Congratulations 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Queen and Her Court

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company was honored to continue the long tradition of sponsoring the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen contest!  We look forward to their visit to Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and the New Horizon Center in February.  Congratulations Erin Mulcahy, 2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Parade Queen and Her Court joined by Maureen and Marc Schulman.St. Pat's Day Queen 2016

Book Signing Event at Read It & Eat with Jolene Worthington and Maureen Schulman

This weekend, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company continued the celebration of the newly released Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook at Read It & Eat, a Chicago culinary bookstore located in the heart of Lincoln Park.  The baking demonstration, book signing, storytelling and cheesecake sampling was presented by co-authors Jolene Worthington jolene book signingand Maureen Schulman.

This cookbook includes 40 distinct cheesecake recipes, including Original Plain, Banana Chocolate, Caramel Pecan and Pumpkin, plus recipes from Eli’s famous Chicago steakhouse, like Shrimp deJonghe and Chateaubriand.  Published to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Eli’s Cheesecake, this collection allows home cooks to make the same cakes that helped celebrate Presidents Clinton and Obama’s inaugurations, Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, the City of Chicago’s 150th birthday, the White Sox World Series, and more. As Eli Schulman might say, it’s a helluva book.maureen book signing

Big Block of Cheese(cake) Day!


1837: President Andrew Jackson had 24 horses pull a 1,400 lb. wheel of cheese to the White House, and invited citizens to drop by for some cheese and conversation with himself and members of the cabinet, legislators and diplomats. This year The White House will hold its third virtual # bigblockofcheeseday on Jan 13th, the day after the State of the Union, where citizens can ask senior officials questions on line.




BigBlockofCheesecake2016: Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago debuts #bigblockofcheesecakeday, making it possible for citizens to enjoy a big block of Chicago’s famous Eli’s Cheesecake…actually a giant 6 lb. slice, so imagine the cheese was a wheel, while watching the State of the Union on Tuesday January 12th, or while asking questions on line on Wednesday.

Eli’s big block of cheesecake serves 18-20, $56 plus shipping. Call to order for pick up 773-205-3800 or mail order Local and suburban delivery available.


Click here for more information on Big Block of Cheese Day.


Chicago Restaurant Week



The Eli’s Cheesecake Company is excited to participate in the 2016 Chicago Restaurant Week, which runs from Friday, January 22nd through Thursday, February 4th.

Guests can get a special three course Prix Fixe Lunch for $22, which will be inspired by our NEW The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook.

Chicago Restaurant Week is an exciting time for Eli’s Cheesecake. We have the opportunity to be recognized and join other prominent Chicago restaurants. Click here for a list of all the participating restaurants.


Eli’s Cheesecake will also be participating in Choose Chicago’s Fresh Bites Bash, the official Chicago Restaurant Week kick-off event. Click here to get your tickets today!

Founder’s Month


On January 22nd, 1910, Eli M. Schulman, founder of Eli’s Cheesecake, was born. Eli was many things–a husband, a father, an entrepreneur, baker, an innovator, a dreamer–but what made people love him was his charm and passion for giving back to others. Eli was a bright soul. As shown in the picture above, he always had a smile on his face. He genuinely cared for his customers and the community. His motto, “Charity will never bust you” is deeply ingrained within The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Eli, a boy who grew up poor and had to work at an early age, overcame hardships and sprouted a career that not only changed his life, but the life of fellow Chicagoans, celebrities and beyond.

This month, we are honoring him and the legacy he left behind. Throughout our social media channels (Twitter/Facebook), we will be doing daily postings (until the day of his birthday) which will include facts you may/may have not known about Eli and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.

At our Cafe and Retail Store, we are highlighting The Original Plain Cheesecake & the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, two of his first, and signature, cheesecakes created. On January 22nd, customers can enjoy a FREE slice of cheesecake in honor of Eli Schulman’s 106th birthday. On the 23rd, we will host our annual Founder’s Day Celebration which will include bingo, games, face painting and more.

Enjoy some photos from our archives:



Eli’s Congratulates SGA Scholarship Recipients

wilbur-wright-logoWe at Eli’s would like to congratulate Nicole Swietczak, Michael Beckman, and Elizabeth Gresey—Wright College students that were selected to receive the annual SGA Café Scholarship. Together, these students will receive upwards of 3,000 dollars in financial aid.

All scholarships were funded by profits from the SGA Café run by the Wright College’s Student Government Association. The café (also known as The Apple) is fully supported through product donations from Eli’s, as well as Stewart’s Private Blend Coffee. All of the profits made by the SGA Café go towards helping students in need of financial aid.

