Eli’s has a rich tradition of creating big cakes. Here is the invite that Eli printed in the newspaper the day that we served Chicago’s Official 150th Birthday Cake at the Taste of Chicago on June 29, 1987.

Maureen and I are on the left side of the Big Cake as Eli leads the applause as Bozo reads the Proclamation from Mayor Harold Washington. Friends on the stage (from right to left) include Attorney Dan Weil, Radio Legend John Madigan, Eli, TV Legend Merri Dee, Motivational Speaker George O’Hare, the late Dr. Harold Visotsky, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg (then head of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events) and Linda MacLennan (then recently coming to Chicago to join CBS). Note we even had an Illinois Lottery Ball next to the stage.