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Eli’s Cheesecake World is 16 years old!

Yesterday, October 15th, Eli’s celebrated World Food Day! It was 16 years ago that we had the opening ceremony for Eli’s Cheesecake World. Our people and family were joined by Illinois Governor Edgar, Chicago Mayor Daley, Cook County Board President John Stroger and  Alderman Tom Allen for the cutting of ceremonial giant Eli’s Cheesecake opening this new facility in the City of Chicago. At that time we employed about 100 people; today over 240 people. Back then we produced the equivalent of about 4,000 Eli’s Cheesecake’s a day; today over 18,000! Today we are proud to continue to support Feeding America and the Greater Chicago Food Depository with donations that will reach over 3.5 million people this year.

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“You Asked for It-Factory Tours”: Tours & Tastings at Eli’s Cheesecake World featured in Time Out Chicago!

Factory tours | You asked for it

Explore manufacturing plants in Chicago on these four tours.

By Tomi Obaro

Photo: michael roberts

Chicago isn’t the manufacturing town it used to be, but are there still factory tours in the area that I can go on to see stuff get made?—SF, Forest Park

Eli’s Cheesecake World On weekdays at 1pm, watch as thousands of cheesecakes make their way via conveyor belt into the oven. Workers bake and decorate while tour guides rattle off Eli’s trivia. As part of its “Discover Eli’s: Tasting and Traditions,” the company lets you sample its desserts for free every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. If you come on the right weekend, you might even get to try something still in development. 6701 W Forest Preserve Dr (773-736-3417). $3.

Intelligentsia Roasting Works Factory Tour This java-fan fave lets the public spy on its roasting works on the first Saturday of every month. At the end of the tour, you get a free half-pound of coffee to take home. 1850 W Fulton St (312-563-0023). $18, free for kids under 13.

Oberweis Dairy Plant Famous for still home-delivering its milk, Oberweis holds by-appointment group tours of its plant. After seeing how all the hormone-free dairy goes from a cow’s udders to your doorstep, you’ll be rewarded with a cup of vanilla ice cream. 951 Ice Cream Dr, North Aurora (630-801-6100). $3 for adults, $2 for kids.

Vienna Beef Factory Ignore the old maxim and find out how the sausage is made. Senior Veep Bob Schwartz escorts you through the premises as workers turn raw meat into Chicago’s signature hot dogs. The one-hour tour covers trimming and casing, and culminates in a free lunch of—what else?—hot dogs. Make reservations well in advance. 2501 N Damen Ave (773-278-7800). Free.

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“Walk Away Full and Happy”–Alena Murguia of Chicago Parent Tours Eli’s Cheesecake World

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LaSalle County Farm Bureau FFA Chapters Visit Eli’s Cheesecake World

LaSalle County

On Tuesday, February 15th, the LaSalle County Farm Bureau hosted a visit by the FFA Chapters in LaSalle County to Eli’s Cheesecake World. Eli’s is a major proponent of the importance of agricultural education in high schools through it partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. It was a pleasure to meet these outstanding young leaders who are involved in the FFA.

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Rahm Emanuel Celebrates his 51st Birthday with a Visit to Eli’s Cheesecake World

When he served as the Congressman of  9th Congressional District on Chicago’s northwest side, which includes Eli’s Cheesecake and Wright College, Rahm Emanuel was instrumental in finding a site in what is now the Wright Campus Business Park for Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company, a more than 100 year old company that was short on space and considering moving to Wisconsin. On Monday, which was also Rahm’s 51st Birthday, he toured the Chicago Paper Tube Facility and also toured Eli’s where we surprised him with a 51th Birthday Cake.  At Rahm’s request, the Birthday Cake was delivered to the St. Mary of Providence School, where the residents with developmental disabilities and staff enjoyed the Eli’s creation.

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Eli’s Marc and Maureen Schulman with Rahm Emanuel.

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Rahm greets Eli’s Associates as everyone gathered to wish Rahm a Happy 51st Birthday.

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Rahm Emanuel with Eli’s Laurel Boger and Diana Moles who are responsible for creating Eli’s new desserts and our Signature Big Cakes.

