Just across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak is the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park. My involvement with the project started in May of 1988 when my dad passed away. Eli’s many friends in the Streeterville and Michigan Avenue neighborhoold wanted to see him honored in a permanent way. We were then so happy when in October of 1988 that the Chicago Park District designated 1/2 of the one acre Seneca Park to be a playground named for Eli and 1/2 to be a passive park for community enjoyment. The design was that of then Park District landscape architect Maria Smithburg, who had a vision for the Park and its setting in the community.
Below is Eli’s sculpture which tops the monument at the center point of the children’s playground. It would make Eli very happy to see his presence is
keeping our community safer and allowing children to enjoy the outdoors in our magnificent neighborhood.
Here is a photo of Mayor Daley, me and Governor Thompson in front of the sculpture and placque at the Dedication of the Playground on May 7, 1990.