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Celebrating its 12th Anniversary, the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival
has grown to become the country’s largest Cheesecake Festival. From the
beginning, the Festival has benefitted the Greater Chicago Food Depository and
the New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled.
The Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is a team effort of Eli’s
Associates, Volunteers, Sponsors and Community members who work together to
raise funds, awareness and non-perishable foods. Eli’s efforts are under the
direction of co-chairs, Brian Cravens and Sarah Zupancic.
The Eli’s Cheesecake Festival has raised over $120,000 for
the New Horizon Center and over 16 tons of non-perishable foods for the Greater
Chicago Depository. Above, Carol Kilcoyne, Executive Director of New Horizon and
Michelle DiSanto, Food Drive Coordinator for the Food Depository thank all the
supporters in attendance.
The Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is a team effort of over 70 Eli’s
Associates and 200 volunteers. This year we recognized the children of Eli’s
Pastry Chef Juanita Chajoin and the daughter of Eli’s Nancy Hermes for their
“over and above” effort as volunteers at the Festival.
Thank you Rachel Hermes, shown with proud mom, Nancy Hermes for
your hard work at the Festival.
Eli’s Pastry Chef Juanita Chajon gives a tour of the bakery to
her daughter, Zurielis, and son, Edgar, after the Festival Recognition
The Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is successful because of our
strong community partnerships. Above, Brian Cravens, Carol Kilcoyne, Michelle
DiSanto and Marc Schulman thank Christine Kurth and her associates at FedEx
Office for their sponsorship of the Festival and all their volunteer
Marc Schulman, Michelle DiSanto, Carol Kilcoyne and Eli’s Bob
Mann thank Chuck Frank, the President of Z Frank Chevrolet for supporting the
Festival. After 72 years on Western Avenue, Z Frank moved recently to West
Irving Park Road near Portage Park. Z Frank has a national reputation for being
one of America’s Top Chevy dealers in sales and service and they are a welcome
addition to our neighborhood.
One of the great treats of the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College
Farmers Market in September is the fresh corn on the cob in the husk from
The Nichols corn on the cob will be roasted this weekend as one
of the signatures dishes at the Eli’s Grill at the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival.
Enjoy the corn as well as great hamburgers and hot dogs from the
We celebrated our move to Eli’s Cheesecake World on World Food
Day–October 16, 1996. Every year, we host the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival on our
Campus as a way to commemorate staying in Chicago and being so active in the
community. Our 12th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival is this Saturday and
Sunday–September 20th and 21st. The event is free with free parking. The event
benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the New Horizon Center for the
Developmentally Disabled, our neighbor to the west.
We have great partners that make this event possible: the
Michigan Apple Committee (who brings the Michigan Apple Queen to our Festival);
First Chicago Bank & Trust which is sponsoring our Main Stage and Cheesecake
Bingo; Country Financial, Z Frank Chevrolet; Equal Brand Sweetener, which
sponsors our Family Stage; FedEx Office and Autumn Green at Wright
We are grateful for the participation of our educational
partners–Wright College, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and
the University of Illinois Extension, who work with us throughout the year and
who will be highlighted in the Country Financial Green Pavilion.
Be sure to bring a non-perishable food donation to the Eli’s Cheesecake
Festival this weekend – you’ll get a FREE slice of cheesecake. Or, donate
cash and get a WHOLE cheesecake! It’s a great way to help the hungry this month
(Hunger Action Month)! We look forward to continuing our great partnership with
the Greater Chicago Food Depository to fight hunger in our
Our 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake was our best ever.
From the perfect weather, great partners and volunteers, food, music and fun, the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival was a fantastic celebration for Chicago.
We will be posting our photo book from the Festival and thanking all of our sponsors and partners. This picture says it best as a Jess Wite Tumbler flies over the Eli’s Cheesecake Slice and over the entrance to Eli’s Cheesecake World.
Gapers Block Selects the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival as one of Chicago’s top activities for the weekend
Eli’s Cheesecake Festival @ Eli’s Cheesecake World
Eli’s Cheesecake Factory is hosting the 11th annual cheesecake festival this weekend. You can sample Chicago’s very own Eli’s cheesecakes while watching others bury their noses in cheesecakes (to win the cheesecake eating contest), or listen to a multitude of music bands, or wow at 100-plus classic cars, or steal an idea or two from the demonstrating area chefs. It seems Eli’s got every entertainment
imaginable covered for the fest, including ones for kids as well. Free, 9-5 on Saturday, 11-5 on Sunday at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., Chicago