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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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“Teens learn about local food production”–Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College and Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences featured on “Live Green” on ABC7 Chicago

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and Sylvia Jones, producer

July 16, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Some high school students are using their summer break to learn more about living sustainably and giving back to their communities.

While some teens are spending the summer sleeping in and hanging out, ABC7 found one group that volunteered to be in the classroom to discuss local food production.

“We’re learning about food and technology and marketing and the social economic and political aspects of it,” said Ariel Jacobs, senior, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

The group is taking part in a six-week long program called the Ecology Entrepreneur Summer Internship.

“I wanted to be a part of this program because I felt as if I wanted to spend my summer doing something that could help me learn rather than just sitting at home or doing nothing,” said Brandon Dye, senior, Chicago High School for Agriculture Science.

The internship is a joint effort between the Wilbur Wright College, where they earn college credit, and Eli’s Cheesecake, where they get entrepreneurial experience.

“We thought how great it would be to have the students come up to be able to attend a class and get college credit. And then participate in our Farmer’s Market, and then having great speakers come and talk about leading issues in agriculture,” said Marc Schulman, president, Eli’s Cheesecake.

One of the primary goals is to support students’ classroom learning with hands-on lessons.

“We’re actually selling stuff from CHAS, like honey and dog bandanas. So, we could give back to the community from our farm,” said Gabriel Ojeda, junior, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

The students also spend a couple of days a week at their school working with freshmen to help them become acclimated to high school life.

Eli’s Cheesecake’s farmers’ market is open every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1p.m. — now through September.

(Copyright ©2010 WLS-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to Help Welcome ABC 7 Chicago to its new State Street Studio Home

Congratuations to Emily Barr, President and General Manager, and the people of ABC 7 Chicago on the debut of their new State Street Studio.

The site of the studio is already a part of the city’s history. The building originally housed the State Lake Theatre, which opened in 1919. It was designed by Rapp & Rapp architects, who also designed the legendary Chicago Theatre, which is across the street. For more than 60 years the theatre housed live acts and movies before closing in the early 1980′s. It was used as a television studio in 1984 when Oprah Winfrey came to Chicago to host AM Chicago, which soon became The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Chicago Theatre marquis welcomes the new ABC 7 State Street Studio

No celebration in Chicago is complete without an Eli’s Cheesecake,,.. and this event was worthy of a very large Eli’s Cheesecake. Here Eli’s, Maureen Schulman, Marc Bouchard, Anthony, Chef Tonya Deiotte and Mike Neuhaus are joined by ABC 7 anchors, Alan Krashesky, Sylvia Perez and Linda Yu.

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ABC7 Chicago Wagers Eli’s Cheesecake with ABC affiliate in Houston over the Chicago-Houston World Series

Chicago is all about the World Series this weekend. This 46 year drought of any Chicago team participating in a World Series has created so much excitement and interest in the Sox quest for a World Championship.

This morning, Eli’s Cheesecake and Lou Malanati’s Pizza were invited by the morning team at ABC7 Chicago, Hosea Sanders and Judy Hsu, to participate in a wager with their counterparts at ABC13 in Houston.

We look foward to Hosea and Judy being on the winning side of this wager.

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Roz Varon and the ABC7 Chicago Morning Show Visit the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Over 200 students, faculty and staff of the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences had a sleep-over at the school on Thursday, October 6th so they could welcome Roz Varon and the ABC7 Chicago Morning Show to CHSAS at 5am on Friday. ABC7 has a new segment called “School Days” and it was an honor for CHSAS to be only the second school visited.

Over the two hours of the show, Roz was able to highlight the unique agricultural programs of the school, from horticulture to animal science and FFA Chapter, and also its sports teams, cheer leaders and active student body.

CHSAS was among the first urban agriculture high school in the country and it is great to highlight its accomplishments over the first 20 years of its history.

Roz had a great audience as students spent the night at CHSAS so they were ready for the 5am broadcast.

Roz received a floral display created by Brittany Kee just in time for her birthday.

