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Eli’s Cheesecake Featured Food Company of the Month by the Illinois Department of Agriculture


Food Company of the Month

Eli’s Cheesecake Company

The Schulman family has been in the restaurant business over 50 years and bakes their cheesecakes on the northwest side of Chicago in a 62,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art bakery. Eli’s is sold in 50 states and internationally.

Eli’s cheesecake is a unique Chicago style cheesecake baked with a high profile and has a firm outside and very creamy inside. Their butter cookie crust is baked to a golden brown. For example, Eli’s Original Plain cheesecake ingredients are pure and simple with: cream cheese, sugar, eggs, sour cream, pure vanilla, salt and no preservatives.

Eli’s Cheesecake is a family-run business. That means that each and every person they meet has a special place in their hearts, and well, in their kitchen. And they’ve had the pleasure of meeting some famous people and some famously wonderful people that have made a difference in their family and like-wise, in their business. Check out their website to read about their unique stores.

At Eli’s Cheesecake they value community and have a strong desire to make whatever difference they can. This desire started with Eli Schulman
himself with his great generosity and charity to those in need and has lead the way to what has become a tradition of charitable giving at Eli’s

Marc Schulman, President, continues the support. Most recently he received the Excellence in Agribusiness for Agricultural Education from the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education. Schulman serves as Co-Chair on the Business Advisory Board for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The Agricultural industry is fortunate to have such strong partnerships with industry and education as our young people become the upcoming leaders and workforce.

TOUR: To learn and experience the Eli’s way and see the path a cheesecake takes from scratch to finishing touch check into one of their tours. It’s fun and educational to watch Eli’s bakers use their super-sized mixers and bowls to transform mind-boggling amounts of ingredients. You’ll be there when the cakes travel through a 70-foot tunnel oven, take a ride on a 20-foot high cooling rack and then line up for hand decorating. No tour is complete without a complimentary slice of Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli’s state-of-the-art bakery tour was voted the #1 food tour in the country by ”Top 5” on the Food Network .

DINE: Enjoy lunch at Eli’s Cheesecake Café, the perfect destination to enjoy homemade soup, freshly prepared artisan sandwich, gourmet salad, or cheesecake shake. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a slice of the rich and famous Eli’s Cheesecake! Dine in our vaulted ceiling coffeehouse atmosphere or on our outdoor patio during pleasant weather. Eli’s Cheesecake Café was voted Chicago’s #1 restaurant for dessert by America On Line City Guide.

SHOP: Take time to shop in our amazing store where the selection of cheesecakes and desserts are endless. We also have a fresh bake shop with scratch recipe muffins, loaf cakes, crème puffs, big cookies, holiday treats, macaroons, bagel chips, tarts, cakes
and cheesecakes for you to enjoy here in our café over a cup of coffee, cappuccino, or espresso (or take-out!). They make sure everything they bake deserves to be called “Eli’s”!

CONTACT INFORMATION: Eli’s Corporate Office, Bakery, Retail Store and Dessert Café is located on the northwest side of the city of Chicago at 6701 Forest Preserve Drive (at the corner of Forest Preserve Drive and Montrose). Call 800-ELI-CAKE for tour information, times, and availability.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: 800-ELI-CAKE (Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm CST)

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Eli’s Proud to Support Aviation Awareness Day for Students With Disabilities-Vaughn High School and the FAA

Eli’s is very proud of its long support of the Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School. This is a very special Chicago Public School that serves students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities.

One of the great introductions we were able to make for Vaughn was with Jan Lebovitz and the FAA which came out of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Wright Brothers first flight which was held at Wright in

The FAA has a strong commitment to giving students with disabilities a better understanding of aviation and, as a result, has created an annual event with Vaughn whereby students go to the now Chicago Executive Airport for a day of flight and aviation related experiences.

We are delighted that we can continue our support of this great partnership.

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Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry visits Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and presents Eli’s Cheesecake with an Award of Excellence

One of Eli’s Cheesecake’s biggest supporters is Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. Active in the Greater North Michgan Avenue Association and a resident of the Streeterville community, Pappas has a record of expanding
the services of her office to consumers in numerous languages (the international nature of the office is evident by the over 80 international flags that are displayed in the main lobby of the Treasurer’s office) and in protecting the
funds of Cook County, one of the largest county governments in the country.

Today, Maria invited Maureen, Elana and I to an awards ceremony in her office in connection with a visit by Miss America Jennifer Berry. A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Berry has undertaken a platform of building intolerance to drunk driving and underage drinking.

It was an honor for us to meet Miss America and to be presented with an Award of Excellence from her and the Treasurer for “Sweetening the World with the Best Cheesecake Ever.”

