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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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Elmhurst College: The Last Cyclist

    April 23 - April 26 @ Mill Theatre

    The time is 1944. The place is Czechoslovakia. A community of artists in the Terezín Ghetto hold open rehearsals for their play, The Last Cyclist, determined to demonstrate their resilience and protest the totalitarianism that has robbed them of everything. This gallows-humor cabaret mercilessly lampoons the Nazi regime and the absurdity of all hatred. Based on a cabaret written in the Terezín Ghetto in 1944 by Karel Švenk Reconstructed and reimagined by Naomi Patz Directed by Andrew Behling Performances continue Thursday through Saturday, April 30–May 2.

  6. Elmhurst Public Library: Music in the Midday: Parisian Salon Concert

    April 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    The Parisian Salon Concerts association was founded by Didier Lepauw during November, 1999, in Chicago, as part of an international tribute to Frederic Chopin launched by UNESCO, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the great composer's death.

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

    April 28, 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!

  8. Elmhurst College: The Last Cyclist

    April 30 - May 2 @ Mill Theatre

    The time is 1944. The place is Czechoslovakia. A community of artists in the Terezín Ghetto hold open rehearsals for their play, The Last Cyclist, determined to demonstrate their resilience and protest the totalitarianism that has robbed them of everything. This gallows-humor cabaret mercilessly lampoons the Nazi regime and the absurdity of all hatred. Based on a cabaret written in the Terezín Ghetto in 1944 by Karel Švenk Reconstructed and reimagined by Naomi Patz Directed by Andrew Behling

  9. Elmhurst City Centre: Girlfriends Getaway

    April 30, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Downtown Elmhurst

    Grab the girls and head to the heart of downtown Elmhurst for a fun filled night designed especially for you! Swing by the Girlfriend's Lounge at the City Centre office beginning at 5 pm to pick up a Getaway Deals Guide and FREE bag filled with goodies to the first 400 girlfriends!

  10. Elmhurst College: Inside the Hot Zone - Richard Preston

    April 30, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    Richard Preston is the author of The Hot Zone, the 1995 international bestseller that introduced the world to Ebola and other rain forest viruses. The Hot Zone inspired the film Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo, and has been translated into over 30 languages. Preston is also the author of The Demon in the Freezer, The Wild Trees and other works.

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. 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.

Main City Calendar

  1. Committee Meetings

    April 27, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ 209 N York St


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