For the 11th year, Mickey Mouse will magically light Michigan Avenue this Saturday at 6pm as leads the procession for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This is a special weekend for Mickey Mouse as he will celebrate his 77th birthday this Friday, November 17th.

To welcome Mickey to Chicago, we hosted a very special party for the children and staff of La Rabida Children’s Hospital, which is located in a historic structure at Jackson Park and Lake Michigan. For over 100 years, La Rabida has provided family centered health care dealing with the important health care issues of the time, which now include chronic illness, disabilities or abuse.

To make the party complete, we were joined by Grape Jam, the highest chorus of the Francis W. Parker School, which serenaded Mickey with “When you wish upon a Star” and Happy Birthday.” It was festive day for all.


Mickey arrived at La Rabida to cheers and applause by staff and children.

Eli’s Maureen Schulman welcomes Mickey to the party.

Mickey poses with Grape Jam, the advanced choral ensemble of Francis W. Parker School.

Eli’s was well represented at the event by Pastry Chefs Tonya and Laurel, as well as special helpers, Nate, Mary, Sharon, Debbie and Laura. Also special thanks to Mark Bouchard for getting our cake to La Rabida on time.

Mickey brought great joy to the very small and to the adults who care for them at La Rabida,

Eli’s,Marc Schulman and La Rabida President and CEO, Paula Jaudes, thank Mickey for his visit to the children at La Rabida.

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