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Congratulations to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on its Gold Medal Award at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Congratulations to the students and faculty of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences for their outstanding work in creating “Reinventing the Wheel,” their entry in the 12th Annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show which is continuing at Navy Pier through Sunday, March 19th.

For the first time in its participation in the Show, CHSAS was awarded the Gold Medal in the Horticulture Division, the highest award given in this prestigious competition. The Medal was made possible by a total team effort under the leadership of Principal David Gilligan, Dr. Robert Bush, Scott Nelson and Julie Reynolds and the CHSAS students who designed, built and cultivated the garden,

Over the nine day run of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, ten of thousands of people will see the great work of the students at CHSAS and see the great opportunities in agricultural education in Chicago. This is the third year that the Ag Mech Tech students under the direction of Dr. Bush and the Horticulture students under the direction of Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. Nelson have worked together to create one the premiere gardens in the show. It is great to see the students and school recognized with gold!



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Eli’s Cheesecake Recognized by the Detroit Public Schools for Supporting Entrepreneurship

This summer we were honored to host a group of student entrepreneurs from the Detroit Public Schools. Today, we were delighted to receive this plaque in recognition of the visit. We are displaying it proudly and look forward to the many great achievements of these students and other student entrepreneurs from Detroit.

Our thanks to the students of the Detroit Public Schools, to Rosalind Denning of the Office of Career and Technical Education of the Detroit Public Schools and the Entrepreneurship 2000 Advisory Board.

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Eli’s Cheesecake to be honored at the Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Industry Awards Dinner

Over the years, all of us at Eli’s have been very proud of our partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We have been a regular donor of cheesecake to the GCFD and have used a number of our events from our annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival, to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and our debut in the Starbucks stores in Chicago as opportunities to raise funds and food donations for the GCFD.

Every year the GCFD hosts a Food Industry Awards Dinner sponsored by the leading food retailers in the Chicago area: Central Cooperative, Certified Grocers Midwest, Cub Foods, Dominick’s Finer Foods and Jewel-Osco. It is a rare occasion to get every retailer working together and it is a testament to our industry and to the important mission of the GCFD.

This year three awards will be given at the Food Industry Dinner on Thursday, October 20th; the Fresh Impact Award to the Chicago International Produce Market; the Consistent Provider Award to Holsum Bread; and the Hall of Fame Award to me (Marc Schulman) on behalf of Eli’s Cheesecake. This honor is a result of the initial award from the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club, which was endorsed by the GCFD Award Committee.

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Taste of Chicago Host first Memphis v. Chicago Rib Cook-Off

The Taste of Chicago was fortunate to host three of Memphis’ premiere rib restaurants on Thursday. Joining Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Memphis Mayor, Willie Herenton, were Corky’s, Neely’s and The Rendezvous from Memphis and Robinson’s #1 Ribs, Sweet Baby Ray’s and the Fireplace Inn.

Judges included Chicago food critics Pat Bruno and Phil Vettel and noted actor/director, Harold Ramis. The judges in a tight vote selected the Chicago entrants as the winners. We look forward to the rematch in Memphis with their judges and thank these fine Memphis restaurants for coming to Chicago and offering their barbecue at the Taste.

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton thanking Mayor Daley and the participants from Chicago and Memphis.

Charlie Robinson, the High Priest of Chicago Barbecue, with Harold Ramis, known for writing Ghost Busters, directing Ground Hog Day and appearing on SCTV.

Jim Law, the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, can take pride in the success and continued growth of the Taste of Chicago as well as well as summer long programming like “Stirring It Up Chicago” and the international success of Millennium Park.

The winning Chicago team featured Robinson’s, Fire Place Inn and Sweet Baby Ray.

Commercial Appeal

Editorial 07/04: A pig in a poke

July 4, 2005




Last week, three of the best barbecue joints in Memphis — Corky’s, Neely’s and The Rendezvous — sent representatives to Chicago to compete against three of that city’s local restaurants in a cooking showdown.


According to the judges, Memphis lost. To Chicago. In a barbecue contest.


Has the whole world gone mad?


Not that we’re bad sports or anything, but we’ve got our suspicions about this one. Rumor has it that Memphis was leading in the competition until some judges from Chicago’s city cemetery cast their ballots.


OK, maybe that didn’t happen, but it’s worth noting that all of the judges were indeed from Chicago.


Al Capone couldn’t have rigged the jury any better.


Mayor Willie Herenton was on hand to witness this swine-eating charade. Since our mayor has never been the shy and retiring type, we’re wondering why he didn’t raise a protest.


