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“You Asked for It-Factory Tours”: Tours & Tastings at Eli’s Cheesecake World featured in Time Out Chicago!

Factory tours | You asked for it

Explore manufacturing plants in Chicago on these four tours.

By Tomi Obaro

Photo: michael roberts

Chicago isn’t the manufacturing town it used to be, but are there still factory tours in the area that I can go on to see stuff get made?—SF, Forest Park

Eli’s Cheesecake World On weekdays at 1pm, watch as thousands of cheesecakes make their way via conveyor belt into the oven. Workers bake and decorate while tour guides rattle off Eli’s trivia. As part of its “Discover Eli’s: Tasting and Traditions,” the company lets you sample its desserts for free every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. If you come on the right weekend, you might even get to try something still in development. 6701 W Forest Preserve Dr (773-736-3417). $3.

Intelligentsia Roasting Works Factory Tour This java-fan fave lets the public spy on its roasting works on the first Saturday of every month. At the end of the tour, you get a free half-pound of coffee to take home. 1850 W Fulton St (312-563-0023). $18, free for kids under 13.

Oberweis Dairy Plant Famous for still home-delivering its milk, Oberweis holds by-appointment group tours of its plant. After seeing how all the hormone-free dairy goes from a cow’s udders to your doorstep, you’ll be rewarded with a cup of vanilla ice cream. 951 Ice Cream Dr, North Aurora (630-801-6100). $3 for adults, $2 for kids.

Vienna Beef Factory Ignore the old maxim and find out how the sausage is made. Senior Veep Bob Schwartz escorts you through the premises as workers turn raw meat into Chicago’s signature hot dogs. The one-hour tour covers trimming and casing, and culminates in a free lunch of—what else?—hot dogs. Make reservations well in advance. 2501 N Damen Ave (773-278-7800). Free.

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“Walk Away Full and Happy”–Alena Murguia of Chicago Parent Tours Eli’s Cheesecake World

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“Miss Jean” the host of “Rainbow Color Jean” from Japan Tours Eli’s Cheesecake World on her “Must do & Must See” Visit to Chicago

At Eli’s Cheesecake World, we have welcomed President’s & Senators, but a visit by “Miss Jean,” the mascot of the the  Saturday morning television show, “Rainbow Color Jean,” was a first. As part of her tour of all of Chicago’s “must do & must see” places, Miss Jean saw how we make an Eli’s Cheesecake and learned about the history of Eli’s.

The show explains the customs, traditions and delicacies of the cities that Miss Jean visit and we are delighted that Eli’s can be a part of the Chicago Show.

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nifiiro jean (Large)

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Frommer’s “Chicago Free & Dirt Cheap” Highlights Eli’s Dessert Tour (with Free Dessert)

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National Foundation For Teaching Entrepreneurship Chapter from Whitney Young High School Tours Eli’s Cheesecake

National Foundation For Teaching Entrepreneurship Chapter from Whitney Young High School Tours Eli’s Cheesecake
At Eli’s, we are very supportive of entrereneurship and entrepreneurial education. We were delighted to recently have the Chapter for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) from Whitney Young High School (the school of First Lady Michelle Obama) tour our Bakery. I had the opportunity to speak to the students as did Jeff Anderson, our Director of Purchasing. Below is a note of thanks and observations from the Whitney Young Students.





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Eli’s Cheesecake Partners With Field Museum on King Tut Tours and Eli’s Experiences


Plan a Group Visit

With tour groups in mind, The Field Museum has created a variety of ways for your group to enjoy Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. We have created themed lunches, docent presentations, and itineraries to enhance your “Tut in Chicago” experience. Groups of 15 or more qualify for discounts when they book their visit in advance. Seniors 65 or over receive further discounts.

Suggested Group Itineraries may include:

Curator’s Commentary

A personalized, docent-led presentation on Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs gives your group a behind-the-scenes perspective of the exhibition. Hear the historical background and insider tips on what not to miss in the exhibition. Or consider a fascinating audio tour narrated by Omar Sharif.

Private Viewing

After the Museum closes, enjoy a private reception and exhibition viewing before heading to the theater or other evening events. The exhibition is open exclusively for your group as you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a private Museum setting.

Tut in Chicago Immersion

In collaboration with our partners in the tourism industry, we are pleased to suggest a “Tut in Chicago” Immersion itinerary. Groups selecting ideas from this exciting itinerary will sample the fascinating Egyptian-inspired history of Chicago featuring hidden treasures and unique experiences similar to the ones you’ll experience as you enjoy Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption.

Combine your visit to the Tut exhibition with a tour of a local perfumery, where your group will learn first hand about ancient oils and their Egyptian origins. Discover Egyptian inspired architecture on a walking tour (or with a step-on guide). Head over to Eli’s Cheesecake for the “King Tut Strut Bakery Tour” and lunch or discover the “Food, Fragrance and Fashion” program at Marshall Fields. End your day in style. Lawry’s The Prime Rib will treat you like royalty while you dine on a traditional Egyptian meal of hummus, nile perch and other entrée selections followed by a dessert fit for a king. View a complete list of itinerary suggestions for your group.

Themed lunches – Adults

Our special themed lunches feature contemporary variations on Mediterranean classics created by Blue Plate Catering, one of Chicago’s leading furnishers of customized delicacies. View available menus.

Themed lunches – Students

Short on time before or after viewing the Tut exhibition? Consider a bag lunch at The Field or a quick side trip to Connie’s on Archer. Just minutes from The Field Museum, Connie’s features delicious Italian dishes and one-of-a-kind Chicago pizza served with Connie’s famous hospitality.

Ticket Information:

Tickets to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs must be purchased in combination with a general admission ticket. Special rates are available for Tour Operators and groups of 15 or more.

Ticket On-Sale Date:

Group reservations are now being accepted for tickets and the Group Themed Itineraries.

For Group Information or


Call 312.665.7300

Professional Tour Operators call 888.FIELD.85

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Native’s Guide to Chicago Recommends Eli’s Cheesecake World for Tours and Outlet Store

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