Eli’s Cheesecake Opens $10 Million Chicago Plant Expansion, Nearly Doubling Its Size

Oct. 16, 2023
Expansion of the cheesecake brand’s Chicago plant is the first by the company in more than 30 years.

Eli’s Cheesecake cut the ribbon on a 42,000-square-foot facility expansion that will add packaging lines and bakery operations at its Chicago plant late last week. The $10 million addition will create 50 new jobs in the area and bring the facility’s total size to 104,000 square feet, according to a release from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, who attended the ceremony.

The expansion is the first for the company in nearly three decades, and almost doubles the size of the bakery. The building also houses the company’s corporate offices and the Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Café, which is open to the public.

Eli’s Cheesecake also will partner with nearby Wright College, who received a Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Grant through DCEO. Through the partnership, Eli’s will provide opportunities for students with disabilities from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and Vaughn Occupational High School to work at Eli’s Cheesecake, providing high-needs students with critical skills to support economic independence. As part of the expansion, the company received an Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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