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Eli’s & Wright College Community thank Dr. Charles Guengerich for his Service as President of Wright College

One of the foundations of Eli’s Cheesecake is the dedication to education and life long learning—for our people and the community. For us, these goals have been achieved because of the strong leadership of Dr. Charles Guengerich, the President of Wright College. In his 12 years as President of Wright and over 30 years at the City Colleges of Chicago, Dr. G has been totally committed to his students, his faculty and staff and the community. On June 30th, Dr. G. retired from Wright and the City Colleges of Chicago. In honor of his service, Eli’s hosted a luncheon on our Farmers Market Day that also kicked off the summer program with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences; programs that were all made possible because of Dr. G’s commitment to the community.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman and 38th Ward Alderman Tim Cullerton thank Dr. Guengerich for his service to the community.

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Dr. Guengerich and wife, Diana, are joined by former Wright Vice President and later President of Harold Washington College, Nancy DeSombre, with her husband, Gene.

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Dr. Guengerich was joined by Lynn Walker, President of Truman College who previously served as Vice President of Wright.

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In honor of his support and leadership for the Father’s Day Bike Ride, Dr. Guengerich was named as the Grand Marshall for the 2012 Ride.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Congratulates the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on its 2011 Graduation Ceremony

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The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences was fortunate to have Brenda Dann-Messier, the Assistant Secretary of Education for Adult and Vocational Education at its 2011 graduation on Friday, June 10th. Dann-Messier is the Senior Official in the Department of Education for Community Colleges and all Career & Technical Education including agricultural education.

In the photo above Dann-Messier is joined by Principal William Hook, Assistant Principal Lucille Shaw and Advisory Board Co-Chairs, Eli’s Marc Schulman and Attorney Rouhy Shalabi.

Before the graduation ceremony, Dann-Messier took a tour of CHSAS with the “Top 10″ graduates and members of the junior class.

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Miguel Juarez Middle School Students Help Clean Up Eli’s

For the past 6 years, Eli’s has benefitted from our partnership with Ray & Erin Arceo and students from Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan. In the past years, we have spruced up the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park as part of the Chicago’s Friends of the Park Annual Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-up program.  However, a questionable weather forecast for Saturday, May 7th resulted in the day being reorganized.  This year, the students planted and cleaned our business park grounds here at Eli’s Cheesecake World. They also got the chance to decorate their own cheesecakes to bring home. It was very special to have these dedicated kids here with us on that special day.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Congratulates NBC 5 Chicago on hosting Education Nation in Chicago

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On Saturday, May 7th, Eli’s President Marc Schulman Presented a Ceremonial Eli’s Cheesecake to NBC 5 Anchor Kim Vatis in Celebration of the Success of the Events of NBC Education Nation in Chicago during the past week.

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Ridgewood High School Art Club Brings a Touch of Spring to the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe

Our thanks to the students in the Ridgewood High School Art Club and Advisor, Ms. Sarah Machaj, for helping get the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe ready for Spring. Our windows now look colorful and festive. We thank these talented young people for their great work and dedication.








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Eli’s Cheesecake Joins All of Chicago in Mourning the Loss of Jim Tyree, Chairman of Mesirow Financial & the Chicago Sun Times and former Chair of the Board of the City Colleges of Chicago

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The Chicago Sun Times, a newspaper, saved by the creativity and vision of Jim Tyree, has a full page ad today mourning the loss of Jim Tyree from his associates at Mesirow Financial. The words are perfect and describe the tremendous impact that Jim had on Chicago and the loss that all of us will experience. Jim had a unique understanding of business and he really cared about his friends, his customers and the community. If it was a discussion about financing our business, the City Colleges of Chicago, our insurance or his ongoing support of the Happiness Club, Jim always made time for others and always helped others succeed.

The Mesirow Tribute to Jim states:

Visionary Leader

Civic Champion

Tireless Advocate

Inspiring Mentor

Trusted Confidant

Role Model

Eternal Optimist

Large Hearted

Humble Hero

Valued Partner

Family Man

Regular Guy


Always missed. Never forgotten.

No one could say it better!

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Eli’s Cheesecake Supports the Happiness Club: 2011Benefit this Sunday, March 6th at the Park West Theatre

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The 2011 Benefit for the Happiness Club honors Eileen LaCario, the Vice President of Broadway in Chicago, and Grammy Award Winner, Che “Rhymefest” Smith with special guest, Kevin Coval, the Founder of the the Louder Than a  Bomb Poetry Slam.

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Salute to the Culinary Class of 2011 by the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club!

The students of the College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College, Kendall College, Robert Morris University, Triton College and Washburne Culinary Institute showcased their talents last Friday night by preparing some delicious food!   A special thanks goes out to our celebrity emcee, Wayne Johnson of NBC and all those who came out to support this Wayne Johnson with students great event!

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Art Club of Ridgewood High School Decorates Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe Windows for the Holiday Season


Our thanks to Sarah Machaj, the Club Advisor, & the members of the Art Club at Ridgewood High School for decorating the windows of our Cafe for the Holiday Season. We value the passion and energy of these outstanding students.

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The partnership of Eli’s Cheesecake & Stewart’s Coffee with the SGA Cafe fund New Student Scholarships at Wright College


Eli’s Cheesecake Congratulates Melissa Raney, Angel Lira and Eli’s Santillan- Students at Wright College who were selected to receive the SGA Café Scholarship from Wright College’s Student Government Association.
The students will receive the equivalent of 12 credit hours tuition from the SGA Café for their Spring Semester at Wright College.
The SGA Café opened in April 2007 and is fully funded by product donations from The Eli’s Cheesecake Company and Stewart’s Private Blend Coffee. All profits from the café are use to benefit students.
The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is proud to donate goods and desserts for the SGA Café at Wright, a terrific entrepreneurial initiative.

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