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Rahm visited Eli’s offices and met Keyla Torres, Debbie Marchok, Sarah Zupancic and Lisa Ripka.

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“Miss Jean” the host of “Rainbow Color Jean” from Japan Tours Eli’s Cheesecake World on her “Must do & Must See” Visit to Chicago

At Eli’s Cheesecake World, we have welcomed President’s & Senators, but a visit by “Miss Jean,” the mascot of the the  Saturday morning television show, “Rainbow Color Jean,” was a first. As part of her tour of all of Chicago’s “must do & must see” places, Miss Jean saw how we make an Eli’s Cheesecake and learned about the history of Eli’s.

The show explains the customs, traditions and delicacies of the cities that Miss Jean visit and we are delighted that Eli’s can be a part of the Chicago Show.

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Marine One Flying Over Eli’s Cheesecake World

Marine One Flying Over Eli's Cheesecake World

When President Obama returned to Chicago for his birthday on August 4th, Marine One flew right over Eli’s Cheesecake World on its way to the lakefront.

We almost thought the President would land to pick up a birthday cake!

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National Cheesecake Day Celebration at Eli’s Cheesecake–first sampling of the day is Eli’s Vanilla Bean Cheesecake (8am to 9am)

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The National Cheesecake Day Celebration is on Thursday, July 29th with free slices of a new flavor each hour from 8am to 6pm

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Thurday, July 29th

National Cheesecake Day at Eli's Cheesecake--July 29

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Eli’s Cheesecake World Named one of America’s Top 10 “Sweetest Attractions” by TripAdvisor

Trip Advisor

NEWTON, Mass. — July 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced its list of the top ten sweetest attractions in the U.S., as identified by TripAdvisor editors. Travelers with a soft-spot for candy and hard-centered cynics alike will melt as they take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of these sweet spots, which include chocolate fountains, ice cream empires and jelly bean feasts.

Summer vacations offer the perfect excuse to indulge in these sweet spots, with TripAdvisor site data from June 2010 compared to the previous month revealing a 32 percent increase in traveler posts referencing ‘ice cream,’ a 19 percent increase in posts mentioning ‘candy,’ and a 14 percent increase in ones referencing ‘chocolate.’

1. Tantalizing Treats: Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey, Pennsylvania
For the true chocoholic, a dazzling menu of sights and flavors awaits at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Travelers can hop on a free tour ride for a simulated journey through Hershey’s chocolate making process, package their own Hershey’s Kisses, or be immortalized on their very own chocolate bar at the Hershey’s Photo Bar Wrapper. And while schools may be out for summer, visitors can further their education nonetheless; all participants who indulge in Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure receive an “Official Masters Degree in Chocolate Tasting” from Hershey’s University. General admission is free of charge, with varying fees for individual attractions.

2. Colorful Confectionary: Jelly Belly Factory Tour, Fairfield, California
Travelers seeking a mouth-watering experience should look no further than number one, Jelly Belly Lane, home to the Jelly Belly factory. Free 40-minute walking tours offer visitors a taste of the candy-making process and reveal why it takes more than a week to make a single Jelly Belly jelly bean. Confectionary-enthusiasts can also enroll in Jelly Belly University and earn a degree in Beanology during the exclusive tour, which takes groups of just six participants to the very heart of the factory. Round off the experience with a pizza or hamburger — Jelly Belly-shaped, naturally — at the Jelly Belly café. Regular tours are free of charge, while tickets for Jelly Belly University are $47.

3. Goodies Galore: Food on Foot Tours, New York City, New York
“The World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour” may have the Big Apple as its backdrop, but it’s a distinctly fruit-free experience. This three-hour guided expedition takes in some of the city’s greatest spots for cookies, cupcakes, candy and more — and part of the fun lies in not knowing where the magical mystery tour of munching will move on to next. Those seeking a truly cool experience can also sign up for the two-hour “Ice Cream, You Scream” tour and satiate their appetites for the cold and creamy stuff. Advance booking is required; tickets for “The World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour” are $49 (or $35 in the current summer special), and $20 for the ice cream tour (currently available for $10).

