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“Eli’s Cheesecake: A tasty tour for a tiny price”: a visit to Eli’s by D.J. Siegel of HelloChicago.com

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Eli’s Cheesecake: a tasty tour for a tiny price

Sep 17, 2010

When it comes to splurges, there are few things more decadent and delicious than cheesecake. And when it comes to cheesecake, there are few places in the world that do it better than The Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago.

First offered in 1980 as a menu item at Eli’s Place for Steak restaurant, the dessert became a favorite of famous clientele like footballer Gale Sayers and President Bill Clinton. Eli’s Cheesecake debuted at the first Taste of Chicago that year, and it has since become the No. 1 dessert at Taste, selling nearly 2 million slices at the annual festival.

Eli’s Cheesecake World — a 62,000-square-foot bakery, café and visitors center — was later opened on Chicago’s northwest side to support national demand. The bakery makes thousands of cheesecakes weekly in a wide variety of flavors. Visitors can purchase the sinfully delicious treats and see how they’re made, thanks to daily tours.

Eli’s Experience, a walk-in tour conducted Monday through Friday at 1 p.m., costs just $3. The tour begins with a video presentation in which visitors learn about famous Eli’s fans like Frank Sinatra, the history of Eli’s through the years, and how cheesecakes are created from the crumbly crust up.

Tour participants are then rought into the bustling, high-tech bakery section, where they can see Eli’s products being created, decorated and packed. A return trip to the café offers a complimentary slice of Eli’s cheesecake in several flavors, and is a delightful capper to the tour.

For those unable to attend a weekday tour, there’s always Eli’s: Tasting and Traditions, a walk-in experience available Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. This free event includes a presentation and a sample of cheesecake and three other Eli’s products. A takery tour isn’t included, but the presentation and samples are well worth the trip.

Named the top food tour in the nation by the Food Network, a visit to Eli’s is a fun, inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning about the history of Eli’s Cheesecake, delight in seeing the production process — and everyone will smile wide as they take a big bite of ooey, gooey cheesecake.

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Marine One Flying Over Eli’s Cheesecake World

Marine One Flying Over Eli's Cheesecake World

When President Obama returned to Chicago for his birthday on August 4th, Marine One flew right over Eli’s Cheesecake World on its way to the lakefront.

We almost thought the President would land to pick up a birthday cake!

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Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe Hosts Scott Hamilton & Top Skaters following Superstars on Ice at the Skokie Skatium

Continuing a tradition that dates back over a fourteen  years ago, the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe hosted Scott Hamilton and top skaters in the world who performed at the Superstars on Ice Show at the Skokie Skatium. Originating at Eli’s the Place for Steak, the late night supper moved to the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe after Eli’s The Place for Steak was forced to close.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Big Slice Makes a Special Appearance at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe this Sunday, March 21 at 1pm

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Eli’s Cheesecake Big Slice will help celebrate Spring (wouldn’t think it today!) at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe with a special appearance at 1pm this Sunday, March 21 from 1pm to 2pm. Samples of Eli’s Cheesecake and Freshly Baked Eli’s Cookies will be served with our compliments. Eli’s Big Slice will return to the Eli’s Bakery Cafe for our In Store Dock Sale next Saturday, March 27th.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe has the best selection of treats for your Valentine!

 

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Saturday at Eli’s–Hot Chocolate, Homemade Cookies & Eli’s Cheesecake Sampling

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The Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe Bakery is a very special place throughout the year with specialty desserts & pastries created by our talented pastry chefs. For the holidays, Alicia and Carolina are greeting our guests in the Cafe with hot homemade cookies, hot chocolate and samples of our cheesecake.

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Santa Claus Makes a Early Visit to the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe–Complimentary Hot Chocolate & Eli’s Cheesecake Sampling Bar this weekend

Just as the snow arrived in Chicago on Friday, December 18th, Santa Claus made a surprise appearance at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe. He came to shop for his upcoming Christmas Eve tour and enjoyed the cheer and hospitality of Eli’s. Santa is on the road but the hospitality continues with complimentary hot chocolate, Eli’s Cheesecake Samples and yes, just baked chocolate chip cookies.


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Chicago Cup Wrestling-USA v Russia at Wright College this Sunday

One of the legacies of Chicago’s efforts to secure the 2016 Olympics was the formation of of World Sport Chicago which continues to educate and promote sports in Chicago. This Sunday, November 15th, World Sport Chicago in alliance with USA Wrestling presents the third annual Chicago Cup. This year Team USA will challenge the #1 team in the world, Russia.

As a thank you to supporters of World Sport Chicago, bring your ticket stub to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe and get a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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Tours du Jour of Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois makes it annual shopping visit to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe

We welcome shopping tours and groups to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe throughout the year but it is always a little more festive and fun during the holiday season.

Our holiday season for groups starts on the Saturday before our Thanksgiving Dock Sale & the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival when the Tours du Jour of Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois visits us in the morning for coffee, samples and shopping before going on to Woodfield Shopping Mall.

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Our thanks to Sally Spudich for her leadership in organizing the visit by Tours du Jour of Highland Community College to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe. This year we were delighted that Sally’s daughter and two grand daughters accompanied her to Eli’s.

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Illinois is fortunate to have such a great network of community colleges, including our neighbor, Wright College, as well as Highland Community College in Freeport, that offer life long learning, personal development and recreation to their local community.

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Eli’s Say Thank You to our Active Duty Soldier’s and Veteran’s–Free Slice of Eli’s Cheesecake and Coffee from Tuesday, November 10th through Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our founder, Eli M. Schulman, was very proud of his service to our country during World War II in the Army Air Corp. As evidenced by the photos below, the Army Air Corp was a place for Eli to develop his skills with Big Cakes as well as his leadership and entrepreneurial skills as a Staff Sergeant.

We are celebrating Veteran’s Day this week by offering a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake and Coffee for veteran’s and active duty soldier’s from Tuesday, November 10th through Sunday, November 15th.

In keeping with Eli’s theme of supporting the troops during World War II, we will also be initiating a program so all active duty military personnel in uniform will receive a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake and Coffee at all times.

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