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Eli M. Schulman’s, founder of Eli’s Cheesecake, motto, “charity will never bust you,” is something that characterizes The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. On #GivingTuesday we would like to take a moment to discuss some of the charitable acts The Eli’s Cheesecake Company does throughout the year:

  • Every month, the Eli’s Cheesecake Company donates approximately 2,000 units of product to Top Box foods.
  • Aside from working with Refugee One in employing refugees, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company delivered pumpkin cheesecakes to Refugee One office where Refugees were able to enjoy cheesecake for the first time while learning about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Refugees were also able to take home cheesecakes to share with their families.
  • The Eli’s Cheesecake Company has a 16 year tradition serving dinner to the disadvantaged at the Chicago Help Initiative. This year, Eli’s Cheesecake associates had the opportunity to serve 250 people.  Serving this dinner each year gives us an appreciation for the need in our community and the difference we make. 

Cheesecakes for a cause:

  • A Sweet Partnership: Eli’s honey is harvested by student beekeepers from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.  The students raise the bees, maintain the hives, and package and market the honey. A portion of the proceeds from honey and Honey Cheesecake sales go toward college scholarships for deserving high school seniors. Our Wildflower honey cheesecake, enhanced with the subtle addition of ricotta, is topped with a dreamy, crunchy layer of salted honey, toasted pistachios and almonds, a cloud of vanilla mousse and a mosaic of more toasted pistachios and almonds.
  • Eli’s presents a Limited Edition Chocolate Banana Cheesecake, a collaboration with Chicago based Wild Ophelia, the spirited younger sister of Vosges Haut-Chocolat. The sweet partnership supports the Wild Ophelia Accelerator Program, to provide high school and college girls with grants and the mentorship needed to start a food business. The banana cheesecake, with a thick swirl of peanut butter, is topped with chocolate ganache made from Wild Ophelia’s Caramelized Bananas and Roasted Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Bar, and baked on a chocolate crust. Each slice is topped with a Wild Ophelia Caramelized Bananas and Roasted Peanut Butter Cup. Available at and

Lights Festival and Dock Sale

Last week was an eventful week for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

IMG_2698On Thursday, November 17th, Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman along with his wife and Eli’s Publicist, Maureen Schulman, participated in the annual Tree Lighting at Seneca Park, which has been a 20+ yrs tradition. The ceremony included a buffet, which Eli’s Cheesecake provided mini desserts, at the fire house next to the park, live entertainment from by After School Matters, and a special celebrity guest appearance from actress Miranda Rae Mayo.

Eli’s Cheesecake would also like to wish Mickey Mouse a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We thank Mickey and Minnie Mouse for celebrating with us early Thursday morning as we presented our big celebration cake for the Lights Fest on ABC7 Chicago.






On Friday, November 18th, Eli’s Cheesecake participated in the 25th annual Lights Fest at Pioneer Court. This year, The Magnificent Mile Association decided to make Lights Fest a 2-day event, with Friday evening being the kick-off to the main event on Saturday. On Friday, Eli’s Cheesecake presented Lights Fest with a 300 pound big celebratory cake in honor of its 25th anniversary. President Marc Schulman spoke on stage about the long-standing tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake at Lights Fest and the importance it plays for the city of Chicago in uniting the community.



On Saturday, November 19th, Eli’s Cheesecake  participated at Lights Fest from 8 am until 4 pm. Although Chicago’s winter weather finally came through, Eli’s Cheesecake associates, along with the help from the CHSAS students, were prepared and ready to help serve eager guests. The Lights Festival Parade featured Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, one of the founders of the Magnificent Mile Association. Eli’s Cheesecake also held its annual Thanksgiving Dock Sale at the factory location with hundreds of people anxious to score the best dessert deals of the year just in time for the holidays. Below are some highlights of the two events.

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates the Cubs World Series Win with FREE slices of cheesecake!

On Friday, November 4th, and Saturday, November 5th, 2016,

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company  will celebrate the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Victory by offering customers a slice of a commemorative Eli’s Cheesecake—Original Plain hand topped with Strawberry Topping and a W Flag.

The offer is available on Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4pm at the Eli’s Cheesecake Café, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago (intersection of Montrose, Normandy and Forest Preserve Drive) and is limited to one slice per customer.

The Café will also have special offers on Eli’s Cheesecake’s and Desserts for purchase at $1.08 and $10.80.



Eli’s Cheesecake’s 2nd Cubs Pep Rally

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted its second Cubs Pep Rally at Eli’s Bakery Cafe. All of us here at Eli’s love our city and support the Chicago Cubs as they play in the MLB World Series. Eli’s Cheesecake President Marc Schulman gave a speech discussing his support and faith in the Chicago Cubs in front of Eli’s associates, WGN and NBC Chicago news. Joining the Pep Rally were the Ridgewood High School Cheer and Pom Squad as both Eli’s associates and the Ridgewood High teams rooted for the Cubs.

Below are some behind the scenes:


Eli Cheesecake’s Cubs Pep Rally

On Friday, October 14th, at 11 am CT,

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted its first Cubs Pep Rally at Eli’s Bakery Cafe to show our support of Chicago’s baseball team and its recent success. The Pep Rally featured The Ridgewood High School (Illinois) Cheer and Pom Squads, DIY Cubs themed cupcake decorating, the chance to win a BIG Celebratory Slice (cheesecake), Cubs themed desserts and treats available for purchase, and the opportunity to be on television as NBC Chicago came to capture the Pep Rally.

