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Eli’s Valentine’s Day Desserts: Send it, Give it, Deco-date it!

Eli’s  Decor-Date kicks off a three day Valentine’s day celebration from Thursday, February 13th -Saturday, February 15th.

 

At Our Chicago bakery (6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago):

I-love-you-berry-much-raspberry-heart-2020Kick off the weekend with Eli’s Decor-Date: Thursday night, February 13, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, couples or foursomes are invited to decorate a 5″ I Love You Berry Much chocolate cheesecake with fresh raspberries, raspberry glaze and a dusting of powder sugar. This BYOB event will feature live music and a dessert tasting. $40 per couple, reservations required, visit or call 773-308-7000.

Friday, February 14th & Saturday, February 15: Eli’s has gone head over hearts by offering hand-dipped long stem chocolate strawberries and personalized Valentine’s Day cookies, decorated by one of Eli’s pastry chefs right before your eyes, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Also check out a slew of themed desserts including I Heart Cheesecake, a delicious white chocolate cheesecake topped with whole raspberries, heart shaped cookies, decorated marshmallow crispy bars, and Eli’s fabulous new Makin’ Whoopie cake. Prices range from $1.25-$15.95.

 

Online at shop.elicheesecake.com:

Nothing says “I love you” like sending your Valentine the ultimate box of chocolates: Miniature Belgian Chocolate heart-shaped cheesecakes made with deep, rich Belgian chocolate, topped with a crunchy layer of chocolate and hazelnuts, dusted witI Heart Cheesecakeh imported cocoa. Box of 12, $40.95. Eli’s Valentine’s Day Dippers are a riff on Eli’s Holiday Dippers, which were featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things Holiday list 2018. They’re frozen Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake on a stick dipped in rich chocolate, hand-decorated with pink and red nonpareils, edible pearls, and a red chocolate drizzle. Box of 5. $39.95 plus shipping. Or our new I Heart Cheesecake, a rich white chocolate cheesecake topped with whole raspberries. $40.95 plus shipping.

Order Deadlines:

Standard Shipping: Order by February 12, 11am CT

Expedited Shipping: Order by February 13, 11am CT

(Order will be delivered by 7pm on Valentine’s Day)

Or call 773.308.7000 for local delivery in Chicago, city and suburbs

 

 

Celebrating Founder’s Week 2020

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Founder Eli Schulman

In 1980, Eli Schulman declared cheesecake would be the signature dessert for his legendary Chicago steakhouse, Eli’s The Place For Steak. His unconventional fast and hot baking method resulted in the creation of “Chicago style” cheesecake: a beautiful caramelization on the outside and a creamy consistency on the inside, baked on a shortbread cookie crust. What began in Eli’s restaurant’s kitchen has grown into one of the country’s largest cheesecake and dessert bakeries.  Still a family owned business, all Eli’s Cheesecakes are handmade at Eli’s Cheesecake World, located on Chicago’s Northwest side. Eli’s attributes its success to a strong commitment to quality, empowering its workforce and following Eli Schulman’s mantras “Charity will never bust you” and “Treat others as if you were the other.”

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Matzo Ball Soup

Founder’s Week will pay homage to this great man and his eponymous dessert, by featuring Eli’s original four cheesecake varieties (Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin and Hawaiian),  at Eli’s Bakery Cafe, retail store and online.  The cafe will also be serving up a different lunch special each day, based on Schulman’s most popular dishes from Eli’s Stage Delicatessen,  located at 50 E. Oak Street, from 1962-1968 and Eli’s The Place For Steak, located at 215 E. Chicago Avenue from 1966-2005. Selections will include matzo ball soup, the wedge sandwich, corned beef sandwich and Chicken Vesuvio.

 

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Barbra Streisand enjoying a corned beef sandwich at Eli’s Stage Deli

For kids, there will be an Eli’s illustration coloring contest all week long, grouped by age.  Winners will be notified on Monday, January 27th, and receive a 9″ cheesecake as their prize.  In honor of Schulman’s birthday, January 22nd, mail order will offer 22% off Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes all week, the Cafe will offer the four original varieties by the slice for $2.20 all week, 22% off all sizes of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip, all week, and on Wednesday, January 22nd, free slices of Original Plain and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake in the Cafe, all day.

