It was in May of 1990 that Chicago celebrated the opening of the Eli M. Schulman Playground and the reconstruction of Seneca Park. That project was due to the dedication of a number of volunteers and funders who worked together to create a very special place for children and families across from Eli’s the Place for Steak and east of Engine Company 98 and the Historic Water Tower. It was the perfect tribute to our founder, Eli M. Schulman, who watched over the Park for over twenty years.
Today, Eli’s the Place for Steak has been gone for over 4 years as Eli’s site is going to be the new home of Children’s Memorial Hospital. New neighbors since the dedication in 1990 are American Girl Place, now in Water Tower with windows overlooking the Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Prentice Woman’s Hospital–a very special place for children.
Thanks to Donnley Phillips and the Facilities Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for their work in preparing Seneca Park for the lighting of the trees. This was a community effort that was led by Ralph Weber, Vice President of Community Affairs for Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The lighting of Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground was a community project. Contributing to the lighting, which was 100% paid privately, was Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Eli’s Cheescake, Children’s Memorial Hospital , American Girl Place, the Ritz Carlton, the Lookingglass Theatre, the Museum of Centemporary Art, the American Dental Association, Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department and the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.
Joining Eli’s Marc Schulman and Northwestern Memorial’s Ralph Weber for the lighting of the trees at Seneca Park was Dennis Murphy of Northwestern, Peter Simoncelli, Chairman of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, Dr. Michael Ruchim of Northwestern, John Chikow, the President and CEO of GNMAA, Patrick Ghielmetti, Regional Vice President for the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels and Rouhy Shalabi, attorney and Chicago Park District Commissioner.