October 19, 2007
Sun-Times Columnist




Here’s a nice touch:

The late great restaurateur and cheesecake king Eli Schulman was Peggy Wolf’s first customer when she opened Chiaroscuro, 700 N. Michigan. Now, as the store celebrates its 20th anniversary, in its new Water Tower Place home, Eli’s son, Marc Schulman, returned to be that location’s first shopper.


On the left, Peggy Wolf and Marc Schulman celebrate the opening of the new Chiaroscuo at Water Tower Place. On the right, Peggy Wolf and Ronna Isaacs get ready to open the door of their new flagship store.

One of my Eli’s most loyal lunch time customers was publicist Sherman Wolf. When Sherman’s wife, Peggy Wolf and Ronna Isaacs, opened Chiaroscuo 20 years ago, Eli made it a point to be their first customer.

Starting in a loft in River North and most recently at Chicago Place, Chiaroscuo has showcased the handcrafted work of artists and artisans while giving exceptional customer service.

On the 20th anniversary of the opening, Marc Schulman had the pleasure of being that first customer as they opened their flagship store in Water Tower.

The Eli’s Family wishes Peggy and Ronna another 20 years of succcess. They can walk out their door now and enjoy the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park, an ongoing tribute to Eli’s.

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