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Fish Auction at Eataly Chicago

Fish Auction at Eataly Chicago

“Five clams, 10 clams, do I hear 20?” For one day only, you can bid on your seafood dinner!

That’s right. Nodding to Good Friday — when Italians traditionally eat seafood instead of meat — we are holding a bustling fish auction right in the heart of our market on Friday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m., in partnership with our seafood partner, Seafood Merchants.

Bring your A game because we’re going to be auctioning off the highest quality seafood at incredible prices, starting at wholesale value. Before beginning the bidding process, our energetic auctioneer will describe each fish, from the dock to the auction block. Judging by the season (yes, fish is seasonal, too), we will be offering a variety of species, from cod to baby octopus to monkfish.

Early on April 19, we will receive the morning's delivery of fresh seafood from Seafood Merchants, a family-run business serving the greater Chicago area for over 40 years. Eataly Chicago chose Seafood Merchants because of their dedication to quality and extreme attention to detail. They source fish and other seafood using sustainable practices, and by ordering through them, we are able to offer the freshest seasonal fish and seafood available in the Midwest.

So, when you bring home your winnings, you will be supporting a better environment — for the fishermen, your dinner, and beyond.

Let the bidding begin! No need to register for our fish auction; standing room and paddles are first come, first served. 


Once you win your prized seafood, check out our guide to filleting a whole fish!