Eli’s Cheesecake Kicks off the Holiday Season

IMG_3262The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is delighted to continue its 22 year tradition of participating in the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014.

According to Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s and founding Chairman of the Lights Festival, “ Eli’s Cheesecake, Chicago’s favorite dessert, is thrilled to be a part of what has become one of the City’s most anticipated holiday traditions. This fantastic day, followed by the spectacular lighting of Michigan Avenue has just gotten bigger and better each year.  Our presence at The Winter Walk, as well as the entire day, is geared toward family fun in Chicago.”

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Winter Walk at Pioneer Court (just south of the Tribune Tower and east of Michigan Avenue) will be the site of the Eli’s Pavilion where kids will be able to decorate a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake with frosting, candy and holiday goodies, hang out with Eli’s giant slice mascot, and even get some tips from Eli’s Pastry Chefs and students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Upon entering the Eli’s tent, visitors can support the Greater Chicago Food Depository by bringing cans of food that will be accepted by Food Depository volunteers. As a thank you, donors will receive a complimentary slice of Eli’s Cheesecake (one slice per person).  With an additional donation of $10, donors will also receive a complimentary Eli’s Cheesecake.

The Eli’s Pavilion will be open from 11am to 3:30pm on Saturday, November 222nd.

Just twenty minutes northwest of the Magnificent Mile is Eli’s Cheesecake World, the 62,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art bakery, visitors’ center, retail store and café, located at 6701 West Forest Preserve Drive, where Eli’s  bakes up about 18,000 cheesecakes and other delicious desserts, cookies, brownies and cupcakes daily.   A fun family holiday outing is to visit Eli’s Cheesecake World for DIY (do-it-yourself) Mini Pie Making on Nov. 24-25 from 3-6pm ($2.50 per pie) and Kid’s Holiday Dipper Decorating Dec. 17-19 from 11am-2pm ($5.50 per child).  Of course, you’ll want to come to Eli’s Holiday Open House Dec. 9 from 5-7pm with live DJ, free dessert buffet and holiday sale.  Shop the newest and largest selection of Eli’s Cheesecake anywhere!  For more event information, visit www.elicheesecake.com/calendar or call 773-205-3800.

The much anticipated annual Eli’s Dock Sale will be held at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Saturday, November 22nd.  Eli’s pumpkin cheesecakes are the perfect antidote to ho-hum holiday pies.  Select from Eli’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake,  Pumpkin Cheesecake or Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake  or our newest addition, Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake (dairy free, egg free), guaranteed to be show stoppers on your Thanksgiving table.

Send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the USA!  Eli’s Cheesecake will arrive picture perfect in a holiday gift box, custom insulated Styrofoam container and dry ice.  To order, visit us 24/7 at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 1-800-ELI- CAKE Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.



Eli’s Excited to be Attending Chicago Styled

chicago styledChicago Styled: The Fashioning of The Magnificent Mile is celebrating its 40th anniversary of the Costume Council. Founded by Mrs. Philip K. Wrigley in April 1974, the Costume Council supports the Chicago History Museum in the documentation and interpretation of the history and the art of costume. Through their efforts, the Museum has been able to maintain and grow the costume collection, one of the largest in the world, to help tell the story of Chicago and Illinois through the clothing of its diverse citizens.

The Costume Ball takes place this Saturday, November 14th, at the Chicago History Museum where Eli’s will be serving cheesecakes and desserts.  Get a first look at the clothing that helped make Michigan Avenue magnificent. More than 20 ensembles, hand-picked by the Chicago History Museum, tell the story of the transformation of Michigan Avenue through the stories of the designers, retailers, civic leaders and tastemakers who helped transform it. Dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, the exhibition highlights stunning designs by Norman Norell, Adolfo and James Galanos, along with contemporary work by Gianni Versace, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto and Chanel. To get tickets or read more about the event, visit the Chicago Styled Website.


Eli’s Cheesecake hosts honored veterans attending the 70th Reunion of the USS Honolulu

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USS Honolulu Veterans visiting Eli’s Cheesecake

On Sunday, we were honored to host the 70th Reunion of the crew of the USS Honolulu, one of the most distinguished ships that served in the Pacific during World War II. Five of the seven attending veterans visited Eli’s Cheesecake. The ship had a crew of almost 900 and survived two torpedo attacks during the War, one of which occurred 70 years ago today.

This is truly the greatest generation and this may be the last reunion of the group due to health reasons. The story below from the St. Petersburg Times was written during the 2012 Reunion when 12 veterans were able to attend.

