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Eli’s Cheesecake Congratulates Windy City Live on its Inaugural Show on ABC7 Chicago

Windy City Live Coming Soon

Windy City Live debuted on ABC 7 Chicago on Thursday, May 26th in the 9am time slot held by Oprah for so many years. Hosted by former ABC 7 sportscaster, Ryan Chiaverini and former WGN-TV traffic news anchor, Val Warner, the show will be broadcast live each weekday before a studio audience.

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Hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner celebrated their first Windy City Live with a Commemorative Eli’s Cheesecake.

Johnny Galecki and Billy Dec

Chicago Restaurateur Billy Dec is a regular contributor to Windy City Live. For the first show, Billy was joined by  Johnny Galecki, who grew up in Oak Park and is the star of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS.

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Th Commemorative Eli’s Cheesecake that was presented to the studio audience to close and the show and was then served to the audience and staff.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman greets celebrity chef and restaurateur Art Smith who is a regular contributor to Windy City Live.

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Eli’s Maureen Schulman greets Windy City Live Host Val Warner.


Windy City Live Host Ryan Chiaverini enjoys a slice of the Eli’s Cheesecake created for the premiere of Windy City Live.

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Eli’s Pastry Chef Laurel Boger Featured on


Eli’s Pastry Chef Laurel Boger demonstrates how entertaining for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive and can still look and taste great.

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Budget friendly Holiday Dessert Party | Video |

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Eli’s giant 30th birthday cheesecake Featured on ABC7 News!

Crowds get Taste of one-ton cheesecake – ABC7 Chicago

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ABC 7 Chicago News this Morning Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with an Eli’s Cheesecake

ABC 7 Chicago News this Morning Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with an Eli’s Cheesecake It was our pleasure to join the ABC 7 Chicago News this Morning Team for the celebration of their 20th Anniversary at the Streetside Studio on State Street on May 1st. Eli’s Marc Schulman and Jeff Klingerman joined Anchors Hosea Sanders, Judy Hsu, Tracy Butler and Roz Varon for this historic event.

Eli’s Marc Schulman celebrates 20 years of Morning News on ABC 7 Chicago with the morning hosts.

Traffic Expert Roz Varon has been with ABC 7 Chicago News this Morning since the beginning–20 years ago. Roz celebrates with the Eli’s Anniversary Cheesecake and fellow anchors, Hosea Sanders, Judy Hsu and Tracy Butler.

One of major fundraisers for the Anti-Cruelty Society is “Bark in the Park” held this year on Saturday,May 2nd. Eli’s Jeff Klingerman and ABC 7″s Roz Varon join representatives of the Anti-Cruelty Society to promote this annual event.

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Roz Varon of ABC 7 Chicago Previews the 12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival

Students from Smyser Elementary compete in a
preview of the the Eli’s Cheesecake Eating Contest–scheduled for 3:30 both
Saturday and Sunday.



Roz Varon thanks Eli’s Associates, Eli’s Big Slice and students
from Smyser Elementary for coming out early on Friday morning to preview the
12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.

Eli’s Maureen Schulman shares the family activities of the Eli’s
Cheesecake Festival with Roz Varon. Activities include cheesecake eating,
cheesecake games and hula hooping with an Eli’s Dipper.

Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger shares a recipe for an
individual Apple Pancake with Roz.

Roz thanks students from our local elementary school, Smyser
Elementary School, for coming out so early to be a part of the ABC 7 News This

Eli’s has a team of over 200 associates and
volunteers working to make the 12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival a great
success.This was our early morning team that was ready at 4:30am to welcome Roz
and her crew.

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Chicago Style Wedding Magazine Highlights Wedding of Roz Varon and Glenn Kedzie at the Walnut Room–with a very special Eli’s Cheesecake Wedding Cake

One of our best friends over the years has been Roz Varon, ABC 7 Chicago Traffic Anchor. The fairy tale wedding in the Walnut Room of then Marshall Field’s is profiled in the July/August issue of Chicago Style Weddings We were very proud to create the wedding cake for this spectacular evening.


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From the Eli’s Archives: Marc Schulman with then ABC7 Reporter Diann Burns at the Taste of Chicago in 1987

One of the most distinguished television journalists in Chicago is Diann Burns, now the Anchor for the news on CBS2 Chicago. It was relatively early in her broadcast career in Chicago in 1987 that Diann was assigned to
cover our the 150th Birthday Cake that we created for the City of Chicago.

Check out the very early Eli’s retail box that Diann is holding.

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Steve Dolinsky, the Hungry Hound, on ABC 7 Chicago Visits Eli’s Cheesecake & the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmer’s Market


Award Winning Television Food Reporter for ABC 7 News in Chicago, Steve Dolinsky visited the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmer’s Market and our Bakery Cafe recently. His “Hungry Hound” report of the visit airs on Wednesday, July 24th during the 11am newscast.

Steve is a 12 time James Beard award winner who has distinguished himself as television and radio reporter on the dynamic food industry in Chicago.

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Steve Dolinsky, the Hungry Hound, visits the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market

To watch the entire segment, go to

Eli’s factory promotes local farmers market

By Steve Dolinsky

July 25, 2007 – There are dozens of farmers markets in our area this time of year. But there’s only one next to a cheesecake factory.

The folks at Eli’s do much more than just bake cheesecakes on Thursdays. They also invite the community to stop by. Our Hungry Hound did just that on a recent Thursday.Eli’s is no stranger to Chicago. They sold more than 170,000 slices at the Taste this year. But every Thursday, they open their doors and parking lot to
the public, cooking up food, selling produce and flowers and offering tours of their massive factory. There’s a lot of excitement this week as they gear up for National Cheesecake Day on Monday.

At Eli’s Cheesecake Factory, on the far western edge of Portage Park, they invite a number of vendors to fill up their parking lot.

“We had the opportunity to offer great produce from people like Nichols and Seedling but also to have a lot of activities and bring a lot of our community partners together to celebrate each Thursday during the summer,” says Marc Schulman of Eli’s.

At Eli’s, they break out the grill, and serve food of course but there’s also some live music and the chance to go inside the factory to get a tour of the
plant and see how those famous cheesecakes are made.

If it’s too hot outside, Eli’s also has a full-service cafe, loaded with everything from wraps and paella to a number of homemade desserts, much more
than just cheesecake.

And while regional farms such as Nichols and Seedling are on hand, so too is the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The Mount Greenwood School makes the weekly trip so students get exposed to the marketing side of the business.

“The students participate in everything,” says Roberta Tetrey of Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. “We weed the farm, we harvest the farm, so we bring them here. They participate and they’re selling all the vegetables that we have here are from our farm and picked daily fresh with the students.”

Schulman says the market is more than just a chance to come out and buy something. He wants it to be a destination on the city’s far Northwest Side
where anyone from kids to seniors can have a full afternoon.

“We have a complimentary breakfast in the morning if you shop at the market, then stay over for lunch,” Schulman says. “You can really make a morning or an afternoon out of it.”

Beginning with tomorrow’s market, they’ll be giving away free slice–one per person–everyday during the afternoon through Monday.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Factory
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive

National Cheesecake Day is Monday, July 30th.

Eli’s is open Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Taste of Chicago Preview on ABC7 Chicago

This morning it was our pleasure to join Judy Hsu of ABC7, Paula Riggins of the Taste of Chicago and Taste vendors including Rainbow Cone and Bacino’s for a Taste of Chicago Preview. Taste opens on Friday, June 29th.


One of Eli’s biggest fans is ABC7 Traffic Guru, Roz Varon. Roz gave us a great traffic and weather prediction for the Taste.




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