Roz Varon is thanked for her support of CHSAS by Lucille Shaw, Master Ag Teacher, and Principal Dave Gilligan

School Days: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences



ABC7′s Roz Varon and the Morning show visited the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at the AG School. The AG School was the first urban, college prep agricultural high school in the nation. The magnet school attracts students from across the city. The AG School opened in 1985 with a freshman class of 110 students. The school is located on the “Last Farm in Chicago” (the Farm in the Zoo in Lincoln Park Zoo is not a “working” farm).

The history of the AG School actually began in 1852 when the Chicago Board of Education purchased this farmland for just 50 cents an acre. This was before this area was a part of Chicago.

Dutch settlers leased this farmland from the Chicago Board of Education, and the same family farmed the land since 1963, remaining for a few years after the school opened in 1985.

The railroad came in 1873 and Mount Greenwood cemetery was established in 1879. More local cemeteries were established in the early 1900′s, and busses, pulled by white horses, would transport the mourners to local cemeteries. Stores, restaurants, and saloons opened up to cater to the funeral goers. The village grew, and the Mount Greenwood community was annexed onto the City of Chicago In 1927.

Chicago AG is the only school in Chicago with a veterinarian on staff. Daisy the calf was born last year, the first calf born in Chicago in 50 years. Cotton, the baby lamb, was born last week. The school barn is home to a variety of animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, and a horse.

Corey Flournoy, a 1992 graduate of CHSAS, was the first African American elected to the presidency of the National FFA Organization, the largest student leadership organization in the world, with membership of 450,000.

The AG School was the first urban, college prep agricultural high school in the nation. The school has been visited by board members and dignitaries from every state, and many countries, which look to establish a secondary agricultural program. While many schools offer agricultural courses, in this school every student majors in agriculture.

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Chef Eryn Keur on ABC 7 Chicago News

Eli’s had the honor of being invited to give demonstration on ABC channel 7 in Chicago this week. Chef Eryn Keuer demonstrated some great ideas on “dorm food” – delicious dishes, like Eli’s cheesecake Dippers, that college students can prepare quickly and easily in a microwave.

Eryn prepares for her demo.

Maureen, anchor Linda Yu and Chef Eryn Keuer.

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Chef Antonio and Marc on ABC Channel 7

It is an emotional time for us here at Eli’s, as after 39 great years our downtown restaurant, Eli’s the Place for Steak, is closed. But the Eli’s legacy of great food lives on in our cheesecakes, in our cafe on the northwest side of Chicago, and now on TV!  Yesterday we had the pleasure of appearing on ABC (Channel 7 in Chicago) with anchor Alan Krashesky.  Our Chef at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe, Antonio Rivera, prepared my Dad’s recipe for Liver Eli, a famous dish at our restaurant, and our popular Eli’s Smoosh. We’ll be preparing a variation made with beef, Steak Eli, and $1 Smooshes at our weekly Farmer’s Market this Thursday from 11am-2pm. Even though Eli’s the Place for Steak is closed, you can still get great food at Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe.

Marc, Alan Krasheshky, and Chef Antonio Rivera

Marc and Chef with the anchors – Alan Krashesky and Cheryl Burton.

Chef Antonio Rivera prepares for our demonstration.

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The Hungy Hound, Steve Dolinsky, Features Eli’s the Place for Steak and Eli’s Cheesecake on ABC7 Chicago News

These are very important days at Eli’s as we celebrate the 25th birthday of Eli’s Cheesecake and the Taste of Chicago on Saturday, June 25th, and one month later, on Saturday, July 30th “mourn” the closing of Eli’s the Place for Steak at its location for 39 years at 215 E. Chicago Avenue in the Carriage House. Northwestern Memorial Hospital. our landlord for the past 35 years, needs the site for the expansion of the Prentice Woman’s Hospital, so there was no choice but to close. We are working on several opportunities in our area, on or near the Magnificent Mile, and will keep you updated on our future plans.

