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Eli’s Cheesecake hosts honored veterans attending the 70th Reunion of the USS Honolulu

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USS Honolulu Veterans visiting Eli’s Cheesecake

On Sunday, we were honored to host the 70th Reunion of the crew of the USS Honolulu, one of the most distinguished ships that served in the Pacific during World War II. Five of the seven attending veterans visited Eli’s Cheesecake. The ship had a crew of almost 900 and survived two torpedo attacks during the War, one of which occurred 70 years ago today.

This is truly the greatest generation and this may be the last reunion of the group due to health reasons. The story below from the St. Petersburg Times was written during the 2012 Reunion when 12 veterans were able to attend.

We are honored that we could have them enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake and Desserts, hear our story and receive our thanks for their dedicates service to our country.


Eli’s Supports Chicago’s Moving Day

MovingDay_FullColorMoving Day® is this Sunday, October 19th. It is the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual fundraising walk event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walk course, a kids area, a refreshment tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring dance, boxing, and other exercise classes all proven to help manage the symptoms of PD.

In its 2 year history, Moving Day Chicago has raised over $600,000 in the fight against Parkinson’s disease! Proceeds raised from the campaign help to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. Eli’s is excited to be able to support such a great fundraising event by providing desserts to all of the participants.

Moving Day® raises awareness of Parkinson’s both nationally and in the Chicago community. It is ‘A day to move, a day to move others, a day that moves YOU!’

To register for the event, visit the registration page. If you would like to make a donation to help fight Parkinson’s disease, please visit their donation page.

Our First Retiree Returns!

Today we were honored with a visit from our good friend Jean Ryglewicz, our very first retiree, who started with us way back in 1987! Here she is today on the right side of the image (wearing blue) with the Eli’s team and in the left image, front row, third from the right (which was taken almost 30 years ago). Thank you for the visit, Jean, please come back soon!



Eli’s Providing Dessert for Redmoon’s Skelebration

Redmoon-LogoskelebrationRedmoon’s family event Skelebration, which debuted with great success last year, returns for its second annual installment of experiential exploration running over two weekends, October 18-19 and 25-26. Families are invited into its otherworldly playground inside its Pilsen home (2120 S. Jefferson Street) for a re-invention of the seasonal rituals of Halloween. Directed by Kasey Foster under conceptual direction by Redmoon Producing Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, Redmoon promises an all-new array of multisensory delights, including:

• Redmoon’s Celestial Swing
• The UFO Carouse
• Redmoon’s “Cartoon Adventure” .
• Families picnics in The Man Made Lagoon
• The premier of Redmoon’s newest food service device The Pastry Wheel
• And much more…

Eli’s will be providing Cheesecakes & Desserts throughout the celebration! 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Eli’s Proud to Support the Chicago International Film Festival


Chicago Film Festival 2014This year is the 50th Anniversary of Chicago’s International Film Festival! The festival brings Chicago the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, from new discoveries to international prizewinners, and hear directly from the talented people who’ve brought them to us. This year is no different, with filmmakers from Scandinavia to Mexico and Hollywood to our backyard, joining us for what is Chicago’s most thrilling movie event of the year. Kick off is tonight, October 9th, where Eli’s will be supporting with a Big Cake!  The festival runs through October 23, and a full schedule of events and movies showing can be found on their website. To purchase tickets, click here.

The Chicago International Film Festival is presented by Cinema/Chicago.  They are a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Cinema/Chicago serves Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. The organization aims to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.

Marc Schulman Speaks at Good Food Business Accelerator Event

Marc FarmedHere 2014The launch of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator program on October 1 drew a standing-room crowd to the spacious auditorium at 1871, the start-up incubator that is Chicago’s center of innovation. The turnout was symbolic of the rapid growth of the Good Food movement, and of its community of entrepreneurs, investors, large-scale buyers, consumers, and activists. The Accelerator program will be located at 1871 in the historic Merchandise Mart and will provide its eight selected Fellows with six months of intensive mentorship from industry leaders and technical support on how to shape their businesses and financial plans, along with networking opportunities with potential buyers, customers and investors. Marc Schulman, president of the Chicago-based Eli’s Cheesecake company, is co-chairing FamilyFarmed’s 2015 Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference. To read the full article, click here.

