We opened Eli’s Cheesecake World on World Food Day, October 16, 1996. To celebrate that event and our role in the community, we annually sponsor the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival. This year is the 10th Annual which will be held on September 16-18th. The event benefits long time partners the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the New Horizons Center for the Developmentally Disabled.

Last year we were fortunate to partner with one of Chicago’s most dynamic and interesting music festivals, the World Music Festival Chicago, which is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. The World Music Festival brought the Mamadou Diabate Ensemble to our Festival for a free performance. We had a huge interested crowd who had never before been exposed to its West African Sound with an American flair.

We have dedicated the afternoon of Saturday, September 17th to the World Music Festival and look forward to another great day of music from around the world.


Photo of Mamadou Diabete with his Kora, which makes a harp like sound