Seriously, the only fair way to settle this is to invite the Chicagoans down to Memphis in May next year for a rematch. Heck, on our home turf, we’re guessing we could even outdo their chefs in making “Chicago style” pizza.


Meanwhile, today being the Fourth of July, many people in and around Memphis will be enjoying our great local barbecue.


Some may be entertaining visitors from Chicago. If so, we encourage those visitors to take a few leftovers home.


We know that, deep down, Chicagoans know our barbecue is better.




Chicago has the better BBQ? Ha, in a pig’s eye

With friendly ribbing, Memphis comes up short


By Leslie Kelly


July 1, 2005


CHICAGO — Nobody was going to suggest the contest was rigged, but when the biggest names in Memphis barbecue were bested by their Chicago counterparts in a “friendly” competition Thursday afternoon in the Windy City, there was some good-natured grumbling.


“They definitely had the home team advantage,” said Patrick Neely, of Neely’s Bar-B-Que. “We never really expected to win. Not with all the judges being from Chicago.”


Nick Vergos from The Rendezvous suggested next time around “we’ll just have to get them to come to Memphis and kick their butts.”


The first Memphis vs. Chicago barbecue contest, billed as a “showdown at high noon,” was a featured event at the 25th annual Taste of Chicago, one of the nation’s largest food festivals. The idea was cooked up by the mayors of the two cities, pitting Corky’s, Neely’s and The Rendezvous against Chicago’s top spots including Robinson’s #1 Ribs, Sweet Baby Ray’s and the Fireplace Inn.


“I was in Chicago on business and Mayor (Richard M.) Daley invited me to his office,” said Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, at Thursday’s competition. “He asked if I had heard of Taste of Chicago and suggested that with all the great traditions our cities share in music and good barbecue, that we might want to come and let the people of this great city enjoy some Memphis barbecue.”


The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Memphis Restaurant Association teamed up to help plan and pay for the trip, which involved transporting thousands of pounds of pork, gallons of sauce and dozens of bags of charcoal and hickory chips in a truck, donated by U.S. Food Service, and driving to Chicago.


The day dawned dramatically when an early morning thunderstorm dumped rain on the city. “Shades of Memphis in May,” joked Vergos.


But by 6:45 a.m., when the Memphis pitmasters arrived at the sprawling Grant Park, along the shore of Lake Michigan, the sun was shining.


By 7:30, the crews were busy getting organized and had started lighting the fires, though much of the cooking had been done in advance.


“We’re finishing off our product here,” said longtime Corky’s pitmaster Robert Boyd.


Vergos and his brother John Vergos cooked their ribs for the contest from start to finish on the grills set up behind a large tent.


“Hey, Nick, anything you need, help yourself,” said Neely, offering up a container of charcoal shovels, mops and tongs.


Neely couldn’t help out on one count. “Somehow, our slaw didn’t make it on the truck,” said John Vergos. “We’re FedEx-ing 100 pounds of it. It should be here this morning.”


By 11, the slaw was delivered and the contest ribs were ready. The judges, a pair of Chicago newspaper food critics, a renowned Chicago blues singer and filmmaker Harold Ramis, started gnawing on plates of bones in a blind tasting.


The judges were directed to score the ribs on a scale of 1 to 10, based on sauce, tenderness and overall taste. “I’ve been eating ribs all my life, whenever I can,” said Ramis, who starred in the movie “Ghostbusters” with Bill Murray.


After judges filled their plates on several trips through the lineup of ribs, ballots were turned in and scores tabulated.


Before the results were announced, the mayors made short speeches and mugged for photos.


“I’m always watching the Food Network to see what you’re doing down there in Memphis,” said Daley.


Herenton thanked his Memphis team and Mayor Daley for his “appreciation of good Southern cuisine.”


Shortly after Chicago was named champ, the mayors went back to the judges’ tent to taste for themselves. And what did they ask to sample?


“They’re asking for Memphis barbecue,” said Neely.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley receives the Scott Award from Swarthmore College and gives the monetary award to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Chicago is fortunate this week to be hosting the Annual Meeting for the American Association of Botanical Gardens & Arboretums. With great gardens like Cantigny, the Morton Arboreteum, the Chicago Botanical Garden, the Garfield Park Conservatory and the new Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park, Chicago is the perfect place to host this group.

Mayor Richard M. Daley gave the opening key note address to over 600 members of the group at the Mid-America Club on Thursday. At the conclusion of his speech, Claire Sawyers, the Director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College came forward to present the Scott Award to Mayor Daley. This is one of the most prestigious awards in gardening and horticulture and was given for the first time to a public official and for the first time at a location outside of Swartmore.

