Eli's may be the best cheesecake in Chicago, but it is never quite as good as I imagine.
Perhaps it is a personal preference, but I like the Italian ricotta or mascarpone cheesecakes and German quark cheesecakes better than American cream cheese types.
I do have to hand it to Eli's though, they have some great flavors and really interact with their customers. The factory tour is so much fun and great for kids. If Olympic figure-skating champion and Dancing with the Stars runner-up Evan Lysacek loves Eli's....what's not to love, right?
Pros: Factory tour
Cons: Uses cream cheese, not ricotta, mascarpone or quark