About Eli’s

Plain CheesecakeEli’s Cheesecake was the dream of Chicago restaurateur Eli Schulman.Over his almost 50-year career, he developed a reputation for serving up great food, providing outstanding service and making every customer feel important. Eli’s first venture in the restaurant business began in 1940 with the popular Chicago coffee shop Eli’s Ogden Huddle, later followed by Eli’s Stage Delicatessen. In 1966 he opened Eli’s the Place for Steak, a celebrity hangout for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Working in his restaurant’s kitchen in the 1970’s, Eli created a cheesecake so rich and creamy that his customers proclaimed it “Chicago’s finest.” In 1980, Eli’s Cheesecake made its public debut at the Taste of Chicago (America’s largest food festival) and it was a hit! Since then, it has grown from a local favorite to one of the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakeries. Eli’s desserts are now enjoyed throughout the world and their Original Plain Cheesecake was served at President Obama’s Inaugural Staff Ball in 2013.

Although The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, still a family-owned business, has grown a lot since 1980, they still take their time to create the highest quality desserts by slow baking in small batches, and allowing the finest ingredients to develop to their optimum flavors – the key to achieving Eli’s unique taste and texture. Their goal is simple: to create the best cheesecakes and desserts possible, using the finest ingredients available, and to share the company’s success with its talented associates and its community.

Eli’s Corporate Office, Bakery, Retail Store and Cafe is located on the northwest side of the city of Chicago at 6701 Forest Preserve Drive (at the corner of Forest Preserve Drive and Montrose). You can call us at 800-ELI-CAKE or 773-736-3417. Or, you may fax us at 773-205-3801


Cafe/Retail Store:

Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
9am-5pm Saturday
11am-5pm Sunday

Corporate Office:

Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

Eli’s will be closed on:

New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. (dates subject to change, please call 773-308-7000 for details).

Closing early on:

December 24, December 31 (dates subject to change, please call 773-308-7000 for details).