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Father’s Day Bike Ride 2010 a great success! Sponsored by Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College and Rudy’s Bike Shop

For the 6th year  Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College and Rudy’s Bike Shop sponsored a free family recreational bike ride through the Wright and Portage Party Community. The weather turned great and we had over 175 riders. Our thanks to Eli’s Sharon Mrowiec for chairing the event and for the support of the Chicago Police and Mayor Daley’s Bicycle Ambassadors.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman Delivers Keynote Address for City of Chicago Business Works Seminar at Wright College


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Opening Day for the 11th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market–Now Every Thursday this Summer

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Eli’s Marc Schulman will deliver the keynote address for the City of Chicago’s “Business Works Seminar” at Wright College on June 17, 2010


June 8, 2010

City Offers Free Business Seminar Geared Towards Helping New Business Owners

Keynote speaker Marc Schulman of Eli’s Cheesecake, will share his cheesecake success recipe, Thursday June 17, 2010

Efrat Stein    312.744.5365

The  City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) reminds entrepreneurs about the upcoming free business works seminar geared towards helping new business owners with access to resources and financing.

The seminar will be offered on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett at 5:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public, registration is not required.

At the event, entrepreneurs will connect with nearly 30 government and non-profit agencies that assist small businesses with licensing, business planning, small business loan resources, financial incentives and more.

Three workshops will be offered that begin at 7:15pm on how to write a business plan, how to finance your business, and how to use email marketing to boost your business.

“Business Works is a great resource for anybody interested in starting a business. Even established businesses can benefit from the workshops and by connecting with resources to grow an existing business” said Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Norma I. Reyes.

The evenings keynote speaker will be a well known local Chicago business owner Marc Schulman, President  of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, who will share his business success story.

At the event, entrepreneurs graduating from the Business Start-Up Program will be presented with certificates.  The Business Start-Up Certificate Program, offered by BACP and City Colleges of Chicago, is a free program for entrepreneurs that offers a curriculum of classes that cover all the basics of starting or growing a business.  Classes are held at City Hall and are offered twice a week.

Business Works Seminars will be offered throughout the year:

Thursdays, 5:30pm -9:00pm

June 17, 2010 – Wright College – 4300 N. Narragansett

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Eli’s, Wright College, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Local Beet Announce Summer Lecture Series in Sustainable Agriculture in connection with the Thursday Eli’s/Wright Farmers Market (from June 24 to July 22)

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Wright College Celebrates 75th Graduation Ceremony


On Thursday, May 12th, Wilbur Wright College celebrated its 75th Spring Commencement Exercise. Eli’s has a long term partnership with Wright and is very proud to be located in the Wright Campus Business Park.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman, City College of Chicago Boar Chair Gery Chico, Wright College President Charles Guengerich and Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi.

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Commencement Speaker, Pedro Dejjesus and Wright College President Charles Guengerich. Dejesus  a Wright College graduate,  attended Northwestern Law School after a career as a Radiology Assistant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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After the graduation exercise, Michael Mutz, Vice Chancellor of the City Colleges, Dr. Guengerich, Marc Schulman,Chairman Chico and the honored graduate and speaker, Pedro Dejesus.

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Early Voting at Wright College and 50 other sites started today for the February 2nd Primary

Starting today, you can vote early (Monday-Saturday)  in the City of Chicago for the February 2nd General Election. You can vote at the facility of your choice, including our neighbor, Wright College. Make a day of it with voting at Wright and then lunch and dessert at Eli’s Cheesecake World.


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Wright College to Host a Beekeeping Class starting in February, 2010

In 2006, the Topic of the Summer Sustainable Agricultural  Entrepreneurship Program hosted by Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences was harvesting and uses of honey in an urban area. A project that developed out of the bee hives at CHSAS, the program inspired Eli’s to use CHSAS Honey in a Wildflower Honey Bar made exclusively for Starbucks and a Wildflower Honey Cheesecake that is part of Eli’s Couture Line as well as a partnership between Wright College and the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN). Wright’s partnership with NLEN provides ex-convicts a second chance and the byproduct produced, with honey is later made into hygiene and beauty products for “Sweet Beginnings” and “Bee Line.”

We are delighted that Wright College is taking advantage of its knowledge in bees to offer a Continuing Education Class meeting 9 time on Wednesday’s from February 10th to April 7th to start your own apiary and produce honey or to just enjoy the experience.

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Chicago Cup Wrestling-USA v Russia at Wright College this Sunday

One of the legacies of Chicago’s efforts to secure the 2016 Olympics was the formation of of World Sport Chicago which continues to educate and promote sports in Chicago. This Sunday, November 15th, World Sport Chicago in alliance with USA Wrestling presents the third annual Chicago Cup. This year Team USA will challenge the #1 team in the world, Russia.

As a thank you to supporters of World Sport Chicago, bring your ticket stub to the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe and get a free slice of Eli’s Cheesecake.

