January 22nd is my father’s birth date—as celebrated at Eli’s all week and as noted on the City of Chicago 2007 birthday calendar.

What a great day this Monday is for Chicago as we celebrate the Bears win in the NFC Championship and we prepare for the Super Bowl. All the snow and Bears weather of Sunday is gone as today is a pretty Sunday in January.

 

Eli and a very special “Motley Chicago Bear” at the piano bar at Eli’s the Place for Steak–with the helping hand of Hal Roach.

Mike and Diana Ditka came to celebrate with Eli at Eli’s the Place for Steak on Sunday, January 12th, 1986 after the Bears beat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 24 to 0. It was two weeks later on January 26th that the Bears and Ditka beat the Saints by a score of 46 to 10

One of Eli’s dearest friends was Gale Sayers, the legendary half back for the Bears. When a Chicago Boys & Girl Club was in danger of closing, Eli put together a benefit on a week’s notice to keep the Club open.

Monday Night Football on ABC made its debut in 1970 when the Cleveland Browns played the New York Jets. From that first broadcast until 1984, Howard Cosell was the distinctive voice of Monday Night Football. Here Cosell visits with Eli and Esther Schulman at Eli’s the Place for Steak.

From 1975 to 1987, Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards setting the Bears all time record. Here Payton poses with Eli and his fellow board members of McCormick Place for the dedication of the George Halas Hall at McCormick Place.