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Eli’s Cheesecake Festival 2019

Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago Celebrates National Cheesecake Day with a New Cheesecake and a Cheesecake Festival!

Sunday July 28th and Tuesday July 30th

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery in Chicago will celebrate National Cheesecake Day with a new dessert:  Eli’s Celebration Dippers, frozen confetti cheesecake on a stick, hand dipped in chocolate… a fun way to celebrate our favorite holiday. To order your Celebration Dippers, visit or call our Bakery Café at (773) 205-3800 for local delivery.

July 28th Eli’s will host a Cheesecake Festival, devoted to everything Cheesecake!

July 28 (Sunday) 9:00 AM-4:00 PM – Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

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  Cheesecake Games for all ages: cheesecake eating contests, cheesecake hula hoop contests, cheesecake Bingo and more

  Cheesecake Tasting (try free samples of Eli’s Cheesecake!)

  Live Entertainment: The world renowned Jesse White Tumblers flying over a giant cheesecake and Chicago’s own Happiness Club, Chicago kids performing hip hop with a       positive message, Photo Op with Eli’s Big Slice mascot

Grilled lunch available for purchase.



July 30 (Tuesday)  - National Cheesecake Day

It’s all about giving out as many free slices of cheesecake as possible!

Here’s how to get yours: Follow #ElisMobile on Twitter to discover where the Eli’s Cheesecake Mobile (Yes, a really cool car that was built by one of our cheesecake fans) and the Big Slice will be handing out FREE slices around Chicago.

Or stop by Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe, which has the largest selection of Eli’s Cheesecakes anywhere, and enjoy a free slice of cheesecake and special savings on all dessert purchases, 8am-6pm.

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Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago Celebrates National Cheesecake Day with debut of Birthday Cake Cheesecake in honor of Eli’s 35th Birthday plus…cheesecake give-a-ways all over town and a Cheesecake Festival!

Nothing says party like food on a stick so Eli’s Birthday Cake Cheesecake will be unveiled as an Eli’s Dipper: confetti cheesecake layered with old fashioned birthday cake, enrobed in milk chocolate, rolled in more confetti and served frozen on a stick!  The Eli’s Cheesecake mobile and slice mascot will make stops around Chicago giving away Dippers and other varieties of cheesecake.

Thursday, July 30 - Give-a-way  locations include: Eli Schulman Playground across from Water Tower Place, Jefferson Park, Pioneer Court, Eli’s Cafe at O’Hare Airport (term 1 between B8 and B9), and Eli’s Cheesecake World (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr. Chicago). Follow us on Twitter @ElisCheesecake #ElisMobile for schedule.

Also on July 30, free standard shipping on all 9” Cheesecakes. Visit for details.

Thursday, July 30-Sunday, August 2 – Eli’s Cheesecake Festival:  Music, food, cheesecake hula hoop, eating and cake walk contests, family fun , a classic car show and Come As You Were costume contest.  Visit for schedule.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

Our new Birthday Cake Dippers.

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TimeOut Chicago Mentions Eli’s Cheesecake Festival as one of Chicago’s Top Summer Festivals

Listing of Top Summer Festivals by TimeOut Chicago–Pitchfork in July, Lollapalooza in August, Windy City Wine Fest in September and the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival closing the season in October (3rd-4th)

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Fresh Corn on the Cob on the Menu at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

One of the great treats of the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College
Farmers Market in September is the fresh corn on the cob in the husk from
Nichols Farms.

The Nichols corn on the cob will be roasted this weekend as one
of the signatures dishes at the Eli’s Grill at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.
Enjoy the corn as well as great hamburgers and hot dogs from the

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12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival This Weekend–September 20th and 21st

We celebrated our move to Eli’s Cheesecake World on World Food
Day–October 16, 1996. Every year, we host the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival on our
Campus as a way to commemorate staying in Chicago and being so active in the
community. Our 12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is this Saturday and
Sunday–September 20th and 21st. The event is free with free parking. The event
benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the New Horizon Center for the
Developmentally Disabled, our neighbor to the west.

