It was a great pleasure for Eli’s Cheecake to join Brenda Sexton, head of the Illinois Film Office, and a crowd of a 1,000 of Chicago ex-pats at the second annual Sweet Home Illinois held on Monday, September 26th at the Hilton Universal. Joining Eli’s is trucking in the Chicago feast for the event were Lou Malanati’s Pizza, Robinson’s Ribs, Star of Siam, Connie’s Pizza, Tuscany, Billy Goat, Original Rainbow Cone and Vienna Hot Dogs.

This was a special treat for our family as honoree of the evening, Joyce Sloane, co-founder and Producer Emeritus of the Second City, is a great family friend. Joyce is beloved in the industry and her award brought out such noted Second City Alumni as Jim Belushi, Richard Kind, John Kapalos, Fred Willard, Nia Vardalos and George Wendt.

Eli’s Marc and Maureen Schulman, with comedian and emcee of the evening, Tom Dressen, and noted actor, Joe Mantegna, co-owner with wife, Arlene of Taste Chicago in Burbank, a great place to get your Eli’s in Southern Calfornia.

Marc and Maureen with Adrian Zmed, co-star of Grease 2 with Michelle Pfieffer and a Chicago native. Zmed has helped Eli’s celebrate at Taste and also attended the premier of Grease 2 in Chicago, which was a benefit chaired by Maureen.

Elana, Haley and Maureen Schulman, with John Kapalos, a Second City Alumni, and a featured actor in such the John Hughes pictures, filmed in Illinois, “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.”

Richard Kind with Marc Schulman, Kind recently played Max Bialystock in the Producers on Broadway and cut Eli’s giant Birthday Cake for the Taste of Chicago in 2003 when he was starring in Bounce at the Goodman.

Famous Chicago actor JIm Belushi and film maker and Chicago native Dan Halperin, enjoying Lou Malanati’s Pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake at Sweet Home Illinois with Eli’s, Marc Schulman

Cordell Robinson of Robinson’s Ribs and team brought the ribs and the grill from Chicago. Just like at Taste, Robinson’s was Eli’s neighbor at the event.

Lou Malanti’s, a mail order partner of Eli’s Cheesecake at brought the ovens and the make-up tables to Universal so all pizzas were made from scratch.



Eli’s is grateful to our broker, Elsie Pon, of Pon Brokerage and the staff of the Hilton Universal for their assistance in making this event possible. In total, Eli’s gave out 1,200 slices and Dippers at the event