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Eataly Opens In Chicago Today, Features Lavazza Café


Eataly, the Italian market created by Oscar Farinetti, will open its newest store in Chicago at 4 p.m. today. Located at 43 East Ohio St., Eataly Chicago opens following the success of Eataly New York.

The company describes itself as “an energetic marketplace—an opportunity to taste and take home the products of artisans who create the highest quality products at a fair price.”

Like the New York location, Eataly Chicago will feature a Lavazza Café, offering a variety of espresso-based beverages and high-quality coffees. The café also produces a range of original and innovative recipes, all prepared by trained staff. Lavazza’s entire product line also will be available for purchase for at-home use, including its espresso blends, the brand’s new premium drip coffee line and the Keurig Cappuccino & Latte System—a capsule-based brewing machine.

“Our presence in Chicago is another chapter in a compelling story: two Italian companies committed toward a shared vision, under the conviction that a significant part of Italy’s future revolves around high-quality food production and the tangible and intangible values that it represents. We are proud of our partnership with Eataly, which is part of our strategy aimed at making North America, and the United States in particular, our second home,” said Marco Lavazza, the group’s VP.

Upon entering Lavazza Café at Eataly Chicago, a winding counter, approximately 60 feet long, greets guests. Furnishings and décor reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability, including photographs, taken by photographer Steven McCurry, as part of Lavazza’s ¡Tierra! project. The communities involved in this project, including coffee plantations in Honduras, Peru, Columbia, India, Brazil and Tanzania, are featured in the venue and Lavazza’s ¡Tierra! coffee also will be available for purchase in Eataly Chicago.

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Kristen Cloud

A former newspaper editor and publisher, she once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, she is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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