We have great partners that make this event possible: the
Michigan Apple Committee (who brings the Michigan Apple Queen to our Festival);
First Chicago Bank & Trust which is sponsoring our Main Stage and Cheesecake
Bingo; Country Financial, Z Frank Chevrolet; Equal Brand Sweetener, which
sponsors our Family Stage; FedEx Office and Autumn Green at Wright

We are grateful for the participation of our educational
partners–Wright College, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and
the University of Illinois Extension, who work with us throughout the year and
who will be highlighted in the Country Financial Green Pavilion.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Festival featured in Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Action Month Calendar


Be sure to bring a non-perishable food donation to the Eli’s Cheesecake
Festival this weekend – you’ll get a FREE slice of cheesecake. Or, donate
cash and get a WHOLE cheesecake!  It’s a great way to help the hungry this month
(Hunger Action Month)! We look forward to continuing our great partnership with
the Greater Chicago Food Depository to fight hunger in our


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9th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market a Thursday Tradition–Take advantage of the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Speakers Program







Our thanks to Chad Nichols and the Nichols Family for being the heart of the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market. Each week, Chad and his family bring a wide variety of flowers and vegetables to our Market.








Beets and Red Onions are always a Market favorite; also great when used by Eli’s Chef Antonio in one of his Thursday Farmers Market Special Lunches.







The Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market is a success only because of our great partnerships. We are fortunate to have the support of Drusilla Bank of the University of Illinois Extension, and Lucille Shaw, Master Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor at the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences. Each Thursday through August 7th, Lucille brings 15 students from CHSAS who attend class at Wright College and then come to the Market for an industry leading speaker in sustainable food systems. The lecture is open to the public.










The inaugural speaker for the 2008 Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program was Lloyd Nichols, the patriarch of Nichols Farms and one of the first local farmers to see the opportunities in local famers markets. Lloyd was introduced by Eli’s Executive Vice President, Jolene Worthington, who is Board Member of Slow Foods and a passionate advocate for local foods.










Best of all, the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market is fun for kids of all ages and families.. Check our schedule out on the web at for our Thursday Farmer Market schedule.

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Eli’s Pastry Chef Laurel Boger Previews Dessert Creations for the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival on NBC 5 Chicago

Eli’s Pastry Chef Laurel Boger Previews Eli’s Desserts for the NBC 5 Sunday Morning Show.


NBC 5 Chicago Anchor Zoraida Sambolin samples the Eli’s Cheesecake the she decorated on the NBC5 Sunday Morning News. Eli’s congratulates Zoraida on joining Dick Johnson on the NBC 5 News during the week.

Joining Zoraida are Eli’s Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, Eli’s Marc Schulman and NBC 5′s Kim Vatis and Pete Sack.


Cheesecake Festival

Eli Cheesecake and Cheesecake Festival

Recipe: Almost-Eli’s Original Cheesecake

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Chilling time: 8 hours or overnight
  • Yield: 12 slices
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • graham cracker or cookie crust for 9-inch spring form pan (recipe follows)

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese, sugar and
    flour in mixing bowl of an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add eggs and
    yolk, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl until completely incorporated.
    Add sour cream and vanilla. Beat mixture, scraping down sides of bowl, until
    smooth. Pour mixture into prepared crust in un-greased 9-inch spring form pan;
    place on cookie sheet. Bake until cake is firm around edge and center barely
    jiggles when tapped, about 45 minutes. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight
    to completely set up before serving.

    Graham Crust
  • 1 ½ cups graham meal
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon Mix all ingredients in medium bowl using your fingertips
    until mixture is well moistened.

    Chocolate Coating
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 12 oz. Bittersweet chocolate, chopped Melt chocolate: Combine oil and
    chocolate pieces in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power until chocolate
    is completely melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds, for about 4-5
    minutes (times may vary).

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Eli’s Cheesecake Festival XI–A Huge Success

Our 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake was our best ever.

From the perfect weather, great partners and volunteers, food, music and fun, the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival was a fantastic celebration for Chicago.

We will be posting our photo book from the Festival and thanking all of our sponsors and partners. This picture says it best as a Jess Wite Tumbler flies over the Eli’s Cheesecake Slice and over the entrance to Eli’s Cheesecake World.


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TimeOut Chicago Names the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival as one of its”Best Of the Fests”


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