Taste of Chicago: Tradition continues with arrival of gigantic Eli's cheesecake

The Taste of Chicago continued on Saturday with a longtime tradition: the arrival of the gigantic Eli's cheesecake.

The 1,000 pound cheesecake was brought in the back of a truck and hauled to its location on a forklift. After the ceremony, slices were handed out for free.

The Taste of Chicago – which is being held in Grant Park – ends on Sunday, September 10.

The cheesecake was made with:

  • 450 pounds of cream cheese
  • 70 pounds of sugar
  • 50 pounds of sour cream
  • 25 pounds of chocolate chips
  • 63 pounds of Eli's shortbread cookie crust
  • 65 pounds of eggs
  • 2 pounds of vanilla
  • 25 pounds of cherry glaze
  • 100 pounds of old-fashioned buttercream icing
  • 125 pounds of cookie dough
  • 25 pounds of graham crackers