Eli’s is proud to help these deserving students reach their academic goals and wishes them all the best on their future endeavors.

The Eli’s Cookbook Author Signings

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend has received much media coverage since its launch party on Sunday, November 8th. Authors Maureen Schulman and Diana Moles, and Chef Laurel Boger, have showcased this book in various media outlets and book signings, which have brought great success and popularity to The Eli’s Cheesecake Company.


On Sunday, December 6th, author Maureen Schulman and chef Laurel Boger presented an Egg Nog Cheesecake from the cookbook on ABC 7 Chicago Sunday Morning News.


Book signings:


Want a copy of The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook?

Get yours HERE!

Holiday Dinner at the Sunshine Activity Center

Eli’s has developed a reputation for giving back to the community, especially during the holidays. On Monday, December 14th, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company hosted the Sunshine Activity Center’s Annual Holiday Dinner. A team of 13 Eli’s associates volunteered for this event. Eli’s associate, Gabriela Gomez, organized the event and asked that volunteers bring a gift(s) for a Sunshine Club guest(s). Chef Antonio prepared a great Italian dinner for the group which was then followed by Santa presenting gifts for each of the club members. The event ended with dessert, which featured Eli’s Oreo Cheesecake, of course and Bingo, led by chef Diana Moles.

The Sunshine Activity Center is a Not-for-Profit Organization dedicated to the development of life skills in persons with developmental disabilities. Service provision is geared toward adults within a supportive and nurturing environment. 

Eli’s Cheesecakes’ Holiday Events

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company has many ways celebrate this holiday season. Last night, Dec. 8 between the hours of 5-7pm CST, Eli’s Cheesecake, located on 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, hosted it’s annual Holiday Open House. The open house consisted of many activities such as spin-and-win wheel where guests were able to win some Eli’s exclusive merchandise, cheesecake decorating, where guests were able to decorate their own free slice of cheesecake, a cheesecake buffet where guests were able to sample a variety of cheesecakes, a live DJ playing holiday music, raffles, a selfie-booth, gift wrapping, and store-wide sales.

Here’s a re-cap of last night:



The Holiday Open House is just the beginning of Eli’s holiday fun. Here are some other big events coming up:

1.) Dock Sale and Cafe Shopping & Entertainment – Dec. 12th, 9am-1pm (Dock); 9am-5pm (Store)

Customers can shop the dock for Eli’s biggest and last dock sale of the year. It will be held at Eli’s Cheesecake World and customers can expect some unbelievable sale prices. Cheesecakes ranging from the signature Original Plain to the Holiday Sampler make the perfect holiday gift or for any other occasion. Customers can also expect some live entertainment with a DJ Playing some holiday tunes to get them in the spirit. The dock sale takes place at Eli’s shipping dock at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago, as well as in the cafe.

In addition to the dock sale, there will be a special book signing for The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook featuring authors Chef Diana Moles, Chef Jolene Worthington and Maureen Schulman from 10am-1pm.

2.) In Store Dock Sale and Activities in the Cafe – Dec. 19th, 9am-5pm

It’s the last Saturday before Christmas, and Eli’s Cheesecake wants to help everyone get their desserts in time and at affordable prices. Customers who shop at the in-store dock sale can expect special sale prices, demonstrations by Eli’s Pastry Chefs of “Finishing Touches” from Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, and some great holiday cheer, of course.

Click here to get a full list of in-store events and specials for the month of December.

Eli’s Holiday Store Hours:

Extended Hours (8am-7pm) on December 8th & December 23rd

Shortened Hours (8am-3pm) on December 24th & December 31st

Closed All Day on December 25th & January 1st

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook featured on WGN Radio

On November 29, Eli’s Cheesecake Owners Marc and Maureen Schulman joined Dean Richards on WGN radio’s “Foodtime Show” segment to discuss The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook. During the show Marc and Maureen discussed the rich history of Chicago food and Eli’s Schulman’s influential role in the Chicago food industry. While Eli’s Cheesecake is known for cheesecakes, the cookbook does not solely focus on cheesecakes. Instead, the cookbook is a combination of traditional Chicago dishes, influenced by Eli’s Place for Steak, such as “Liver Eli” and “Shrimp Marc,” favorite cheesecakes, and useful tips and tricks. Richards thus named the cookbook as “retro,” given its revival of Chicago classics. Maureen was able to give some book details including some of the available recipes as well as her top favorites.


Click here to listen to the full show.

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