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Eli’s Marc Schulman Receives Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Small Business Opportunity Center at Northwestern University Law School

or five years, the Northwestern Law Small Business Opportunity Center at the Bluhm Legal Clinic has hosted a Saturday Conference that is open to entrepreneurs and other interested people as well as the Northwestern Law Community. Eli’s Cheesecake provided Dessert for the luncheon held in Lincoln Hall at which Eli’s Marc Schulman delivered the keynote address.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman with NU Law grad, Howard Tullman, the CEO of Flashpoint Academy and a past winner of the Entrepreneur Award, and David Van Zandt, the Dean of Northwestern Law School.

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Eli’s Marc and Maureen Schulman at Lincoln Hall

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Eli’s Marc Schulman expresses his thanks to Esther Barron, the Director of the SBOC, Jennifer Ervin, a NU Law student and Co-Chair of the Conference  and Dean David Van Zandt.

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Attending the Conference was Caroline Shoenberger, former Commissioner of Consumer Services for the City of Chicago and now a Professor at Harold Washington College, and John Chikow, the CEO of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. Both Caroline and John have been long time friends and supporters of Marc’s work in the community and at Eli’s.

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With Eli’s the Place For Steak just down the block for Northwestern Law School, the restaurant hosted many NU Law Events. Here Eli comes to an event at the Law School with then Dean David Ruder

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Northwestern’s  Chicago Campus has a rich history that ties in directly to the development of the Magnificent Mile and Streeterville. In his remarks, Marc shared the story of how Nathan MacChesney, an attorney and Northwestern Trustee had advocated back in 1915 to create a unified single campus on the current site. At that time, the land was a “dreary expanse of rubble and mud,” which had been developed and beautified by the mid 1920′s when the postcard above was published.

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Shia Kapos in Crain’s “Taking Names” Blog highlights Ariel’s Mellody Hobson, Eli’s Marc Schulman and Stedman Graham

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Eli’s Marc Schulman to Speak at FamilyFarmed Expo “Financing Farm to Fork Conference” on Thursday, March 11th

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Eli’s Marc Schulman Tell the “Eli’s Story” at the Glenview Public Library

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On Tuesday, November 3rd, Marc Schulman, President and Son of Eli’s Cheesecake Founder, Eli  M. Schulman, had the opportunity to speak at the Glenview Public Library to tell the story of his parents, Eli and Esther Schulman, the restaurants that Eli operated dating back to 1940 and the growth of Eli’s Cheesecake. To make the evening even sweeter, Eli’s provided samples of  its Couture Cheesecake for the audience.

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Eli’s will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Eli’s Birth in January of 2010,  Above is a picture of Eli taken in the 30′s.

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Eli opened his first restaurant, Eli’s Ogden Huddle, in 1940 on Chicago’s northwest side. One year later Eli joined the Army Air Corps and served with distinction achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.

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Eli was proud of his role in Illinois Politics. He was on the Ballot in 1948 with Adlai Stevenson as a State Central Committeeman. Eli’s the Place for Steak and Eli’s Stage Delicatessen were gathering places for politicians of all parties.

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A special guest at the program was Pat Peterson, distinguished retired teacher at the Latin School of Chicago and the teacher for Kori Schulman, Eli’s grand daughter.

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Todor Krecu has been one of Eli’s greatest boosters. We were delighted that he and his daughter attended the presentation.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman and Bob Mann thank Jennifer Black of the Glenview Public Library for hosting such a great event.

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Say “Cheesecake”–Eli’s Marc Schulman to share “The Eli’s Cheesecake Story” at the Glenview Public Library on Tuesday, November 3rd

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Eli’s Marc Schulman and Wright College President, Chuck Guengerich, to deliver keynote address at National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Annual Conference

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Eli’s Cheesecake Mourns the passing of Esther Schulman, our Chairman, the wife of our Founder, Eli M. Schulman and Mother of our President, Marc Schulman.

21 years ago, Rick Kogan wrote my dad Eli’s obituary for the Tribune. It was very sad but fitting that he wrote the piece below that appeared in the Tribune today. My mom loved Eli’s – her restaurant and her cheesecake! My mom celebrated many special events with us as we dedicated Eli’s Playground, opened this Bakery and walking out of Eli’s the Place for Steak as Hal played on July 30th, 2005.

My mom loved celebrating her birthday’s here and seeing “her boys” from the restaurant.

This is a very sad time for me and my family but the love and affection expressed by so many people has made the pain far less. The ultimate tribute to my mom is what Eli’s achieves in the future—our charity, our compassion, our innovation and success.

Thank you all for giving me the time to mourn and be with family and to take time off from the job that I love.




Esther N. Schulman, 1918-2009: Dynamic businesswoman played key role in husband Eli’s restaurant, cheesecake business

Helped husband draw politicians, stars to restaurant

By Rick Kogan Tribune reporter

September 2, 2009


As comfortable with celebrities and politicians as with her own grandchildren, Esther N. Schulman proved a dynamic businesswoman after the 1988 death of her husband, Eli Schulman, of restaurant and cheesecake fame.

Mrs. Schulman, 91, died Monday, Aug. 31, in her Chicago home after a long illness.

