36th Year at the Taste of Chicago

Thirty-six years later, Eli’s Cheesecake still makes a big impact on the Taste of Chicago as the only original vendor. Wednesday, July 6th started the 36th year of the Taste of Chicago. You can find Eli’s Cheesecake (booth #16) at the corner of Columbus and Jackson.CmnbF-xXEAEhrei


Here is a list of what we are serving:

  • Original Plain Cheesecake – 7 tickets
  • Turtle Cheesecake – 8 tickets
  • Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh made with Oreo® – 9 tickets
  • Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper – 7 tickets

And a taste of:

  • Original Plain Cheesecake – 4 tickets
  • Key Lime Cheesecake – 4 tickets


We are hosting exciting contests on social media during the Taste, including a “Guess the Ingredients” contest and “Foodie Photo Challenge.”

The “Guess the Ingredients” contest appears in a variety of posts on our Facebook and Twitter. Participants guess how many pounds of each ingredient is in our #BigCakeAtTaste which will be served for free on Saturday, July 9th at 12:30pm at Buckingham Fountain. This Giant Cheesecake is 1505 pounds! There are two posts a day to guess how many pounds of a specific ingredient is in the Eli’s Big Cheesecake. Comment on the posts on Facebook/Twitter with the hashtags: #ElisAtTaste and #BigCakeAtTaste.


The Foodie Photo Challenge is hosted on Instagram and features photos like the one below with our Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper. Capture a picture with the Eli’s Cheesecake at the Taste with a suave Chicago background to be entered in a chance to win a cheesecake from the Taste of Chicago. Instagram your shot and mention us (@ElisCheesecake) and with the hashtag #ElisAtTaste.



Spreading Cheesecake Love Over the Holiday Weekend

Eli’s Cheesecake started July attending many events serving Eli’s Cheesecake at milestone events.

Our CEO, Marc Schulman and his wife (& co-author of Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook) attended #July4Canada hosted by the US Embassy Ottawa on July 4th. Eli’s Cheesecake served over 5,000 slices of cheesecake and various desserts. Ambassador Bruce Heyman hosted about 4,000 guests at Lornado, the official residence of the US Ambassador of Canada, to celebrate the Fourth of July in Canada for America. The event was great and Eli’s Cheesecake was ecstatic to serve cheesecake in Canada.


A special event from the weekend was Former President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s 70th wedding anniversary in Georgia. Laurel Boger, Eli’s Cheesecake Executive Pastry Chef,  flew out to Plains, Georgia to serve Eli’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake to help celebrate.




Wild Travels with Eli’s Cheesecake

Looking for adventures to have when you travel? Check out the show “Wild Travels” on WTTW 11. This show captures wild attractions in different cities around the United States.


Last night, Eli’s Cheesecake had the privilege of serving cheesecake to the Wild Travels Season 2 Debut Party. We supplied over ten different flavors of cheesecake and two cakes. We showcased Eli’s Big Slice, which is our Plain Original Cheesecake with chocolate chips and cherries on top!

Big Slice

The most popular flavors of the night were Salted Caramel Cheesecake and the Tira Mi Su Cake.

Tira Mi Su

Salted Caramel

















It was a fantastic event and we were ecstatic to see the guest’s enjoying our wonderful flavors!


SOAR Farmer’s Market


On Tuesday, June 21st, we were able to once again participate in the annual SOAR Farmer’s Market. This year was a success as the big cheesecake disappeared within ten minutes of the initial cut. Dan Alderman had the honor of cutting the first piece. Each year the cake is a big hit and we always come prepared to serve the crowd as much cheesecake as possible. This year we also served boxes full of Eli’s Single Serve Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.

In addition, Maureen Schulman, author of the Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook, held a book signing and customers were able to purchase the cookbook and ask questions.

It is a great joy to see the smiles on peoples’ faces after they take a bite out of our cheesecake. We are here to please and are happy to celebrate the start of SOAR’s Famer’s Market.



Join Us For Another Ride


This Sunday (June 19, 2016) is Eli’s 12th Annual Father’s Day 10 Mile Bike Ride! Please join us as we celebrate with the beautiful weather. This bike ride with begin at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Sunday morning at 8:45 AM. A free continental breakfast and t-shirt will be available for participants. Riders must be able to maintain a safe speed of at least 6mph during the bike ride.

