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Tribute to Chicago’s First Lady Maggie Daley

We join all of Chicago in expressing our sympathy and deep loss over the passing of Maggie Daley, our City’s  First Lady and Advocate for our Children, the Arts and our Environment. During the 22 years that Richard M. Daley served as Mayor, Mrs. Daley was at the Mayor’s side for so many important events and was so active individually supporting our City.

We wanted to share two events that demonstrate Mrs Daley’s involvement and concerns.


In 1988 shortly after our founder, Eli M. Schulman, passed away, the Chicago Park District named the playground at Seneca Park, across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak, in his honor. That started a several year long campaign to raise funds to build the Eli M. Schulman Playground, rebuild Seneca Park and to purchase “Ben,” a equine sculpture by Deborah Butterfield.

The major fundraiser for the Playground was An Evening with the late Bobby Short at the Ritz Carlton Hotel held in 1999. The support and presence of the Mayor and Mrs. Daley was critical to the success of the fundraising effort.

In 2010, Temple Grandin, the renowned advocate for individuals with autism and animal science professor was in Chicago to receive an Award and accepted an invitation from Eli’s Marc Schulman to visit the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Being aware of Elizabeth Daley’s studies in autism research, an invitation was extended to Mrs. Daley and Elizabeth to visit the school to meet Temple Grandin, meet the students and tour the school. Although in treatment for her illness, Mrs. Daley could not have been more gracious spending over two hours at the school enriching so many students lives.



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Chicago’s Leading Lady Joins the Chicago First Lady Fleet

Eli’s Cheesecake is very proud to be the “Official Dessert” & Great Friend of the Chicago’s First Lady Fleet and owners, Holly and Bob Agra.

Like Eli’s, Chicago’s First Lady is a multi-generational family dedicated to promoting Chicago that has developed an international reputation for excellence. Also both Holly Agra and Marc Schulman have served as Chairperson of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, a membership group that was formed almost 100 years ago when the Michigan Avenue Bridge was constructed over the Chicago River–the location of the Chicago’s First Lady Dock..

Holly and Bob Agra give thanks to the Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc,  Wisconsin which completed the project in record time. In design, Chicago’s Leading Lady resembles her sister ship, Chicago’s Little Lady in many ways, while being significant larger and licensed to carry 299 passengers.

Holly Agra and Ellen Costello, CEO and US Country Head, BMO Financial present the commemorative cheesecake that Eli’s created for the event.

Chicago’s Leading Lady joins the three other members of the First Lady Fleet that are hosting the Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruise and Private Events;pictured above is the Little Lady, as well as the First Lady and the Fair Lady.




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Eli’s Congratulates the Albany Park Theatre Project on Receiving the 2004 Coming Up Traller Award from First Lady, Laura Bush

Several years ago, we learned about the Albany Park Theatre Project
when they received the Susan Berkowitz Award at the Francis W. Parker School
Award. The Berkowitz Award is given annually in memory of our friend, Dr. Susan
Berkowitz, who devoted her professional life to helping children.

We were very impressed by the work of APTP and their work in our
neighborhood; Albany Park only being a few miles from Wright College and Eli’s
Cheesecake World. Since then, we have supported APTP with donations of desserts
for their important events.

We were delighted to see APTP receive the Coming Up Taller Award in
Washington DC as one of top arts prgrams for youth in the country.
Congratulations APTP.


APTP wins the 2004
Coming Up Taller

APTP co-founder and co-director Laura Wiley and ensemble
member Elizabeth Cobacho accept the 2004 Coming Up Taller Award from First Lady
Laura Bush and Dr. Robert Martin, Chairman of the Institute of Museum and
Library Services.

December 14, 2004

Today, eight of us from APTP–co-founders and co-directors
David Feiner and Laura Wiley, and ensemble members Elizabeth Cobacho, Mareva
Lindo, Jesus Matta, Lawrence Muñoz, Ana Ovando, and Sarah Stanciu–are in
Washington, D.C. We are here to accept the Coming Up Taller Award from First
Lady Laura Bush and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Out of more than 300 nominees, APTP is one of only seventeen Coming Up Taller
recipients this year in the United States and Mexico, and the only recipient
from the State of Illinois.

Founded in 1998, the Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and
support outstanding arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity
of America’s young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and
with opportunities to contribute to their communities. The Coming Up Taller
Awards are conferred annually by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the
Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the
Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As part of the
Coming Up Taller Award, APTP will receive a $10,000 grant.

In congratulating APTP on receiving the Coming Up Taller
Award, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois said, “The art that is created by
Albany Park Theater Project is truly beautiful. Moreover, I want to congratulate
APTP on the success of its college guidance program. The fact that over 90% of
Albany Park Theater Project teen artists graduate from high school and enter
four-year colleges is remarkable. There is no doubt that Albany Park Theater
Project has had a profound impact on its teen artists. This is a proud day not
only for me but also the entire state of Illinois

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