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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Elmhurst Art Museum: Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s

    February 7 - May 3

    The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950s are now iconic. To whet consumers’ appetites for the “latest thing,” the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or “promos.” Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period’s Space Age design and general prosperity. Given to potential buyers and their children, these salesman’s samples are highly collectible today. Lent by Robert Reinhold and John O’Halloran, the promos in EAM’s presentation will be on view in the McCormick House, also designed in the 1950s.

  2. Elmhurst Art Museum: On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore

    February 7 - May 3

    EAM presents new work by internationally celebrated sculptor Nnenna Okore. Through repetitive, labor-intensive processes, Okore transforms discarded and organic materials like burlap, newspapers, plastic bags and twine into large-scale wall hangings and installations. Okore’s dramatic and undulating forms float in and across space, often casting shadows on their surrounds. Influenced by the textures, colors and landscapes of her Chicago milieu as well as the more rural environment of the small town in Nigeria where she was raised, Okore’s new fiber and paper works explore the fluidity of life, finding beauty in the inevitable processes of aging and decay. Okore is a professor of art at Chicago’s North Park University, has upcoming solo exhibitions at David Krut Projects in New York and the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL, and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2013.

  3. Elmhurst City Centre: Stay Fit & Have Fun

    March 1 - March 31

    Taking your workout to the heart of downtown Elmhurst just got more exciting! Build healthy habits now & you can earn $25 in ECC Gift Certificates & get a free workout towel, too! Here's how it works: March 1 through March 31 spend $200+ at one or more of the merchants listed below and save your receipts. Each $200 submission Must include a training program/class package/membership and may include retail. Bring receipts to the City Centre office dated between March 1 and March 31 to earn your $25 gift certificate and pick up your Free workout towel.* (While supplies last) Participating Merchants: CorePower Yoga, The Dailey Method, Fitt-RX, Fleet Feet Sports, Ignite Fitness, Lifestyle Pilates, Park's Champion Tae Kwon Do, Pilates of Elmhurst, The Runners Soul

  4. Spirito! Singers Auditions

    March 1 - May 31

    Spirito! Singers is an exceptional choral organization based in the western suburbs with rehearsals held in both Elmhurst and LaGrange. Three ensembles include Bravura, young women in 9th to 12th grade. Ragazze, girls in 5th to 8th grade of Elmhurst and LaGrange, and the Men of Spirito!, who are 18 years old and up. Auditions for the 2015-2016 season will be held in Elmhurst and LaGrange.

  5. Elmhurst College: Women’s History Month Exhibition Features Artist Judith Raphael

    March 2 - April 1 @ Founders Lounge Frick Center

    Judith Raphael’s paintings focus on images of people with the goal of describing human nature, psychologically and metaphorically, in visual form. In the last decade Raphael began concentrating on the subject of young girls—a theme, she says, that evolved naturally from her life with younger sisters, granddaughters and a daughter. The images show the courage and endurance of young girls, as well as the vulnerability of childhood and the need for protection on our fragile planet.

  6. Elmhurst College: Living Large - Geoff Sciacca & Dustan Creech

    March 12 - April 16 @ Barbara a. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace

    The work in this exhibition by two professors in the Elmhurst College Department of Art expresses their concern for the environment and expounds on the idea that we are a nation of consumers who care only about ourselves and are never actually satisfied. The exhibition runs from March 12 to April 16 in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Noon–4:00 p.m. only. This exhibition is free and open to the public. A reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The artist(s) talk begins at 5:00 p.m.

  7. Elmhurst Artists' Guild: Spring Member's Show

    March 24 - May 1 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery of the Elmhurst Art Museum

    Local artists try for prizes in Elmhurst art exhibit Competing for prizes, more than 50 Elmhurst Artists’ Guild members are displaying some of their best and recent works in the Spring Members’ Show being held in the EAG gallery from March 24 to May 1. Prizes for top entries are awarded during an artists’ reception, free and open to the public, in the gallery, Friday, March 27, from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the gallery and the adjoining Elmhurst Art Museum, at 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, is free all day Fridays. The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from noon to 5. On days other than Fridays, Museum admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free. Most of the items entered into the show are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Guild and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

  8. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Chicago's Championship Rings

    March 24 - April 19

    Featuring 11 iconic rings

  9. Elmhurst Park District: Spring Flower Show at the Conservatory

    March 28, 8:00 AM - April 19, 6:00 PM

  10. Elmhurst Park District: Underwater Egg Hunt

    March 29, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Courts Plus Swimming Pool

    Forget the lawn, we're hunting for eggs underwater! Join us at the Courts Plus Swimming Pool for an egg hunt you'll never forget. Some eggs will float, and some will sink, depending on the prize inside. Please bring a waterproof basket or egg holder to store your eggs and a towel. Family Swim will continue until 5:30 p.m. after the event. For everyone's safety, parents must accompany non-swimmers under 48" into the pool, and be within arm's reach of anyone with a flotation device. Free for Courts Plus members; $10 resident/$13 non-resident adult, $2 resident/$4 non-resident child.

  11. Elmhurst College: Jazz Combos at Fitz's Spare Keys

    March 31, 7:00 PM @ Fitz's Spare Keys

    The Elmhurst College Music Department proudly presents our jazz combos in concert on Tuesday nights from February through April at Fitz's Spare Keys in downtown Elmhurst. Admission is free. Come enjoy quality jazz music in a restaurant setting with no cover charge!

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor

    January 15, 1:00 PM - April 4, 5:00 PM @ Elmhurst Historical Museum, 1st Floor Gallery

    A telling look at the industrialization of America, this compelling photographic exhibition reveals the dire circumstances that poor working children endured until legislation against child labor prevailed as late as 1938 through the lens of Lewis Wickes Hines.

  2. New Exhibit! By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    February 28, 2015 - December 31, 2099 @ Elmhurst Historical Museum, 2nd Floor Gallery

    The Museum’s entire second floor gallery will be transformed into an innovative exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. Visitors will enjoy thoughtful displays that combine artifacts and the latest in museum technology to create an engaging and informative experience.

  3. Sun Print Workshop

    March 31, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Elmhurst Public Library - Large Meeting Room

    Celebrate Spring Break week by creating a beautiful sun print. Participants will use sunlight to create unique prints and learn about different photography techniques, such as those used by Lewis Wickes Hine in the Elmhurst Historical Museum’s current “Let Children Be Children” exhibit. Register with the Elmhurst Public Library in person, by phone, or online with your valid EPL card starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 14. Co-presented by Elmhurst Historical Museum and Elmhurst Public Library.

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