 

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Marc Schulman with daughter Elana

Founder’s Day week will culminate on Saturday, January 25th, with a meet and greet with Chicago’s First Family of Cheesecake:  Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake and his daughter, Eli’s granddaughter, Elana Schulman, who recently joined the family business after a career as a producer in New York and attending culinary school. The Cafe will be decorated with historical photos, including many of Eli’s giant celebratory cakes, such as the 2,000 lb. ones baked for both President Clinton’s and President Obama’s Inaugurations, the Hamilton the Musical closing cake, the Taste of Chicago Birthday Cake and Illinois Bicentennial Cake, to name a very few. Also, pose for a photo with Eli’s mascot, “Slice” from noon-3:00 PM. Enjoy the presentation, a dessert tasting and coffee, Free, 1:00-2:00 PM.

 

6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago

773-205-3800

 

Goodbye to Hamilton in Chicago!

We were honored to create a giant cheesecake for Hamilton‘s closing night party at the Wit Hotel in Chicago on January 5th.  Special thanks to Mayor Lightfoot (whose inauguration we celebrated in May with a giant cheesecake slice), producer Jeffrey Sellers, and star Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton).

If you were lucky enough to experience Hamilton in Chicago, you might’ve tried our “Revolutionary Pyes.” Inspired by 18th century desserts, we created a special box of miniature apple and cherry “pyes” (the proper spelling for the 1700s) that were exclusively available at the concession stands during intermissions.

Best of luck to the cast and crew, and thank you for an amazing run!

 

 

Chicago magazine names “Chicago’s Four Best Food Podcasts”; Includes Eli’s Cheesecake

Chicago magazine names “Chicago’s Four Best Food Podcasts” and calls out Eli’s Cheesecake featured in The Big Schmear session “Cheesecake Time with the Iconic Eli’s Cheesecake,” a dive into the dessert’s local roots.  The Big Schmear is a new bi-monthly podcast celebrating Jewish food, culture and history.

Click to listen here: https://thebigschmear.com/cheesecake-time-with-the-iconic-elis-cheesecake/

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Chicago Water Tower

 

Eli’s Cheesecake was honored to create a celebratory Water Tower 150th Anniversary Cheesecake presented by Marc Schulman for the event held in Jane Byrne Park on September 14, 2019.  Eli’s Cheesecake associates served complimentary cheesecake and dessert to the delight of the attendees. Built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington, the Chicago Water Tower is one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.  For more information regarding this sesquicentennial event, click here: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/9/14/20866018/chicagos-water-tower-150-years-anniversary

 

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Festival 2019

Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago Celebrates National Cheesecake Day with a New Cheesecake and a Cheesecake Festival!

Sunday July 28th and Tuesday July 30th

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery in Chicago will celebrate National Cheesecake Day with a new dessert:  Eli’s Celebration Dippers, frozen confetti cheesecake on a stick, hand dipped in chocolate… a fun way to celebrate our favorite holiday. To order your Celebration Dippers, visit shop.elicheesecake.com or call our Bakery Café at (773) 205-3800 for local delivery.

July 28th Eli’s will host a Cheesecake Festival, devoted to everything Cheesecake!

July 28 (Sunday) 9:00 AM-4:00 PM – Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

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  Cheesecake Games for all ages: cheesecake eating contests, cheesecake hula hoop contests, cheesecake Bingo and more

  Cheesecake Tasting (try free samples of Eli’s Cheesecake!)

  Live Entertainment: The world renowned Jesse White Tumblers flying over a giant cheesecake and Chicago’s own Happiness Club, Chicago kids performing hip hop with a       positive message, Photo Op with Eli’s Big Slice mascot

Grilled lunch available for purchase.

 

 

July 30 (Tuesday)  - National Cheesecake Day

It’s all about giving out as many free slices of cheesecake as possible!

Here’s how to get yours: Follow #ElisMobile on Twitter to discover where the Eli’s Cheesecake Mobile (Yes, a really cool car that was built by one of our cheesecake fans) and the Big Slice will be handing out FREE slices around Chicago.

Or stop by Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe, which has the largest selection of Eli’s Cheesecakes anywhere, and enjoy a free slice of cheesecake and special savings on all dessert purchases, 8am-6pm.

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Eli’s 15th Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride

 

Eli’s IMG_1536celebrated Father’s Day by hosting our 15th Annual Father’s Day Bike Ride! We were delighted to have almost 300 bike riders at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café. Our guests enjoyed a complimentary continental breakfast served by the Eli’s Cheesecake Team. Riders received a pre-ride inspection from Rudy’s Cycle and Fitness and a safety review from the Bicycle Ambassadors. The riders biked 10 miles through Portage Park, Wright College’s campus, and Harwood Heights. After a leisurely bike ride through the neighborhood, everyone enjoyed a free slice of Eli’s cheesecake.

