This year, Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22nd. Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to increase conciousness of the evironment and our open spaces.

In Chicago, Friends of the Park partners with the Chicago Park District and the Cook County Forest Preserve District to invite concerned citizens to get involved by cleaning public spaces.

At Eli’s, we have been a supporter of Earth Day and Friends of the Parks since 1991 when we helped sponsor a Playground Clean-Up Day to bring families and children to their neighborhood playgrounds to get ready for a summer of fun.

Today the Playground Clean-Up Day is part of Earth Day and Eli’s is supporting Friends of the Parks citywide activities with monetary support.

In addition, Eli’s associates and their families are donating part of the day on Saturday, March 22nd to clean our special place, the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park just east of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

We will also have special activities at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World for our guests.

Congratulations to Yomali Mendoza, a 13 year old, at the Helen C. Pierce School in Chicago for her winning T-shirt design for the 2006 Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up Day