For the 3rd year, Eli’s participated with Starbucks in its Ultimate Coffee Break” in Chicago held in Riverside Plaza on the west bank of the Chicago River

The Break offered thousands of Chicagoans respite from the 90 degree day. Lots of iced Starbucks beverages and even Starbucks lounge chairs

Eli’s was busy serving several thousand samples of our Wildflower Honey Bar and Java Pecan Bar, both available exclusively at Starbucks


Our thanks to the Eli’s Event Team–Troy, Brian and Diana


What a setting on the Chicago River with the landmark Civic Opera House in the background.

The Opera House was the vision of utility magnate Samuel Insull who wanted to create a theatre that could be supported by a commercial office building. Shaped like a giant throne facing the Chicago River, it opened on
November 4, 1929, just six days after the stock market crash. Insull, who at one time had a fortune of $1.7 billion (in today’s dollars) lost everything in the Depression and later was used as a model for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. There is an excellent book entitled “The Merchant of Power” by John Wasik of Bloomberg News that details the amazing rise and fall of Insull.

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