At Eli’s, we are always delighted when we can support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. There is a tremendous need for food this holiday season as a combination of reduced giving by the food industry and pending federal legislation has curtailed food donations. For the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival,we work with the students and staff at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences to offer complimentary cheesecake slice decorating for families while allowing all guests the opportunity to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository with donations of canned foods and dollars. This year
our activities will result in over 15,000 meals being provided this holiday season.





Eli’s Big Slice standing in front of the Eli’s Tent at Lights Festival Lane at Pioneer Court with the Wrigley Building in the background. Eli’s activities at Lights Festival Lane would not be possible without the dedicated student volunteers from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.






The Chicago HIgh School for Agricultural Sciences has the largest FFA Chapter in the State of Illinois and one of the highest percentages of students going onto college in the City of Chicago. CHSAS is very fortunate to have Lucille Shaw, in the center, who is the FFA Chapter Advisor and Master Ag Instructor.



This year was a record year for cheesecake decorating at Lights Festival Lane. Over 15,000 people were able to enjoy decorating and then eating their slice of Eli’s.





The Greater Chicago Food Depository reaches over 600 food
pantries and one half million people each year. Monetary and product donations
are so important to meeting the demand.






On the left, Andy Christensen of the Greater Chicago Food Depository takes a break from collecting donations with Eli’s Sarah Zupancic and Erin Arceo. Eli’s activities at Lights Festival Lane were organized by Brian Cravens and Sarah Zupancic.


On the left, Eli’s Pat Pross celebrates the success of the day
with Lucille Shaw. On the right, CHSAS Acting Principal Martha Hamilton and
Lucille Shaw congrtulate Lights Festival Co-Chair Jennifer Woolford of the
Merchandise Mart on the success of the 16th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights




Eli’s Marc Schulman was the founding chair of the Magnificent
Mile Lights Festival as a Greater North Michigan Avenue Association volunteer in
1992. Here Marc congratulates Chairs, Nicole Jachimiak and Jennifer Woolford on
making t he 16th Annual Lights Festival was the best ever.





Eli’s Big Slice enjoys the day with Eli’s Marc, Elana and Maureen Schulman




The support of the Harris Bank has allowed the Magnificent Mile
Lights Festival to have many new components. The support of our media partners,
Radio Disney bringing Corin Bleu of High School Musical and WTMX bringing Sister Hazel KT Tunstall to the Harris Stage at Pioneer Court.