The Award includes a Medal and a monetary award of $10,000 which can spent at the complete discretion of the recipient. We were honored that Mayor Daley directed that the award be given directly to the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences and be spent on the organic garden and display at the 2006 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

CHSAS Principal, David Gilligan, with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum, at the presentation of the Scott Medal to the Mayor

Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley receives 2005 Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award from the Scott

Mayor Richard M. Daley was awarded the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award on June 30 at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta held in Chicago, June 29 – July 2 by Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum. The over 500 horticultural professionals attending the meeting celebrated Mayor Daley’s accomplishments in “greening” the city of Chicago for the past sixteen years. Since he became mayor in 1989, the City has planted more than 500,000 trees, created 100 school campus parks, built 70 miles of landscaped street medians and spurred the construction of rooftop gardens on major buildings including City Hall.

“No matter which side of the political aisle one assumes, the mayor’s dedication to a greening agenda can never be questioned,” stated William Aldrich, president and publisher of Chicagoland Gardening magazine and supporter of Mayor Daley’s nomination for the award. These tireless efforts and forward thinking make Mayor Daley an ideal recipient of the 2005 Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal and Award and, as the first politician to receive the award, a shining example for other politicians to follow.

The Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden and Horticultural Award, given by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, is considered one of the most prestigious in American horticulture. It was established in 1929 to recognize individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding, national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2005 award of a gold medal together with $10,000 is given as an acknowledgement of “achievement of great merit, a recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.” Mayor Daley requested that his cash award of $10,000 be given directly to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The school’s principal, Mr. Dave Gilligan, who accepted the check at the award presentation, said they will devote the funds to their organic garden and horticulture programs. The school is the only public high school to participate in the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.
“Mayor Daley’s contribution to the world of urban horticulture reaches across many disciplines. His insistence on bringing the catch-word ‘green’ into almost every project the city undertakes has brought new enlightenment, a new way of doing business in his busy city. Visitors may ooh and ahh over the median planters along the city’s Michigan Avenue, but that is the tip of the veritable iceberg of planting/greening initiatives that drive Chicago,” explained Aldrich.

“Mayor Daley had the vision to dream big dreams and to marshal public foundations and private-sector resources to make the vision a reality. What began with beautification of areas in the heart of the city’s business and tourism districts quickly expanded to include innovative rooftop gardening, environmental education programs, and the crowning glory of Millenium Park, which features world-class architecture and beautiful public spaces such as the Lucie Garden,” as described by Barbara Whitney Carr, President and CEO of Chicago Botanic Garden, and another nomination supporter.

In addition to spurring the planting of 500,000 trees, the placement 70 miles of new median planters, and the renovation of 30 miles of boulevard, the mayor has established Chicago Center for Green Technology. This facility was awarded a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and houses the Greencorps Chicago whose mission is to improve the quality of life throughout Chicago by providing horticulture instruction, materials, and employment. When creating the green roof on top of City Hall, the mayor wanted to set an example to other businesses in the city by improving the city’s own building first.

A former state senator and county prosecutor,

Daley was elected Mayor in 1989 to complete the term of the late Harold Washington, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003 by overwhelming margins. He has been awarded the J. Sterling Morton Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Keystone Award from the American Architectural Foundation, Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine, Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and many more.

“What Chicago has accomplished is a model for other cities, whether beautifying downtowns or working with residents and businesses to improve quality of life in neighborhoods,” stated Carr.

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Thank you Crain’s Chicago Business for naming Eli Schulman to the Schmoozer Hall of Fame

Crain’s Chicago Business has always had a special place in Eli’s heart. One of its first issues had a tribute by Rance Crain to Eli’s Corn Beef Hash. It was later in 1987, right before Taste of Chicago, that Crain’s did the first major business story on Eli’s and the growth of his cheesecake.

Eli’s has also helped Crain’s celebrate special events by creating giant birthday cakes for it 20th and 25th birthdays.

We were therefore very honored when Crain’s ran a Schmoozer Hall of Fame in connection with a story on some of the top greeters in town. The list below is a great representation of Chicago hosts and we are delighted to see our founder, Eli Schulman, included and pictured.

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Eli’s Team celebrates receiving the Chicago Foodservice Hall of Fame Award

It was a great honor to receive the Chicago Foodservice Marketing Club Hall of Fame Award. This was the same Award that Eli received in 1988. Eli’s is a company of great people committed to baking outstanding products and to making a difference in the community. We appreciate this special recognition by the CFMC>

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