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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival XX–a great evening on Michigan Avenue–Saturday, November 19th, 2011

On the eve  of the first Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in November of 1992, Rick Kogan wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune on the plans for the event and quoted Eli’s Marc Schulman, the Founding Chairman of the first Lights Festival for the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association that “we think this will mark the new coming-of-age of Michigan Avenue, our hope is that the lighting of the trees will become a holiday highlight.”

That dream was realized many time over the event celebrated in 20th Anniversary on Saturday. Our congratulations to the volunteers, staff, sponsors and partners who work together throughout the year to plan such an outstanding event.

Greater North Michigan Avenue Chairman and President of Harry Caray’s, Grant Deporter, and Eli’s President and Founding Chairman of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Marc Schulman, walking up Michigan Avenue as part of the Legacy of Leaders.

John Curran, Grant Deporter and Marc Schulman (all former Lights Festival Chairman) with Ellen Farrar, Vice President of Communications for the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and the author of “the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival” the authoritative history of the event.

Eli’s Maureen and Marc Schulman celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

 

Eli’s Cheesecake is a supporter of the Happiness Club, a group of kids from all over the Chicago area who reach out to their peers through original songs and dance. The Happiness Club was honored to participate in the opening number for the live broadcast of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on ABC 7, a show that will be broadcast around the country during the holiday season and is available online at http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources&id=7799567.

 

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Partners with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Free Eli’s Cheesecake Slice Decorating and Raising Funds and Food Donations for the Depository

 

 

 

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Seneca Park & The Eli M. Schulman Playground Turn on the Lights for the Holiday Season..in celebration of the upcoming Magnificent Mile Lights Festival this Saturday!

A holiday tradition continues as the businesses and institutions near Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground come together to privately fund the lighting of this important public place for children and families.

Participating in the Lighting and Reception following at Engine Company 98 were the Chicago Public Library housed in the historic Water Tower Works, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ritz Carlton, American Girl, the American Dental Association, Lookingglass Theatre, Children’s Museum Hospital which will open next summer on the the site of the former home of Eli’s the Place for Steak, Eli’s Cheesecake, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Broadway in Chicago, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents and the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.

2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by BMO Harris Bank which is sponsored by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi, GNMAA CEO John Chikow, Eli’s Cheesecake’s President Marc Schulman, Northwestern Memorial Hospitals’ Ralph Weber and Mike Ruchim.

Eli’s Marc Schulman with Northwestern Memorial’s Ralph Weber, Dennis Murphy and Dr. Mike Ruchim.

A special guest taking in the lighting of Seneca Park.

Tom Segesta, General Manager of the Ritz Carlton, and wife, Robin, enjoy the lighting of Seneca Park. The Ritz Carlton has been a long time supporter of the rebuilding of Seneca Park and the construction of the Eli M. Schulman Playground hosting the major benefit for the fundraising effort–an evening with the late Bobby Short.

Eli’s Maureen and Marc Schulman enjoying the first evening with the lights on at Seneca Park.

Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi is a co-chair with Eli’s Marc Schulman of the Advisory Board at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and is a great supporter of the Parks and Schools in Chicago.

Dr. Michael Ruchim of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and wife, Janet Ruchim, enjoy a beautiful November evening in Seneca Park.

 

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Eli’s Cheesecake Activities at the Magnificent Mile Lights and Sharing It Day highlighted in the Jewel-Osco Spotlight Ad

Eli’s Cheesecake is a long time supporter of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its mission to eliminate hunger in Chicago. In the next week, we will be supporting the Depository at two events: on Saturday November 19th as Eli’s partners with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences offering free cheesecake slice decorating to families attending Lights Festival Lane at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival while accepting non-perishable food products and cash donations for the Depository. As a thank you, donors will receive a Eli’s Cheesecake pre-packaged slice for a product donation and a free Eli’s Cheesecake for a $10 cash donation.

Then on Tuesday, November 22nd, we will be joining Jewel-Osco and students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences at the Merchandise Mart for Sharing It It Day, an annual food drive for the Depository featuring performances by local children’s groups and free samples from Eli’s.

