chicago, a 70,000 square foot complex that - with seven restaurants, a gourmet supermarket and a cooking school - is actually 20,000 square feet bigger than the New York version. The complex, on Ohio Street between Michigan Avenue and State Street, is slated to open in November.

The current challenge - sourcing local products that will supplement the imported products that will be brought in from Italy. The company anticipates that local farms will see Eataly as a boon for their businesses.

Next: Hiring the 600 full- and part-time employees needed to make Eataly work. That process begins in earnest next month.
KC's View:
I look forward to seeing the new Eataly, though I must admit that I seem to be among the minority when it comes to the New York version - while walking through it, I was simultaneously underwhelmed and overwhelmed. And not really compelled to shop.