Chicago-based Eli’s Cheesecake is teaming up with another Chicago eatery, Robinson’s Ribs, for a unique experience this month. After the city’s Taste of Chicago event was cancelled due to the coronavirus, the two businesses came together with a new and safe idea.

Marc Schulman and Charlie Robinson, the duo who have been serving up some of Taste of Chicago’s most popular dishes from adjacent booths for the past 35 years, will take their show on the road with a “Taste On Location” event.

“We are building a Taste area in our parking lot and Charlie is driving over his Barbecue truck,” says Eli’s president Marc Schulman. “We’re offering all of our Taste favorites, plus an opportunity to buy whole cheesecakes. We’re so happy to do this because Taste is very close to our hearts... it’s where my dad, restaurateur Eli Schulman, introduced his cheesecake to the world, and where Eli’s remains the only original vendor at Taste.”

On Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., customers will enter the Eli’s parking lot in a spaced out manner, and receive their food in closed to-go containers. Guests can order online at, call 773-205-3800 or order upon arrival (credit or debit cards only, no cash accepted). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Historically Black Colleges & Universities Alumni Alliance.

Eli's Cheesecake Taste menu includes its Original Plain Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, Turtle Cheesecake, Cookie Crazy Cheesecake made with Oreo and Eli’s Crunch Dippers (frozen chocolate chip cheesecake hand-dipped in crunchy chocolate, served on a stick). Cakes will be available by-the-slice and as whole cakes.

Robinson's Taste Menu includes its Boneless Rib Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Super Polish, Rib Tips, Veggie Burger and Angus Burger, all with fries.

For fans who can’t be in Chicago that weekend, beginning July 6, they can visit Eli’s website and order the Taste Tower. It includes four Crunch Dippers, one Taste Sampler Cheesecake (slices of Original Plain, Turtle and Cookie Crazy) and one Strawberry Cheesecake, all for $89.95, plus shipping. Also available are boxes of seven Crunch Dippers ($41.95), a Taste of Chicago Sampler ($53.95) and a Strawberry Cheesecake ($46.95), plus shipping.