One of our favorite days of the year at Eli’s Cheesecake is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year, Saturday, November 19th, marks the 14th Anniversary of the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, an event that Marc Schulman served as Founding Chairman. It is a great day of celebration on Michigan Avenue and a day that brings a wonderful procession to Michigan Avenue to light the lights. For over 10 years, we have been honored to have Mickey Mouse lead the Procession and he joined us on Michigan Avenue for a testing of the lights and to sample a birthday cheesecake that Eli’s prepared for him to enjoy next week when he is in town for the Lights Festival.

Mickey and Pluto admire the very special cheesecake created by Eli’s for the event.

Eli’s work of art was created by Eli’s Pastry Chefs Laurel Boger and Tonya Deiotte.

The Eli’s team is out on Michigan Avenue before dawn to test the lights. Special thanks to Marc Bouchard for being at Eli’s before 4am to make sure the cake was on time.

Chicago’s Finest Cheesecake for Chicago’s Finest. Our local police enjoy Eli’s on their Segways.

Pluto and Mickey have become very good friends over the years with Eli’s Maureen and Elana Schulman. Mickey’s appearance at the Lights Festival has become a family tradition for over one million people the Saturday before Thanksgiving, who line Michigan Avenue and enjoy its shops, restaurants and hotels. There is entertainment all day on Michigan Avenue on Lights Festival Saturday; this year don’t miss decorating a complimentary slice of Eli’s Cheesecake at the Eli’s Tent at the Winter Walk (near the Tribune Tower).

Eli’s and Lights Festival Founding Chairman, Marc Schulman, tests the lights at Water Tower Park with his friends, Pluto and Mickey Mouse

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