Today Steve Dolinsky, the Hungry Hound, on ABC7 Chicago, is celebrating Eli’s history on a pre-Father’s Day segment. Steve is one of Chicago’s brightest talents in the food industry and we were delighted to have him visit the kitchen and dining room at Eli’s the Place for Steak.

Hungry Hound: Special food for
Father’s Day

June 17, 2005 — There are dozens of restaurants offering special meals for Father’s Day on Sunday. ABC7′s Hungry Hound has two suggestions — both offer something a little more than just food on a plate. Father’s Day is of course a time to honor dad. There are two food-worthy options this Sunday. One, on the South Side, honors dads with a gigantic cookout that raises money for charity.
The other, a longtime Chicagoicon about to close its doors, honors both the legacy and culinary invention of one of the city’s famous dads.

This Sunday, the 16th Annual Real Men Cook event fills the grounds of the SouthShoreCulturalCenter, getting dads and kids together over lots of good food.

“Helps to shine a good light on, in this instance, primarily the African American community and man who is a part of that community,” said Kofi Moyo, Real Men Cook. “Real men cook, but real men serve the food they cook as well, to the public that comes in and makes a charitable donation.”

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Community Mental Health Council.

Just off the Mag Mile, another father and son act…but this one is bittersweet. After 39 years in business, Eli’s The Place For Steak will shut its doors at the end of July. After World War Two, Eli Shulman owned a handful of restaurants and delis…and with his son Marc always at his side, he opened his legendary steakhouse in 1966.

“I think what Eli really brought was the great mix of being an exceptional host and very focused on the customer, and a lot of innovation in food for that era,” said Marc Schulman, Eli’s, The Place for Steak.

That meant legendary Chicago dishes like shrimp dejonghe: baked prawns with butter and breadcrumbs…or gently seared liver with sauteed onions and peppers. Thick, juicy prime-aged filets and strips were always prevalent…as were the celebrities. Not only Sammy and Frank, and a President or two…but also the people who covered them, like Kup, and some other famous faces. In 1980, at the first Taste of Chicago, Eli had another idea: come up with a new dessert. He settled on cheesecake. There was the original, then the white chocolate with raspberries, and of course, the rich, chocolaty Turtle. Years later, Eli started making enormous cheesecakes for special occasions, and eventually, opened a giant manufacturing plant on the city’s far west side. Schulman says this year’s Taste will be just like all of the others…except for the fact that the cheesecake business has now eclipsed the legendary restaurant.

“Taste of Chicago we’ll be celebrating 25 years and here, to the end of July, we’ll be celebrating 39 years, and we’ll be doing it with the service and quality that people would expect from Eli’s.”

There are still about six weeks left to enjoy Eli’s although the cheesecakes aren’t going anywhere. They will certainly have a big presence at this year’s Taste of Chicago.

Real Men Cook
7059 S. Shore Dr.

June 19, 3 – 6 p.m.
773-734-4033 x422

Eli’s The Place For Steak
215 E. Chicago Ave.

Eli’s Cheesecake Co.
6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

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Eli’s Cheesecake featured on ABC7 Chicago: Best of Chicago Foods you can ship for the holidays

This morning we were fortunate to be featured, along with Lou Malanti’s Pizza
(an Eli’s brand partner) and Nuts on Clark on the ABC7 Chicago Morning News.
Maureen and I were able to join the great ABC7 Morning News crew of Judy Hsu,
Hosea Sanders, Roz Varon and Tracy Butler. What was so exciting is that all of
them shared their Eli’s stories—from ordering from us online to enjoying Eli’s
at the Taste and other events. Most importantly, they wanted to let their
audience know that it isn’t too late to send out Eli’s and these other treats
for the holiday. Our deadline for standard shipment is 8am on Tuesday, December
21st for Christmas Eve Delivery and for next day delivery is 8am on Thursday,
December 23rd

Marc and Maureen sampling Eli’s Cheesecake on the set with Judy and Hosea

Great looking display on the ABC7 Chicago set of just some of Eli’s treats
that are available via the web or catalog

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