If you are an Eli’s Blog follower, you will have noticed that I have written very little in the past several weeks. You might wonder if I was on vacation or experiencing computer problems. It was none of the former. but rather, I was communicating the old fashion way—face to face.

In February of 2005, Northwestern Memorial Hospital advised us that it was nececessary to demolish the Carriage House—our home since 1966—for the campus expansion. We negotiated a last date of Saturday, July 30th which seemed so long ago back then. Well time has flown by and the last week has been one of the busiest in our history. The love for Eli’s and our people is just fantastic.

For over a week, I have been in the restaurant nightly being hugged and thanked for our 39 years of service. I cannot say enough about our people at Eli’s and the amazing service and quality experience that they have given our customers—right up until the end.

When asked many times if this was bittersweet, I always reply that it was far more bitter. It will be a sadder day in Chicago without Eli’s the Place for Steak, and I can only take solace that the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World features many of our Eli’s specialties, desserts and also offers catering. We look forward to returning one day soon to the Magnificent Mile nighborhood that we have been a part of since 1962

Thank you for everything and we will continue to keep you updated with photos of our celebration and our plans for the future.


Marc Schulman

The best staff in the world!