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Chicago Tribune Profiles Eli’s & Wright College’s Neighborhood–”Dunning: Where the living is cool and calm”

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f peace and quiet are what you seek, look no further than Dunning.

Located only 10 miles from the Loop at the edge of the city on the Northwest Side, Dunning is anything but edgy. This community is so calm, cool and collected, not even Starbucks knows it’s there.

How do the 40,000-plus residents handle living in a “No Starbucks Zone”?

Tivadar “Ted” Szabo Jr., president of Portage Park Chamber of Commerce, put an espresso machine in his real estate office. The chamber includes Dunning in its service area.

The 12,000 students at Wright College stay on campus when the need strikes for caffeine.

For residents who commute on Interstate Highways 90/94 or 294, coffee has to wait until they park. Those riding the Blue line or one of the eight CTA buses that serve the area hold out until they get to their stop.

The rest pull up a chair, open their laptops and order a slice of chocolate chip with their coffee at Eli’s Cheesecake World Cafe.

Marc Schulman settles in at a table in the cafe and watches the goings on. Schulman is a regular; he is also president of Eli’s Cheesecake Co. It’s Friday morning and he isn’t alone. This place is so popular it was featured on the Food Network.

Bakers, chefs, school children, tourists and neighbors wander in and out of the large, airy space that includes outdoor seating in warmer weather. This foot traffic happens all day long, seven days a week. Some stop to shop, others for lunch or to check their e-mail; the cafe provides free Wi-Fi.

When Eli’s original factory needed to expand, Schulman said they were very happy to find property on Forest Preserve Drive at the north end of Dunning. Dunning, one of the city’s 77 official community areas, stretches between Montrose Avenue, Forest Preserve Avenue and Irving Park Road on the north and Belmont Avenue on the south; Cumberland Avenue to the west and Austin Avenue on the east.

The desire to stay in the city is not lost on Mary Gale.

Thirty-four years ago Gale and her husband decided to buy their English Tudor home in Dunning. They raised both of their children there.

“I’m a city girl, ” Gale said. She liked the idea of living in Chicago and in an area that was filled with other young families. “We bought because of the neighborhood.”

Gale likes the access she has to the expressways, which she uses to go somewhere special to shop or to have dinner. In the neighborhood, she and her husband prefer Caponies Trattoria for pizza. Caponies was featured on “Check, Please!” and lauded by food critics for its wood-burning pizza oven. If they just want a burger, Gale says they’ll drive to the Longhorn Steakhouse in nearby Norridge.

The community has special memories for Szabo too. A Realtor for 21 years, he grew up in Dunning.

“My parents still live here,” Szabo says. “I have nothing but fond memories of grammar school and high school. And my first job was here.” He says today there is great opportunity to buy a quality home in Dunning.

For buyers wanting to stay in the city or return from the suburbs, Szabo says Dunning offers an array of conveniences and bargains in solid housing. “There are plenty of housing options and lots of homes on the market. Some have struck deals with receiverships as this neighborhood is not immune to the mix of foreclosures and short sales [that plague] other areas,” he said.

Szabo added that Dunning is primed for a new cycle, meaning the couples that moved in years ago are now empty-nesters. Some stay in their home, downsize to a condo or sell to the new families who are moving in for the very reasons that they did — a desire for a home in an area that provides city life with a suburban feel.

City life also means city concerns. Dunning is located within Chicago Police Precinct 16. Between October 14 and 27, only five incidents of crime were reported for beat 1631 (the heart of Dunning): four thefts and one assault.

According to Szabo, the condominium market is attracting singles and young couples as well as retirees. He has a listing in the Glenlake condominium development for a two-bedroom unit with garage space for $224,900.

Yet it is single-family homes that dominate Dunning. Frame houses, Chicago bungalows and English Tudors line the side streets. In the early 20th century a developer named Schorsch built the graceful English Tudor styles with their stylized roofs along Oak Park Avenue and called the area Schorsch Village. It remains one of the jewels of the community.

Wilbur Wright College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago, is another.

The sprawling, modern campus is the cultural anchor of Dunning. Wright draws 12,000 students to the area, which brings a huge economic impact to the community. Wright is a major employer, a learning center for class credit, adult education and programs for the entire family.

Residents follow the Wright Rams, attend fine arts exhibits and productions at the Stage Wright Theater. Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs through Nov. 22 and general admission is only 10 bucks.

Schulman says his company partners with Wright College and other local businesses in community service programs and events that pay tribute to Dunning residents. These activities include hosting one of the city’s farmers markets in the parking lot, which is where the Father’s Day bike ride kicks off each June; 200 rode in 2009. Each October, the Fall Cheesecake Festival draws crowds from all over the city; this year 15,000 showed up for the fun that included two entertainment stages and a classic car show.

Dunning is a community of sidewalks for baby strollers and power walkers. Many head over to Merrimac Park and nearby Portage Park for events at the field houses and to enjoy the greenspace and Chicago Park District programs. Everyone, it seems, makes time to walk, ride or bike in Dunning and to its events. Including those held in the parking lot at Eli’s.

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