With the coming of Spring, it is time to help prepare Seneca
Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground for the season. For the third year in
a row, all of us at Eli’s were delighted to partner with Miguel Juarez Middle
School in Waukegan to help us celebrate Earth Day and to make this very special
public place ready for the thousands of visitors who will use the Playground and
Park during the year.

With the opening of Prentice Woman’s Hospital in the Fall across
the street, the opening of American Girl in Water Tower Place this Fall and the
move in 2012 of Children’s Memorial Hospital to the former site of Eli’s the
Place for Steak, it is clear that the Eli M. Schulman Playground will possibly
be the most visible and used playground in the country. For that reason, it is
so important that we make sure that the Playground is safe and attractive for
use by residents and visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Service is very important to the students at Miguel Juarez Middle School. We are appreciative of the 40 volunteers from Juarez and also from St. Martin De Porres High School also in Waukegan.

 

 

 

 

 
Eli’s introduction to Juarez was made possible by Mr. Ray Arceo, physical education instructor, at Juarez, and husband of Eli’s Regional Sales Manager, Erin Arceo. Here Ray presents the award winning t-shirt created for the event to Engine Company 98, the Chicago Fire House that borders Seneca Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Juarez students work in teams to get the clean up done. Here Ms. Dolinger, the lead teacher community service models the t-shirt with her students. The visit by the Juarez students would not have been possible without the generous support of Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn who administers the Learn and Serve Grant Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Truby is a science teacher and is the leader in community gardening at the school. We appreciate his support and his education for the students about the importance of conservation and the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This day would not be possible without the dedication of Mr. Arceo. Each year, Mr. Arceo and his fellow teachers recruit outstanding students to spruce up the Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to welcome Ms. Savino as a first time participant for the cleanup day. Team work and great direction makes the day most successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful for the Chicago Park District for the supplies and wood chips for the day. Also the Park District has been very busy installing fencing and making sure that the standard of year round maintenance is high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Seneca Park was redesigned in 1988 by then Park District Maria Smithburg, the goal was to have separate “rooms” that could enjoyed by children and adults. There are many historic trees in the Park that date back over 100 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Miguel Juarez students with the assistance of students from St.
Martin De Porres High School in Waukegan hard at work to beautify Seneca Park
and the Eli M. Schulman Playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Marc Schulman, Donna Carberry, Erin Arceo and Korey Grace thank Mr. Arceo for his leadership of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the students complete the clean-up, the crew from Engine Company 98 comes over with hoses to wash down the walkway that connects Chicago
Avenue with Pearson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After completing their work in the Park, the students come out to Eli’s Cheesecake World for lunch and Eli’s Cheesecake decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Dolinger makes sure that students write Reflections on their day of community service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground looks beautiful for the Season. Proof of this came later on Saturday evening when a wedding party from the neighboring Museum of Contemporary Art came across the street to take pictures in the Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli loved horses! At the dedication of the Eli M. Schulman Playground, Eli’s dear friend George Dunne, President of the Cook County Board and 42nd Ward Committeeman referred to Eli’s love of parks–Arlington, Maywood and Hawthorne. Debra Butterfield’s equine sculpture, “Ben,” now stands guard
over the very green and beautiful Seneca Park.

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