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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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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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Miguel Juarez Middle School Students “Spruce Up” Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground

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On Saturday, April 10th, Eli’s Cheesecake welcomed students from the Miguel Juarez Middle School of Waukegan for a day of “sprucing up” Seneca Park & The Eli M. Schulman Playground. This partnership that came about four years ago because of the interest of Ray Arceo, teacher at Juarez and husband of Eli’s Erin Arceo, and has grown each year. This day would not be possible without the support of Captain Bill Madden and historic Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department which hosts a continental breakfast provided by Eli’s on the students arrival. We also thank the Chicago Park District for their support in providing supplies and other resources for the Spruce-Up.

Our thanks to Mr. Arceo and his fellow teachers at Miguesl Juarez Middle School,  Ms. Lazar, Mr. Truby, Ms. Harris and Ms. Savino as well as the 48 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who gave up their Saturday to clean up the Park and Playground. Also thanks to  Eli’s Erin Arceo, Donna Carberry, Jeff Klegerman for their support throughout the day as well as  Eli’s Chef’s Antonio and Melissa for preparing lunch for the students and Eli’s Bakery Cafe Staff and Pastry Chef Alicia for preparing Eli’s Cheesecake’s for each of the students to customize and decorate to take home.

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After cleaning up the Park, the Juarez students came out to Eli’s for lunch and to decorate Eli’s Cheesecake’s to take home. A most successful day of Community Service. Eli’s thanks the students and staff of Miguel Juarez Middle School for giving up a day to beautify a special part of Chicago.

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Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground lit for the Holidays!

It was in May of 1990 that Chicago celebrated the opening of the Eli M. Schulman Playground and the reconstruction of Seneca Park. That project was due to the dedication of a number of volunteers and funders who worked together to create a very special place for children and families across from Eli’s the Place for Steak and  east of Engine Company 98 and the Historic Water Tower. It was the perfect tribute to our founder, Eli M. Schulman, who watched over the Park for over twenty years.

Today, Eli’s the Place for Steak has been gone for over 4 years as Eli’s site is going to be the new home of Children’s Memorial Hospital.  New neighbors since the dedication in 1990 are American Girl Place, now in Water Tower with windows overlooking the Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Prentice Woman’s Hospital–a very special place for children.

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Thanks to Donnley Phillips and the Facilities Team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for their work in preparing Seneca Park for the lighting of the trees. This was a community effort that was led by Ralph Weber, Vice President of Community Affairs for Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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The lighting of Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground was a community project. Contributing to the lighting, which was 100% paid privately, was Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Eli’s Cheescake, Children’s Memorial Hospital , American Girl Place, the Ritz Carlton, the Lookingglass Theatre, the Museum of Centemporary Art, the American Dental Association, Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department and the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.

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Joining  Eli’s Marc Schulman and Northwestern Memorial’s Ralph Weber for the lighting of the trees at Seneca Park was Dennis Murphy of Northwestern, Peter Simoncelli,  Chairman of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, Dr. Michael Ruchim of Northwestern, John Chikow, the President and CEO of GNMAA,  Patrick  Ghielmetti, Regional Vice President for the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels and  Rouhy Shalabi, attorney and Chicago Park District Commissioner.

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Chicago Sun Times Columnist Bill Zwecker selects Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground as his Favorite Public Place in Chicago

The Chicago Sun Times and the Metropolitan Planning Council are holding a contest to find Chicago’s favorite public spaces (www.placemakingchicago.com). To start the contest, the Sun Times asked several of its top columnists to select their favorite places. We were honored that Bill Zwecker picked Seneca Park and its Eli M. Schulman Playground as his favorite for its “calm amid hustle, bustle.”

Other favorite public places by the columnists were: Roger Ebert, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond; Paige Wiser, Connors Park; Mark Brown, Wrigley Field; Mike Mulligan, Macy’s at the Holidays; and Rick Telander, the Chicago River.

Zwecker picks Seneca Park/Eli M. Schulman Playground

Zwecker picks Seneca Park/Eli M. Schulman Playground

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Scott Simon of NPR “Weekend Edition Saturday” Names his Favorite Destinations in the World—including the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park

Scott Simon of NPR “Weekend Edition Saturday” Names his Favorite Destinations in the World—including the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park
The highlight of every Saturday morning is listening to Scott Simon on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday. I listen to the first part live on WBEZ Chicago and then go online to hear the second half on NPR affiliates on the west coast.

