Posts Tagged Chicago

The Today Show visits Chicago!

 

Early this morning in the rainy Chicago weather, Eli’s Cheesecake was among a famous few Chicago brands to welcome The Today Show to Chicago! Hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist of the Today Show enjoyed a few slices of Chicago’s favorite cheesecake, while hosting the Today Show from 8am- 9am in Millennium Park near the famous Chicago “Bean”. Other brands that wished them a happy hello and welcome to Chicago included The Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago LuvaBulls & Benny the Bull, the Chicago White Sox, Garrett’s Popcorn, and more. Thanks for visiting Today Show! To see more from the Today Show in Chicago, visit: https://storify.com/todayshow/hundreds-welcome-today-to-the-second-city-todayinc.

 

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89 WLS’s 89th Birthday Party

This Friday, April 12th, Eli’s Cheesecake helped 89 WLS celebrate their 89th Birthday at Chicago’s Navy Pier! The event was a huge success with over 300 guests, including radio legends and celebrities such as Roe Conn, Dick Biondi, Catherine Johns, and Wayne Messmer, and of course a big Eli’s Cheesecake! Check out photos from the event below:

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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: http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?pt=89th+Birthday+Party&id=27043&is_corp=0. Learn more about WLS’s long history at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLS_(AM)

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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 http://stuckattheairport.com/o’harebirthday or http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-12-28/! See everyone there!

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Happy 176th Birthday, Chicago!

Today, Eli’s Cheesecake helped celebrated Chicago’s 176th Birthday with a Big Eli’s Apple Cinnamon Cake at the Chicago History Museum. Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and other citizens of Chicago came out to celebrate Chicago’s Heritage and hope for a bright future for Chicago! Check out these great pictures from the event!

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates the City of Chicago 176th Birthday

 

Saturday, March 2 – Monday, March 4

Celebrate Chicago’s Birthday at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café

Visit our bakery on Chicago’s northwest side for a FREE slice of Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake (one per person, please).

Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
773.205.3800

 

Chicago’s Official 176th Birthday Celebration

See Eli’s giant birthday cheesecake created by Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, which will be served free to all guests while supplies last.

Monday, March 4, 11:30am-1pm

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312.642.4600

 

 

Virtual Celebration

For those who can’t join in the fun in Chicago, our online celebration features 40% off our Original Plain or Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes, Monday-Tuesday at 11am CT.

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake & President Marc Schulman Profiled in the March 2013 issue of Today’s Chicago Woman

http://www.tcwmag.com/marc-schulman/

Marc Schulman

By

Sarah Levy

 

The Eli’s Cheesecake legacy thrives.

Marc Schulman is the ultimate Chicago food industry veteran. He’s perhaps the largest cream cheese buyer this side of the Mississippi (a must if you’re going to churn out 15,000 cheesecakes a day). And having a knack for mass production with a heart as big as the giant slice of cheesecake I couldn’t help but indulge in during our interview, Mr. Schulman is one of my all-time favorite foodies.

How did Eli’s Cheesecake begin?
It was the dream of my father, Eli Schulman, who started with Eli’s The Place For Steak, a steakhouse on Chicago Avenue. He was a great restaurateur/host, but he always dreamt of creating a signature dish that could be sold outside the restaurant. It was at the first Taste of Chicago where Eli’s Cheesecake made its debut. We then evolved into an independent company and, over time, grew as both our distributions and product offerings grew.

How many cheesecakes do you sell a day?
About 15,000. So we have about 200,000-300,000 servings daily. It adds up. And the distribution could go as far as Russia and Saudi Arabia; we do a lot of big business in London.

What’s the key to continued success?
Growing up in a family that was really passionate about quality and service, it’s about serving our customers – working with them and being creative. Also, growing up in the restaurant business you become very appreciative of the dishwasher and bus boy. We try to run a business where everyone is really important.

You’re very popular among local celebrities, too!
In 1985 when the Bears went to the Super Bowl, Harold Washington said, ‘We have Chicago hot hogs, deep dish pizza and Eli’s Cheesecake.’ And it was the first time we became national. So it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve also done the mayor’s birthday cake for him for the last three years.

Favorite part of your job?
Seeing customers, talking about my dad and his heritage. I wear the watch Frank Sinatra gave him. It’s a great legacy. My dad, a child of immigrants, was born in 1910. Here we are 103 years later telling his story, and I get to work with really smart, dedicated people.

Who inspires you?
My parents and the people I work with. And great people in my life like [former] Governor James Thompson and Tony Valukas, whom I worked for as a lawyer. I’ve been very fortunate. Chicago’s a great place; people cheer you on.

Best advice you’ve received?
A few things that had to deal with cash flow. I forgot what the saying is, something like, ‘Cash is more important than your mother.’ I don’t know that I’d put it at that level, but I think businesses work when you’re in it for the long-term. And, too often, we look at businesses very transactionally. You’re going to have good years and bad ones, but the question is ‘will you be long-term?’

Where do you dine most?
I’m attracted to hotel dining rooms, whether it’s at The Peninsula Chicago, NoMi Kitchen [at Park Hyatt Chicago] or the Ritz-Carlton Chicago dining room.

Favorite hidden gem?
Growing up, my dad worked six days a week. But then one night Richard J. Daley came in and he wasn’t here, so he then worked seven days. Whenever we did go out, we always went to Kow Kow Restaurant in Lincolnwood.

Craziest customer experience?
We’ve had people drive a day, overnight, to get cheesecake or come for our sales. We’ve had some incredible fans.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Crain’s Chicago Business just featured the 23rd anniversary of ‘40 under 40,’ and I was in the first group, which had Oprah Winfrey, David Axelrod, John Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice and me. I was doing the same thing I was doing 23 years ago. So I hope I’m doing the same thing I’m doing now.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Named in ‘How to Eat the Best of America Without Leaving Home’

 

Eli’s Cheesecake was recently named in First We Feast’s ‘How to Eat the Best of America Without Leaving Home’ list. This list, which also includes Lou Malnati’s from Chicago, has delicacies from all over the United States that can be ordered and delivered for you to enjoy right in the comfort of your home! When explaining why Eli’s has the best mail order Cheesecake, FirstWeFeast.com describes a slice of Eli’s as a “Chicago-style treat [that] features a firm exterior, softening to a creamy texture on the inside”, which is “the combination [that] never fails”. Check out the rest of the article and FirstWeFeast’s other top picks at: http://firstwefeast.com/eat/how-to-eat-the-best-of-america-without-leaving-home/s/elis-cheesecake/

 

 

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Join Eli’s Cheesecake at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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