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Eli’s Celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial with FREE Cheesecake

Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday on August 26 – Constitution Day. Get the party started with a slice of FREE Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake at birthday parties throughout the state, featuring our grand cake cutting ceremony at the Illinois Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield, where you can enjoy a slice of our 300 lb. Bicentennial Cheesecake. Supplies are limited, so get there early! Visit Enjoy Illinois for times and details.

 SAVE THE DATE: We’re celebrating the Bicentennial all year long, with free cheesecake slice decorating at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, November 16 & 17.

 

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Free Eli’s Slice Decorating at O’Hare Kiosk

Eli’s Associates visited our Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare earlier today to get ready for Taste of Chicago festivities beginning Wednesday, July 11. Patrons got the opportunity to decorate their own Cheesecake slice with many colorful toppings. We also had a mini-replica of the Cherry Pie-Topped Big Cheesecake  being featured at Taste of Chicago on July 14 with the cast of Waitress singing “Happy Birthday” as Eli’s turns 38 this year!

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You can visit the Kiosk in Terminal 1 at O’Hare between Gates B8 and B9 open everyday from 7am-9pm, make sure to stop by the next time you fly through O’Hare. We have individual slices and whole cheesecakes for sale to bring a taste of Chicago anywhere you go.

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We will be at O’Hare again giving out free slices Friday, July 27!

Eli’s Gets a Visit From a Very Special Guest

Last week, Eli’s got a call from a customer who was having trouble with our recipe for Caramelized Pecans, and we connected her with VP of Research and Development, Diana Moles. Diana was on the phone for about an hour talking her through the recipe, and learned that Rosalie is 99 1/2 years old! Rosalie visited the Cafe on Friday with her son, where she got to meet Diana Moles, as well as other Eli’s associates, in person. We gave her a signed Eli’s cookbook and got some advice for how to live a long, healthy life!

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We’re excited to make a Raspberry Cheesecake for Rosalie’s 100th birthday coming up soon!

Eli’s Hosts Jenny Yang, Owner of Phoenix Bean and Interns from Top Box Foods

Yesterday, we welcomed Jenny Yang, owner of Phoenix Bean Tofu to join us at our weekly Farm Stand. She brought a variety of tofu products for everyone to try and spoke to students about what it is like being a business owner and answered questions about her company. Yang was joined by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) for their weekly summer visit, as well as Summer Interns from Top Box Foods, a community-based non-profit offering a variety of delicious and healthy boxes of food at affordable prices. Eli’s uses tofu from Phoenix Bean to make our Vegan Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Summer Interns from Top Box Foods also visited Eli’s yesterday. They started out their day by visiting the Farmer’s Market, listened to a presentation to learn more about Eli’s and enjoyed a delicious lunch. After that, the students and recent graduates were given a tour of the bakery AND had the chance to decorate their own cheesecakes. Eli’s has been a long time supporter of Top Box Foods and loves having the opportunity to give back to the people who make the organization run.

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Our Farm Stand will NOT be open this Thursday, July 5th so come back and join us on the 12th!

 

Eli’s Hosts Sonat Birnecker, Owner of Koval Distillery

Eli’s Cheesecake Company had yet another great Thursday morning with our weekly Farm Stand and Fresh Market this week, despite the rain. There was an assortment of fruits, vegetables, hand crafted goods and more all available for purchase. We had the pleasure of hosting special guest and Owner of Koval Distillery, Sonat Birnecker at our Farm Stand event along with students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS). Koval Distillery was Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800′s, founded in 2008. Birnecker shared her amazing story with students from CHSAS and gave the students great advice for their futures. She also spoke about her day to day tasks, explained the manufacturing process of her products, as well as her marketing strategies.  Read more about Koval Distillery’s story here.

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Missed the Farm Stand this week? Don’t worry, we’re open every Thursday until August 3oth. Join us next Thursday, June 28th for our upcoming Farm Stand and Fresh Market from 7AM-1PM CST. Free Continental breakfast will be served from 8am-10am with a $10 market purchase,and lunch on the grill that will be available for purchase from 11am-1pm. We can’t wait to see you!

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SOAR Market Grand Opening

On Tuesday, June 19th, we participated in the annual Grand Opening of the SOAR Farmer’s Market. Eli’s stole the show by by presenting a giant cherry cheesecake. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins had the honor of cutting the first piece, joined by Marc and Maureen Schulman and other market sponsors. This year we also served boxes full of Eli’s Single Serve Original and Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.

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SOAR Farmer’s Market is open every Tuesday until October 30 this year in the MCA Plaza. For more information, visit their website here: http://soarchicago.org/.

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Eli’s Attends Annual Gala for Chicago Help Initiative

Last week, Eli’s participated in The Chicago Help Initiative‘s (CHI) Annual Fundraiser “Chicago Recipes” to raise funds to support their free weekly meals and programs for Chicagoans in need and experiencing homelessness. The event featured bite size samples from Eli’s and other Chicago restaurants in addition to auction items and raffle prizes.

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The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social services, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Compant has been a long time supporter of CHI. Check out this video of Eli’s President Marc Schulman on what this organization has meant to Eli’s:

To volunteer, donate or learn more about the Chicago Help Initiative, please visit their website: http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/

 

 

 

Seneca Park Earth Day clean-up

Today marked our annual Earth Day cleanup and firehouse breakfast at the Seneca Park/ Eli M Schulman playground

We want to thank the Chicago Fire Department Engine Co. 98 and the wonderful crew from Miguel Juarez Middle School for helping us make the park beautiful once again and ready for another spring/summer season. Eli’s Cheesecake Co. takes great pride in coming together with local community members in sprucing up the park every year on Earth Day.

 

Seneca Park/ Eli M. Schulman Playground is located right off Michigan ave at, 220 E Chicago Ave

 

This was the 10th year of the partnership with Miguel Juarez school and we were fortunate this year to have the principal of the school, Dr. Campos, join us this year.

Congrats on a successful 2018  cleanup!

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Eli’s Salutes Harry Caray

Eli’s Cheesecake salutes Harry Caray in honor of the 20th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray on February 15th! Our founder, Eli Schulman, was a great friend of Harry’s and they spent many a day together cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field (and many a night together at Eli’s the Place for Steak’s piano bar).

​In keeping with this year’s theme​, SPACE, THE INFINITE FRONTIER (a nod to Will Ferrell’s Harry Caray ​skit which appeared on Saturday Night Live), Eli’s will toast Harry with an Out Of This World Milky Way Cheesecake Shake, a thick and creamy  combination of ice cream, cheesecake and Milky Way candy bars,  topped with a “Raise the Glass” flag. The cheesecake shake will be available for purchase on Thursday, February 15th for $3.50 from 3-6pm at our Bakery Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Be sure to take a selfie on our supersized Eli’s C​HARRY Cheesecake ​bench​ (originally created for the city’s Sweet Home Chicago street art installation), complete with a backdrop of Wrigley Field.

 

Harry with Eli's wife, Esther Schulman

Harry with Eli’s wife, Esther Schulman

DIY Eclipse Projector

The solar eclipse is Monday, August 21! Here’s how you can make a projector box from an Eli’s Cheesecake box. Learn how here!

IMPORTANT: This viewer is meant for informational purposes only. This viewer won’t allow you to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. Please use caution while using this viewer. You risk permanent eye damage if you look a the sun without proper eye protection. Do not allow children to use this viewer unsupervised.

You might not be able to see the sun during the Solar Eclipse, but hopefully you can still find Eli’s “Eclipse Blackout Cake” in our Chicago Bakery Cafe!

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