Happy Holidays & A Happy 2015 From Eli’s Cheesecake!


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Eli’s Remembers Judy Baar Topinka

We were saddened to hear the news yesterday of the passing of Illinois Comptroller (and Illinois’ first female Treasurer) and our friend Judy Baar Topinka. As State Treasurer, Judy Barr Topinka created the spring tradition of Eli’s Cheesecake Day in 1993; a day in May when legislators, guests, lobbyists and state employees would all celebrate with Eli’s Cheesecake at the Illinois State Capitol. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias kept the tradition alive when he took office and it continues to this day. Always a loyal Eli’s fan, Judy even wagered Eli’s Cheesecakes in a bet with the North Carolina state treasurer Richard Moore on the outcome of the 2005 NCAA basketball championship (in which our Illinios team lost).

We are honored to have known Judy and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Judy handing out cheesecake and discussing cheesecake day

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Eli’s Congratulates Crain’s Chicago Business on 25 Years and their 40 Under 40 Celebration

40_under_40_anniversary_logoOver the years, the publication that our business has grown up with is Crain’s Chicago Business. Crain’s Chicago Business made its debut in 1978, just two years before Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut at the first Taste of Chicago.

It was Crain’s and then reporter, David Snyder, who in 1987 ran the first major business piece on Eli Schulman and how Eli’s Cheesecake was on the move. Two years later, in 1989, Crain’s did its first class of “40 Under 40″ and Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake, was fortunate to be listed in that group along some now very distinguished people, including Oprah Winfrey. Since they launched their annual 40 Under 40, nearly 1,000 up-and-coming Chicagoans have earned the title. All have reached the top of their fields before reaching their 40th birthday. 

This year, Crain’s Chicago Business is celebrating 25 years of their “40 Under 40″ class, and it’s time for another batch of innovators and instigators, entrepreneurs and educators to take center stage. Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be sponsoring the event, serving a big cake and desserts at the party on Thursday, December 11th. To learn more about this year’s class, visit http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/40-under-40

Sharing Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago Holiday Activities

We are in the holiday zone here at Eli’s Cheesecake World, the location of our Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe, Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery, Eli’s Cheesecake Headquarters and Eli’s Retail Store and Visitor Center.  We want to share a few highlights and events for December here in Chicago.

Each year, one of our most valued holiday traditions is the Eli’s Giving Tree.  Eli’s Associates select of a civic or charitable organization of their choice and personally deliver a supply of Eli’s Cheesecakes and Desserts.  It is our way of spreading joy in our local communities this holiday season.

Eli’s Cheesecake Annual Open House is December 9 from 5pm-7pm featuring a free dessert buffet, DJ spinning holiday music, prize wheel and 20% off everything sale (gift cards excluded).

Eli’s will be closing early on Dec. 11 at 5pm to allow our Eli’s Cheesecake Retail Associates to bring holiday cheer to our friends at the Sunshine Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.  Our associates will be preparing dinner, playing games and celebrating a visit with Santa.

The holiday dock sale of the year is on Saturday, December 13th  from 9am-1pm.  Popular flavor selections from Original Plain to Red Velvet Cheesecake and dockbuster sale prices make this a destination for your best prices of the season.  The dock sale takes place on our shipping dock at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago.

Eli’s Gift-A-Palooza sales is December 14-19.  Every shopper who purchases $30 or more receives a free secret Santa gift!  A fun family holiday outing is to visit Eli’s Cheesecake World for DIY (do-it-yourself) Kid’s Holiday Dipper Decorating Dec. 17-19 from 11am-2pm ($5.50 per child).  For more event information, visit www.elicheesecake.com/calendar or call 773-205-3800.

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café and Retail Store is open 7 days per week: Mon-Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-5 pm, Sun 11am-5pm.  Special holiday hours are Dec.23 open until 7pm and Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 closing at 3pm.  We are closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.   Shop the largest selection of Eli’s Cheesecakes and desserts anywhere!

Let us help you send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the US!  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.  Order by

Let us help you send a taste of Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake to your friends and family anywhere in the US!  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.  Order by Dec. 18 at 11am CST for Christmas delivery.

If you would like to receive information regarding Eli’s Cheesecake’s Bakery Cafe  activities or Mail Order specials, please join our mailing list at http://www.elicheesecake.com/join-mailing-list/.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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Eli’s Mashes-Up with Leadbelly Burgers to Support Sunshine Activity Center

LeadbellyLogo_rev1Leadbelly Burgers is unveiling their latest Mash-Up, a collaboration with Eli’s Cheesecake!  Inspired by their namesake’s Louisiana roots, and in the shared belief that we can do more to give back to our neighbors together than as individuals, we are proud to introduce Leadbelly/Eli’s Cheesecake Beignets!  Leadbelly’s own scratch dough recipe, the same one used for their famously fresh burger buns, folded over a portion of Eli’s Cheesecake, then fried to a golden brown and generously dusted with confectioner’s sugar.  Cooked to order and served hot!

Though it was a lot of fun to create, the true pleasure in adding the Leadbelly/Eli’s Cheesecake Beignet to their menu through the month of December is our shared goal to raise money for the Sunshine Activity Center, 6202 W. Montrose, a Not-for-Profit organization working with developmentally disabled adults on the Northwest Side  through the teaching and practice of life-enhancing skills and hobbies.   Many members of the Eli’s community are tireless advocates of the Center, and at Leadbelly they are honored to be involved is such a cause.  50% of all Leadbelly/Eli’s Cheesecake Beignets sales from both Leadbelly locations will be awarded to the Sunshine Activity Center.

Words don’t do this particular Mash-Up justice, and while they won’t begin officially selling them ($4.95 for two substantial pastries) until Tuesday, December 2nd we kind of can’t wait for you to try them.  Come into either Leadbelly Burgers location this Friday through Sunday and sample a sneak preview and see what we’re so excited about! IMG_3305

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!