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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Elmhurst Art Museum: David Wallace Haskins: Skycube

    August 11, 2015 - June 1, 2016

  2. Elmhurst Art Museum: Biennial, Chicago Statements

    December 12, 2015 - February 21, 2016

    For the inaugural Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial, Chicago Statements will include a diverse selection of artists from the Chicago area who represent the exceptional work being produced in and around the city. This year’s Biennial is inspired by EAM’s mission to underscore the relevance of visual art in our society and the exhibition will include artists whose work addresses current events, social and political subject matter and everyday realities.

  3. Elmhurst Artists' Guild: Winter Member Show

    January 17 - February 26 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum

    Area artists, members of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, are exhibiting their recent works and competing for prizes in the Guild’s Winter Member Show being held in the EAG gallery from January 17 through February 26. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. An opening reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled in the gallery, on Friday, January 22, from 7 to 9 pm. More than 50 entries, displaying greatly varying styles, form and media, are on exhibit. Judging the show’s entries is performed by an outside Chicago-area artist or gallery owner. Prizes are awarded during the reception. The exhibition can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. The first Friday of each month is the Museum’s free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $8 and for seniors $7. EAM and Guild members, student and children under 18 are admitted free.

  4. DuPage Pads 10th Annual Taste of Hope Fundrasier

    January 25 - March 3 @ Drury Lane

    Tickets are now available for the 10th Annual DuPagePads Taste of Hope that will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at a new venue, Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. DuPagePads will be recognizing 30 years of service to the community throughout the evening. Guests of the Taste of Hope will have the luxury of sampling a signature dish from 30 high-end restaurants in one evening. Additionally, attendees will enjoy wine pairings from Wente Vineyards, unforgettable live and silent auction items, mobile bidding and raffles!

  5. Elmhurst Public Library: Lyric Opera Lecture - Romeo & Juliet

    February 7, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM @ Kossmann Room

    He's a Montague and she's a Capulet - families who have hated each other for centuries. Yet when Romeo meets Juliet, they fall instantly and rapturously in love. Secretly, they marry , but Shakespeare's famed young couple is ultimately doomed. Everything that could have been is lost as they die tragically in each other's arms. The world's most famous love story finds new dimension in Gounod's deeply romantic music. This is passion personified, from tender intimacy to ecstatic grandeur, including five iconic love duets and soaring music for the chorus and orchestra. With her "exquisite" voice of "purity and bloom" The New York Times Susanna Phillips will be a Juliet to remember, while Joseph Calleja and Eric Cutler embody all the elegance and golden ardor that Romeo demands.

  6. Elmhurst Public Library: Free Career Counseling - 30 Minute Session

    February 8, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Board Room (Study Room #9)

    Need an objective review of your resume or input on your job-search strategy? Get free one-on-one career counseling from JVS Career Moves, a non-profit, non-sectarian agency. One session each half hour beginning at 9:30 AM and concluding at 11:30 AM. Email to schedule your 30 minute session.

  7. Elmhurst Art Museum: Guided Tour of EAM Biennial

    February 10, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Explore the Biennial exhibition and learn more about the participating artists with EAM’s Curatorial Assistant Peter Guardalabene.

  8. Classic Cinemas: Art @ York presents Rosenwald

    February 10, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ York Theatre

    n response to many requests over the years for more art at the York Theatre, we are showing special screenings on the second Wednesday of every month. Join us at the York Theatre for the Art @ York presentation of Rosenwald shown on Wednesday, February 10 at 1:00 & 7:00 PM. General Admission. Come early for preshow entertainment at 12:30 PM on our Barton Theatre organ with Dave Rhodes, Tivoli Theatre house organist. We need your help to make this successful by emailing, blogging and telling your friends to join us for these special films. We have formed advisory panel: Susan Erdakos, Carol Reisenbuckler and Karen Exiner who help with the selection of films. Your feedback and suggestions are important to us, so please email them.

