Posts Tagged Millennium Park

Eli’s Creates 75th Birthday Cake for the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park

Eli’s Cheesecake was honored to create the 75th Birthday Cake for the Grant Park Music Festival on Wednesday, July 1st at Millennium Park. The Grant Park Symphony is conducted by Carlos Kalmar and the emcee for the evening was ABC 7 Anchor Ron Magers.

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Eli’s Presents the 75th Anniversary Cake for The Grany Park Music Festival

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company Eli’s Cheesecake Creating the 75th Anniversary Cheesecake tonight for the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park. The Anniversary Cheesecake will be presented on stage and Festival seat holders will receive a certificate good for a complimentary slice of Eli’s Cheesecake at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe.


Travel back in time to the year of the Grant Park Music Festival’s founding in 1935, with a program that recreates the very first Grant Park orchestral concert.

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10 Top budget things to do in Chicago…The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Eli’s Cheesecake World


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Eli’s Cheesecake Delighted to Support the Annual Gala for Chicago’s After School Matters at Millennium Park

After School Matters was the dream of Chicago’s First Lady, Maggie Daley, who wanted an opportunity for teens to gain job training experiences in the arts, technology, sports and communications during those critical after-school hours. This year over 22,000 Chicago teens were served by this innovative partnership of the Chicago Public Schools. Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, over 40 community based organizations and the business community.

The event was held on Wednesday, September 14th at Millennium Park. During the reception, the After School Matters American Jazz Band performed under the “Bean.”

Wright College graduate, and now CIrcuit Court Judge,Gerald Bender, Eli’s Marc Schulman, President Chuck Guengerich of Wright College,and wife, Diane, thank Chicago First Lady, Maggie Daley, for her commitment to Chicago youth and for hosting such a wonderful event. The Happiness Club, which is based at Wright, is the sponsor of a very successful After School Matters Program at several Chicago high schools

Willie Nelson was the featured artist following performances by teen apprentices from the Downtown Summer Program and musical theatre, dance and vocal ensemble groups.

The performance concluded with a fire works show over the Pritzker Pavilion and then a special treat for all guests to enjoy on the way home–an Eli’s Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper.

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This Summer—don’t miss Revealing Chicago at Millennium Park or on line!

Every Summer, Chicagoans and visitors have been fortunate to enjoy a unique
photo exhibit thanks to the efforts of Lois Weisberg and the Chicago Office of
Cultural Affairs. This year may be the best yet with the debut this week of
Revealin Chicago: An Aerial Portrait by Terry Evan. Visit the web site at which
allows you to see the 100 photos in context on a virtual map and then go to
Millennium Park to see the oversize 32 by 32 photos.

You can combine a visit to Taste of Chicago on Saturday, June 25th for our
Giant 25th Birthday Cake with a walk over to the nearby Millennium Park and this

Aerial photos paint glorious portraits of
Chicago area

June 10, 2005



to get up close and intimate with “Revealing Chicago,” the photography exhibit
being unveiled today in the central Central Chase Promenade and South Boeing
Gallery in Millennium

The photographer, Terry Evans, wouldn’t have it any other way.

“That’s exactly what I hope happens,” Evans says excitedly after a visitor to
the Ravenswood Studio, where her pictures were mounted and framed prior to being
installed in the park, stopped to peer at an oversize, 32-by-32-inch photo
showing downtown Chicago. “People get really involved at looking at my pictures,
trying to see all kinds of details and moving in close to pick out places they
know. As a photographer, I couldn’t be happier.”

Evans shot aerial photos of the city and surrounding areas for a year and a
half in 2003 and 2004. The exhibit features 100 of the images.

Evans, a Chicagoresident, began
taking aerial portraits in 1989. After shooting a series of works documenting
the ecosystem on land in Kansas,
she began to wonder if things would look the same from high above as they did up
close on the ground.

Though 90 percent of the photos were taken while riding high above the city
in helicopters, Evans’ preferred mode of travel is in a hot air balloon.

“You’re able to get a lot closer to the ground and you end up capturing more
detail,” Evans says.

She admits flying that way isn’t for everybody, though.