“Long before there was something called the ‘working mom,’ she was the working mom,” said her son, Marc, president and CEO of Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago. “She was mostly behind the scenes, working in the office all day, when she wasn’t focused on taking care of me. After my father died, she really took over all things at the restaurant and became the face of Eli’s. She did so with grace and enthusiasm.”

The daughter of Isadore and Sadie Nettis, she was raised on the city’s West Side, graduated from Marshall High School in 1936 and, while studying accounting at night, went to work at her father’s business, the California Ale & Beverage Co. in Chicago.

Shortly after the end of World War II, she was introduced by mutual friends to an older neighborhood resident, Eli Schulman, fresh from Army service as a mess sergeant. They married in 1948 in Chicago and together opened a grill at Sheridan Road and Argyle Street.

Her husband was a gregarious host and something of a risk taker. In 1962, he decided to open Eli’s Stage Delicatessen on Oak Street, in the competitive Rush Street night-life area.

It quickly became a draw for singles, the Gold Coast set and many stars of the era (Woody Allen, Bobby Short, Barbra Streisand and Shecky Greene among them), who would drop by for late-night suppers after performing at Mister Kelly’s and other nearby clubs.

In 1966, Eli and Esther opened Eli’s the Place for Steak in what was then a luxury hotel called the Carriage House on Chicago Avenue.

“I always wanted to be something more than ‘a salami surgeon.’… I wanted a white-tablecloth place,” Eli Schulman said before his death.

That’s what Eli’s was, a stylish and sophisticated restaurant that quickly became a gathering place for luminaries from the worlds of sports, show business and politics, especially politics, drawn as much by the food as by the personality of the owner and his wife.

The Schulmans took a special liking to a young federal attorney named Jim Thompson, even printing and distributing buttons that said, “Big Jim Can Get the Job Done.”

“Eli is the man more responsible than any other for convincing me that I could be governor of this state,” Thompson said at Eli Schulman’s 76th birthday.

There was a family touch to some items on the menu, which featured calves liver Eli, chopped steak Esther and shrimp a la Marc. The most renowned item was the cheesecake, which became so popular that he started selling it to grocery stores in the early 1980s.

Today Eli’s Cheesecake Chicago operates out of a Northwest Side factory, which bakes more than 18,000 cheesecakes and desserts daily for sale throughout the country and internationally.

After her husband’s death in 1988 and until the restaurant closed in 2005 to make room for the new home of Children’s Memorial Hospital, Mrs. Schulman took a more prominent role. She worked in the office during the days and in the dining room at night, charming a wide variety of guests, from tourists to President Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra.

She was also involved in the fundraising efforts to rebuild Seneca Park and create the Eli M. Schulman Playground, both directly across Chicago Avenue from the site of Eli’s.

In her later years, Mrs. Schulman enjoyed spending afternoons in the park, watching children play. She also supported hundreds of local civic and charitable groups with donations of desserts and money.

Mrs. Schulman is also survived by three granddaughters.

A funeral will be held at noon Thursday in Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 9900 N. Gross Point Rd., Skokie.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman and Wright College President Charles Guengerich to present together at NACCE Annual Conference in October


Wednesday, October 14th—Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Building a More Perfect Community– Entrepreneur & Community College Working Together, Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake & Dr. Charles Guengerich, President of Wright College

Chicago and the City Colleges of Chicago will be hosting the 7th Annual Conference for the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs (NACC) from October 11th to the 14th. NACCE was created to establish entrepreneurship education as a core offering to foster economic development through community colleges. Today there are over 1,000 members of NACCE representing community colleges nationally and many of whom will come to the Chicago Conference to share the best practices of entrepreneurship education and student business incubation at the community college level.

Eli’s President, Marc Schulman, and Wright College President, Dr. Charles Guengerich will discuss how the partnership between Eli’s and Wright has evolved and the expansive number of participating partners. Eli’s has partnered with Wright for over 20 years and Eli’s is very proud to be a founding property owner in what is now the Wright Campus Business Park. Examples of the Eli’s/Wright Partnership include Eli’s the summer program with high school students from the  Chicago High School for Ag Sciences in sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship as a component of the Eli’s/Wright College Thursday Farmers Market. Additionally, Eli’s donates all the baked goods and desserts (in partnership with Stewart’s Coffee which donates all coffee), for the SGA Café at Wright a student entrepreneurial initiative whereby 100% of the Café proceeds go to student scholarships.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Visits the 1st and 2nd Grade Classes at St. Ladislaus School

Eli’s Mary Gale and Marc Schulman visit the 1st and 2nd grade classes at St. Ladislaus School

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Eli’s Cheesecake and Marc Schulman Join the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

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March 19, 2009

For 24 years, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois in Chicago has hosted a dinner honoring a new class of inductees in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.  On March 19th, it was a pleasure for Marc Schulman and Eli’s Cheesecake to join this distinguished group.

The Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame recognized the Coleman Foundation for its support of entrepreneurship programs at institutions of higher education around Chicago and the midwest. We are very grateful to Mike Hennessy and the Coleman Foundation for their leadership in extending entrepreneurial programs to the City Colleges of Chicago.

The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame recognizes the innovators and leaders in the Chicago area. Each year distinguished entrepreneurs who have demonstrated entrepreneurial talent by founding and/or growing a local business are inducted. By highlighting outstanding entrepreneurs, we recognize excellence and encourage business leaders, students and government officials to honor the entrepreneurial spirit.

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