We are honored that we could have them enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake and Desserts, hear our story and receive our thanks for their dedicates service to our country.


Eli’s Supports Chicago’s Moving Day

MovingDay_FullColorMoving Day® is this Sunday, October 19th. It is the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual fundraising walk event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walk course, a kids area, a refreshment tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring dance, boxing, and other exercise classes all proven to help manage the symptoms of PD.

In its 2 year history, Moving Day Chicago has raised over $600,000 in the fight against Parkinson’s disease! Proceeds raised from the campaign help to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. Eli’s is excited to be able to support such a great fundraising event by providing desserts to all of the participants.

Moving Day® raises awareness of Parkinson’s both nationally and in the Chicago community. It is ‘A day to move, a day to move others, a day that moves YOU!’

To register for the event, visit the registration page. If you would like to make a donation to help fight Parkinson’s disease, please visit their donation page.

Our First Retiree Returns!

Today we were honored with a visit from our good friend Jean Ryglewicz, our very first retiree, who started with us way back in 1987! Here she is today on the right side of the image (wearing blue) with the Eli’s team and in the left image, front row, third from the right (which was taken almost 30 years ago). Thank you for the visit, Jean, please come back soon!



Eli’s Providing Dessert for Redmoon’s Skelebration

Redmoon-LogoskelebrationRedmoon’s family event Skelebration, which debuted with great success last year, returns for its second annual installment of experiential exploration running over two weekends, October 18-19 and 25-26. Families are invited into its otherworldly playground inside its Pilsen home (2120 S. Jefferson Street) for a re-invention of the seasonal rituals of Halloween. Directed by Kasey Foster under conceptual direction by Redmoon Producing Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, Redmoon promises an all-new array of multisensory delights, including:

• Redmoon’s Celestial Swing
• The UFO Carouse
• Redmoon’s “Cartoon Adventure” .
• Families picnics in The Man Made Lagoon
• The premier of Redmoon’s newest food service device The Pastry Wheel
• And much more…

Eli’s will be providing Cheesecakes & Desserts throughout the celebration! 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Eli’s Proud to Support the Chicago International Film Festival


Chicago Film Festival 2014This year is the 50th Anniversary of Chicago’s International Film Festival! The festival brings Chicago the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, from new discoveries to international prizewinners, and hear directly from the talented people who’ve brought them to us. This year is no different, with filmmakers from Scandinavia to Mexico and Hollywood to our backyard, joining us for what is Chicago’s most thrilling movie event of the year. Kick off is tonight, October 9th, where Eli’s will be supporting with a Big Cake!  The festival runs through October 23, and a full schedule of events and movies showing can be found on their website. To purchase tickets, click here.

The Chicago International Film Festival is presented by Cinema/Chicago.  They are a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Cinema/Chicago serves Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. The organization aims to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.

Marc Schulman Speaks at Good Food Business Accelerator Event

Marc FarmedHere 2014The launch of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Business Accelerator program on October 1 drew a standing-room crowd to the spacious auditorium at 1871, the start-up incubator that is Chicago’s center of innovation. The turnout was symbolic of the rapid growth of the Good Food movement, and of its community of entrepreneurs, investors, large-scale buyers, consumers, and activists. The Accelerator program will be located at 1871 in the historic Merchandise Mart and will provide its eight selected Fellows with six months of intensive mentorship from industry leaders and technical support on how to shape their businesses and financial plans, along with networking opportunities with potential buyers, customers and investors. Marc Schulman, president of the Chicago-based Eli’s Cheesecake company, is co-chairing FamilyFarmed’s 2015 Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference. To read the full article, click here.

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JD Wetherspoon adds Eli’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake to Menu

JD Wetherspoon, a chain restaurant in the UK, announced today that it will be extending its list of US-themed classic dishes on its new autumn menu. Along with this, they have decided to add Eli’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake to the dessert menu. Eli’s is proud to be partners with JD Wetherspoon and Food Fellas. Visit their website to learn more about JD Wetherspoon Pubs.JDW---Eli's-Salted-Caramel-Cheesecake-launch




Eli’s is Proud to Support Vernissage

Vernissage Logo 2014Eli’s is a proud to be serving dessert at The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporart Art’s annual Vernissage event this Thursday, September 18, 2014. The event is the opening celebration of EXPO CHICAGO’s three-day art fair.  It has been a cultural staple of the MCA, and will be featuring artwork from more than 140 galleries on an international scale. Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA Education Department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

For more information on Vernissage and the MCA Chicago, visit the event page.

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