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Taste of Chicago 2010 Underway!

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Taste of Chicago 2010 Ready to Start! 30 Years ago, Eli’s Cheesecake Debuted on Michigan Avenue at the First Taste!

Today, Friday marks the start of the 30th Annual Taste of Chicago. It was on July 4th, 1980 that Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut at that first Taste of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. As we get ready for the opening at 11am today and for our Big 30th Birthday Celebration Saturday, June 26th at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain, we thank our People, our Fans and the City of Chicago for the great support in making Eli’s Cheesecake the #1 Dessert at Taste of Chicago and a Chicago Dessert Icon!

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Eli’s Cheesecake Joins Dominick’s and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in a preview of the 2010 Taste of Chicago

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Eli’s President Marc Schulman joins Illinois Restaurant Association Chair Everett Rand, Dominick’s President and CEO Don Keprta, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Dominick’s Vice President  Jeff Norkiewicz in cutting a ribbon to celebrate a preview of the Taste of Chicago at Dominick’s.

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One week from today, on Saturday June 26th at 1pm, Eli’s Cheesecake will celebrate the 30th Birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago with a Birthday Party at Buckingham Fountain featuring members of the Band from TV singing Happy Birthday to the Taste and Eli’s. At the preview of Taste at Dominick’s, Eli’s President Marc Schulman presented a replica of the 2,000 lb. Eli’s Cheesecake to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M Daley with Eli’s Nate after the Press Preview at Dominick’s

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Zwecker Announces in the Sun Times that “Band from TV” will be Celebrity Cheesecake Cutters for the 30th Birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago–Saturday, June 26th at 1pm at Buckingham Fountain

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To celebrate the joint 30th birthday for Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago, the popular local bakery is hosting a 1 p.m. June 26 cake cutting at Buckingham Fountain, featuring the Band from TV — including actors Greg Grunberg, James Denton, Jesse Spencer, Bob Guiney, Adrian Pasdar and Scott Grimes. Afterwards, a 2,000-pound cheesecake will be served free to everyone — as long as it lasts!

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Eli’s Cheesecake Participates in Welcoming Taste of Chicago Reception for the Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum

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Now in its 6th Year. the Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum brings together the leaders of Chicago’s 28 sister cities and other global municipalities, along with corporate, foundation, academic and civic leaders, for discussions on key urban challenges–this years theme being “New Partnerships for a New Economy.”


Eli’s Cheesecake was honored to join leading Chicago Chefs and Restaurants at a welcoming reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Chicago Cultural Center is one of Chicago’s most beloved and historic buildings. Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was reopened in 1991 as the Chicago Cultural Center, the nation’s first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue.

Dinner was served in Preston Bradley Hall featuring the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany Dome – 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ―which was restored to its original splendor in 2008.  Following dinner was a Sweet Home Chicago Dessert Reception in the G.A.R. Rotunda featuring Eli’s Cheesecake, Original Rainbow Cone and Art Smith’s Table 52. Guests then enjoyed a performance by Lynn Jordan and the Shivers in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman greets John P. Daley, Cook County Commissioner and son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley.

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Eli’s Culinary Team of Pastry  Chef Melissa Bosco, Pastry Chef Marilyn Stewart and Marketer Matt Kroll welcomed guests with Eli’s Triple Fresh Cheese Cheesecake, one of Eli’s Couture Collection with a Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce.

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Eli’s Giant Cheesecake for Taste of Chicago in Ripley’s “Seeing is Believing”


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Eli’s at Taste of Chicago—A great “first job” for Chicago’s new generation of leaders

In 2010, Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago will celebrate their 30th birthdays. It was on Michigan Avenue on July 4th that Eli Schulman took his cheesecake to that first Taste. Over the years, we have sold over 3.5 million slices of Eli’s Cheesecake and worked with several thousand teen agers who have now advanced to positions of leadership in business and government. 

This week, we were visited at Eli’s by Jill Takiff Hirsh, the daughter of our long time friends, Sandy and Bobette Takiff. Jill is the Chairman of the First Bank of Highland Park, a position she assumed from her now late father and visited us with long time friend and banker, Vic Stasica. When Jill arrived at Eli’s wearing an Eli’s Cheesecake Hat, we were delighted to learn that it was kept from Taste of Chicago 1993, which was her first summer job. Eli’s Taste Manager, Mike Neuhaus and Lisa Ripka, welcomed Jill to Eli’s and thanked her for her summer of service. 


Several years ago,  we were delighted to have a special guest join us at our Taste of Chicago booth: Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General of Illinois. Lisa “grew up” at Eli’s as her parents Mike and Shirley Madigan were dear friends of the Schulman Family and regular customers at Eli’s the Place for Steak. It was only natural therefore that an early summer job was working at Taste. We were very happy to have Lisa join us to once again have that experience.

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Taste of Chicago 2009 Comes to an end–Looking forward to Taste XXX in 2010

Ten Days Fly by so quickly! Thanks to our customers and fans who purchased over 112,000 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake at Taste of Chicago in 2009. 2009 marked our Celebration of the 29th of Eli’s Cheesecake and the 29th Birthday of  Taste of Chicago.  This year also marked the year that we celebrated the 100th Birthday of the Burnham Plan of Chicago. It was on July 4th, 1909 that Daniel Burnham, Edward Bennett and the Commercial Club of Chicago released their vision for Chicago to the public. It is very fitting that it was  71 years to the day that Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut outside Eli’s the Place for Steak at that very first Taste of Chicago.

2010 will be a very special year as we celebrate the 30th Birthday of Taste and Eli’s Cheesecake. On a personal level to all of us at Eli’s, it will be even more special as we celebrate the 100th Birthday of our founder, Eli M. Schulman.

Celebrate everyday with Eli’!

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Ben Bowman of NBC5 Chicago Reviews the Taste of Chicago in his Breakfast Blog

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“Eli’s Cheesecake – Slice of Plain Cheesecake.  Seeking to eat something reliably awesome, I turned to Eli’s.  Thankfully, it was everything I’d hoped.  God bless you, Eli.”

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Congratulations to the Winners of the “Show Your Pic of Eli’s at Taste” Contest!

During the Taste of Chicago, Eli’s Cheesecake ran a contest so that fans could celebrate with Eli’s!

To enter, participants had to have someone take a picture of them enjoying a piece of Eli’s Cheesecake, post the picture to Eli’s website for a chance to win.

First place went to these two Eli’s fans from Franklin Park! They received a dessert party for 100 guests as their prize!

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These cheesecake-loving friends from Chicago earned second prize, which is a free cheesecake sent anywhere in the US!

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All participants in the contest received an Eli’s Taste of Chicago T-Shirt!

Check out some of the other photo entries below:

Couldn’t make it to the Taste of Chicago? Celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 30th, 2009 with Eli’s Cheesecake! There will be more promotion information coming up!

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