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Eli’s Brings the Dessert as 40,000 runners celebrate a successful LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon at Navy Pier

Eli’s was well represented at the post-race party at Navy Pier by Mary Anne Gaw, Pastry Chef Laurel Boger and Kirsten McCarthy.

Laurel, Mary Anne and Kirsten were fortunate to be joined by four volunteer high school students from the PRO START Program. PRO START is a national school to career program that is a venture of the Illinois Restaurant Association and the Office of Education to Careers of the Chicago Public Schools

The students were Jocey of Roberto Clemente High School and Jessica, Armella and Agrelle of Simeon High School. These four students represented CPS and PRO START with the highest standards for professionalism and enthusiasm

We have been big fans of the Simeon ETC Program in Culinary Arts
since December of 2004 when Ms. Loretta Johnson, the ETC Culinary Coordinator brought a class of of Simeon students to Eli’s Cheesecake World for a tour. Simeon is fortunate to have a great new school and kitchen, but its greatest assets is dedicated and talented students like Jessica, Armella and Agrelle, as is Clemente with Jocey.

Chef Laurel Boger created a special LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Celebratory Cake for the event.


There was a wide range of Eli’s desserts including four flavors of our new Eli’s Pick-Ups and four flavors of Eli’s Cheesecake


Elisa Suehs had to win the best dressed contest for her Flying Pig outfit. We congratulate her on coming in second to last in the race; over 9 hours to compete the course

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Chicago Celebrates a Great LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon 2006

Sunday morning at 8am is typically a very quiet time in downtown Chicago. This morning, Sunday, October 9th, there was great crowds and enthusiasm as Chicagoans and family members came out to cheer on the 40,000 runners participating in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

Maureen and I went to cheer on the participants and to see the great turn-out of people enjoying our beautiful city.

The race began at 7:55 with the start of the Wheel Chair Athletes

The race began at 7:59 at the corner of Columbus Drive and Monroe. This is the one of the boundaries of the Taste of Chicago during its 10 day summer run. The BP Gehry bridge is in the background.


With 40,000 participants, it takes almost 30 minutes to get all the runners out on the 26,2 mile course. This is a very challenging day to drive in Chicago as one wrong turn may have you blocked for several hours.

The Marathon starts north on Columbus Drive and crosses the Chicago River.

Every participant seems to have a dozen supporters who travelled with them. Combined with all the Chicagoans, who came out to cheer, over 1.2 million people are lining the route giving encouragement to the runners

The race heads west on Grand Avenue and heads underneath Michigan Avenue. Here you can see Navy Pier in the background.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to Participate in the LaSalle Bank Post-Race Party this Sunday

This Sunday, over 40,000 runners will be cheered by on by over 1.2 million Chicagoans and family members and friends as the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon takes to the streets of Chicago. We salute all the runners and wish them a great weekend in Chicago.

Eli’s Cheesecake is delighted to be a participant in the LaSalle Bank Post-Race party that will be held Sunday evening at Navy Pier. For those of you who will be attending, look for great Eli’s desserts and special offers for Chicago Marathon Participants.

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Party with Eli’s Cheesecake following the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

One of the parties of the year is the post race celebration for
the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon at Navy Pier on Sunday night. The party, which
is free to all participants, features a sampling of the Taste of Chicago,
including our neighbor at Taste, Robinson’s Ribs, our mail order partner, Lou
Malanati’s (LOU to GO), the other great vendors listed below, and Eli’s

LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon participants receive free admission to the
Post-Race Party with the invitation contained in their Marathon Packet.
Additional guests may purchase tickets in advance for $10 each or at the door
for $15 each.

The Post-Race Party will take place on Sunday, October 10 at 6 p.m. in the
Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Ave. Select alcoholic beverages, Ice
Mountain Natural Spring Water and soft drinks will be available. Participants
receive two free drink tickets, and additional drink tickets can be purchased at
the party. (You must be 21 years of age and provide proper I.D. to drink
alcoholic beverages.) Shuttle buses will be available from a limited number of

Complimentary food will be available from some of the restaurants that
participated in the Taste of Chicago, including:


Billy Goat Tavern & Grill BJ’s Market Connie’s
Father & Son Fluky’s
Home Run Inn Kasia’s Deli Los Dos Laredos
Lou Malnati’s Rainbow Cone Robinson’s Ribs
Star of Siam Tutto Italiano

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Great Weekend in Chicago ahead with the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon

40,000 runners, over one million fans and a race course that goes through Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, skyscrapers, parks and lakefront; that is
the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

Now in its 26th year, the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon makes everyone in Chicago a race supporter as our city is filled with visitors–a sellout for
hotels and restaurants, as this is the number one visitor and convention weekend of the year in Chicago. I held a few tables back at Eli’s the Place for Steak on
Friday and Sunday for our Marathon visitors so write me at if you need a reservation.

We are very proud that our Bank, the LaSalle Bank, has made the Marathon its own. The leadership of LaSalle’s Chairman, Norm Bobbins, and the committment of
all of its associates to making the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon a world class marathon and sparing no expense or enhancement to make sure that the runner and
visitor experience is fantastic.

Eli’s Cheesecake is very proud to be a sponsor Saturday night’s Dominick’s Pasta Dinner for a select 2,000 competitors. What could be better than pasta and Eli’s Cheesecake to get your carbs up for Sunday’s race

Get ready for the annual Dominick’s Pasta Dinner.

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2004
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton

Enjoy a three-course authentic Italian dinner featuring salad with dressing, rolls, pasta and sauce and Eli’s Cheesecake. Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water,
Michelob Ultra beer, Fetzer Wines and Korbel Champagne also will be served.

Tickets are $25 each and are limited to the first 2000 requests. Tickets can be purchased at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 8 and Saturday,
October 9.

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