Scott, a Chicago native, is the son of Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Gilband. A graduate of Senn High School, Scott is the son of comedian Ernie Simon and step son of Lincoln Historian Ralph Newman.

During our stay in Washington for the inauguration of President Obama, Maureen, Elana and I had the pleasure to attend Scott’s broadcast of “Weekend Edition Saturday.” It was an awesome experience and we took the picture above in the studio.

On March 29th, Scott was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune for the “Celebrity Traveler” column. Scott talked about his travels around the world. Favorite vacation spots, favorite hotels and restaurants..and then his favorites when he travels with his wife Caroline and daughters, Elise and Lina.

“When I’m with my family, we seek out parks and zoos. The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris have pony rides and coffee and crepes under chestnut trees. Chicago’s Millennium Park is dazzling, but the Eli Schulman Playlot in Chicago’s Seneca Park is adorable. London’s Green Park has the best seesaws and the most personable swans. The Vancouver Aquarium manages to be both vast and charming, and as to zoos, our daughters can hail the Great Apes in Lincoln Park Zoo by their names.”

Thanks Scott for placing Eli’s Playground in the same paragraph with Chicago’s Millennium Park, London’s Green Park and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

With American Girl in Water Tower Place to the north and Prentice Woman’s Hospital and the new home of Chicago’s Children’s Hospital to the south, we certainly have one of the most special locations for children in the world and we want to always have a Playground in Eli’s name to that standard.

 

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Miguel Juarez Middle School Students Help Eli’s Cheesecake Spruce Up Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground

With the coming of Spring, it is time to help prepare Seneca
Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground for the season. For the third year in
a row, all of us at Eli’s were delighted to partner with Miguel Juarez Middle
School in Waukegan to help us celebrate Earth Day and to make this very special
public place ready for the thousands of visitors who will use the Playground and
Park during the year.

With the opening of Prentice Woman’s Hospital in the Fall across
the street, the opening of American Girl in Water Tower Place this Fall and the
move in 2012 of Children’s Memorial Hospital to the former site of Eli’s the
Place for Steak, it is clear that the Eli M. Schulman Playground will possibly
be the most visible and used playground in the country. For that reason, it is
so important that we make sure that the Playground is safe and attractive for
use by residents and visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Service is very important to the students at Miguel Juarez Middle School. We are appreciative of the 40 volunteers from Juarez and also from St. Martin De Porres High School also in Waukegan.

 

 

 

 

 
Eli’s introduction to Juarez was made possible by Mr. Ray Arceo, physical education instructor, at Juarez, and husband of Eli’s Regional Sales Manager, Erin Arceo. Here Ray presents the award winning t-shirt created for the event to Engine Company 98, the Chicago Fire House that borders Seneca Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Juarez students work in teams to get the clean up done. Here Ms. Dolinger, the lead teacher community service models the t-shirt with her students. The visit by the Juarez students would not have been possible without the generous support of Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn who administers the Learn and Serve Grant Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Truby is a science teacher and is the leader in community gardening at the school. We appreciate his support and his education for the students about the importance of conservation and the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This day would not be possible without the dedication of Mr. Arceo. Each year, Mr. Arceo and his fellow teachers recruit outstanding students to spruce up the Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to welcome Ms. Savino as a first time participant for the cleanup day. Team work and great direction makes the day most successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful for the Chicago Park District for the supplies and wood chips for the day. Also the Park District has been very busy installing fencing and making sure that the standard of year round maintenance is high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Seneca Park was redesigned in 1988 by then Park District Maria Smithburg, the goal was to have separate “rooms” that could enjoyed by children and adults. There are many historic trees in the Park that date back over 100 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Miguel Juarez students with the assistance of students from St.
Martin De Porres High School in Waukegan hard at work to beautify Seneca Park
and the Eli M. Schulman Playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli’s Marc Schulman, Donna Carberry, Erin Arceo and Korey Grace thank Mr. Arceo for his leadership of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the students complete the clean-up, the crew from Engine Company 98 comes over with hoses to wash down the walkway that connects Chicago
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After completing their work in the Park, the students come out to Eli’s Cheesecake World for lunch and Eli’s Cheesecake decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Dolinger makes sure that students write Reflections on their day of community service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground looks beautiful for the Season. Proof of this came later on Saturday evening when a wedding party from the neighboring Museum of Contemporary Art came across the street to take pictures in the Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli loved horses! At the dedication of the Eli M. Schulman Playground, Eli’s dear friend George Dunne, President of the Cook County Board and 42nd Ward Committeeman referred to Eli’s love of parks–Arlington, Maywood and Hawthorne. Debra Butterfield’s equine sculpture, “Ben,” now stands guard
over the very green and beautiful Seneca Park.

