Earth Day 2007 was one of the most beautiful days of the year in Chicago. It was a day that brought people to the parks and the lakefront to enjoy Chicago at its best. We thank the students from Miguel Juarez Middle School who gave up their Saturday to spruce up The Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park.

The Earth Day volunteers from Miguel Juarez Middle School gather in front of Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department. One of the oldest working firehouses in Chicago, Engine Company 98 celebrated its Centennial Anniversary in 2002.


We are very grateful for the partnerships that make our Earth Day Celebration so successful. On the left is a picture of Eli’s, Marc Schulman, with Leticia Tremaine of the Chicago Park District and Barbara Dolinger, the Learn & Service Coordinator at Juarez. On the right is Juarez teacher, Ray Arceo, who initiated the partnership with his wife, and Eli’s sales manager,
Erin Arceo. Ray and Erin are holding up a Earth Day 2007 T-shirt with Erin’s sister, Meg.

The activitity for Earth Day was to transport and arrange two truck loads of wood chips in the Eli M. Schulman Playround. The students were great workers and finished the entire project.

Juarez students created banners for the day to celebrate the second year of this collaboration.

The Juarez students worked great in teams.


The Eli. Schulman Playround and Seneca Park have won numerous awards for its design and excellent layout for children and visitors. With all of the tourism on the Magnificent Mile and so many children in the neighborhood, it is so important to enhance to Park for the summer.


Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground neighor to the North is Water Tower Place and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Ritz Carlton is one of Chicago’s most luxurious hotels and has been an active supporter of the Park and Playground dating back to hosting the major fundraiser with the late Bobby Short as the featured performer. On Earth Day, the hotel guests included the defending NBA Champions, the Miami Heat. President and Team Coach, Pat Riley, stopped to meet some of the students as he left the hotel for the United Center.

Our deepest thanks to Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department for hosting our breakfast and then finishing off the clean-up by power washing the walkways and watering the flowers.


What better way to top of a morning of hard work than with lunch and dessert at Eli’s Cheesecake World. The students enjoyed lunch under our Big Top and then decorated Eli’s Cheesecake Slices for dessert.