My dad, Eli had a great lunch group at Eli’s the Place for Steak. Each day, politicians, business people and old friends from over the years would gather for great camaraderie, conversation and lunch.

One of Eli’s favorite guests and dearest friends was Ed McCaskey, the Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago Bears, and husband of Virginia McCaskey, the daughter of Bears founder, George Halas.

Ed loved music, the horses, his friends and gardening. When Brian Piccolo of the Chicago Bears became critically ill in the story retold in the book and movie, Biran’s Song, it was Ed and my dad that went to New York to cheer him up during his unsuccessful battle to fight cancer.

On the Friday before Father’s Day, the Chicago Bears and McCaskey family dedicated the Ed McCaskey Memorial Garden at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Ed loved to plant, weed and watch the fruits of his labor so the family wisely decided that a garden would be a wonderful testament to his memory.

It is most fitting that there is an Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park in Chicago and an Ed McCaskey Garden in Lake Forest. We wish the best of happiness to the McCaskey family and to a championship season for the Chicago Bears

Photo of the Ed McCaskey Memorial Garden at Halas Hall

Ed McCaskey with Eli and dear friend, Howard Bedno