Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 'The Chew's' Mario Batali on panel to discuss Chicago small business

October 20, 2013 1:38:12 PM PDT
They're coming up with ideas on how to bring more small businesses to Chicago and make the city's communities even more successful.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and renowned chef Mario Batali took part in a panel Sunday to discuss how small businesses drive jobs and revenue to local communities.

Sunday's panel which also included Bill Curtis is part of the Chicago Ideas Week event.

"Chicago's a fertile ground and that there's a lot of opportunity here, and people should come here whether they're tourists or whether they're gonna come and just build their own business," Batali said.

Chef Batali, co-host on ABC's "The Chew" will be opening a new business in Chicago.

Eataly, a market and restaurant is scheduled to open in River North next month.