Eli’s Celebrates the City of Chicago’s Birthday

Last Friday, March 4th, was the City of Chicago’s 179th birthday… and what’s a birthday party without cake?! Eli’s was privileged to make not one, but TWO, birthday cakes for the city! The first cheesecake was featured on Windy City Live, where the hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini were celebrating the wonderful Windy City. To see the clip from Windy City Live, featuring Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, click here. The second cheesecake was displayed and served at the City’s annual birthday party, hosted at none other than the Chicago History Museum.





Serving Up Fun Times with Eli’s Cheesecake

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company has had a busy time with events the past few weeks!  On Monday, February 22nd, we hosted our brokers from Wisconsin and Ohio for an all-day sales meeting. This meeting led to positive comments on the Bakery and the people, which will pave the way to many opportunities in the months ahead. A special thanks to associates Lisa Ripka and Erin Acero for coordinating and all the support.







On Saturday, February 27th, The Eli’s Cheesecake CompanyIMG_7056 participated in the For the Love of Chocolate 2016′s Gala, Eye Candy: A Feast for the Senses at Chicago’s Union League Club. Associates who participated include: Lisa Feldman, Genesis Villarreal, Jolene Worthington. Eli’s Cheesecake president, Marc Schulman, along with his wife, Maureen and daughter, also attended the event. The annual Gala awards a scholarship to a student from The French Pastry School.  This is the number one event for bakery and chocolatiers in the Midwest and Eli’s looked so great! A special thank you to pastry chefs Diana Moles, Laurel Boger. Juanita, Alicia, and the rest of the R&D team for creating the amazing desserts.







Irish Bake-off Contest HollywoodOnState2016On Sunday, February 28th Eli’s participated in two events. The first event was the annual O’Brien’s Irish Bake-off. Associate Allyson Macino and Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger represented us at our 3rd Annual “Cheesecake with an Irish Twist” contest at O’Briens. We had a record 10 entries and it was a great community effort benefitting the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

On Sunday night, Eli’s Cheesecake was fortunate to create this year’s Hollywood on State–the official Oscar’s viewing Party in Chicago–cake for the Gene Siskel Film Center.





This past Sunday, March 6th, Eli’s was honored to be able to attend the Downton Abbey®series finale party at the Driehaus Museum. To help celebrate the occasion, we created a special wedding cake, as well as served up treats to all the viewers.








Eli’s Cheesecake featured on WTTW

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook continues to gain attention from various media outlets. This week, co-author, Maureen Schulman was featured on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” episode in which she reveals many secrets, fun facts, and personal anecdotes about The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and the founder, Eli M. Schulman.

If you did not get a chance to see the video, you can click here to view it. Also, The folks at WTTW added the recipe for creating one of Eli’s best-selling cheesecakes–Salted Caramel.

The’s Eli’s Cheesecake Company is proud to be recognized as a Chicago dessert staple. As Mrs. Schulman states, The Eli’s Cheesecake revealed some of its secret recipes and tips to recreating a Chicago classic in order to continue to embrace Eli M. Schulman’s philosophy of “Charity won’t bust you.” Indeed, the Eli’s Cheesecake company welcomes the opportunity for individuals to experience recreating a Chicago signature dessert. For those who cannot come to the Bakery Cafe and purchase one in person, they have the opportunity to eat the best tasting cheesecake at the comfort of their own homes.

Share the Love

Valentine’s Day is more than just a holiday for those in love. At Eli’s Cheesecake, we believe that Valentine’s Day is a day to share the love, which is why we created the #SharethelovewithElis Twitter Giveaway.

When Eli’s debuted the #SharethelovewithEli’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway on Twitter, asking fans who they would share a box of Mini Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts with, Eli’s president Marc Schulman noticed one response in particular:

Lindsey Compton wrote “All People should feel loved, so I would give them away to the homeless on February 14th.”

The folks at Eli’s thought that was a great idea, so this Valentine’s Day, all across Chicago, over 2,500 people via Chicago Help Initiative, St. Cyprian Food Pantry, Joined Hands Food Pantry at St. John’s Lutheran Church Pantry, Southwest Chicago PADS and Pacific Garden Mission will feel the love and enjoy Eli’s Cheesecake.

Here’s how you can #Sharethelove: Shop online at shop.elicheesecake.com or call 800-ELI-CAKE. Order by 11am CT on February 11th to get your order in time for Valentine’s Day. Mini Belgian Hearts are $36.95 plus shipping for a box of 12. Also available:




White Chocolate Raspberry Heart-Shaped Cheesecake: Creamy white chocolate cheesecake topped with raspberry gelee and hand-piped whipped cream, $28.95 plus shipping, serves 10








Brownie Bites: Our decadent mini fudge brownies in a heart-shaped box, $26.95 plus shipping for a box of 25



Upcoming Cookbook Signings















In the next few weeks, there will be two book signing events for The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, which is now available for order online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target, for example.



Book signing #1:

Eli’s Cookbook Signing and Conversation with Maureen Schulman, Chris & Sheila Kennedy

January 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Book Stall, Winnetka, IL

811 Elm St

Winnetka, IL 60093

Description: Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook author (and Eli’s daughter-in-law)  Maureen Schulman will sign copies of our new cookbook and share anecdotes about Eli and Eli’s Cheesecakes. Joining her are area residents, Chris Kennedy (son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy) and Sheila Berner Kennedy, co-founders of Top Box Foods. Top Box Foods works to create access to healthy and affordable foods by working with communities in Chicago and Lake County, IL as well as in New Orleans, LA. Eli’s and Top Box Foods have been partners since the organization’s inception, and Chris and Sheila Kennedy were featured in the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook with a recipe for their dream cheesecake, Lemon Cheesecake Tart with Blueberries


Book signing #2:

Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook – Author Signing

February 13. 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Anderson’s Bookstore

123 W Jefferson Ave

Naperville, IL 60540

Description: Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook author (and Eli’s daughter-in-law)  Maureen Schulman will sign copies of our new cookbook, share anecdotes about Eli and Eli’s Cheesecakes and sample one  of our famous desserts.

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 www.elicheesecake.com. 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: