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Eli’s Cheesecake Supports Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair


ugust is State Fair time in Illinois and each year, Director of the Department of Agriculture, now Tom Jennings, hosts a luncheon for the industry and  for agricultural educators and students on Agriculture Day (this year Tuesday, August 17th).  Eli’s is proud to support  Agriculture Day by donating Eli’s Cheesecake for dessert.

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WGN Farm Broadcaster and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Tom Jennings recognize Eli’s Cheesecake for once again donating dessert for the Agriculture Day luncheon.

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WGN Farm Broadcaster Orion Samuelson with Eli’s Marc, Elana and Maureen Schulman

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William Hook, Principal and Sheila Fowler, Master Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor, with Eli’s Marc Schulman at the Illinois State Fair.

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Illinois FFA President, John Edgar, Vice President, Jake Ekstrand thank Eli’s Marc and Elana Schulman for donating dessert for the Agriculture Day luncheon.

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Eli’s President Marc Schulman thanks University of Illinois Chancellor Bob Easter and President Michael Hogan for their support of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

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As always, a highlight of the Illinois State Fair is the Butter Cow. Created by artist, Sharon BuMann, the Butter Cow is made out of 800 lbs. of unsalted butter.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Celebrates the Opening of the First Mariano’s Fresh Market in Arlington Heights

All of us at The Eli’s Cheesecake Company are proud of our long term friendship with “Chairman Bob–Robert Mariano, the Chairman and CEO of Roundy’s Supermarkets.  It was therefore our pleasure to celebrate the opening of the first Mariano’s Fresh Market, which opened in Arlington Heights, Illinois on Tuesday, July 20.

We will be sampling Eli’s Cheesecake and Desserts in the Bakery at Mariano’s Fresh Market at 802 E. Northwest Highway on Friday, July 30th and Saturday, July 31.

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Eli’s President Marc Schulman congratulates “Chairman Bob” on the opening of the first Mariano’s Fresh Market.

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Eli’s Big Slice welcomes some of the first customers to Mariano’s Fresh Market.

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Tours du Jour of Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois makes it annual shopping visit to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe

We welcome shopping tours and groups to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe throughout the year but it is always a little more festive and fun during the holiday season.

Our holiday season for groups starts on the Saturday before our Thanksgiving Dock Sale & the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival when the Tours du Jour of Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois visits us in the morning for coffee, samples and shopping before going on to Woodfield Shopping Mall.

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Our thanks to Sally Spudich for her leadership in organizing the visit by Tours du Jour of Highland Community College to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe. This year we were delighted that Sally’s daughter and two grand daughters accompanied her to Eli’s.


Illinois is fortunate to have such a great network of community colleges, including our neighbor, Wright College, as well as Highland Community College in Freeport, that offer life long learning, personal development and recreation to their local community.

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President Barack Obama to Celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial in Springfield with Eli’s Cheesecake

President Barack Obama With Eli’s 200th Birthday Cake for Abraham Lincoln at the Bicentennial Celebration in Springfield
The photograph of President Barack Obama with our 200th Birthday Cheesecake for Abraham Lincoln was taken at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday, February 12th shortly before his speech to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration.

In the picture with President Obama and the Eli’s Birthday Cake are the chairpersons of the two host organizations for the evening: Marilyn Kushak of the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Richard Hart of the Abraham Lincoln Association



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Eli’s Cheesecake to Create Dessert for the 1860′s Period Ball in Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Eli’s Cheesecake to Create Dessert for the 1860′s Period Ball in Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday in Springfield

Lincoln-era ball planned for February

By Staff Report
Posted Jan 08, 2009 @ 12:32 AM

An 1860s Period Ball in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Sixth and Jefferson streets.

Festivities will include antique instruments, 140-year-old music, Civil War-era fashions and the cutting of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday cake.

The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band will perform with antique instruments. Capt. Todd Cranson will conduct with a baton used by the leader of the Second Iowa Cavalry Band that performed for Abraham Lincoln.

The band will appear in full 1860s attire. Authentic 19th-century clothing, including Civil War dress uniforms and hoop skirts, is encouraged but not required for guests.

Deborah Hyland of St. Louis will teach dance steps to those unfamiliar with the dances of the era.

Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors are expected to be among the dignitaries in attendance.

Punch, coffee and birthday cake will be served.

Eli’s Cheesecake Co. of Chicago will create a special cake for the occasion.

Performances of the museum’s show, “Ghosts of the Library,” will be offered during the ball. Both exhibit “journeys” highlighting Lincoln’s life will be open for tours as well.

The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 558-8934.



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Vote on Election Day—Free Cheesecake at Eli’s Cheesecake World for all voters!

The last President elected from Illinois was Ulysses S. Grant in 1869; almost 140 years ago. Our last major party Presidential candidate was Adlai Stevenson in 1956; almost 52 years ago. The Cubs last World Series Win–over 100 years ago, but that is another story.

Illinois has had a record turnout for early voting with over 260,000 early voters in Chicago and 821,000 early voters in Illinois, It is still expected that over 3 million people will vote on Election Day, November 4th.

Just bring in proof of voting, early or at your polling place, and have a free slice of cheesecake on us on election day.










One early voter that we are particularly proud of at Eli’s is Elana Schulman (Eli’s Grand Daughter). Elana voted for the first time at the Chicago Board of Elections and was fortunate to be congratulated by Langdon Neal, the Chairman of the Chicago Board of Elections on casting her vote.

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Chicago Public School Principal for a Day Honors Eli’s Cheesecake with a 2008 Outstanding School Partnership Award








Mayor Richard M. Daley created Principal for a Day in 1998 as a way to involve Chicago’s civic and business community in individual schools throughout Chicago. This year over 1,600 Chicagoans served as Principals for a Day. Above, Mayor Daley congratulates Eli’s Marc Schulman on Eli’s long term partnership with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and being recognized with a
Outstanding Partnership Award








The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences has over 100 Award Winning Partnerships. The recognition for Eli’s Cheesecake Partnership with CHSAS was just example of the commitment of the faculty, staff and students to being great community partners. Above, Principal William Hook, Assistant Principal Dolphin Harris, Master Ag Teacher and Advisory Board Liaison Lucille Shaw, special guest Adam C. Powell IV, Marc Schulman and David Gilligan, Chief High School Officer celebrate the recognition for CHSAS–the only high school
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Marc Schulman thanks David Gilligan, former principal at CHSAS, and now head of all Chicago High Schools, for his continued support of the students and programs at CHSAS. Since many of Marc’s conversations at home involve CHSAS and agriculture, Maureen Schulman congratulates Marc on being recognized for his long term commitment to the school.








The CHSAS Advisory Board has over 50 members who work with the
school throughout the year. Advisory Board Co-chair Rouhy Shalabi, is also a
CHSAS parent and a Chicago Park District Commissioner and works with Marc and
Lucille Shaw and William Hook to expand partnerships and opportunities for the
students. On the right, Marc was honored to meet Adam C. Powell IV, the grandson
of noted New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, who is the namesake of a
Chicago Public School. This was the first time that Adam C. Powell IV had
visited the school and attended Principal for a Day.










12th Principal for a Day event brings thousands
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The goal of Principal for a Day is to encourage community and business leaders, celebrities and other individuals to form partnerships with Chicago public schools. Many Principals for a Day have formed long-term relationships with their schools and helped many students along the way. At the Principal for a Day luncheon at Hilton Chicago & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave., event sponsor Merrill Lynch announced the 2008 0Outstanding School Partnership Award Winners, recognizing real CPS principals and their guest “principals,” who best symbolize the
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  • Partner: EXPRESS Stores – Michael Weis, CEO
    School: Bateman Elementary School – Carl Dasko, Principal
  • Partner: Eli’s Cheesecake Company – Marc Schulman, CEO
    School: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences – William Hook, Principal
  • Partner: Chicago Board Options Exchange – William Brodsky, Chairman & CEO
    School: Drake Elementary School – Yvonne Jones, Principal
  • Partner: Alcan Packaging, Chicago Office – Nicole Harris, Communications Coordinator
    School: Fuller Elementary School – Dr. Patricia Kennedy, Principal
  • Partner: Ensemble Español – Dame Libby Komaiko, Founder & Artistic Director
    School: Kilmer Elementary School – Miguel Trujillo, Principal



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“You Know You’re in Illinois When…cheesecake means calories”: Eli’s Cheesecake one of 101 quintessential places, people, events customs, lingos and eats of the prairie state

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Happy 67th Anniversary to Don & Florence Guthrie–Eli’s Biggest Fans in Pleasant Hill Illinois

Pleasant Hill is a village in Pike County, Illinois with a population of just over 1,000 people. It is the home of the Pike County Fair as well as the Bi-State Annual Demolition Derby. Pleasant HIll High School also has an outstanding FFA Chapter and was the high school for Illinois State FFA 2004-2005 Vice President Cliff Dolbeare.

Pleasant Hill is also the home of two of Eli’s most dedicated fans: Don and Florence Guthrie. On Easter Sunday of 2007, Don Guthrie celebrated his 90th birthday and the Guthrie’s celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary. The Guthrie’s are regular mail order customers of Eli’s talking regularly on the phone with Eli’s Andi Miles. We are very happy that they greet their many friends and family members slices of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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