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Eli’s Cheesecake Honored to be Illinois Made

Today we were featured by the Illinois Office of Tourism in the Illinois Made Global Makers campaign, featuring Illinois-made products in marketing to overseas visitors.  Eli’s has been proudly handmade in Chicago, Illinois, since 1980!

To celebrate,  Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger created this 300 pound cheesecake which was displayed today at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and will be cut and served to attendees at the Illinois Governor’s Conference on tourism tomorrow.

It took 175 lbs. of cream cheese, 40 lbs. of sour cream, 50 lbs. of sugar, 130 eggs, 25  lbs. of cookie crust, 1 pound of  Illinois made  Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and 10 cups of wildflower honey produced by student bee keepers attending the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to create this cheesy rendition of the Illinois State Capital.  In a nod to Lincoln and his love of apples, the giant cheesecake included a layer of Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake and the cake’s base was decorated with super-sized edible gold dusted chocolate pennies.

Enjoy a “slice” of our Illinois Made Cheesecake! Eli’s Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake is available for sale on our website.
Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Chicago!

On Saturday, March 4th, Chicago turns 180! Come celebrate with us at the Chicago History Museum from 10am-2pm for a celebration, guest speakers and a FREE Eli’s Cheesecake (one per person, while supplies last).

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January Events

Here’s a look at what’s in store for this month:

 

FOUNDER’S MONTH

On January 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate Founder’s Day. Prior to the 22nd, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate founder’s week with an in-store sale on Eli’s signature desserts including Original Plain Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. On Saturday, January 21st, Eli’s Bakery Cafe customers can expect fun activities such as Cheesecake BINGO at 11 am and 1 pm along with free samples throughout the day. On the 22nd, the celebration will include Bingo, games, face painting and customers can enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake in honor of Eli Schulman’s 107th birthday!

Eli Schulman was a man with a dream–who started with a small business which eventually led to the creation of a Chicago legacy. Eli, a man with no prior culinary experience, created Chicago’s signature Cheesecake through long hours in the kitchen and testing his recipes with his guests at his restaurant, Eli’s The Place for Steak. Self taught, Eli Schulman is the example of a man who didn’t quit even when his chef at his first business, The Ogden Huddle, didn’t show up on his first day.

CHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK

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Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to participate once again in Choose Chicago’s annual Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), which starts on January 27th and goes through February 9th. This year, over 350 restaurants will take part in the culinary fun. Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe guests can enjoy a special prix fixe lunch menu for $22 which features a 3-course meal, including Eli Schulman’s signature Matzo Ball Soup!

CRW kicks off with one of the biggest culinary events of the year, First Bites Bash, on January 26th, where guests can enjoy samples of some of the foods and treats participating restaurants offer.

 

ATTENTION:

During CRW, Eli’s Bakery Cafe guests are encouraged to upload a photo of their meal to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CRWatElis for a chance to win a $50 Bakery Cafe gift card.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake on NPR’s Morning Edition

Today,

Eli’s Cheesecake was featured on NPR‘s Morning Edition segment. For Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman, “people who come as refugees have great skills.” At Eli’s, there’ s a strong passion towards providing equal opportunity to all individuals including refugees. The refugee employees come from various countries such as Iraq, Bhutan, Kosovo, Congo, Myanmar. Featured on the segment was Elias Kasongo, who began working at the bakery in 1994 after fleeing unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His story reflects his perseverance and determination to succeed. He started with a job in the dish room at Eli’s and was eventually promoted to purchasing manager. He has been a part of Eli’s for 22 years and also serves on the board of RefugeeOne, a Chicago nonprofit that helps refugees start new lives.

 

Others highlighted are 46-year-old production leader,  Zamira Bejrektarevic who started as an office cleaner who worked her way to become production leader, and Ray Hermez, who works on the production line boxing finished cakes.

Eli’s Cheesecake takes pride in helping to provide opportunities to individuals and discovering Refugee talent.

All things Thanksgiving

 

There’s no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with Eli’s Cheesecake’s finest desserts. Eli’s Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet Giveaway will give one lucky winner the chance to win 3 different desserts just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. These desserts consist of: Eli’s Half/Half Thanksgiving Sampler (Original Plain/Pumpkin), Eli’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake and Eli’s Apple Bavarian Tart. The giveaway runs from November 8th through November 18th at 11:59 pm CT.  There are 10 ways to enter, including 3 daily ways to enter.

Did you know

  • Eli’s Apple Bavarian Tart was featured on Unwrapped 2.0?  Check out the video–a behind the scenes look at how our Apple Bavarian Tart is made with the best ingredients and carefully hand-decorated to perfection!
  • Eli’s Cheesecake has 4 different pumpkin-flavored cheesecake variations?
  • Eli’s Cheesecake has a Pinterest board to guide you through our perfect fall desserts?
  • Eli’s Cheesecake Annual Thanksgiving Dock Sale will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 9am-1pm? Each year we give customers the opportunity to score some amazing dessert deals just in time for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy! 

