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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Modern Designer Jewelry from the Smithsonian

    December 16, 2013 - April 27, 2014 @ 220 S Cottage Hill Ave

    As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Lizzadro Museum is able to co-curate special exhibits from the Smithsonian collections. The Modern Designer Jewelry exhibit is on loan from the gem vault of the National Museum of Natural History. Russell Feather, the Smithsonian’s gem curator and Dorothy Asher, Lizzadro Museum’s Director worked together to create this exhibit. The display features eleven pieces from the Smithsonian gem collection, created by award-winning American jewelry designers from the 1960s to 2010. Each piece has a description.

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  2. Elmhurst Art Museum: SpotLight

    January 18 - April 27

    SpotLight presents ten artists whose use of light amplifies a specific site and its history, a private experience of place, or a response to an architectural space. The light-based sculptures, installations, and videos in SpotLight transform something ephemeral, commonplace or often overlooked into poetic statements about memory, perception, technology and the built environment. LED lights, laser levels, light boxes and neon tubes serve as sculptural material for some artists, others record or recreate the light conditions of a particular place or moment. SpotLight presents new and recent work by Paola Cabal, Dana Carter, Spencer Finch, Dana Major, Daniel Miller, Jeroen Nelemans, Jason Peot, Morgan Sims, Jan Tichy, and Monika Wulfers.

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  3. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Visiting Artist - Sandra Wilcoxon "Embellished Bones"

    February 4 - May 11

    Illinois artist, Sandra Wilcoxon has been weaving beads and pearls into jewelry for many years. She recently started applying these techniques to sculptures based on animal skulls. Wilcoxon states "I am taking nature's architecture - the skull - and adding a new facade to interesting features. My intent is to create a personality and to honor the animal featured." Works on exhibit include garnet, lapis, tourmaline and other stone beads creating whimsically adorned creatures.

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  4. Elmhurst College: Imagist and Abstractionist Art Collection

    March 3 - June 30 @ A.C. Buehler Library

    At the heart of the Elmhurst College Art Collection is? an extraordinary collection of works by Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist artists. Focusing on artists working in Chicago between about 1950 and the present, the collection displays a broad range ?of artistic ideas and in?uences. From Ed Paschke’s psychedelic colors to Roger Brown’s dreamlike silhouettes, the collection represents what art critic James Yood called “the best single overview of art from 1966 to 1985 in any public institution.” Elmhurst’s collection dates to 1971, when the College received federal funding to purchase art for the newly built A.C. Buehler Library. With the goal of buying art that had ?a particular meaning, the College focused its collecting on the works of a group of emerging and affordable Chicago artists—a group that would later be known as the Chicago Imagists. The ?rst 10 pieces included Jim Nutt’s Toot Toot Woo Woo, Roger Brown’s Performance, Christina Ramberg’s Glimpsed, and Miyoko Ito’s C

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  5. Elmhurst Park District: Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt

    April 17, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wilder Park

    Text your friends, grab your flashlight, and head over to Wilder Park for the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt. Great prizes, gift cards, candy and fun! This event is free!

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  6. Elmhurst Park District: Egg Hunt

    April 19, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Wilder Park

    Hop on over to Wilder Park for the best ever Easter Event in Elmhurst. Bring your own basket to collect all your goodies, and don't forget a camera for your picture with the Easter Bunny. The hunt is divided into age groups to allow everyone to participate! Don't be late, the hunt starts promptly at 10:00 and is over quickly. There will be lots of candy and prizes!

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  7. Spring Road Business Association: Easter Egg Hunt at the Gazebo

    April 19, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM @ Prairie Path Gazebo

    Visit with the Easter Bunny and gather eggs filled with candy and treats in this fun filled spring time tradition! Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny starts at 12:30, Egg hunt happens promptly at 1:00 pm sharp- don't be late!

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  8. Elmhurst College: Science and Art - All Together Now

    April 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    Julia Keller is a novelist, journalist, teacher and determined polymath. As the cultural critic of the Chicago Tribune, she won the Pulitzer Prize and wrote essays and stories “about just about anything,” including literature, music, television, science and sports. She has taught at Princeton, Notre Dame, the University of Chicago and Ohio University. With the skills and perspective of a natural synthesizer, she uncovers the commonalities of science and art.

