2015 Seneca Park & Eli M. Schulman Playground Tree Lighting

On Nov. 19th, President and CEO of Eli’s Cheesecake, Marc Schulman, participated in the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Seneca Park & Eli M. Schulman Playground located on 220 E. Chicago Ave. This tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season and is a prelude to the Magnificent Mile Light’s Festival of which Marc Schulman is a co-founder.




On October of 1988, the Chicago Park District designated half of the park as the site of a playground in memory of Eli M. Schulman, a local restaurateur and founder of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. On May 7, 1990, the playground officially opened.

Eli M. Schulman had a passion for serving the community. He developed a reputation for providing outstanding service and making every customer feel important. This can be exemplified by a sign hanging in his restaurant’s window stating, “if you are hungry and have no money we will feed you for free,” during the great depression. His motto, “Charity will never bust you,” is at the heart of Eli’s Cheesecake. Eli’s Cheesecake continues to support the community, organizations, and city efforts.


*For a full history timeline of Eli’s Cheesecake click here.

Reception for Aaron Easter Scholars

On Monday, November 16th, Eli’s Cheesecake President, Marc Schulman, along with his wife, Maureen Schulman and VP of Purchasing and Operations, Jeff Anderson, participated in the third annual reception for recipients of the Aaron Easter Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to graduates of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences attending the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at UIUC. Each year two students are awarded with the scholarship.

Eli’s Cheesecake has a long-standing relationship with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Marc Schulman co-chairs in CHSAS’s Business Advisory Board. As of today, Marc Schulman has helped provide 14 students with scholarships, including the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship, which is given in the name of our Founder and his dearest friend, Robert Hatoff. 


Eli’s Cheesecake at the 1st Annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit

Today, November 17, Marc Schulman, President of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, represented Eli’s Cheesecake on the “Doing It Right” Panel Discussion that was part of the 1st Annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit held at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Part of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this was a way to encourage best practices by business and institutions in their workforce. It was a pleasure to talk about Eli’s People and our partners at the Anixter Center, Sunshine Center, Vaughn High School, New Horizons Center and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. For more information on our community partners, click here.

Eleni Giannakopoulos, the Assistant In House Counsel and Director of Development for El Valor, was also in attendance. El Valor is a community organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities succeed. Eleni is the daughter of Georgia Giannakopoulos, a long time Eli’s Decorator and Trainer, and it is great to see Eleni’s success and service to the community.


Marc Schulman with Eleni Giannakopoulos

Marc Schulman with Eleni Giannakopoulos

Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook Launch Party



On Sunday, November 8th, Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted a launch party for their first Cookbook, which can be currently pre-ordered and found here. Over 200 guests came to celebrate this special event with us. Guests were able to enjoy live music from violinist Kat V, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, which you can click here to see, IMG_0249, and sample some of the cheesecakes from the cookbook.

Here are some of the highlights from the launch party:

Social Media highlights from guests:

Eli’s Cheesecake will Participate in the 38th Annual Restaurateurs Event

On Friday, November 6th, The Eli’s Cheesecake Co. will participate alongside other notable Illinois restaurants in the 2015 Illinois Restaurant Association’s (IRA) Chef’s Table at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago. This event celebrates and honors the food industry in Illinois while also bringing together professionals in a networking environment. The proceeds of the benefit go towards IRA’s Educational Foundation Scholarship as well as their ProStar program which aims at developing high school talent.

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to participate in IRA’s 38th Annual Chef’s Table event. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

Students from Suwon High School for Agricultural Sciences Visit Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake had the great opportunity to host South Korean students from Suwon High School for Agricultural Sciences—a sister school of Chicago’s High School for Agricultural Sciences. President Marc Schulman welcomed them with a breakfast reception and was able to tell Eli’s rich history and success.

Suwon students were then taken on a bakery tour, which was led by VP of Purchasing and Operations,  Jeff  Anderson. They had the unique opportunity to closely examine the creation of a product from start to finish, interact with bakery associates, ask questions, and even get to taste some of the product.


Eli’s is a proud sponsor of The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and is happy to have had the opportunity to give students first-hand experience with product development and management. As a token of appreciation, they received some exclusive Eli’s gifts.