  9. Elmhurst College: Reframing King - Revolutionary Warrior for Justice & Freedom, David Stovall

    February 10, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    David Stovall is a professor of educational policy studies and African-American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A champion for social justice, he also serves as a volunteer teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School and has worked with community organizations and schools to develop curricula that address issues of social justice. Stovall's scholarship focuses on critical race theory, concepts of social justice in education, the relationship between housing and education, and the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. The Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture

  10. Elmhurst Public Library: Navigating Your Financial World: Social Security

    February 10, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Meeting Room A

    It seems like the number one question that arises with retirement planning is, "When should I file for Social Security?". Many factors come into play in making this important decision. Come learn more about Social Security to be able to make the best decision possible for you. Presenter Kevin Kost

  11. Elmhurst Public Library: How to Give a Perfect Elevator Pitch

    February 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Meeting Room B

    Have you ever had to give an elevator pitch about your business to an investor, banker, or potential partner? While presenting an elevator pitch sounds easy, after all, you're just talking, right? It's actually quite an art. Learn how to give that perfect elevator pitch! Presented by SCORE.

  12. Elmhurst Public Library: Copy & Paste Clinic

    February 12, 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM @ Second Floor Info Desk

    Get first aid on one of the most important but often neglected computer skills: copying and pasting. Hone your basic computer skills and learn tips and tricks to make copying and pasting easier. Keyboarding, mouse skills, and a basic understanding of computers required "Learn Everyday Essentials" Contact: Wyatt Fertig

  13. Elmhurst Art Museum: Art After Dark

    February 12, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Ages 13 - 18, $15 non-Members, $10 Members. Grab your friends for after dark exhibition tours, dancing with a DJ, a buffet of your favorite junk food and making stuff.

  14. Elmhurst College: Guest Guitar Concert - Avanti Guitar Trio

    February 12, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Irion Hall, Buik Recital Hall

    The Elmhurst College Applied Guitar Studio proudly presents the Avanti Guitar Trio to kick off the Spring 2016 concert season! This classical chamber ensemble features a unique sound as well as our very own classical guitar instructor Wesley Hixson! Join us. All seats general seating and Handicap accessible.

  15. Lizzadro Museum: Olympic Fossils

    February 13, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    Geared for middle and high school students competing in Science Olympiad tournaments, this class delves into the world of fossils. Hand samples of fossils will be available, as well as a Power Point lecture that will provide students and opportunity to ask questions and learn tips for fossil identification. Reservations Required

  16. Elmhurst Art Museum: Artist Talk - Maria Gaspar

    February 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Meet EAM Biennial artist Maria Gaspar who will speak about her community-engaged artistic practice that works within contested spaces around issues of spatial justice.

  17. Elmhurst Public Library: Saturday Afternoon Movie: Zoolander

    February 13, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gathering Room

    Join us for a free, family-friendly film screening every Saturday at 2 p.m. through the end of February.

  18. Elmhurst Art Museum: Dinner at the Museum by CHOW

    February 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    EAM invites you and your sweetheart for delicious food and cocktails with an exclusive tour of the exhibitions.

  19. Elmhurst Park District: Free Family Open Swim

    February 14, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ York High School's swimming pools

    Bring your family for a fun-filled time at York High School's swimming pools on the select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst School District 205. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available. Open to all Elmhurst residents.

  20. Elmhurst Park District: Family Valentine's Day Party at Courts Plus

    February 14, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM @ Courts Plus

    Celebrate Valentine's Day at Courts Plus with your family. Join us on Sunday, February 14 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. when we will make Valentine's Day crafts, cards and have family Zumba. Fee is $12 members/$17 non-members.

  21. Elmhurst College: Lunch & Learn - Fundraising Fundamentals for Nonprofits

    February 17, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ 180 W Park Ave Ste 255

    Learning to better manage the fundraising cycle will help in closing the loop with valued donors. No matter your role in a nonprofit organization, making connections with donors to bring in the necessary funds to reach your goals is a critical element to an organization's success. This 90-minute session will not only showcase a variety of fundraising approaches but will also demonstrate how to implement these techniques in your own nonprofit. Join us in welcoming Ken Bartels, principal of Ken Bartels Consulting and Sr. Vice President and Director of the Community Bank of Elmhurst; and Lea Ann Skogsberg, founder of Dollars and Sense, for this informative, engaging Lunch & Learn where we will discuss various aspects of fundraising.

