An American in Paris

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Take a culinary and culturally-infused trip through Europe with Eataly Chicago as they celebrate the 116th birthday of Oak Park native and world-renowned writer Ernest Hemingway.

The restaurant, which is dedicated to Hemingway, will take guests back to 1920s Italy, Spain, and Paris with A Moveable Feast, a special night showcasing the various cuisines of those different locations that inspired many of Papa’s works.

Hemingway, whose actual birthday was Tuesday, was one of the most famous writers of his era, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for Fiction and a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

The belated birthday celebration all starts in Baffo, Eataly’s fine-dining restaurant, where guests will enjoy Venetian-inspired appetizers and cocktails. Venice is where “Hemingway wiled away the hours walking along the canals, writing short stories, and enjoying Bellini at Harry Cipriani’s notorious bar.”

The next stop on the event is the restaurant’s microbrewery, Birreria, where Spanish hops and tapas will be enjoyed. Hemingway, a bull riding aficionado, fell in love with Spain for this reason.

After going back to Italy for the primo piatto paired with wine, the last leg of the trip takes attendees to the place where A Moveable Feast was inspired and where Hemingway perfected his craft as a writer: Paris.


Taking place in Eataly’s newest private event space Il Salone, this will have Parisian and French-inspired entrees, deserts, and wines to end the tour on a happy note. Be sure to dress in your best Hemingway-inspired 20s fare as the most festive will receive a prize.

The event takes place this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and is only $85, a $40 discount from the original asking price! For tickets, visit

Eataly is located in the Shops and North Bridge at 43 E. Ohio Street. It is easily accessible via the Grand Red Line and several bus lines while being literally steps off the Magnificent Mile. For more information, visit

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