Eli’s Goes Green with the Airport Conference

AGG2015Last night, October 27, Eli’s Cheesecake was invited to speak at the Airports Go Green Conference. The Airports Going Green Conference is the industry’s leading sustainability forum, bringing together aviation sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world. Session topics include airport, tenant, and stakeholder collaboration strategies; innovations in renewable energy and alternative fuels; waste and recycling initiatives; emerging technologies; and much more.

Erik Lapinski, Eli’s Production Planning and Scheduling Manager, presented at the Sustainable Foods Happy Hour last night along with Goose Island, Lagunitas, HMS Host, and other leaders in sustainable foods. Erik’s presentation focused on Eli’s Cheesecake’s initiatives at reducing waste, recycling, and our involvement in the community.  The spotlight of the presentation was our partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), who provide us with the honey we use in our Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake. The CHSAS students harvest the honey from their bee hives on campus, and then bottle it to ship to our bakery where we use it in our cheesecakes and desserts. 

For more information about Eli’s Sustainability Invitiatives, click here. To learn more about our partnership with CHSAS, check out our video.


Eli’s Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake featured at the Sustainable Foods Happy Hour event for the Airports Go Green Conference. We use honey from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in our Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake.

Eli’s Halloween Fest is here!

Halloween Fest is back at Eli’s! The annual October celebration began yesterday, the 22nd, and will continue through the 25th. In addition to daily activities, catch big savings, like a free 5″ Cheesecake with any $25 purchase, and up to 40% off your favorite fall flavors! Join us this weekend for games, fun, pumpkins and cheesecake.

Join us for Halloween Fun!

Join us for Halloween Fun!

 Events Schedule


11am-1pm: DIY Halloween Dipper Bar, $1

3-5pm:         Live Music on the Patio

Free Cheesecake Buffet


10am-2pm: Fall Market Place

Free Pumpkin Painting/Decorating with Pumpkin Purchase

Halloween Games, Face Painting

11am-3pm: DIY Mini Cheesecake Decorating, $3.50

12-1pm:      DIY 7″ Cheesecake Decorating, Free with Purchase

12-1pm:      Free Bingo


12-1pm:   DIY Halloween Dipper Bar, $1

2-4pm:     Free Bingo

Marc Schulman to give Keynote Address at Forum


On October 23rd Marc Schulman, President of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, will be giving the keynote address at the Global Small Business Forum.  This forum is presented by Global TradeSource Ltd., a company that helps entrepreneurs and small business market, sell and fulfill orders internationally.  The mission of the Global Small Business Forum is: to be a place where participants, who largely up until now have communicated via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram, now have a chance to meet face-to-face, interact, network and make new connections. The Global Small Business Forum will take the mystery out of exporting and provide entrepreneurs and small business owners like you a whole new way of doing business with the world. Our goal with this forum is to unlock export potential in your business.

To learn more about the Global Small Business Forum and purchase tickets, click here.

Eli’s is Getting Ready to Party at the Green Tie Ball

GreenTieBall2015LogoThis Saturday, October 10, Eli’s will be attending the annual Green Tie Ball. This year’s theme is Studio 54. Green Tie Ball XXIV raises funds for Chicago Gateway Green’s Expressway Partnership Program, which creates and maintains beautiful, sustainable landscapes along Chicago’s major expressways thereby reducing air and noise pollution and adorning the gateways into the City’s communities. The gala attracts Chicago’s most prominent public, political, and media figures, environmental supporters as well as young professionals and local celebrities.

This year’s gala will include dozens of Chicago’s top restaurants, premium open bars, eclectic entertainment such as special guest performance by Matt LeGrand, DJ appearances, the Dr. Bombay band, experiential silent auction packages and charitable gaming from River’s Casino. Eli’s Cheesecake will be there serving desserts to the hundreds of guests in attendance. 

Tickets are still available! To purchase yours, click here. To learn more about Chicago Gateway Green, visit their website.

Eli's Cheesecake at the 2014 Green Tie Ball. The theme last year was "The Great Green Gatsby."

Eli’s Cheesecake at the 2014 Green Tie Ball. The theme last year was “The Great Green Gatsby.”