The Chicago Tribune has played an important role in Eli’s history. It was in front of the Tribune Tower on July 4th, 1980 that Eli took his cheesecake outside of his restaurant for the first time at the inaugural Taste of Chicago.

It was 10 years ago, on June 10, 1997 that the Tribune celebrated its 150th with an Eli’s Cheesecake and our dear friend and the late Chicago legendary film reviewer, Gene Siskel, comparing Eli’s Cheesecake to another Chicago icon—Michael Jordan. It was also that week that the Tribune published a special edition for the 150th listing great moments in Chicago
history and a special food section listing Chicago’s most famous foods. We were very honored to see Eli’s Cheesecake included on that “all time” list.

This year we honored to be part of the 160th Anniversary festivities with a giant cake in Tribune Tower and the slices of Eli’s Cheesecake delivered to every Tribune facility in the Chicago area.

160 years old today—Monday, June 10, 2007

Eli’s Marc Schulman congratulates Tribune Company CEO Dennis Fitzsimons and Tribune Publishing President Scott Smith on the 160th Birthday

All of us at Eli’s Cheesecake are delighted to wish the Chicago Tribune a very happy 160th Birthday. We look forward to being part of many more celebrations for this most important Chicago institution.