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Eli’s Cheesecake at the United Club at Soldier’s Field (Go Bears!)

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When you visit the United Club at Soldier’s Field for a Bears Game, take advantage of the dedicated Eli’s Cheesecake & Dessert Kiosk with an assortment of Eli’s Signature Items.

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Eli’s Cheesecake is also available at a number of Concession Stands at the United Club so you can enjoy Eli’s with your meal or snacks.

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Bears Celebrate Opening Home Game Victory–Allen Brothers Meats and Eli’s Cheesecake at Soldier’s Field

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The Chicago Bears opened their 2009 home regular season at Soldier’s Field on Sunday, September 20 with a thrilling 17 to 14 victory over the Super Bowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was also a great day highlighting Allen Brother Meats and Eli’s Cheesecake at Soldier’s Field. On the left, Eli’s Marc Schulman visits Allen Brothers Owners, Todd and Bobby Hatoff, at the Soldier Field Tail Gate, which free sampling of the “Great Steak House Steaks” was open to all Bears fan for the two hours before the game. Allen Brothers will also be participating in the Soldier Field Tail Gate on October 4th and November 8th.

On the right, Eli’s Marc Schulman also visited the Eli’s Cheesecake Kiosk on the 200 United Club Level of Soldier’s Field. United Club Seat Holders have an outstanding choice of dining options—highlighted by the Eli’s Cheesecake Kiosk with Eli’s Original, Eli’s Turtle, Eli’s Carrot Cake and Eli’s Signature Brownies.

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Congratulations to the Chicago Bears and the McCaskey Family on their opening home win against the Pittsburgh Stealers. In this 90th year of the Chicago Bears Franchise, it is so great to see the Bears Flags on the field as the crowd sings “Bear Down Chicago Bears,” the team’s fight song.

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Eli’s Cheesecake v. King Cakes from King King Cakes–the best of Chicago against the best from New Orleans over this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Chicago

New Orleans has also been a favorite city for Eli’s.

When he acquired the New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson was introduced to Eli and Eli’s the Place for Steak by then General Manager, and Eli’s dear friend, Jim Finks, previously the General Manager of the Bears. Benson was a regular at Eli’s over the years and is one of the great owners in the NFL. We respect Mr. Benson’s commitment to keeping the Saints in New Orleans
and wish him the best of success as he seeks his first NFC Championship.

With Mardi Gras season about to begin, I fondly remember one of our family’s great experience; when Maureen and Elana were in the Zulu Court when, Desiree Glapion Rogers, New Orleans native and daughter of popular council
man, Roy Glapion, was the Zulu Queen in 2000. The hospitality of the Glapion Family and the Zulu Organization was just fantastic and we had so much fun participating in the parades and other special events.

For all those reasons, we were delighted to be contacted by, Dave Brennan, the owner of New Orleans Internet Foods, which
operates the King King Cakes at http://kingkingcakes.com/. They are getting ready to ship their delicacies for the Mardi Gras Season and we are delighted to accept his wager of a a large King Cake of our choice versus a cheesecake of Dave’s Choice.

Yes, Dave, we do have the stomach for this bet, which will be a great game between two great cities and two great football
franchises.

 

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Letter from Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans thanking us for sending him an Eli’s Cheesecake after the Bears Victory

 

 

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Bears Lose….Chicago Wins!

January can be a very long and cold month in Chicago. This year, from Sunday, January 12th until last night, Sunday, February 4th, our hearts and minds were warmed by the success of the Chicago Bears. Although the result of
the Super Bowl were not what we hoped for, we had a great time along the way.

Yesterday when Maureen and I were were outside in the -30 degree wind chill weather, there were many other people outside doing the same thing—taking pictures of Chicago landmarks decorated with Bears colors. Not only were they taking pictures, but people were talking to each other bringing back memories of the best Chicago public art program, Cows on Parade, and summer events like our Farmer’s Markets.