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19th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Celebrated on Saturday, November 20th

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse appeared together for the first time leading the procession to light the over one million lights in the trees on the Magnificent Mile.

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Northwestern Memorial’s Ralph Weber with the Northwestern Balloon and distinguished Northwestern Memorial Associates.

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Greater North Michigan Avenue President and CEO and former Lights Festival Chair, John Chikow, congratulating 2010 Chairman Bob Dion.

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Eli’s and Founding Lights Chairman, Marc Schulman, with former Lights Chairman and GNMAA Chairman Elect, Grant Deporter , Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and GNMAA Chairman Peter Simoncelli

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Eli’s Marc Schulman walks with the Legacy of Leaders in the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Procession.

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The success of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not have been possible without the leadership and dedicated work of John Curran and Ellen Farrar.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman and Northwestern Memorial’s Ralph Weber (both former GNMAA Chairmen) congratulate Alderman Brendan Reilly and Alderman Walter Burnett on their strong support of the Magnificent Mile District.

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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not be possible without the amazing support of the presenting sponsor, Harris Bank. Hubert is a very special member of the procession as are the hundreds of Harris employees who volunteer to present mittens to kids during the Procession and to share good will during the day.

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The 19 years of the success of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival would not have been possible without the volunteer leadership of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. The photo above of the Legacy of Leaders includes our current and past Lights Festival Chairpeople, past and the present Chairman of the Association,Peter Simoncelli,key elected officials and our President and CEO, John Chikow.

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Magnificent Mile & Streeterville Community Celebrate the Lighting of Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground for the Holiday Season

On Thursday evening, key members of our Magnificent Mile and Streeterville Community came together at Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground at dusk for the lighting of Park. It was one year before the  Magnificent Mile Lights Festival started in 1991 that the then newly reconstructed Seneca Park & the then new Eli’ M. Schulman Playground was lit for the first time. The lighting is 100% privately funded and would not be possible without the support of the neighbors and friends to the Park.

We extend our deepest thanks to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the American Dental Association, the Lookingglass Theatre, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, American Girl Place and Philip Corboy and Mary Dempsey for their generous support.

We also thank the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents who work together to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

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When the Eli M. Schulman Playground was dedicated in 1988 and fund raising efforts began to reconstruct Seneca Park and build the Playground, it would be hard to believe that the future neighbors of the Park would include Prentice Woman’s Hospital, Children”s Memorial Hospital and the yet to be founded American Girl Place. We have been so fortunate to have these new neighbors all dedicated to serving children and families as well as the long term support of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the American Dental Association  and so many other neighbors. For the third consecutive year, the Friends of Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground gathered to light the Park for the holiday season.

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The relationship of Eli’s and the Schulman Family dates back to 1966 when Eli’s the Place for Steak opened in the Carriage House, a luxury apartment hotel located just east of what was then Wesley Memorial Hospital. A few years later Northwestern Memorial bought the Carriage House and converted it to residences for nurses and house staff. Today, Eli’s the Place for Steak and the Carriage House are gone replaced by the new home of Children’s Memorial Hospital and Wesley has been replaced by the new home of Prentice Woman’s Hospital but the partnership of Elis & Northwestern Memorial continues. The lighting of Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground would not be possible without the organization and staff of Northwestern. Above, Dr. Michael Ruchim, Dennis Murphy, Rob Christie, Ralph Weber and Dean Harrison celebrate the opening with Eli’s Marc Schulman.

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Dr. Michael Ruchim and Ralph Weber of Northwestern Memorial with Eli’s Maureen and Marc Schulman. Ralph  Weber, with 30 years at Northwestern and as a former Chairman of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association has been a leader in the community and in the maintenance and enhancements to the Park.