*Below is a closeup video of the beautiful Apple Bavarian Tart!

 

 

Eli’s Cheesecake Summer Intern Class of 2015

Today is the last day for Eli’s summer intern team as they prepare to leave Eli’s and return to college.  In their respective departments, they conducted surveys, analyzed data, prepared presentations, created promotions and provided customers with the Eli’s experience.  We are sad to see them go, but are happy to have made new friends of Eli’s. (Photo left to right: Yasmin, Veronica, Nate, Rhea, Jessica, Cheyenne, Zurielies)intern team 2015 web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we were reminiscing about our summer here, we were surprised and delighted to learn our intern, Rhea, had been to Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery to celebrate her 5th birthday!

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We wish them a great school year ahead!

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Eli’s Excited to be Included in Mayor’s Stanley Cup Wager

This morning, the mayoral wager was placed on the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals and once again Eli’s is extremely excited to be included in on the action. This year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel bet Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn 122 slices of Eli’s cheesecake along with Giordano’s best deep dish pizza and other Chicago classics. Mayor Emanuel chose to bet 122 slices specifically to honor each year of the Stanley Cup. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the playoff wager one of his “favorite Chicago traditions” and it is one of ours as well. We here at Eli’s look forward to seeing the Hawks bring home another victory.

UPDATE: Congressman Mike Quigley has also bet his Florida colleagues an Eli’s Cheesecake on the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helped finalize the wager with a “puck drop” on the steps of the Capitol Building.

 

 

Eli's shows their Blackhawks pride

Eli’s shows their Blackhawks pride

 

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Sharing Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago Holiday Activities

We are in the holiday zone here at Eli’s Cheesecake World, the location of our Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe, Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery, Eli’s Cheesecake Headquarters and Eli’s Retail Store and Visitor Center.  We want to share a few highlights and events for December here in Chicago.

Each year, one of our most valued holiday traditions is the Eli’s Giving Tree.  Eli’s Associates select of a civic or charitable organization of their choice and personally deliver a supply of Eli’s Cheesecakes and Desserts.  It is our way of spreading joy in our local communities this holiday season.

Eli’s Cheesecake Annual Open House is December 9 from 5pm-7pm featuring a free dessert buffet, DJ spinning holiday music, prize wheel and 20% off everything sale (gift cards excluded).

Eli’s will be closing early on Dec. 11 at 5pm to allow our Eli’s Cheesecake Retail Associates to bring holiday cheer to our friends at the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.  Our associates will be preparing dinner, playing games and celebrating a visit with Santa.

The holiday dock sale of the year is on Saturday, December 13th  from 9am-1pm.  Popular flavor selections from Original Plain to Red Velvet Cheesecake and dockbuster sale prices make this a destination for your best prices of the season.  The dock sale takes place on our shipping dock at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Eli’s Gift-A-Palooza sales is December 14-19.  Every shopper who purchases $30 or more receives a free secret Santa gift!  A fun family holiday outing is to visit Eli’s Cheesecake World for DIY (do-it-yourself) Kid’s Holiday Dipper Decorating Dec. 17-19 from 11am-2pm ($5.50 per child).  For more event information, visit www.elicheesecake.com/calendar or call 773-205-3800.

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and Retail Store is open 7 days per week: Mon-Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-5 pm, Sun 11am-5pm.  Special holiday hours are Dec.23 open until 7pm and Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 closing at 3pm.  We are closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.   Shop the largest selection of Eli’s Cheesecakes and desserts anywhere!

Let us help you send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the US!  Eli’s Cheesecake will arrive picture perfect in a holiday gift box, custom insulated Styrofoam container and dry ice.  To order, visit us 24/7 at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 1-800-ELI- CAKE Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.  Order by

Let us help you send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the US!  Eli’s Cheesecake will arrive picture perfect in a holiday gift box, custom insulated Styrofoam container and dry ice.  To order, visit us 24/7 at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 1-800-ELI- CAKE Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.  Order by Dec. 18 at 11am CST for Christmas delivery.

If you would like to receive information regarding Eli’s Cheesecake’s Bakery Cafe  activities or Mail Order specials, please join our mailing list at http://www.elicheesecake.com/join-mailing-list/.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake now available online

Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake is now avilable for consumers online.  Eli’s honey is harvested by students from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.  Proceeds from honey sales go toward scholarships for derserving high school senors.

Read more and buy Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake here: http://shop.elicheesecake.com/product/125

Eli’s Cheesecake included in the mayoral wager on the Blackhawks vs Kings!

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and  Los Angeles’ Antonio Villaraigosa have made a friendly wager on which hockey team will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.   Twenty-five slices of Eli’s Cheesecake including Eli’s Original Plain, Strawberry, and Chocolate Chip flavors are riding on the outcome of this soon to be legendary series.

Read more about the mayoral wager here:  http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/03/here-are-details-of-the-chicago-l-a-mayoral-wager-on-hawks-kings/

and here: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Rahm-Emanuel-Makes-Bet-on–209956611.html