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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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“Eli’s Cheesecake: A tasty tour for a tiny price”: a visit to Eli’s by D.J. Siegel of

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Eli’s Cheesecake: a tasty tour for a tiny price

Sep 17, 2010

When it comes to splurges, there are few things more decadent and delicious than cheesecake. And when it comes to cheesecake, there are few places in the world that do it better than The Eli’s Cheesecake Company in Chicago.

First offered in 1980 as a menu item at Eli’s Place for Steak restaurant, the dessert became a favorite of famous clientele like footballer Gale Sayers and President Bill Clinton. Eli’s Cheesecake debuted at the first Taste of Chicago that year, and it has since become the No. 1 dessert at Taste, selling nearly 2 million slices at the annual festival.

Eli’s Cheesecake World — a 62,000-square-foot bakery, café and visitors center — was later opened on Chicago’s northwest side to support national demand. The bakery makes thousands of cheesecakes weekly in a wide variety of flavors. Visitors can purchase the sinfully delicious treats and see how they’re made, thanks to daily tours.

Eli’s Experience, a walk-in tour conducted Monday through Friday at 1 p.m., costs just $3. The tour begins with a video presentation in which visitors learn about famous Eli’s fans like Frank Sinatra, the history of Eli’s through the years, and how cheesecakes are created from the crumbly crust up.

Tour participants are then rought into the bustling, high-tech bakery section, where they can see Eli’s products being created, decorated and packed. A return trip to the café offers a complimentary slice of Eli’s cheesecake in several flavors, and is a delightful capper to the tour.

For those unable to attend a weekday tour, there’s always Eli’s: Tasting and Traditions, a walk-in experience available Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. This free event includes a presentation and a sample of cheesecake and three other Eli’s products. A takery tour isn’t included, but the presentation and samples are well worth the trip.

Named the top food tour in the nation by the Food Network, a visit to Eli’s is a fun, inexpensive way to spend an afternoon. Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning about the history of Eli’s Cheesecake, delight in seeing the production process — and everyone will smile wide as they take a big bite of ooey, gooey cheesecake.

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TODAY Show Highlights Eli’s Cheesecake World as One of the Top 8 Factory Tours in the Country

TODAY show highlights Eli’s Cheesecake World as one of the top eight factory tours in the country!


Peter Greenberg, “Today’s” travel editor, describes eight factories across the country that you and your family can visit, and sometimes even help in the manufacturing process.

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Detroit Public Schools Young Entrepreneurs Tour Eli’s Cheesecake World

It was our pleasure to host Rosalind Denning, the Entrepreneurship Project Coordinator, with a group of students participating in a summer entrepreneurs camp. We were delighted to see this attention to entrepreneurship in the Detroit Public Schools


Detroit Public Schools


Rosalind E. Denning
Entrepreneurship 2000
Project Coordinator
Detroit Public Schools
5057 Woodward Suite 914
Fax: 313-494-1132

Focus: entrepreneurship as a career option for high school students

Age Level: 10th – 12 grade

Geographic Area: Detroit, Michigan

Sponsors: Partners in this project are Bank One and New Detroit, Inc.

Abstract: Detroit Public Schools is committed to providing youth with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to include business ownership as a viable career option. To accomplish this, programs have been designed and implemented to provide students with an understanding about running a business as an entrepreneur.

This program exposes 10th through 12th grade students in Empowerment Zone schools to the concepts and practices necessary to operate a small business. Preparation through academic and technical training integrated with small business models represents the programs primary focus. Students are provided hands-on opportunities through incubator businesses to sell products and fiscally manage a business. Through the use of mentors, students receive additional guided practice and advice on entrepreneurial related topics. Entrepreneurship 2000 students are expected to:

  • Design a product or service related to Career and Technical Education.
  • Practice the needed steps to develop, market and fiscally manage a business.
  • Establish a line of credit through saving proceeds from the sale of a product or service.
  • Understand the value of utilizing available resources through mentor relationships.
  • Acquire a mindset of self-sufficiency.

The courses involved in this training are: Foods and Nutrition, Clothing, Office Technology, Printing and Graphics and Child Care.

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Native’s Guide to Chicago Recommends Eli’s Cheesecake World for Tours and Outlet Store

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Eli’s Cheesecake World Tour Gains More Fans and Gives our Customers a Better Understanding of What Makes Eli’s Special

We have been fortunate to have been recognized by the Food Network as the Top
Tasty Food Tour in the country. With all the great food tours, that is quite a
feat. We can only continue to earn that title by giving our customers a great
experience when they come to Eli’s. I just got these notes from two fans who
visited us recently. As you can see. our most valuable resource is our people
and their committment to our customers and our products. Please come visit us

My daughters and I took the factory tour on Friday, August 20. What a great
place! My 2 1/2 year old was really interested and my 8 year old wants her
birthday party there.I’m going to suggest this as a Girl Scout trip, so they can
see what goes into making something that is sold. Plus, I’ve told a few people
never to complain about the price they pay for an Eli’s Cheesecake, after seeing
all the handmade workings and the testing; it’s well worth it.

Finally, it was very nice to meet you as we were going out the door.


K. Lattyak





I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your tour we had today. Your
employees are all very pleasant. It’s nice to see how everyone is always smiling
while at work, it seems like a special place to work for. Our tour guide was
super even though I can’t remember her name. The tour will be very memorable for
our family. We had the 11:00am ultimate tour 08/23/04 Package IV: “The Ultimate
Eli’s experience. if you can pass along our thanks again to our guide. Thanks


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National Foundation for Teaching Entreprenuership BizCamp tours Eli’s Cheesecake World

We are delighted to have many interesting groups visit Eli’s each day. We are
particulary excited to have school groups visit us who are looking at the food
industry for career opportunities and entrepreneurial opportunities. For that
reason, we were delighted to host a group for 15 high school students and recent
graduates who visited us at part of NFTE’s BizCamp. For a week, these students
are meeting with leading entrepreneurs and getting guidance on how to make their
business plans better. It was great fun for Jeff Anderson, Colin Kenney and
myself of Eli’s to meet with the student entrepreneurs and to learn more about
their business plans in fashion retailing, gift baskets and computer games to
name a few.The students finished the day by decorating cheesecakes to take

NFTE is a partner with a number of Chicago Public Schools and this year is
expanding to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science. If you or a
member of your family is fortunate to be enrolled in a school with a NFTE
program, take advantage of it.

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Eli’s #1 Tasty Tour on the Food Network’s Top 5

There is something really thrilling about the countdown from 5 to 1. Just
like with Miss America, you are honored to be one of the finalists, but you
really want to be number one.

Imagine our delight when our phone rang off the hook when Top 5 on the Food
Network did a show on the “Top 5 Tasty Tours.” We knew we were in the top 5, but
little did we know that we were the winner—number one.

To be listed with companies like Jelly Belly and Celestial Seasonings is
quite an honor. To be picked above them is a real tribute to our people,
products and heritage. Check out this show when it airs again and come to Eli’s
Cheesecake World for a tour.


Episode TP1B13

TOP 5: Tasty Tours
Hop on the Top Five Tour Bus as we visit some of our favorite food factories. Stops will include a St. Louis standard, Teatime in the Rockies, and a Chicago factory where cheesy is a good thing! All this and more as we countdown the Top Five: Tasty Tours.

Where to Find
Jelly Belly Candy Company


Celestial Seasonings

Eli’s Cheesecake World

Wolfgang Candy Company

Utz Quality Foods

Snyders Of Hanover

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