“The bad thing with hot air balloons is — even with a great pilot, and I had
a great pilot — every landing is essentially a crash landing. It can be

It was on one such balloon ride in March 2003 that Evans had what artists
call “the happy accident,” when a mishap yields beautiful results. In her case,
it was the wind.

“The other thing about balloon flights is you can’t really control the
direction and we floated over the suburbs,” Evans says. “I had no intention of
shooting the suburbs, but the shots were amazing.”

While some of the exhibit is the result of happy accidents like her suburban
shots, that’s not the case for development in the region, says Charles Wheelan,
Chicago-based radio personality and lecturer in public policy at the
University of
Chicago. He wrote the essays and
introduction for the accompanying book for the exhibit as well as the text
featured in “Revealing Chicago.”

“The Chicagoarea didn’t happen
by by accident,” Wheelan says. “For me, one of the most important themes of the
show is that people made conscious decisions in the past to create what we have
here now. At the time they built the I & M canal, most people though
Milwaukee or
St. Louis would be the capital of
the Midwest, not

Wheelan says the seamlessness of the area is readily captured in Evans’
photos. She agrees.

“I’m moved by the inner connectedness of the city and the region. High above
the city, you realize how close everything is, how beautifully diverse and yet
connected we all are.”

Even though the area might be connected, that doesn’t mean it was easy to
shoot. The Windy
City proved, well, too windy for
Evans to travel over by balloon. And even when
Chicago’s air speed was cooperating
with her, one site that proved most difficult to shoot was the Magic Hedge at
Montrose Point in Chicago. Located
near the city’s North Side, Montrose Point was a man-made peninsula built at the
height of the Cold War to hide a Nike missile installation. While the threat of
a Soviet strike is over and the installation was closed in 1970, it has now
become a bit of a bird sanctuary, attracting hundreds of species in a single

“For some reason, that shot was particularly hard,” Evans says. “Of course,
there’s a story and history to the space, but it was really hard to see from the
sky just what part of the harbor is the Magic Hedge.”

While she admits she has 10-15 favorites, she declines when asked to select
one image that best captures the life in the region.

“The city is so rich. No one picture could ever attempt to capture all of
it,” Evans says. “There’s so much beauty here, I don’t think even my 100
pictures begin to scratch the surface.”



· 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.daily, through
Oct. 10

· Central Chase Promenade and South Boeing Gallery in
Millennium Park,
Michigan at

· Free

· (312) 742-1168;

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Chicago’s Millennium Park Changes the Chicago Skyline Forever

One thing you learn about us at Eli’s is that we love our hometown, Chicago.
For me, it started when my dad took me on long rides around the City, showing me
the boulevards, the parks and the way that the City had developed. From those
rides, I developed a real passion for Chicago history and architecture. I was
fortunate at the age of 17, as a high school senior, to become the then youngest
docent for the Chicago Architectural Foundation. After taking a series of
classes and an exam, I was able to give tours of the loop, Pullman, the Glessner
House and Graceland Cemetery, among others. The central business district back
in 1976 didn’t look all good. Development in the south loop on Printer’s Row
hadn’t started and one of the famous buildings on the world, the Reliance
Building, was largely empty and in disrepair. Fast forward to 2004, and you have
the incredible book in the South Loop from the Lake to far west of the Medical
Center and the award winning Hotel Burnham in the Reliance Building. This past
weekend Chicago welcomed a new treasure with the opening of Millennium Park. I
knew that 24 acre site from our early days at the Taste of Chicago. There was a
small piece at grade that you could park at for Taste and the rest was below
grade and used on for some trains and storage. Mayor Daley re-centered the whole
central business district (on Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Roosevelt Road)
by opening this urban jewel. The combination of the Jay Pritzker Band shell and
Bridge designed by Richard Gehry with the Great Lawn, Cloud Gate (known locally
as the Bean) by Anish Kapoor, the Crown fountain by Jaume Plensa of Barcelona,
the Lurie Garden (just where I used to park for Taste) make it a perfect urban

The City hosted a great opening weekend for the opening of Millennium Park.
One of the groups that we actively support, The Happiness Club, was invited to
participate in a parade of performing groups with performance afterward
throughout the Park.

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