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Tribute to Chicago’s First Lady Maggie Daley

We join all of Chicago in expressing our sympathy and deep loss over the passing of Maggie Daley, our City’s  First Lady and Advocate for our Children, the Arts and our Environment. During the 22 years that Richard M. Daley served as Mayor, Mrs. Daley was at the Mayor’s side for so many important events and was so active individually supporting our City.

We wanted to share two events that demonstrate Mrs Daley’s involvement and concerns.


In 1988 shortly after our founder, Eli M. Schulman, passed away, the Chicago Park District named the playground at Seneca Park, across the street from Eli’s the Place for Steak, in his honor. That started a several year long campaign to raise funds to build the Eli M. Schulman Playground, rebuild Seneca Park and to purchase “Ben,” a equine sculpture by Deborah Butterfield.

The major fundraiser for the Playground was An Evening with the late Bobby Short at the Ritz Carlton Hotel held in 1999. The support and presence of the Mayor and Mrs. Daley was critical to the success of the fundraising effort.

In 2010, Temple Grandin, the renowned advocate for individuals with autism and animal science professor was in Chicago to receive an Award and accepted an invitation from Eli’s Marc Schulman to visit the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Being aware of Elizabeth Daley’s studies in autism research, an invitation was extended to Mrs. Daley and Elizabeth to visit the school to meet Temple Grandin, meet the students and tour the school. Although in treatment for her illness, Mrs. Daley could not have been more gracious spending over two hours at the school enriching so many students lives.



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Tribute to a dear friend of Eli’s–the Honorable Dan Rostenkowski

When my dad, Eli Schulman, passed away suddenly on May 7th, 1988, one of the first calls to my family was from Congressman Dan Rostenkowski. Just three days later, the Congressman went to the Floor of House of Representatives and made the  most eloquent statement about Eli, his commitment to the community, his love of politics and his restaurant. Today we join all of Chicago in mourning his loss.

In those 22 years since my dad passed away, the Congressman was most supportive–dining at Eli’s the Place for Steak, touring our Baker, supporting Wright College (both in his beloved 5th Congressional District) and making it possible for us to be part of all of Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Festivities in1993 (with our Big Cake and participation in many inaugural events). We extend our deepest sympathy to the Rostenkowski Family.

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Tribute to Eli on his birthday!

January 22nd is my father’s birth date—as celebrated at Eli’s all week and as noted on the City of Chicago 2007 birthday calendar.

What a great day this Monday is for Chicago as we celebrate the Bears win in the NFC Championship and we prepare for the Super Bowl. All the snow and Bears weather of Sunday is gone as today is a pretty Sunday in January.


Eli and a very special “Motley Chicago Bear” at the piano bar at Eli’s the Place for Steak–with the helping hand of Hal Roach.

Mike and Diana Ditka came to celebrate with Eli at Eli’s the Place for Steak on Sunday, January 12th, 1986 after the Bears beat the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 24 to 0. It was two weeks later on January 26th that the Bears and Ditka beat the Saints by a score of 46 to 10

One of Eli’s dearest friends was Gale Sayers, the legendary half back for the Bears. When a Chicago Boys & Girl Club was in danger of closing, Eli put together a benefit on a week’s notice to keep the Club open.

Monday Night Football on ABC made its debut in 1970 when the Cleveland Browns played the New York Jets. From that first broadcast until 1984, Howard Cosell was the distinctive voice of Monday Night Football. Here Cosell visits with Eli and Esther Schulman at Eli’s the Place for Steak.

From 1975 to 1987, Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards setting the Bears all time record. Here Payton poses with Eli and his fellow board members of McCormick Place for the dedication of the George Halas Hall at McCormick Place.

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