We want to thank all our friends who helped make our celebrations on the Road to the Super Bowl complete. Our pep rallies were so much fun thanks to the Ridgewood High School Cheerleaders, Fran of Dancemates,org, singer Justin Butler and Robin Childress of Spelling Bee. Our Eli’s Decorators were great dancers and singers and we thank Len and Mike for
helping us lead in the singing.

We thank all our customers who had Eli’s Cheesecake and our other treats on their table for the Super Bowl. More than any other special event in our history, we had a lot of fun with the Bears two play-off wins and the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. We also had fans across the country celebrating with Eli’s last night.

We had the honor to participate in two bets by Mayor Daley–one with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans and the second with Mayor Peterson of Indianapolis. For the wager with Mayor Nagin, we sent him cakes in respect to the great City of New Orleans. For the bet with Indianapolis, we already gave 4,100 slices of Eli’s Cheesecake to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Mercy Home so we feel like winners. This week we will be sending Eli’s Cheesecakes to Mayor Peterson. He will be having one great feast.

We will also be sending cheesecakes to Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana this week.Thank you Governor Blagojevich for including Eli’s in such a important wager.

Today we will be busy “paying” off on a few debts to Indianapolis. And the start of Spring Training is just 10 days away.

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A Frigid Chicago Gets Ready for the Super Bowl

On the morning of February 4th in Chicago, the weather was perfectly clear and very cold–with a wind chill approaching 30 degrees below zero; the coldest day in Chicago in over a year. It was on this Sunday morning that I went with my wife, Maureen, as we took pictures of the symbols of Chicago and the Bears.

This photo was taken from East Solidarity Drive just east of the Adler Planetarium. The sky was beatiful but the temperature was brutally cold.

The Bean at Millennium Park offer some of the City’s most striking views. This picture was taken from Michigan Avenue looking east and shows the reflection of the Cultural Center, the intersection of Randolph and Michigan and east to the Aon Building.

 

“The Bowman and the Spearman” are two bronze equestrian sculptures standing as gatekeepers at the intersection of Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. Installed in 1928, the horseman have blankets with the Chicago Bears logos.

The lions outside of the Art Institute of Chicago have been welcoming visitors to this world class museum since its opening in 1893. The lion to the north is formally known as “Stands in An Attitude of Defiance,” and the lion to the north is “On the Prowl.”

In 1986 for the Bears first Super Bowl appearance and again in 2005 for the White Sox World Series victory, the lions have been adorned with team garb. Today, it was great to see the lions wearing their Chicago Bears helmets.

The Chicago Picasso, dedicated in 1967, was the first major outdoor public art in Chicago. Located in the Daley Center Plaza across from City Hall, the Picasso has the been the backdrop for many of Chicago’s most famous events from the Bears 1986 victory parade to the filming of the conclusion of the Blues Brothers. Today the Chicago Picasso is well dressed with
his Chicago Bear hat.

The Brachiosauras outside the Field Museum is outfitted with a #54 jersey–that of Bears line backer, Brian Urlacher.

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Thank you J. Calistri for sharing your mail order experience with us: Eli’s honored by on your table for the Big Game

 

Dear Elis’s:

With the Bears involvement in the Super Bowl this year, I had to have signature Chicago items at my party and what better
than Eli’s Cheesecake?

So being from Chicago, but having had to recently relocate for work, I knew that while I couldn’t go and pick one up, I
would simply order it online. After looking at the assortment available, I ordered the Chicago Bears Cake and it was delivered yesterday evening.

I was worried when I first opened it that it would have been damaged in transit and not looked as it was pictured online.
However much to my surprise it was perfect and I can’t wait to share it with our company during Sunday’s big game.

I even made a point to call my mother of whom still resides in Chicago and tell her all about it and now she will be picking
up one later today for a party she will be attending. So again thank you for being able to send me a piece of home.

Go Bears!