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Maureen and Marc Schulman enjoy the very special day when the lights go on at Seneca Park & Eli’s Playground.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman thanks community leader and neighbor Sally Park for authoring a poem in honor of the lighting of the Park.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman with Dr. Michael Ruchim at Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department which is directly west of the Playground. For over 100 years, Engine Company 98 has protected the Magnificent Mile and Streeterville Community. In fact the Fire House predates both.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Partners with the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and to Support the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and at “Sharing It Day” at the Merchandise Mart

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Thanks to our friends at Jewel-Osco for promoting our partnership with the Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences to support the work of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Eli’s and CHSAS will be providing free decorating of Eli’s Cheesecake Slices at Lights Festival Lane (Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue) on Saturday, November 20th at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival from 11am to 4pm. Bring a canned food item for donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and get a free packaged slice of Eli’s or give $10 and free Eli’s 7″ Cheesecake.

On Tuesday, November 23rd, Eli’s and CHSAS Students will be participating in “Sharing It Day” at the Merchandise Mart. From 8am to 3pm, bring in your donation of canned foods and enjoy an Eli’s Treat.

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19th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Next Saturday–November 20th

It was on November 21, 1992 that the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association produced the first Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, then known as the Michigan Avenue Lights Festival. Eli’s Marc Schulman was honored to serve as the first Chairman of the Lights Festival. That first year attracted a crowd of 50,000 people and Marc was quoted in a Tribune article by Rick Kogan the week before the event that “We think this will mark the new coming of age of Michigan Avenue. Our hope is that the lighting of the trees will become a holiday highlight.”

Truer words were never said as the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival now attracts 1 million people to Michigan Avenue to see the one million lights lit.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman welcomes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to the Magnificent Mile for a preview of the 19th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Saturday, November 20th.

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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is produced the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, a not for profit almost 100 years old that is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Michigan Avenue Area. Over 1,000 volunteers work to make Light Festival Day a great days for families to shop, dine and stay on the Magnificent Mile and then stay on to watch the procession. The fact that the Lights Festival is a volunteer run event with strong corporate and city support makes it one of the largest holiday events of its type in the country as well as one of the biggest one day events held in Chicago annually.

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Harris Bank is  the presenting sponsor of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Above Hubert the Harris Lion shares his excitement for the upcoming event with Andy Avalos, weatherman for the NBC5 Morning News.

Below are details of this year’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival:

The Nation’s Largest Evening Holiday Event Also Boasts a Day of Star-Studded Festivities

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by Harris kicks off the 2010 Holiday Season, November 20

By Greater North Michigan Avenue Association
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – 12:08 pm

CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2010 — /PRNewswire/ –

WHO: The 19th Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® Presented by Harris on Saturday, November 20th…
WHAT: … will mark the official start of the 2010 Holiday Season with families traveling from all over the U.S. to enjoy a weekend filled with free holiday activities along the world class Magnificent Mile®. Offering something for everyone, the event that is produced by over 700 volunteers and key sponsors promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever, with a variety of celebrity entertainers and  appearances by beloved Disney characters including new characters Phineas and Ferb.  Visitors enjoy free daytime concerts and interactive booths at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court, and holiday offers at famous retailers, restaurants and hotels along North Michigan Avenue, One of the Great Avenues of the World®.
Mickey Mouse, joined by Minnie Mouse for the first time ever on the grand marshal float, will illuminate more than one million lights on 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile during the procession that commences on Saturday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m.  The procession will also feature more than 30 spectacular floats, Illinois and out-of-state marching bands and other performers, helium-filled balloons including Harris’ 35-foot Hubert the Lion, a Red-Nosed Reindeer, gift package, holiday tree and gingerbread man, and more will dazzle the audience.
Jon Michael Hill of ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7, a Steppenwolf alumni and Chicago native, will be joining local ABC7 hosts Janet Davies and Alan Krashesky during the hour-long nationally televised ABC7 Chicago special covering The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by Harris. The show airs on Saturday, November 20 from 6-7 p.m. CST in local markets, and will air in over 23 markets throughout the nation simultaneously or at a later time.  The show will also be re-broadcasted locally on December 5 and December 18 for those that miss the original show.  The popular TV holiday special will highlight the day’s entertainment as well as the entire procession and special celebrity greetings.
The Extra Mile: Acts of Kindness to Start the Holiday Season program kicks off its second year of giving back.  The program allows patrons of participating shops, restaurants and hotels to give to a variety of local, regional and national charity organizations through a host of day-long activities and deals that can extend throughout the holiday season. For a complete list of participants, visit www.themagnificentmile.com.
Event highlights include:
  • North Pole-like directional signage will guide visitors through Lights Festival Lane, an interactive, holiday wonderland featuring booths including Eli’s Cheesecake decorating and non-perishable donation collection for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile’s Chocolate Chip Cookie sale benefiting Windy City Habitat for Humanity, Radio Disney’s surprise meet n’ greet event with Phineas and Ferb, an interactive kid station created by Shedd Aquarium, Whole Foods Market’s marshmallow snowman and gingerbread house decorating,  a prize wheel and exciting giveaways in the Harris booth plus a view of LEGO Hubert, the John Hancock Observatory photo booth with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Cuties Clementines fruit and giveways, all located on Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
  • Musical performances on the Harris Stage from 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. in Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue, feature Playhouse Disney Musical Duo Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, The Radio Disney Road Crew, Allstar Weekend presented by Radio Disney, and Crystal Bowersox presented by 101.9fm THE MIX.
  • Procession floats feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse, together for the first time on the lead float, and additional floats with their pals from Disney Parks. First-time Disney character appearances include Phineas and Ferb.  There will also be giant holiday-themed balloons, LED-lit parade floats from the East Peoria Festival of Lights including Puff the Magic Dragon and a holiday train. A variety of performers including KT Tunstall presented by 101.9fm THE MIX, American Idol’s Siobhan Magnus and Wilson Phillips also shine in the spotlight.
  • Two out-of-state, nationally recognized marching bands from Tallassee, Alabama and Cleveland, Tennessee join the line up of Illinois-based bands including the Morton West High School Marching Band, the Rickover Naval Academy Marching Band, and DePaul University’s Belden Brass Quintet.
  • The procession culminates with Santa’s arrival on a float depicting flying over the John Hancock Observatory, and the Allstate Fireworks Spectacular display serves as the grand finale.
  • All around The Magnificent Mile, visitors can enjoy holiday events throughout the business district. For example, find a new, 35-foot ComEd LED Holiday Tree at the John Hancock Center, or visit Santa’s reindeer along the Trump Riverwalk from 3-8 p.m. while enjoying hot apple cider and holiday seasonal treats.
For a complete schedule and a list of activities and holiday offers, visit www.themagnificentmile.com.
Become a fan of The Magnificent Mile on Facebook, explore The Magnificent Mile on foursquare.com/themagmile and follow real-time event updates and special deals on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheMagMile.
WHERE: One of the Great Avenues of the World…

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Great Weekend to Visit the Magnificent Mile!

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Filming of “Transformers” has transformed Michigan Avenue & the Michigan Avenue Bridge into a fantasy world. This photo was taken by Eli’s Maureen Schulman on Friday.

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Celebarating 18 years of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago

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Under the leadership of Bob Dion, the marketing firm of Davis Harrison Dion created a great visual marketing campaign for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This campaign was in print, online, on banners and bus shelters.

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The success of the Magnificent Mile Lights Fests is due to the close working relationship between the volunteer and staff of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. This year the partnership of Chairperson, Jennifer Woolford, of the Merchandise Mart, and Ellen Farrar, of the Association made this the “Best Lights Festival ever.”

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This was the 18th year of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and 50 years that trees have been lit on Michigan Avenue. This long term success is due to the Legacy of Leaders–of the Lights Festival, the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and our government partners.

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John Chikow, past Lights Festival Chairman and now President and CEO of the GNMAA, with Peter Simoncelli, the Association Chairman.

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John Curran, past Lights Festival Chairman, with Don Versen, a past Association Chairman

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Mickey Mouse was the Grand Marshall for the Lights Festival for the 15th Year bring Disney Magic to the Magnificent Mile.

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Eli’s and Lights Festival Founding Chairman Marc Schulman, Disney’s Steve Secor who produces Disney’s role in the Procession, Lights Festival Chairman Jennifer Woolford and Harry Caray’s and past Lights Festival Chairman Grant Deporter celebrate a most successful 18th Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

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