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BizBash Profiles the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Second City… and the Eli’s Cheesecake Anniversary Cake


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Bonnie Hunt Has Miss Piggy and Eli’s Cheesecake (a replica of our Second City 50th) on her desk at the Bonnie Hunt Show

Eli's Cheesecake on the Bonnie Hunt Show with Miss Piggy

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Eli’s Cheesecake Salutes Second City on its 50th Anniversary!

secondcity50thEli’s Cheesecake associates made use of their talents last week and put together a special custom cheesecake for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Second City in Chicago. The cake was a big hit! It included an edible list of famous alumni, many of which attended the show and posed with the unique cake this past Saturday night. Eli’s was proud to help The Second City celebrate “50 Years of Funny!”

Bonnie Hunt, of "The Bonnie Hunt Show," smiles with Eli's own Executive Chef, Laurel Boger, who created the magnificent cake!

Bonnie Hunt, of "The Bonnie Hunt Show," smiles with Eli's own Executive Chef, Laurel Boger, who created the magnificent cake!

Stephen Colbert with Second City 50th Eli's Cheesecake

Stephen Colbert, of "The Colbert Report," and Second City Alum, poses with the 50th Anniversary cheesecake at the event.

Scott Adsit at Second City 50th with Eli's Cheesecake

Scott Adsit, Second City alum and actor on hit TV Series, "30 Rock," tries to sneak a taste!


Rache Dratch at Second City 50th with Eli's Cheesecake

Actress and alumni Rachel Dratch poses with the cake!Nia Vardalos and Andrew Alexander at Second City 50th with Eli's Cheesecake.John Belushi, of "Animal House" and Second City, poses with his son, Robert Belushi, and of course the Eli's Cheesecake!

John Belushi, of "Animal House" and Second City, poses with his son, Robert Belushi, and of course the Eli's Cheesecake!

John Belushi, of "Animal House" and Second City, poses with his son, Robert Belushi, and of course the Eli's Cheesecake!

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Sneak Peak of the Eli’s Cheesecake created by Executive Chef Laurel Boger for the 50th Anniversary of Second City tonight!

Eli's Second City Cake 12_09

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Second City 50th Anniversary Weekend in Chicago–and Eli’s Creates the Anniversary Cheesecake!

Started on the northside in 1959 by Bernie Sahlins and our dear friend, Joyce Sloan, the Second City has become America’s premiere sketch comedy theater. On Saturday evening, December 11th. Eli’s Cheesecake is creating a very special 50th Anniversary Cake for the “One Night Only” performance featuring Steve Carell, Harold Ramis, Jim Belushi, Nia Varadalos, George Wendt, Fred Willard and many others.


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Chicago Academy for the Arts Honors Joyce Sloane of Second City

Over 24 years ago, a group of talented and dedicated Chicagoans under the
leadership of Essee Kupcinet came together to found the Chicago Academy for the
Arts. For its over 1,000 students since its founding, the Academy has created
tremendous opportunities in the performing arts. One of the founders and a dear
friend of Eli’s and our family is Joyce Sloane, Producer Emeritus of Second
City. As stated at the luncheon honoring Joyce by comedian and Second City
Alumni, Tim Kazurinsky, “before there was the internet, there was Joyce keeping
everyone in touch.”

All of us at Eli’s join the supporters of the Academy and Joyce’s countless
friends in congratulating her on this great Award

Joyce Sloane, with her biggest booster, Elana Schulman



Arts Academy Facts

  • The Chicago
    Academy for the Arts was established in 1981 and has a distinctive place as the
    only non-profit, college-preparatory, high school in Illinois dedicated to
    providing its students with intensive training in the arts.
  • There are
    six discipline areas of study at the Arts Academy: Dance, Music, Musical Theatre,
    the Visual and Media Arts.
  • Each year,
    95% of The Arts Academy graduates go on to study at excellent colleges,
    universities, conservatories and other institutions of post-secondary
  • Five hours
    of each student’s eight-hour school day is spent in college-preparatory classes
    in English, mathematics, foreign language, science, and history. The remainder
    of the day is focused on learning the theory, history and technique of the
    student’s chosen art discipline — dance, music, musical theatre, theatre, visual
    arts, or media arts — through intensive classroom and studio work. Arts Academy
    students are also required to take self-selected enrichment courses in one or
    more of the other arts.
  • Performing
    and exhibiting experiences are essential elements of the arts training offered
    to Arts Academy students. More than 80 performances, recitals, concerts, plays,
    gallery shows and readings, as well as numerous publications are offered to the
    general public each year.
  • The Chicago
    Academy for the Arts attracts 50% of its students from within the limits of the
    City of Chicago, 44% of its students from Chicago’s suburbs, including Wisconsin
    and Indiana, 6% from around the country and the rest of the world.
  • The Arts
    Academy’s student body is diverse: 63% are caucasian; 29% are African-American;
    4% Hispanic, 1% are Asian-Pacific, and 3% are Multi-Ethnic. The Arts Academy
    promotes and maintains racial, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual-orientation
    nondiscriminatory policies towards students, faculty and staff.



The Chicago
Academy for the Arts was founded in 1981 by a group of dedicated artists,
educators, and business professionals that included sculptress Zelda Werner,
Second City Producer Emeritus Joyce Sloane, actress Essee Kupcinet, and educator
William Gaines, Ph.D. With its first graduating class in 1983, the Arts Academy
(then named The Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts) set out to offer
talented, high school-aged students an opportunity to obtain a high school
diploma while receiving professional training in the performing and visual arts.
Now in its twenty-third year, The Chicago Academy for the Arts continues to
offer students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and has expanded
its professional training to include the Media Arts.

The Arts Academy
first opened its doors at 720 West Adams in Chicago, Illinois with nearly one
hundred students in attendance. In its earlier years, the school balanced
academic and arts classes though space was limited. In 1990, the school moved to
its current location at 1010 west Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Today,
the facility has spacious academic classrooms, a recital hall, three dance
studios, a recording studio, a video editing system, a piano lab, private and
ensemble practice rooms, theatre studios, a 60 seat proscenium black box
theatre, scenery and costume shops, a fully equipped sculpture facility, and two
art galleries.

Whether alumni received their instruction in limited space
or on state-of-the-art equipment, they have used their Arts Academy education to
establish distinguished careers in the arts. Alumni include producer Adam Rifkin
(“Mouse Hunt”); actress Lara Flynn Boyle (NBC’s “The Practice”); dancers Purdie
Baumann (Radio City Music Hall); Randy Herrera (Houston Ballet); Tom Gold and
Craig Hall (New York City Ballet); and artists Michael Ferris and Gregg

Located in an urban setting, The Chicago Academy for the Arts
has always relied upon the professional arts community to help provide a
well-rounded education to its students. Located just a train ride away from
professional theatres and galleries, Arts Academy students routinely visit The
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre, The
Goodman Theatre, The Art Institute, The Gene Siskel Film Center, and

Recognized as a member of the global arts community, the Arts
Academy has enjoyed guest appearances by numerous celebrities including Carol
Channing, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, James Belushi, Marvin Hamlish, Roddy
McDowell, and Brian Dennehy.

Along with its distinguished arts programs,
The Chicago Academy for the Arts continues to prepare students academically
through its college-preparatory program. Arts Academy students may take honors
courses and advanced placement courses. The average ACT and SAT scores of Arts
Academy students range above the national average. Graduating seniors select
among the top schools in the country for their post high school education
including New York University, The University of Chicago, Northwestern
University, Cornell University, and The Juilliard School.

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