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  9. Elmhurst College: Notorious Chicago - Gary Krist & Jeffrey Gusfield

    April 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    Gary Krist is the author of City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago (2012), the story of 12 volatile days in Chicago in 1919, when an aviation disaster, a race riot, a crippling transit strike and a sensational child murder transfixed and roiled a city already on the brink of collapse. For several decades, Jeffrey Gusfield has been one of Chicago’s more dedicated Capone-era researchers. Deadly Valentines, about Al Capone’s chief assassin, “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn and his wife, “The Blonde Alibi” Louise Rolfe, is Gusfield’s first book. This “Elmhurst Reads” event is co-sponsored by the Elmhurst Public Library, Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst College.

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  10. Elmhurst Art Museum: Artist Talk - Jan Tichy

    April 25, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Jan Tichy explores contemporary sites and photographic histories through his innovative use of light-based media. He will discuss the influence of modernist László Moholy-Nagy on his practice, his projections at Mies’ Crown Hall, and his collaborative, public art installation Project Cabrini.

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  11. Prairie Path Clean-Up

    April 26, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Prairie Path & York - Old Train Depot

    A great opportunity for volunteers to give back to the community and help protect this amazing resource. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Bike Task Force and coordinated with the Illinois Prairie Path Foundation and the Elmhurst Park District.

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  12. Elmhurst Park District: Wilder Park Conservatory Grand Re-opening

    April 27, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse

    You are invited to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the newly restored Wilder Park Conservatory & Greenhouse on Sunday, April 27, from 3-5 p.m. Mark your calendar for this once-in-a-lifetime event showcasing the fully restored Wilder Park Conservatory and beautiful new greenhouse. The afternoon will include music, tours, and special presentations from horticulture experts. More details will be forthcoming.

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  13. Elmhurst College: Service of Remembrance & Holocaust Education Project Performance - Susan Stein presents Etty

    April 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    On Sunday, April 27, Susan Stein will perform her one-woman play, Etty at 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. The presentation of Etty is part if the College's annual Service of Remembrance and Holocaust Education Project. (A Yom Ha Shohah service will begin at 7:00 p.m., Etty performance follows at 7:30 p.m.) Set in 1943, Susan Stein's one-woman play Etty is based on the diaries and letters of Esther “Etty” Hillesum, a young Dutch Jewish student living in Amsterdam, who is deported out of Holland to a Nazi concentration camp. Etty's words and insights reach beyond her writings and allow us to witness the power of hope and individual thought during one of history's most horrific periods. During her confinement, Etty faces an ethical dilemma and struggles between her instinct to live and her willingness to die. Esther “Etty” Hillesum was 29 years-old when she was murdered at Auschwitz/Birkenau. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

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  14. Elmhurst Public Library: I Dwell in Possibility: An Intimate Evening with Emily Dickinson

    April 30, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    To wrap up National Poetry Month we present Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), regarded as one of the greatest American poets. She wrote poetry of tremendous power, questioning the nature of immortality and death. Through nature and life, Emily was able to glimpse into a mystic dimension beyond worldly distractions. She lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. Fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1800 poems were published during her lifetime. Emily’s first volume was published four years after her death. Since 1890 Emily has remained continuously in print. Adapted and performed by Betsey Means.

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Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst Exhibit

    November 8, 1:00 PM, 2013 - April 19, 2014, 5:00 PM @ Elmhurst HIstorical Museum

    Prairie poet and newspaperman, family man and political activist, Lincoln biographer and children’s book author: Carl Sandburg was a man of many talents and passions during the 1920s when he resided with his family in Elmhurst. Through rare photos, film, artifacts and touch-screen interactives, this new exhibit chronicles one of the most prolific decades of Sandburg’s life when he penned the Rootabaga Stories, completed Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, traversed the country collecting folk songs for The American Songbag, and wrote numerous poems depicting his disillusionment with life in our rapidly changing nation. *Please note that the Sandburg exhibit will be closing April 19, not April 20 as previously advertised. The Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 20 for Easter.*

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  2. Museum Closed Sunday, April 20

    April 20, All Day

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Main City Calendar

  1. City Council Meeting

    April 21, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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  2. Committee Meetings

    April 28, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ 209 N York St

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