Share the Love

Valentine’s Day is more than just a holiday for those in love. At Eli’s Cheesecake, we believe that Valentine’s Day is a day to share the love, which is why we created the #SharethelovewithElis Twitter Giveaway.

When Eli’s debuted the #SharethelovewithEli’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway on Twitter, asking fans who they would share a box of Mini Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts with, Eli’s president Marc Schulman noticed one response in particular:

Lindsey Compton wrote “All People should feel loved, so I would give them away to the homeless on February 14th.”

The folks at Eli’s thought that was a great idea, so this Valentine’s Day, all across Chicago, over 2,500 people via Chicago Help Initiative, St. Cyprian Food Pantry, Joined Hands Food Pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church Pantry, Southwest Chicago PADS and Pacific Garden Mission will feel the love and enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake.

Here’s how you can #Sharethelove: Shop online at or call 800-ELI-CAKE. Order by 11am CT on February 11th to get your order in time for Valentine’s Day. Mini Belgian Hearts are $36.95 plus shipping for a box of 12. Also available:




White Chocolate Raspberry Heart-Shaped Cheesecake: Creamy white chocolate cheesecake topped with raspberry gelee and hand-piped whipped cream, $28.95 plus shipping, serves 10








Brownie Bites: Our decadent mini fudge brownies in a heart-shaped box, $26.95 plus shipping for a box of 25



Upcoming Cookbook Signings















In the next few weeks, there will be two book signing events for The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, which is now available for order online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target, for example.



Book signing #1:

Eli’s Cookbook Signing and Conversation with Maureen Schulman, Chris & Sheila Kennedy

January 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Book Stall, Winnetka, IL

811 Elm St

Winnetka, IL 60093

Description: Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook author (and Eli’s daughter-in-law)  Maureen Schulman will sign copies of our new cookbook and share anecdotes about Eli and Eli’s Cheesecakes. Joining her are area residents, Chris Kennedy (son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy) and Sheila Berner Kennedy, co-founders of Top Box Foods. Top Box Foods works to create access to healthy and affordable foods by working with communities in Chicago and Lake County, IL as well as in New Orleans, LA. Eli’s and Top Box Foods have been partners since the organization’s inception, and Chris and Sheila Kennedy were featured in the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook with a recipe for their dream cheesecake, Lemon Cheesecake Tart with Blueberries


Book signing #2:

Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook – Author Signing

February 13. 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Anderson’s Bookstore

123 W Jefferson Ave

Naperville, IL 60540

Description: Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook author (and Eli’s daughter-in-law)  Maureen Schulman will sign copies of our new cookbook, share anecdotes about Eli and Eli’s Cheesecakes and sample one  of our famous desserts.

Congratulations 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Queen and Her Court

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company was honored to continue the long tradition of sponsoring the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen contest!  We look forward to their visit to Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and the New Horizon Center in February.  Congratulations Erin Mulcahy, 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Parade Queen and Her Court joined by Maureen and Marc Schulman.St. Pat's Day Queen 2016

Book Signing Event at Read It & Eat with Jolene Worthington and Maureen Schulman

This weekend, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company continued the celebration of the newly released Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook at Read It & Eat, a Chicago culinary bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Park.  The baking demonstration, book signing, storytelling and cheesecake sampling was presented by co-authors Jolene Worthington jolene book signingand Maureen Schulman.

This cookbook includes 40 distinct cheesecake recipes, including Original Plain, Banana Chocolate, Caramel Pecan and Pumpkin, plus recipes from Eli’s famous Chicago steakhouse, like Shrimp deJonghe and Chateaubriand.  Published to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Eli’s Cheesecake, this collection allows home cooks to make the same cakes that helped celebrate Presidents Clinton and Obama’s inaugurations, Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, the City of Chicago’s 150th birthday, the White Sox World Series, and more. As Eli Schulman might say, it’s a helluva book.maureen book signing

Big Block of Cheese(cake) Day!


1837: President Andrew Jackson had 24 horses pull a 1,400 lb. wheel of cheese to the White House, and invited citizens to drop by for some cheese and conversation with himself and members of the cabinet, legislators and diplomats. This year The White House will hold its third virtual # bigblockofcheeseday on Jan 13th, the day after the State of the Union, where citizens can ask senior officials questions on line.




