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

October 20, 2013 (CHICAGO)

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.

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