Make sure to register online at http://bit.ly/1UOkAPu, or contact Sharon Mrowiec at SharonM@elicheesecake.com  OR 773-308-7015 by Friday, June 17th!

Nervous your bike is not in good condition? Get a free safety inspection and 20% off all helmets any day prior to the ride at: Rudy’s Cycle & Fitness. (5711 Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634)

IDDBA Show 2016

This past weekend, Eli’s Cheesecake participated in the International Dairy, Deli, Bakery Association (IDDBA) Expo.  The IDDBA show was hosted in Houston, Texas and is known as the biggest selling retail show of the year. Part of the Sales Team and Marc Schulman were of attendance to make the show a great success. sales team idbba1 iddba3 idbba2

Eli’s New Farm Stand & Fresh Market


What is the best way to kick off the summer? Attending a Farm Stand and Fresh Market, of course!  On June 16th, 2016 from 7am-1pm, Eli’s Cheesecake will be hosting the grand opening celebration for Eli’s new Farmer’s Market. The day’s activities include a complimentary breakfast buffet from 8am-10am, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10am, and a presentation by Jenny Yang from Phoenix Bean.

The Farmer’s Stand & Fresh Market is open Thursdays from June 16th-August 25th, 7am-1pm. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm & Orchard and other great vendors will be featured. Different special events, activities, and speakers will be at each Farm Stand & Fresh Market day. Follow Eli’s on social media for more information.

Come and join us for the kick off (June 16th) and every Thursday at Eli’s Cheesecake World.


The Capitol Celebrates Another Cheesecake Day

On Wednesday, May 25th, the Capitol celebrated their 13th year of Cheesecake Day. This special holiday for the Capitol was started by Judy Baar Topinka to unite people during the final days of the stressful session at the Illinois State Capitol.  The current Illinois State Comptroller, Leslie Geissler-Munger enjoys carrying on the tradition of Cheesecake Day and Eli’s is proud to support this celebration. Eli’s donates cheesecake each year. This year Eli’s provided a variety of cheesecakes ranging from our famous Original Plain Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Totally Turtle Cheesecake, and a few other specialty flavors. We are always pleased to see the smiles and happiness shared over a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake. We look forward to the years to come of celebrating Cheesecake Day at the Capitol.



Illinois State Comptroller, Leslie Geissler-Munger and State Trooper enjoying Eli’s Cheesecake during Cheesecake Day


Geissler-Munger and ladies showcasing Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates 32 years at the NRA Show

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to have participated in the 32nd annual National Restaurant Show (NRA Show) this year. Each year it is an incredible experience to build stronger relationships with our customers, meet new vendors, and spend time with our associates.

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This year we were able to showcase our new cookbook, with the opportunity to purchase at the NRA bookstore. The cookbook premiered coincided with the 35th anniversary of Eli’s Cheesecake. The cookbook offers 40 unique recipes from desserts to recipes from Eli’s famous steakhouse.

Cookie Butter 9in Slice HazelnutCrunch


This year at the NRA Show, we introduced eight new products varying from cheesecakes to tarts to a dessert bar. The cheesecakes featured above are the Cookie Butter Cheesecake, made with GMO free ingredients (on the left) and the Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch, made with gluten free ingredients (on the right). For the foodservice industry, distributors, and operators: find more information at http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/.



StoryTeller Ryan from WCIA 3 visited our booth this year and captured great footage of our products. We are also lucky to host students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) at our booth each year to share information about our finest ingredients, such as Wildflower honey, harvested by CHSAS and Nielsen Massey vanilla.

We are already planning for another sensational year for the NRA Show 2017!



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Eli’s Cheesecake at 2016 GNMAA Gala



On Friday, May 13, 2016 Eli’s Cheesecake participated in GNMAA Magnificent Mile’s Annual Gala, “Mad About the Mile.” The Mag Mile’s Annual Gala serves as a fundraiser to provide grants and other financial awards to educational programs as well as neighborhood causes in The Magnificent Mile Neighborhood. It is one of the largest fundraisers of the year!  Eli’s has been a proud attendee for the past couple of years and this year, Eli’s Cheesecake provided a wide selection of desserts for the attendees. Eli’s provided three classic cheesecakes–Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry. Aside from  cheesecakes, Eli’s provided cuties for dessert–our house made Fudge Brownie, Michigan Cherry Oat Bar, and 7-layer Coconut bar.

Check out some of the photos from the event:

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