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Eli’s Annual Holiday Dinner at the Sunshine Activity Center

Thank you to the Eli’s Team for making the Annual Holiday Dinner that Eli’s hosts for the Sunshine Activity Center such a great success. We have a long and very special partnership with the Sunshine Center and this was the best Holiday Event ever—in attendance and enthusiasm. Truly Priceless. Every member of the Center received a personal gift from Santa and an Eli’s Apple Cobbler to take home. Thank you to Diana, our Event Chair and to the Eli’s Team that made the evening so special. We had 100% participation from the Café Team and Customer Service, including all our Interns. Participating from Eli’s was Kathy and Jeff, her husband (who secured Santa), Antonio, Diana, Juana, Angelica, Joselyn, Elizabeth, Rose, Veronica, Lindsey, Katelyn, Tom, Tommy, Donna, Mary, Maria, Elsa, Juanita, Mike, Ivan and Margaret.

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Eli’s Attends I-GO Car Sharing

Eli’s is excited to be providing desserts for I-GO Car Sharing.  I-GO is the the Midwest’s only non-profit car sharing organization, and they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary on Tuesday, December 4 at the Cultural Center.  If you are interested in attending, please visit

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Eli’s Attends the Illinois Family Business Awards Gala

Eli’s was delighted to be providing dessert for the 19th Illinois Family Business Awards Gala presented by the Family Business Center of Loyola University. The even took place yesterday, November 27th, at the Four Seasons Hotel.  The Awards honor and recognize family businesses who demonstrate the following qualities:

- A strong commitment to both business and family
- Positive family/business linkage
- Multi-generational family business involvement
- Contributions to industry and community
- Innovative business practices and strategies

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Eli’s Toys for Tots Drive

This year, Eli’s is teaming up with Toys for Tots to bring a brighter Christmas to children. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys (valued at $5 or more) in our Bakery Cafe until December 7th. As a token of our appreciation, we will be giving out 20% off frozen dessert coupons to anyone who brings in a toy.

Please help us bring more smiles to children’s faces this holiday season.

Thank you

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Eli’s Cheesecake Supports Relief Effort for Hurricane Sandy

Eli’s Supports Disaster Relief for the People affected by Superstorm Sandy with a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund in support of ABC’s Day of Giving

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Eli’s Sponsors Lawson House Honors Event

Eli’s was pleased to be one of the sponsors for the Lawson House Honors Event on Thursday, November 1st, 2012.  The event was honoring a remarkable history of Board Leadership and Support.

Since 1931, Lawson House has provided safe, afforable housing for men and women.  Now the largest single-room supportive housing facility in the Midwest, it plays a key role in Chicago’s efforts to address homelessness.

But housing is only half the story.  Lawson house also provides an array of free social services, mental health and primary medical care to help residents be independent and self-sufficient.  These supportive services have been carefully added over the past 30 years through lasting partnerships with area providers.  Through their commitment, Lawson House has emerged as a national model of supportive housing.  Their success is based in part on the support and leadership of the Lawson House Board of Directors.

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Opening of the Illinois Center for Urban Agricultural Education at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is Highlighted in Illinois Ag Ed

All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake are very proud of our long time support and partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. A major step in the development of the programs at the school was the opening of the Illinois Center for Urban Agricultural Education at CHSAS, a program of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and headed by Corey Flournoy.

We were delighted to see the opening of the Center profiled in Illinois Ag Ed, a publication of the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.


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Eli’s Cheesecake World is 16 years old!

Yesterday, October 15th, Eli’s celebrated World Food Day! It was 16 years ago that we had the opening ceremony for Eli’s Cheesecake World. Our people and family were joined by Illinois Governor Edgar, Chicago Mayor Daley, Cook County Board President John Stroger and  Alderman Tom Allen for the cutting of ceremonial giant Eli’s Cheesecake opening this new facility in the City of Chicago. At that time we employed about 100 people; today over 240 people. Back then we produced the equivalent of about 4,000 Eli’s Cheesecake’s a day; today over 18,000! Today we are proud to continue to support Feeding America and the Greater Chicago Food Depository with donations that will reach over 3.5 million people this year.

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The Eli’s Cheesecake Company Attends & Supports the Annual Green Tie Ball

This Saturday, September 15, Eli’s Cheesecake will be attending and supporting the 21st Annual Green Tie Ball. The gala, founded in 1992, raises funds each year for Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program, which creates and maintains beautiful, sustainable landscapes along Chicago’s major expressways. One of Chicago’s best-known charity events, the Green Tie Ball has had over 2,000 attendees last year; celebrities such as Valerie Warner,  Ryan Chiaverini, and Pete Wentz; and sponsors such as Office Max, Rivers Casino, Goose Island, Rosebud Restaurants, and Chicago Sun-Times. Eli’s Cheesecake’s newest flavors will be served at the Ball, including Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel, Ricotta with gluten free ingredients and Cinnamon Streusel Roll Cheesecake. To attend or donate to the Green Tie Ball and Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program, visit their website at

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National Cheesecake Day celebrated with Miss Illinois and Eli’s Chicago fans


For National Cheesecake Day 2012, Eli’s was honored by a visit from Megan Ervin, Miss Illinois! She celebrated by putting her culinary skills to the test and decorating her own Eli’s Cheesecake with the help of Eli’s pastry chefs.

In honor of Megan’s great work and commitment to helping our community, Eli’s announced that a portion of all proceeds of all sales made on National Cheesecake Day would be donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Eli’s was also proud to present a $1,000 donation to Children’s Miracle Network on Megan’s behalf.















Megan generously donated her time to help the Eli’s team and the Eli’s slice mascot hand out over 1,000 FREE cheesecake slices around Chicago to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. They rode around town in the Cheesecake Mobile, a 1928 Ford delivery truck modified to store a truckload of cheesecake slices!  The group stopped at important landmarks in Chicago like the  Seneca Park/Eli Schulman Playground (located across from the new Children’s Memorial Hospital), and the Prudential Building.  The Eli’s team also posted surprise stops on Twitter and Facebook so our fans could get in on the fun and enjoy a free slice of Eli’s.   

 Fans who aren’t lucky enough to live in Chicago were able to enjoy free shipping on a different delicious flavor each hour  on


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