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. 

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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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