When Chicago Realtor Jacqueline Hayes came up with the idea in 2001 to create a not for profit organization to provide meals and social services for the homeless and the underprivileged on Chicago’s near north side, Eli’s the Place for Steak was the first restaurant to volunteer to provide dinner for the 130 guests that are served each week. That organization has now evolved into the Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) which provides the Wednesday Dinner and an expanding number of other services.
Eli’s the Place for Steak then provided Dinner each year until the restaurant closed for the construction of the new Lurie Children’s Hospital. Now the culinary staff and associates of Eli’s Cheesecake continue that tradition. On February 20th, 2013, Chef Antonio, Elsa, Felicia, Lucy, Maria, Mary, Jenny, Marc, Sharon, and Tristen joined the staff of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association to provide dinner.