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Eli’s Celebrates 38 years at Taste of Chicago


Eli’s was ecstatic to participate in the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago! Weare the only vendor who has served food at Taste of Chicago all of its 38 years. From Wednesday July 11 – Sunday July 15, our booth, located near the corner of Jackson and Columbus served:  Original Plain Cheesecake with Strawberries (7 tickets), Turtle Cheesecake (9 tickets), Cookie Cheesecake Smoosh Made with Oreo® Topped w/ Vanilla Ice Cream & Chocolate Sauce (10 tickets), Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper® (7 tickets), Taste Portion of Original Plain Cheesecake or Lemon Mixed Berry Cheesecake (4 tickets).

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Eli’s Cheesecake celebrated their 38th birthday, along with the 38th birthday of Taste of Chicago with a 1,000-pound Birthday Cheesecake,topped with a Giant Cherry Pie this year in honor of this year’s celebrity cake cutters: cast members from the national tour of Waitress, playing at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre July 3-July 22, 2018.

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At Noon, under the tent at Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, we invited Taste visitors to watch the giant birthday cheesecake be lifted off the truck by a forklift, see Eli’s pastry chefs put the final touches on the cake, and play cheesecake trivia games.  After that, we began the Cake Cutting Ceremony, followed by a round of Happy Birthday led by Waitress cast members. Watch Laurel Boger, our Executive Pastry Chef prepare the Big Cake below!

We also had a Foodie Photo Challenge for people to participate in on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. See our three winners below! Winners were awarded Eli’s Desserts and Gear.



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Today is the first day Eli’s was featured in Facebook Live videos by reporters from NBC Chicago, WGN and ABC7. You can see their posts below!

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We’ll miss you Roger!

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Eli’s Cheesecake is helping 89 WLS Chicago’s Talk Radio Station Celebrate their 89th Birthday

On Friday, April 12th; Eli’s Cheesecake will be helping WLS-AM 890 celebrate their 89th Birthday at Navy Pier from 6-8 pm. Since April 12, 1924 when the mighty call letters of W L S were spoken for the very first time, Chicago and the Greater Midwest have enjoyed 89WLS’s news and talk radio. WLS, which stands for World’s Largest Store, was started by the Sears Roebuck Company to broadcast to farmers, but it now currently owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts to Chicago and the Greater Midwest residents. Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to help this radio legend celebrate 89 years by providing Chicago’s favorite dessert! Join the party on Friday, April 12th, from 6-8pm by entering to win tickets or listening live! To learn more about WLS’s 89th Birthday Party, check out: Learn more about WLS’s long history at:

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of O’Hare Airport with a Commemorative Cheesecake at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at the United Terminal

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates Chicago-O’Hare International Airport’s 50th Birthday

Friday, March 29th; Eli’s Cheesecake will be helping Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport celebrate its 50th Birthday! Opened in 1963 and dedicated by President John F. Kennedy, O’Hare presently handles about 200,000 passengers and 4,300 tons of cargo daily. Stop by Eli’s Cheesecake’s booth in Terminal 1 near Gate B9 around 1:30pm to celebrate, see the Big Birthday Cake, and grab a slice of Eli’s Original Plain or Chocolate Chip Cheesecake! Everyone at Eli’s Cheesecake wishes O’Hare a Happy Birthday and for more great years to come! For more information, check out’harebirthday or! See everyone there!

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100th Anniversary of Maxwell Street

Eli’s is creating a 100th anniversary cake to celebrate Maxwell Street Market’s 100th Anniversary on Sunday, October 21st; a century since it was founded on Halsted Street.

Maxwell Street is an iconic Chicago location and Eli’s is proud to be a part of the celebration.  For more information on the celebration, check out:

 Happy Anniversary Maxwell Street!

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Eli’s Big Cheesecake Aired on The Today Show

Eli’s Cheesecake was proud to be The Today Show for our Big 32nd Birthday and Taste of Chicago Cheesecake. The clip shows Chef Laurel Boger putting on some decorations to the 1,000 pound cheesecake. To watch the clip yourself, just click on the picture below:

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Arlington Park Race Track Celebrates Opening Day and its 80th Season & Eli’s Brings the Cake!

Eli loved Arlington Park Race Track. When I was growing up, every holiday during the spring and summer–Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, was spent at Arlington.

Eli would therefore have been very proud when we were invited by Arlington Park to create a special Anniversary Cheesecake by Eli’s for the 2007 Opening Day on Friday, May 3rd in honor of the 80th Anniversary of Arlington and
in tribute to Richard Duchossois, the Chairman of Arlington and the driving force to improve Arlington and racing in Illinois.

Marc and Maureen Schulman present a giant Anniversary Cheesecake by Eli’s in honor of Arlington Park’s 80th birthday and the opening of the racing season to Arlington Park Chairman Richard Duchossois, President Roy Arnold and Village of Arlington Heights Mayor Rita Mulder.


The presentation of the cheesecake was a surprise for Mr. Duchossois. Here Eli’s Marc Schulman tells “Mr. D.” that there will be cheesecake for all attendees of opening day courtesy of Eli’s.

Visiting Arlington Park Race Track is a great way to enjoy Chicago during the summer. Arlington has its own Metra stop, lots of free parking, and entertainment daily. At Eli’s, we are proud to have our cheesecake featured throughout the season thanks to the talented Chefs Michael and Joseph of Levy Restaurants.

The presentation of the cheesecake was made after the 4th race. It was most fitting that the Anniversary Cheesecake from Eli’s was still on display when the bugler called the horses for the featured 5th Race: the Shecky Greene Stakes. Shecky was one of Eli’s best friends and was with Eli whenever he was in town including that same Friday evening nineteen years ago.

