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Congratulations to Northwestern Law School Dean David Zandt for his 25 years of serving as Dean and for his new role as President of the New School in New York

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Eli’s has had a long and special relationship with the Chicago Campus of Northwestern University and the Northwestern University Law School. Eli’s the Place for Steak was a favorite gathering spot for professors at the Law School: Fred Inba, David Ruder and others would walk the block from the Law School to Eli’s. When Eli’s Marc Schulman attended Northwestern Law School, Eli’s hosted many study groups and other student meetings and Eli’s Founder, Eli Schulman, had a very special relationship with the Northwestern Law Alumni who led the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and had such an impact on the law and government in Illinois: Governor James R. Thompson, Judge Joel Flaum, Attorneys Tony Valukas and Gary Starkman, to name a few.

This holiday season, Northwestern Law School is celebrating the 25 year service of David Van Zandt as Dean of the Law School and honoring him as he moves to become President of the New School in New York. For us at Eli’s, it was a true honor to see that the poster highlighting the Dean’s 25 year service includes a photo of the 150th anniversary cheesecake that Eli’s created in 2009.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Partners with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at Lights Festival Lane to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Provide Free Decorating and Slice of Eli’s Cheesecake for Guests

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It is an Annual Tradition for Eli’s Cheesecake to participate in Lights Festival Lane on the Saturday of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Eli’s partners with the students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to help decorate free slices of Eli’s Cheesecake for the guests while suppoting the Greater Chicago Food Depository through donations of food and cash.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman joined by Haley Schulman, CHSAS Assistant Principal and longtime agricultural education advocate, Lucille Shaw, and Ellen Farrar, the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, which produces the Lights Festival.

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Eli’s Big Slice welcomes guests to Eli’s Tent at Lights Festival Lane with a student from CHSAS.

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Students from the CHSAS help guests decorate their slices of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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Volunteers from the Greater Chicago Food Depository accept donations of non-perishable food and cash donations. Eli’s provided Cakes as a thank you to donors of over $10 to the Food Depository.

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Eli’s Marc, Haley and Maureen Schulman at the Eli’s Tent at Lights Festival Lane.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman presents a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake to Bob Dion, this year’s Chairman of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival for the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.

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Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Profiled at the National FFA Convention by Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Eli’s Cheesecake has been a long time supporter of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. With so much need in our society for leaders nationally and globally in improving food safety, food security and the 300 careers in agriculture and life sciences, Chicago is fortunate to have a public high school that has for 25 years developed outstanding graduates that attend top universities and pursue important careers in the food and related industries.
It was therefore an honor to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a keynote address and recognized CHSAS for its important role in urban agricultural education today.

Agricultural Education in the 21st Century: Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks at the FFA Convention

October 21, 2010 (excerpted from Secretary’s Duncan’s remarks)

Look behind me. You will see the outstanding students from the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences who just introduced me.

I’ve been to their school many times, and I loved those visits. It is an amazing school. I remember when a calf was born there. It is one of the ten largest FFA chapters in the nation. Every day, the Chicago Ag School refutes the myth that agricultural education is just for rural students.

Every day, the school dispels the misconception that agricultural education is a relic with little relevance in the information age.

Every day, their school illustrates the power of rigorous agricultural education to engage students and transform lives and communities.

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Over 54,000 people, an attendance record, registered for the 83rd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis , Indiana.

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US Secretary of Education and former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools,  Arne Duncan, was introduced by current CHSAS students, Alexis Raybon, Ciana McMillian and Mahmoud Shalabi.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan with CHSAS Master Ag Teacher, Sheila Fowler, Ciana McMillian and  Master Ag Teacher Emeritu and Assistant Principal, Lucille Shaw.

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Education Secretary Duncan with CHSAS Principal, William Hook, CHSAS students, Alexis Raybon and Mahmoud Shalabi, and Eli’s Cheesecake’s, Marc and Maureen Schulman.


Legendary agricultural broadcaster, Orion Samuelson, interviewed Education Secretary Duncan, FFA Chief Operating Officer Dwight Armstrong and Eli’s Marc Schulman for the FFA Convention coverage on RFD-TV.

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Orion Samuelson recently celebrated his 50th Anniversary of broadcasting on WGN Radio and a member of the Radio Broadcast Hall of Fame has been a supporter of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences since its founding. The students, faculty and supporters of CHSAS expressed their support for Orion advocating agricultural education in urban areas like Chicago.

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Eli’s Cheesecake happy to support the Chicago Public schools’ Principal for a Day!




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PrezRelease–the Blog of U of I President Mike Hogan Highlights meeting of Hogan, Chancellor Easter and Eli’s Marc Schulman

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Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College & the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Celebrate the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program Graducation

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Ray Arceo, Teacher and Spokesperson for NFL Fuel Up to Play60 Speaks to Chicago High School for Agricultural High School Students particpating in the Summer Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program at Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake

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Ray Arceo is a physical education instructor at Miguel Juarez Middle School and a spokesperson for the NFL Fuel to Play60 Program. Ray is married to Eli’s Food service Sales Director, Erin Arceo, and is responsible for the partnership between Juarez and Eli’s for the Spruce-Up of Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground each year.

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Ray spoke to the students about the importance of a well balanced diet and exercise in keeping with the First Lady’s Goals on the “Let’s Move” web site. Ray concluded his remarks by having the students do some exercises in place.

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This has been the most successful year in the history of Eli’s, Wright and CHSAS Partnership for the Summer Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program with outstanding speakers, special guests and engaged students. This year we really put all the pieces together as we saw the links between business, education and public policy.

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Chicago Tribune Food Policy Writer Renee Enna Speaks to Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Students as part of the Summer Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program sponsored by Eli’s, Wright College and CHSAS

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Dr. Bechara Choucair, Director of the Chicago Board of Health Speaks to the Chicago High School for Ag Sciences Summer Sustainable Agricultural Students at the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market

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We were honored to have Dr. Bechara Choucair, the Director of the Chicago Board of Health,  speak at the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market to the Chicago High School for Agriculture  Students in the Summer Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program.

Dr. Choucair has a global perspective to public health issues and inspired the students with his background and the innovative programs that he is developing for Chicagoans.

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Dr. Choucair with the CHSAS students following his talk.

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Dean Molly Jahn of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture & Life Sciences visits Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College and meets with Chicago Ag Summer Fellows

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Dean Jahn congratulates the students from Vaughn High School on their participation in the Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market.

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Each week students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences bring produce and crafts to the Eli’s/Wright Farmers Market.

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Dean Jahn is greeted by CHSAS graduates Michael Funk, Dantrell Cotton, Eli’s Jeff Anderson and CHSAS Master Ag Teacher Sheila Fowler

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Dean Jahn met with a student leaders and supporters at Wright College. From left to right, Assistant Dean Maria Llopiz-Rosas Landa, Eli’s and Wright Grad, Keyla Torres, Wright President Charles Guenerich, Wright Vice President Cynthia Cordes, Dean Jahn, Wright Advisor Susan Calabrese and Eli’s Jeff Anderson.

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Dean Jahn had a forum with the student leadership at Wright on their interests and goals.

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This was the fifth of six weeks in the Summer Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship Program with CHSAS and the last week of the speakers program. It has been a great summer of speakers and special visitors.

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