BigBlockofCheesecake2016: Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago debuts #bigblockofcheesecakeday, making it possible for citizens to enjoy a big block of Chicago’s famous Eli’s Cheesecake…actually a giant 6 lb. slice, so imagine the cheese was a wheel, while watching the State of the Union on Tuesday January 12th, or while asking questions on line on Wednesday.

Eli’s big block of cheesecake serves 18-20, $56 plus shipping. Call to order for pick up 773-205-3800 or mail order Local and suburban delivery available.


Click here for more information on Big Block of Cheese Day.


Chicago Restaurant Week



The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is excited to participate in the 2016 Chicago Restaurant Week, which runs from Friday, January 22nd through Thursday, February 4th.

Guests can get a special three course Prix Fixe Lunch for $22, which will be inspired by our NEW The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook.

Chicago Restaurant Week is an exciting time for Eli’s Cheesecake. We have the opportunity to be recognized and join other prominent Chicago restaurants. Click here for a list of all the participating restaurants.


Eli’s Cheesecake will also be participating in Choose Chicago’s Fresh Bites Bash, the official Chicago Restaurant Week kick-off event. Click here to get your tickets today!

Founder’s Month


On January 22nd, 1910, Eli M. Schulman, founder of Eli’s Cheesecake, was born. Eli was many things–a husband, a father, an entrepreneur, baker, an innovator, a dreamer–but what made people love him was his charm and passion for giving back to others. Eli was a bright soul. As shown in the picture above, he always had a smile on his face. He genuinely cared for his customers and the community. His motto, “Charity will never bust you” is deeply ingrained within The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Eli, a boy who grew up poor and had to work at an early age, overcame hardships and sprouted a career that not only changed his life, but the life of fellow Chicagoans, celebrities and beyond.

This month, we are honoring him and the legacy he left behind. Throughout our social media channels (Twitter/Facebook), we will be doing daily postings (until the day of his birthday) which will include facts you may/may have not known about Eli and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

At our Cafe and Retail Store, we are highlighting The Original Plain Cheesecake & the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, two of his first, and signature, cheesecakes created. On January 22nd, customers can enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake in honor of Eli Schulman’s 106th birthday. On the 23rd, we will host our annual Founder’s Day Celebration which will include bingo, games, face painting and more.

Enjoy some photos from our archives:



Eli’s Congratulates SGA Scholarship Recipients

wilbur-wright-logoWe at Eli’s would like to congratulate Nicole Swietczak, Michael Beckman, and Elizabeth Gresey—Wright College students that were selected to receive the annual SGA Café Scholarship. Together, these students will receive upwards of 3,000 dollars in financial aid.

All scholarships were funded by profits from the SGA Café run by the Wright College’s Student Government Association. The café (also known as The Apple) is fully supported through product donations from Eli’s, as well as Stewart’s Private Blend Coffee. All of the profits made by the SGA Café go towards helping students in need of financial aid.

Eli’s is proud to help these deserving students reach their academic goals and wishes them all the best on their future endeavors.

The Eli’s Cookbook Author Signings

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend has received much media coverage since its launch party on Sunday, November 8th. Authors Maureen Schulman and Diana Moles, and Chef Laurel Boger, have showcased this book in various media outlets and book signings, which have brought great success and popularity to The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.


On Sunday, December 6th, author Maureen Schulman and chef Laurel Boger presented an Egg Nog Cheesecake from the cookbook on ABC 7 Chicago Sunday Morning News.


Book signings:


Want a copy of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook?

Get yours HERE!

Holiday Dinner at the Sunshine Activity Center

Eli’s has developed a reputation for giving back to the community, especially during the holidays. On Monday, December 14th, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted the Sunshine Activity Center’s Annual Holiday Dinner. A team of 13 Eli’s associates volunteered for this event. Eli’s associate, Gabriela Gomez, organized the event and asked that volunteers bring a gift(s) for a Sunshine Club guest(s). Chef Antonio prepared a great Italian dinner for the group which was then followed by Santa presenting gifts for each of the club members. The event ended with dessert, which featured Eli’s Oreo Cheesecake, of course and Bingo, led by chef Diana Moles.

The Sunshine Activity Center is a Not-for-Profit Organization dedicated to the development of life skills in persons with developmental disabilities. Service provision is geared toward adults within a supportive and nurturing environment.