Sincerely,

J. Calistri

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Mayor Daley Bets Eli’s Cheesecake and other famous Chicago foods for the Super Bowl

We were honored to be included by Mayor Richard M. Daley in his Super Bowl wager with Mayor Bart Peterson of Indianapolis. On a very cold Chicago day, the wager was held in the very warm and beautiful Cadillac Club at Soldier’s Field. The wager included items from famous Chicago restaurants including Harry Caray’s and Manny’s and street furniture from Gallery 37.

As we are confident of a Bears victory, we have an early donation of 4,100 slices of our cheesecake in honor of Super Bowl 41 and also the number of Eli’s dear friend, Bear legend Brian Piccolo. The cheesecake was picked up today by the Greater Chicago Food Despository and will be distributed to the needy throughout the Chicago area.

Mayor Daley’s Super Bowl Bet included over 40 Chicago companies. The coffee cans in the foreground are from Stewart’s Coffee, a family owned northwest side of Chicago business since 1913 and also the official coffee of the Century of Progress in 1933.

It was an honor to be a part of celebration of Bears Road to the Super Bowl Championship. We appreciate the opportunity that the Mayor gives family and local businesses to highlight their products and contributions to the community. The hospitality community is always there with food and other donations to help make our City strong.

 

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley with Eli’s Marc Schulman

Dutchie Caray, Harry Caray’s widow, is one of the nicest people in Chicago. Dutchie, pictured above with Harry Caray’s CEO, Grant Deporter, bet Harry’s favorite, Chicken Vesuvio and let everyone know: “Holy Cow!–Bears will win!”

In addition to his leadership at Harry Caray’s, Grant serves as Chairman of Visit Ilinois, our statewide tourism advocacy group, is a former chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Assocation and is the current chairman of Gateway Green.

Ken Raskin of Manny’s continues a family tradition that dates back to 1942 when Manny Raskin opened his first restaurant. That was just two years after Eli Schulman opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle on Chicago’s west side. Located since 1964 at it current location on Jefferson Street, Manny’s is a Chicago landmark that combines with history with great food and atmosphere.

Mark Malnati of Lou Malnati’s performs the Pizza Man Rap at the wager. Lou’s is another great Chicago family business story with 24 stores throughout Chicago and a booming mailorder and web business that includes Eli’s Cheesecake and other famous foods from Chicago. In recognition of their support of the community, the Malnati Family was named as the Philanthropist of the Year for their support for cancer research.

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Eli’s Cheers on the Bears with a pre-Super Bowl Pep Rally

We had so much fun cheering on the Bears before their victory over the Saints that we invited everyone back for a pre-Super Bowl Pep Rally on Monday. With so much energy and excitement, we have no doubt that the Bears will prevail this Sunday.

Fran Viray of Dancemates.org danced with the Ridgewood High School Cheerleaders.

Robin Childress, a member of the Chicago cast of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” led the Ridgewood High School and Eli’s Singers in “Bears Down Chicago Bears.”

Our thanks to the talented members of the Ridgewood High School Cheerleaders, Principal Kevin O’Mara and Coach Jessica Lepone, for participation in the Pep Rally.

Robin Childress brings the entire crowd to their feet in cheering on the Bears.

Eli’s is fortunate to have very talented bakers who can also sing and dance.

The Eli’s Team thanks Robin for her participation in a very fun day kicking off a week of pre-Super Bowl festivities.

Bears Pep Rally’s bring out very special visitors. Douglas and grandmother, Helen Sullivan, cheer the Bears on!

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Mayor Daley’s Bet with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans

In the Sunday Chicago Tribune, the photo in the Armour & Co. captured the moment in Mayor Daley’s bet with Mayor Nagin of New Orleans when I was at the podium describing our Giant Slice of Eli’s Cheesecake and Mayor Daley
was pointing it out.

This week we will be celebrating the Bears Super Bowl appearance with a pep rally at the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe at 11am which is free and open to the public. At that event, we will send off four cheesecakes to Mayor Nagin in New Orleans, which we send in victory, because we don’t want to deprive the Mayor and his staff in New Orleans of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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