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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | Eli's Cheesecake Factory Tour

May 2012 - A YUMMY TOUR

The beautiful days of May bring outdoor activities but in the Midwest it’s always nice to have a backup plan. Eli’s Cheesecake World offers a little something of both during the summer season and tour options year round. Beginning June 14th through October 25th, Eli’s and Wright College Farmer's Market is held each Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1p.m. with many food vendors, jewelry, crafts and more. I refer to adventures like this as a little something for you and a little something for me.

Past Farmers Markets have hosted balloon artists, inflatables, face painters, and many activities for kids and the market always has great fashion accessories, food, and crafts for mom to explore too. We took our day indoors as well and enjoyed a great interactive tour of the bakery and came home with the greatest cheesecake ever as it was personalized by my daughter. As a part of the daily Tasting and Traditions event held within Eli’s Cheesecake World, customers can learn about the history of Eli’s and enjoy a tasting of cheesecakes that are in the making. If you pay attention to the video closely enough, you just might gain enough knowledge to win the trivia contest and earn yourself a ticket to create your very own cheesecake topped with as much frosting, candies, and cookies as your heart desires. My daughter was the lucky one!

Although the back lot tour of the bakery is currently not available until further notice, Tasting and Traditions and the café are open daily. Mark the calendar for June 17th and join Dad on a Father’s Day Breakfast and Bike Ride at 8:30 a.m. at Eli’s Cheesecake World. The ten mile recreational ride will begin at Eli's Cheesecake World and explore Portage Park and Wright College Community and northwest side of Chicago neighborhoods. Continental breakfast for all participants will be served at 8:45 a.m. and participants will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last). So eat, play, ride, and explore at Eli's Cheesecake World located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago, IL 60634. Phone is 773-736-3417. Website is Drop in tours at 1 p.m. daily. – Kristen Kucharski