Eli’s Cheesecake associates were encouraged to wear their Cubs gear and celebrate. Here at Eli’s, we love the opportunity to unite all associates through fun activities like this. We will continue to support our Chicago team. #GoCubsGo!

Missed the action? You can watch highlights of the event on Youtube:

Below are some photos of the event:

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrated in Ottawa

On October 6th, 2016,

Eli’s Cheesecake made its first public televised debut in Canada during the CTV Morning Live Ottawa segment. Authors Maureen Schulman and Chef Diana Moles demonstrated ways a person can top their Eli’s cheesecake cuties, direct from the “Finishing Touches” section in the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook. As Chef Diana Moles explains, the cookbook is for the average baker. Everything is simple and easy to do at home.



Later in the day,

Eli’s Cheesecake joined Ladies Who Lunch (Ottawa) in the “Maple Leaves and Honey Bees” event at Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa Canada. The event marked the official Canadian launch of the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook and authors Maureen Schulman and Chef Diana Moles were special guests. Maureen and March Schulman signed cookbooks for fans while Mrs. Moles, along with Château Laurier Exectuive Chef Louis Slimard, led a demo of finishing touches for the public’s own Eli’s Cheesecake creations. The event also served as a fundraiser to the Ottawa Food Bank. 

Below are photos from photographer Ashley Fraser:

Over the weekend, we enjoyed seeing posts from the folks in Ottawa. Below are some of the photos we’ve been tagged in on social media:


ATTENTION CANADA: The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook is available online and in-store at Chapters !NDIGO.

Green Tie Ball 2016

On Saturday, October 1, 2016,

Eli’s Cheesecake participated once again in Gateway Green’s 25th Annual Green Tie Ball. Chicago Gateway Green’s gala raises funds for CGG’s Expressway Partnership Program. The Green Tie Ball, Chicago Gateway Green’s signature fundraising gala made its first appearance in 1992. What began as a 500-person party held in the street is now one of the most well-known and exclusive charity fundraising events in Chicago, attended annually by the city’s most influential professionals and celebrities, and we are happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a great event.

On the dessert menu for the night were: Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Original Plain Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars, 7 Layer Coconut Bars, Michigan Cherry Oat Bar, and our Housemade Fudge Brownies.


Aside from our dessert table, Eli’s Cheesecake also provided a celebratory BIG CAKE for the Green Tie Ball. Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman presented the big cake to the guests, and everyone loved it! We enjoy providing celebration cakes, especially for a great cause.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are delighted to once again support Chicago’s In Good Taste, a breast cancer research initiative by the Lynn Sage Foundation.

The Lynn Sage foundation was founded in honor and memory of Lynn Sage, a beloved mother, daughter, wife and native Chicagoan who tragically died at the age of 39 as a result of her battle with breast cancer. Money raised by the foundation, with the help of more than 180 participating Chicago establishments, including Eli’s Cheesecake, will help fund local breast cancer research. Eli’s Cheesecake is happy to be a part of this initiative which awards scholarships to talented researchers in the early stages of their careers with the hopes of positioning these researchers to secure larger funding as their careers grow.

Throughout the month of October, customers can purchase our limited edition Pink Ribbon Cheesecake, at our Bakery Cafe, and a donation $1 will benefit the cause. It’s Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake topped with a raspberry gelee, whipped mousse topping, pieces of white chocolate and finished with a ribbon cookie made with our signature All Butter Shortbread Cookie recipe! Customers can also fill a separate form, available at the front register, if they would like to make a cash or credit card donation.

President Marc Schulman Receives Friend of ACES Award

On Wednesday, September 28th,

Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, received the 2016 Friend of ACES awardThe award recognizes non-alumni friends who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and success of the College of ACES.

President Schulman is passionate about education and agriculture. Aside from creating a long-standing relationship with The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), who provides our Honey for our honey cheesecakes, he is a long-time educational supporter of CHSAS. Marc Schulman co-chairs in CHSAS’s Business Advisory Board. He has been influential in strengthening the relationship between the high school and the College of ACES. Marc Schulman will be honored during a private event for the Aaron Easter Scholars. Schulman provides this scholarship in memory of Robert and Cheryl Easter’s son for students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences who are studying in the College of ACES. Each year two students are awarded with the scholarship.

Below are highlights of the event:

Apple Season

Did you know Eli’s Cheesecake uses fresh Michigan apples in desserts such as the Apple Streusel Cheesecake and in the Apple Bavarian Tart? These make for perfect fall flavors because they are in season from August-October

Why do we choose Michigan apples? Michigan is the nation’s third largest producer of apples. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan. Growers pride themselves on a rich heritage of producing an array of fine apple varieties. For us, it is important that we deliver the best and freshest ingredients to our customers, which is why Michigan apples are used. 

But why eat apples?

You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, it’s true. Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are packed with powerful flavonoids and antioxidants, and filled with fiber—while being low in sodium and calories—which makes them a healthy choice for every body! They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. 

Click on the images to be directed to our Fall Favorites board on Pinterest!