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A huge thanks to Rudy’s Cycle and Fitness, the City of Chicago’s Bicycle Ambassadors, the Chicago Police Department, and the Harwood Heights Police Department for making this a safe family event! Save the date for the next Father’s Day Bike Ride on Sunday, June 21, 2020. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Eli’s Farmer’s Market Grand Opening 2019

The grand opening of Eli’s Farmers Market was a success through both rain and shine! Nichols Farm and Orchard, Patz Maple and Honey Farms, Wreaths by Judy, Wright College, and other vendors set up their tents outside Eli’s Cheesecake World as the community stopped to shop, visit, and dine. From fresh produce to bird houses and everything in between, there was a wide variety of products and something for everyone. After shopping, families enjoyed breakfast or lunch under the tent on the patio or in the cafe.

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          Chef Antonio grilled chicken, beef, and               hamburgers while people shopped            the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the summer we look forward to hosting the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Nichol’s Farm, and several other vendors as we bring together the Chicago community in our backyard.

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Join us for Eli’s Farmer’s Market June 20 from 7am-1pm and enjoy next week’s market featuring:

  • 8-10am Free Continental Breakfast with $10 market purchase
  • 10am-1pm Grilled Lunch available for purchase
  • 11am Story and a Snack with the Chicago Public Library                                                                                                        Free snack for kids while supplies lasts; librarian will read a story.  Recommended ages 4-9  
Eli’s Farmers Market will be open every Thursday from 7am- 1pm through 8/29/19.

To sign up for Eli’s mailing list, click here.

Eli’s Celebrates James Beard Eats Week, April 26 – May 6, 2019

CoconutCakeWe’re proud to participate in James Beard Eats Week: 11 days of dining, celebrating James Beard and his great cooking legacy. Guests can enjoy a delicious James Beard inspired lunch from  April 26 – May 6, 2019, (Monday- Friday only) from 11am to 2pm

“As a bakery, we focused on dessert first and were happy to discover that James Beard’s favorite cake was a coconut layer, one of our family favorites as well.” said Marc Schulman, president of Eli’s Cheesecake.  “I have never forgotten my early birthday cakes. Blessed with an insatiable taste for coconut, I always wanted a cake piled high with it.” James Beard, James Beard’s American Cookery.   Eli’s Coconut Cake would surely have been coconutty enough for the great chef.  Eli’s confection is comprised of five layers of coconut cake, frosted with coconut buttercream, and covered with toasted coconut. ($4.50 per slice)

TamalesTwo main courses, Tostadas De Piccadillo: Tostadas with picadillo (ground beef), pickled red onion, watercress, crema, and salsa verde ($7.95) and Homemade Chicken Tamales with Romesco Sauce ($2.50), both inspired by Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen (2018 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Winner) will also be offered.

“Having the City of Chicago, along with Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association host The James Beard Foundation for its 29th Annual James Beard Awards is a huge vote of confidence recognizing Chicago as a culinary center.” added Schulman.

Only available April 26-May 6, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. Please call 773-205-3800 for more information, or for reservations.

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Pi Day has Infinite Possibilities at Eli’s: Pies and Pie Fights!

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Eli’s Mini Pie

3.14 will be a Pietastic Day at Eli’s Cheesecake with mini pies, ice cream a la pie and Pookies…a new creation that’s part pie, part cookie! We’ll also be screening famous television and movie pie fights in our cafe.

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Eli’s Ice Cream ala Pie

Eli’s has baked up mini fruit pies, Apple or Cherry, to be served as individual treats, or on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream (the opposite of pie a la mode).


And be among the first to try Eli’s new Pookies.…a delicious all butter cookie dough topped with housemade apple or strawberry pie filling.

 

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Eli’s Pookies


Eli’s Pi Day Flight includes three mini pies (Apple, Strawberry, and Blueberry) served warm, with ice cream, housemade sauces and accoutrements. Dine-in only.


Eli’s Pi day specials will be served at Eli’s Cafe, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive on Thursday, March 14 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and are available for local delivery (Chicago and suburbs).

Shipping deadline for mail order mini pies is Tuesday, March 12 for second day and Wednesday, March 13 for overnight delivery.

 

Mini Pies, Apple or Cherry: $.75 each, 3 for $2. Ala mode, $1.50. Mini Pi Flight, $3.14.
Pookies, Apple or Strawberry: $2.75