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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