  22. Elmhurst Public LIbrary: Elmhurst Business Connection

    February 18, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Meeting Room B

    Join local business owners in the Elmhurst community on the third Thursday each month for informal roundtable discussions. Get advice, network and share your experience with your peers. Fox Valley SCORE mentors available to answer your questions.

  23. Elmhurst Art Museum: Artist Talk - Steve Prince: Printmaker, Sculptor, and Graphite Artist

    February 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Steve A. Prince is an artist, educator and art evangelist. His mediums are printmaking, drawing and sculpture. Steve is a native of New Orleans and the crescent city's rich tradition of art, music and religion pulsate through his work. He uses the language of the line in a rhythmic and powerful way. Steve's art is inherently narrative and metaphorically complex. He uses a rich, visual vocabulary of signs and symbols to tell stories that express his unique vision founded in hope, faith and creativity.

  24. GreenMan Theatre: Gillian's Island - Dead Wreckoning

    February 19 - February 28 @ Angelo's Ristorante

  25. Elmhurst Park District: Daddy Daughter Dance

    February 19, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Diplomat West

    Come join us at the Diplomat West on Friday, February 19 for the event that celebrates every girl and her daddy. There will be dinner and dancing and a special photo of each girl and her dad is included. Registration deadline is February 14, 2016. Registration is not taken at the door so be sure to register early. Ages 3 and older with adult. Make sure to register both adult and child for this event. Fee is $30 residents/$38 non-residents. Registration opens December 5 for residents and December 14 for non-residents.

  26. Elmhurst Art Museum: Biennial Artist Kirsten Leenaars, "Artist as Witness"

    February 20, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Leenaars speaks about the relationship in her work between fiction and documentation and the slippage between the “live” and the mediated, the real and the performed. Through staging, improvisation and arrangement, she reinterprets personal stories and reimagines everyday realities. Leenaars’ choreographed performances, videos and photographic presentations rely on the participation of specific people and communities with whom she engages. Her most recent body of work poses questions around the act of witnessing, the portrayal of violence, race and the possibility of empathy.

  27. Elmhurst Public Library: Saturday Afternoon Movie: Avengers

    February 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gathering Room

    Join us for a free, family-friendly film screening every Saturday at 2 p.m. through the end of February.

  28. Elmhurst Park District: 'Be a Kid Again' FUNdraiser for the Playground for Everyone

    February 20, 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Courts Plus

    The People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation invites you to put away your heels and break out your hi-tops and playground attire at the ‘Be A Kid Again’ FUNdraiser for the Playground for Everyone on Saturday, February 20 from 7-10:30 p.m. at Courts Plus. The Playground for Everyone is a universal accessible playground which will allow children with special needs to fully access the playground and play alongside other kids. It is planned for construction at Butterfield Park in late summer 2016. The playground’s cost will exceed $600,000, far more than the $350,000 budgeted by the Elmhurst Park District to replace a typical playground. While over $130,000 has been raised from community groups and individuals, the hope is that the “Be A Kid Again” FUNdraiser will help the Park District reach its goal of making The Playground for Everyone a reality. Fundraiser attendees can look forward to feeling like a kid again because we’ll be bringing the playground fun to you!

  29. Lizzadro Museum: Symbolism in Chinese Jade

    February 23 - August 21

    The Museum's permanent collection of jade carvings is filled with auspicious Chinese symbolism. This exhibit focuses on a selection of carvings from the Qing Dynasty and translates the hidden meanings in their visual motifs.

  30. Elmhurst Public Library: The Technical/ Vocational Education Pathway to a Great Career

    February 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Large Meeting Room

    Are you looking for a great-paying job that doesn't require a four-year degree? Want to get into a fast-growing industry? A technical or vocational pathway may be the right fit for you. Learn more about these in-demand careers and the education and training needed to enter those fields. For high school students and adults. Register starting Jan. 25 online, in person, or by phone.