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JD Wetherspoon adds Eli’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake to Menu

JD Wetherspoon, a chain restaurant in the UK, announced today that it will be extending its list of US-themed classic dishes on its new autumn menu. Along with this, they have decided to add Eli’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake to the dessert menu. Eli’s is proud to be partners with JD Wetherspoon and Food Fellas. Visit their website to learn more about JD Wetherspoon Pubs.JDW---Eli's-Salted-Caramel-Cheesecake-launch




Eli’s is Proud to Support Vernissage

Vernissage Logo 2014Eli’s is a proud to be serving dessert at The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporart Art’s annual Vernissage event this Thursday, September 18, 2014. The event is the opening celebration of EXPO CHICAGO’s three-day art fair.  It has been a cultural staple of the MCA, and will be featuring artwork from more than 140 galleries on an international scale. Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA Education Department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

For more information on Vernissage and the MCA Chicago, visit the event page.

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Eli’s Celebrates 34 Years at the Taste of Chicago

Despite the Taste of Chicago being cancelled on Saturday, Eli’s was back out there Sunday with the Big Cake ready to serve!
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Today is opening day for the Taste of Chicago! In 1980, founder Eli Schulman debuted the now famous Eli’s Cheesecake at the first Taste of Chicago, making Eli’s the only original vendor still participating at Taste.  Eli’s has sold over 5.2 million slices throughout Taste’s history!  Marc Schulman, Eli’s son and company President, credits Taste for launching the dessert and helping take it from a local favorite, to one of the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakeries, baking over 20,000 cheesecakes and desserts daily at Eli’s Cheesecake World located on Chicago’s northwest side.

Eli’s Cheesecake Booth #16, located at Jackson and Columbus, will feature Eli’s Cheesecake Smoosh:  Cookie Cheesecake made with Oreo® (topped vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce), Turtle Cheesecake, Original Plain (with strawberries), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper (frozen chocolate chip cheesecake on a stick, dipped in crunchy dark chocolate) and Taste portions:  mini slices of original plain cheesecake and Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake made with honey produced by the students from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.

Eli’s is excited to celebrate 34 years with the Taste of Chicago this coming Saturday, July 12th, with a giant 1,000 pound cheesecake. The festivities will begin at 11:30am at the In The Kitchen with Mariano’s Cooking Demo Stage where Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger will be talking about our NEW Vegan Cheesecakes and what goes in to making a GIANT cheesecake. The celebration will continue at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain for the Big Cake Cutting with special guests: The cast of Motown the Musical and Jeff & Spencer Tweedy! Enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake, meet & greet with the Eli’s Slice and more!

For more information on the Taste of Chicago, click here.

Eli's featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Eli’s featured on the CBS News with Vince Gerasole

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Marc and Maureen Schulman help decorate the BIG Cake for Saturday!

Eli's Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

Eli’s Team at the Taste Booth getting ready for opening day!

The Today Show visits Chicago!


Early this morning in the rainy Chicago weather, Eli’s Cheesecake was among a famous few Chicago brands to welcome The Today Show to Chicago! Hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist of the Today Show enjoyed a few slices of Chicago’s favorite cheesecake, while hosting the Today Show from 8am- 9am in Millennium Park near the famous Chicago “Bean”. Other brands that wished them a happy hello and welcome to Chicago included The Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago LuvaBulls & Benny the Bull, the Chicago White Sox, Garrett’s Popcorn, and more. Thanks for visiting Today Show! To see more from the Today Show in Chicago, visit:


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