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Eli’s Cheesecake and the Students and Staff at the Miguel Juarez Middle School Celebrate Earth Day by sprucing up the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park

It had to be the most beautiful Earth Day–April 22nd–in Chicago History. Continuing a long time annual tradition, the people of Eli’s Cheesecake with the support of the Chicago Park District and Engine Company 98 of the Chicago Fire Department gathered for the annual Spruce-Up of the Eli M. Schulman Playground at Seneca Park.

What made this year most special and successful was the leadership and hard work of 47 middle school students plus teachers from the Miguel Juarez Middle School in Waukegan, Illinois, Recently renamed in honor of the late Police Chief in Waukegan, the students at Juarez have a commitment to community service. We thank Barbara Dolinger, Student Advisor, and Ray Arceo, Physical Education Instructor (and husband of Eli’s Erin Arceo) for their support in making this day possible.

We also thank all of the students for helping contribute to the beauty of Streeterville and the Magnificent Mile. These students gave up much of their Saturday and travelled almost 50 miles to help clean up this playground that is used by so many visitors and residents. Several of these young people had recently moved to this country and this was their first visit to the Magnificent Mile. What a great demonstration of character by youth and a great committment of support by their faculty advisors.

For over 100 years, Engine Company 98 has protected the Streeterville Community. We are very grateful of their protection today of our neighborhood and for keeping a watchful eye over Seneca Park and its Eli M, Schulman Playground. Our thanks today to Captain Madden and the men and woman of Engine Company 98 who hosted our breakfast with the students this morning

Engine Company 98 is located just west of the Eli M. Schulman Playground. To the west of the firehouse is Chicago’s historic Water Works and the home of the world famous Lookingglass Theatre.

 

Our thanks to Eli’s, Sarah Zupancic, Maryanne Gaw, and Donna Carberry for organizing such a successful Earth Day activity. Also to Len Simkowski, Mary Gale, Mark Bouchard and Diana Moles for supporting the students and making sure the Playground will be tip-top for the season.

Our thanks to Eli’s Erin Arceo, and to her husband, Ray Arceo, physical education instructor at Miquel Juarez Middle School, who introduced us to these great kids.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Sponsors Friends of the Parks Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up and Plans Eli’s clean-up of Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground

This year, Earth Day falls on Saturday, April 22nd. Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to increase conciousness of the evironment and our open spaces.

In Chicago, Friends of the Park partners with the Chicago Park District and the Cook County Forest Preserve District to invite concerned citizens to get involved by cleaning public spaces.

At Eli’s, we have been a supporter of Earth Day and Friends of the Parks since 1991 when we helped sponsor a Playground Clean-Up Day to bring families and children to their neighborhood playgrounds to get ready for a summer of fun.

Today the Playground Clean-Up Day is part of Earth Day and Eli’s is supporting Friends of the Parks citywide activities with monetary support.

In addition, Eli’s associates and their families are donating part of the day on Saturday, March 22nd to clean our special place, the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park just east of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

We will also have special activities at the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World for our guests.

Congratulations to Yomali Mendoza, a 13 year old, at the Helen C. Pierce School in Chicago for her winning T-shirt design for the 2006 Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up Day

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Eli’s Families Spruce Up Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground.

It was on May 7, 1990 that the Mayor Richard M. Daley and then Governor James R. Thompson dedicated the Eli’ M. Schulman Playground and the reconstructed Seneca Park. That day marked the culmination of a 2 year fund raising campaign to complete the design by landscape architect, Maria Smithburg, and acquire a major sculpture by Debra Butterfield.

Since 1990, we at Eli’s get together one day each Spring and help prepare the Park and Playground for the summer.This year Saturday fell on May 7th, 15 years to the day that we dedicated the Park. Thanks to Chef Michael Tsonton and the staff at Eli’s for the breakast and to our People Manager, Maryanne Gaw, for coodinating the day.

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