  31. Elmhurst College: 49th Annual Jazz Festival

    February 25 - February 28 @ Hammerschmidt Chapel

    Chicago magazine once hailed the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival as “one of the best buys for your jazz dollars,” and it’s easy to see why. ??Each February, the best college jazz bands in the country converge on the Elmhurst campus for three days of performances and education. The bands take turns performing for some of the greatest names in professional jazz today, who offer critiques and award a variety of honors. The professionals cap off each night of the Festival with a rousing performance of their own.

  32. Lizzadro Museum: Soapstone Carving

    February 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Lapidary Lorel Abrell teaches participants how to successfully carve soapstone. Simple tools and techniques are used in carving this soft and inexpensive material. Learn the basics from blocking out a design to final polish. Take home a carving of your own creation. All materials are included. Ages 9 yrs to Adult. Reservations Required.

  33. Grace Bible Church: Veteran's Friendship Luncheon

    February 27, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ 398 W Eggleston Ave

    Friendship Luncheon for all men and women who wear/wore the uniform of our country and their families. A hot, home-style lunch will be served. Featured speaker will be: Major General (Retired) James Mukoyama, U.S. Army, President and CEO of Military Outreach USA.

  34. Elmhurst Public Library: Saturday Afternoon Movie: Goonies

    February 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gathering Room

    Join us for a free, family-friendly film screening every Saturday at 2 p.m. through the end of February.

  35. Elmhurst Choral Union: Medley of Melodies

    February 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ 1st United Methodist Church

    Our singers in solos and ensembles in an intimate evening of song from opera, Broadway and the Great American songbook Saturday, February 27, 2016 7:00 pm 1st United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst

  36. Elmhurst Park District: Free Family Open Swim

    February 28, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ York High School's swimming pools

    Bring your family for a fun-filled time at York High School's swimming pools on the select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst School District 205. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available. Open to all Elmhurst residents.

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. 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 has been transformed into an innovative new 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. Experience thought-provoking displays, compelling photos and objects, a short original documentary on Elmhurst in the theatre, and travel through the city via an amazing high-tech map.

  2. Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History

    September 18, 1:00 PM, 2015 - February 14, 2016, 5:00 PM @ Museum

    Chicago was built by immigrants seeking new opportunities, and one of the notable crafts brought with them was beer brewing. German-Americans established Chicago’s first brewery in 1833, and the Town of Chicago became official at a tavern that year after a gathering and vote of 12-1. Beer has been a component of Chicago’s colorful fabric ever since, continuing today with the emergence of the home brewing trend and a vibrant craft beer industry. “Beer Chicago” provides a unique and engaging historical look at beer culture, taverns, and breweries and the city’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for beer. Learn about different beers brewed in the Chicago area, explore the science of beer making at a hands-on activity station, and encounter the “bartender” at an interactive video kiosk as he shares knowledge about Chicago saloon and tavern history.

  3. Gallery Talk with Curator Nancy Wilson

    February 18, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Elmhurst Historical Museum
    120 E. Park Ave.
    Elmhurst, IL 60126

    The “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” exhibit is filled with Elmhurst’s rich history in every corner! Join our curator of collections, Nancy Wilson, who will focus on this month’s theme, “Love and Family,” in the second floor gallery. Nancy will share some highlights from the collection including photo albums and items that show how love has been an ever-present connection for Elmhurst families throughout history. The Museum is open late on Third Thursdays, 1-8 p.m.

Main City Calendar

  1. Committee Meetings

    February 8, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  2. City Council Meeting

    February 16, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

  3. Committee Meetings

    February 22, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Senior Services

  1. Elmhurst Public Library: Navigating Your Financial World: Social Security

    February 10, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Meeting Room A

    It seems like the number one question that arises with retirement planning is, "When should I file for Social Security?". Many factors come into play in making this important decision. Come learn more about Social Security to be able to make the best decision possible for you. Presenter Kevin Kost


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