4. Magical Munchies: M&M’s World, Las Vegas, Nevada
Situated next to Las Vegas’ MGM Hotel and Casino, this 28,000 square-foot, four-story retail-entertainment emporium could be just the ticket for travelers who have had their fill of showgirls and slot machines. Candy fanatics can take in a free 3-D movie, “I Lost My ‘M’ in Vegas”, starring Red and Yellow, before they shop ‘til they drop and snack ‘til they pop. One of a kind branded-souvenirs available for purchase include poker sets and snow globes, while candy dispensers containing every color of M&M’s imaginable, from fuchsia to aqua, are an irresistible sight for sore eyes and hungry tums. Admission is free of charge.

5. Icy Indulgence: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Waterbury, Vermont
Ice cream lovers will melt at the prospect of scooping a spot on a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. The 30-minute experience begins with a movie recounting the company’s history, before progressing to a mezzanine with a bird’s eye view across the production room, where a guide will share details of the ice cream manufacturing process. From late-May through October, travelers can also visit the Flavor Graveyard in the factory grounds, and pay their respects to dearly de-pinted flavors such as Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Purple Passion Fruit. Tour tickets, available on a first come first served basis daily, are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for kids aged 12 and under.

6. Decadent Delights: Gourmet Walks, San Francisco, California
For a guilt-free treat, work off the calories while walking the streets as part of “The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour.” The city may be best known for its fog and steep hills, but it’s also at the center of a new wave of artisan chocolatiers – and this three-hour guided tour will tantalize travelers’ taste-buds as they sample local flavors and receive tips on tasting. Stops are subject to change, but can include a Swiss chocolatier loved by Oprah Winfrey for its champagne truffles, a deluxe boutique featuring treats made by “the Dali of Chocolate Art” and even a newsstand that carries 225 chocolate bars from over 15 different countries. Advance booking is required; tickets are $49.

7. Fizzy Fun: New World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia
This fizzy delight is situated in downtown Atlanta’s Pemberton Place, which takes its name from John S. Pemberton — the local pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola in 1886. Visits last 90-minutes on average, during which time travelers can explore the history of the world’s best-known brand, sample over 60 different products from around the globe, see the bottling line in action, and check out the world’s largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Advance booking is recommended; admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for youths (aged 3-12).

8. Fantasy Fountain: Bellagio Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
While Bellagio’s world-famous dancing fountains are a sight to behold, an altogether different type of drool-inducing fountain lies within the hotel. Jutting out from Jean-Philippe Patisserie is the world’s tallest chocolate fountain, as certified by Guinness World Records. The mesmerizing fountain of cascading chocolate stands at 27-feet tall and uses more than 2,100 pounds of dark, white and milk chocolate, to spellbinding effect. While a sturdy glass case prevents travelers from tucking in to the luscious liquid, the patisserie boasts plenty of other tempting delights to tickle travelers’ palettes.

9. Scrumptious Sweets: Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, Daytona Beach, Florida
Travelers who have had their fill of Daytona Beach’s sand and surf can get a taste of traditional candy-making on a free tour of Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. The local company, which has been operating since 1925, offers visitors the opportunity to see candy-makers doing things the old-fashioned way — and the sights, sounds, smells and tastes will overwhelm the senses. Following the short but sweet tour, which runs Monday through Friday and lasts around 20 minutes, tuck in to free samples of freshly-made chocolates while perusing the selection of goodies available for purchase.

10. Divine Desserts: Eli’s Cheesecake World, Chicago, Illinois
For travelers with a penchant for wickedly decadent desserts, Eli’s Cheesecake World will serve up a sensory-stimulating experience. The company’s Chicago-style baked cheesecake has been making its mark across the U.S. and beyond for 30 years, and during the course of a short guided tour of the award-winning bakery, visitors can learn about the history of Eli’s and its dessert-making process, in addition to seeing the decorating department at work. Tickets are $3 (production cannot be guaranteed for all tours).

“With schools out for summer, there’s no doubt that children will love the opportunity to sink their teeth into some of America’s sweetest attractions,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “But these tantalizing treats offer plenty of entertainment for the young at heart, too — and are sure to inject some sugary fun into summer getaways.”

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