It was a great Eli day to have this celebration attended by Orion Samuelson, the most respected voice for agriculture in this country and dear friend of the Schulman Family and Dr.Michael Ruchim of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a lifelong friend of Marc’s and a great friend friend of Mr.Duchossois and Illinois racing. Here Mr. Duchossois is joined by Marc, Orion, Mike and Dr. Chuck Watts, the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Northwestern Memorial.

Eli’s participation in opening day would not have been possible without the work of Eli’s Brian Cravens. Here Marc and Brian pose with some very special good will ambassadors of Arlington Park. Note the jockey next to Brian has already “picked up” his slice of the more than 6,000 portions that were given to Arlington Park guests.

We are very grateful to Arlington Park TV host Lauren Massarella for her work in arranging and promoting the 80th Anniversary Cheesecake from Eli’s. Lauren visited our bakery to interview Big Cake Designer Laurel Boger and Head Baker Ramito Garcia. Here Lauren celebrates the success of Opening Day with one of her many friends at Arlington Park.

As part of the celebration of the day, Marc was able to give greetings to Mr. Duchossois in a pre-recorded message from our bakery and the guests at Arlington Park were able to see what goes into creating a special Commemorative Cheesecake.

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Eli’s Celebrates the 26th Birthday of the Taste of Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake

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Eli’s Cheesecake’s Big Cake Named as #2 on Metromix’s list of Top Ten Things to Do at the Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Tempt your Taste buds 10 reasons that you should check out this year’s food fest


By Matt Pais

We know how you feel: Taste of Chicago is a blast, but after years of tossing back turkey legs and mingling with the masses, it can start to seem like an event better left to the tourists. Another year, another Taste: Yawn.

But let’s dial back that cynicism a second. For those of you not quite ready to give up on gorging, we’ve rounded up the top 10 reasons to give Taste a chance.


10. Yan can cook; we can watch
Need a few culinary catch-up lessons? Like to refer to yourself in the third-person? Learn the sure way to whip up something yummy when celebrated chef Martin Yan brings “Yan Can Cook” to Taste. Noon. July 2. Dominick’s Cooking Corner

9. What? No Fridge?!
You don’t mean to cause no trouble, and you’re at Taste to do the Super Bowl Shuffle. Well, at least that’s what the 1985 Super Bowl champ Bears will be doing, and you can meet ‘em. No promises of a performance of that legendary championship anthem, but we can always hope, right? 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Shaun Gayle, Dennis Rivera, Calvin Thomas; 1-3 p.m.: Dan Hampton, Jim Morrissey, Thomas Sanders; 3-5 p.m.: Brian Baschnagel, Jim Covert, Jay Hilgenberg, Emery Moorehead; 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Otis Wilson. June 29. Buckingham Fountain.

8. The “Speed of Sound”–almost
So you’re feeling the new Coldplay album but don’t want to shell out the cash to see ‘em live? Spend Independence Day at Taste listening to the easygoing rock of Blue Merle, whose singer, Luke Reynolds, sounds like Coldplay crooner Chris Martin’s long-lost twin. Close your eyes and everything will seem “Yellow.” 3 p.m. July 4. Petrillo Music Shell.

7. Fringe finds
It’s a common problem: You love Taste’s treats but hate fighting the feeding frenzy. Good news for claustrophobes: Three new-this-year booths–Maxine’s Jamaican Cuisine (booth No. 16), Pars Cove Persian Cuisine (No. 2) and Zam Zam Restaurant (No. 58)–have staked out territory along Taste’s perimeter. It’s like a trip around the world for your mouth; the rest of you doesn’t have to go very far. Daily.

6. Hurts so good
With all the culinary hustle and bustle, Taste can be a pretty tense place to be. Relieve your stress with a massage from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, whose specialists will help ease your anxiety–and won’t even mind if you’re a little sweaty. Noon. Friday-Saturday and June 30; 1 p.m. June 29. Free. Baird & Warner Chicago Living Pavilion.

5. Om-azing sanity
If your mind needs as much calming as your body, participate in a daily yoga class led by the Peace School. It’ll help you find clarity–at least long enough to decide what to eat next. 11 a.m. Daily. Baird & Warner Chicago Living Pavilion.

4. The best mess
Anything they can rib, we can rib better. See if Chicago can meet a Southern challenge in the Memphis BBQ Showdown; taste samples from each city and decide who makes the superior ‘cue. Our decision’s already made, but we may be a little biased. Noon-1 p.m. June 30. Buckingham Fountain.

3. Hey, waiter
Think you deserve a more distinguished dining experience? Audition to be a guest on WTTW’s “Check, Please!,” and you might get your wish. After all, strolling Taste is fun, but we’ve heard sitting in a restaurant and eating food not served on a stick can be nice, too. Auditions at noon, 1, 3 and 4 p.m. Monday. Baird & Warner Chicago Living Pavilion.

2. The big cheese
There’s no better way to cap off the day than a giant slice of cheesecake celebrating Taste’s 25th birthday. Actually, a big ol’ slice might give you a big ol’ gut so, instead, partake of one of the sensibly sized free samples from Eli’s Cheesecake, guaranteed to fill your tummy without busting your belt. 1 p.m. Saturday. Buckingham Fountain.

1. Snap, crackle, pop!
And, of course, it wouldn’t be Taste without a grand display of fireworks. Sure, it’s here every year, but you can’t possibly be sick of fireworks. That’s un-American! Enjoy! 9:30 p.m. July 3. Petrillo Music Shell.

Matt Pais is a metromix intern.

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