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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 Artists' Guild: Contemplation - Solo Show featuring Charlotte Cziperle

    February 10 - March 20 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum

    Burr Ridge artist Charlotte Cziperle is displaying her paintings, from representational to abstract, in a solo exhibit entitled “Contemplation” from February 10 through March 20 in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery, located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst, IL 60126. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, is set for Friday, February 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery. Music during the reception is being provided by professional violinist Helen Blazie. The Cziperle exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm; Friday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Friday is the Museum’s free admission day. At other times, admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free.

  4. Elmhurst College: Frank Trankina, Paintings and Gouaches

    February 10 - March 7 @ Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace

    Please join Elmhurst College in welcoming still life painter Frank Trankina. Trankina creates amazingly realistic works in the tradition of trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) using kitschy, pop culture vintage objects and toys. The exhibition runs from February 10 to March 7 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 Tuesday, February 10, from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The artist talk begins at 5:00 p.m.

  5. 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.

  6. Elmhurst College: My Elizabeths: A Biographer and Her Subjects

    March 2, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    Megan Marshall is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction. "Margaret Fuller is as seductive as it is impressive," wrote Dwight Garner in The New York Times. "It pushes Ms. Marshall into the front rank of American biographers." The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture

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

    March 3, 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 Cool Cities Coalition: Composting Matters

    March 3, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Elmhurst Public Library

    Elmhurst Garden Club and Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition are jointly presenting this community-wide program featuring speaker Kay McKeen of the SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education). The program will teach how composting works, how to start and manage a home bin and the benefits of composting for plants and the environment. Composting is easy and natural, saves money, conserves water and replenishes nutrients to the soil. Not an EPL sponsored event

  9. Elmhurst College: A Nun on the Bus - Sister Simone Campbell

    March 5, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    The author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community describes her experiences as an attorney, poet, social advocate and professed religious—all at once.

  10. Elmhurst St. Patricks's Day Parade

    March 7, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Spring Road - between Wilson and Saint Charles Rd

    The parade features floats, marching units & animated characters along with local organizations, businesses & clubs. Don’t miss your chance to see over 80 floats, Irish Dancers, the Shannon Rovers, local team mascots – Benny the Bull, Southpaw & Tommy Hawk. Chicago Highlanders, Medinah Clowns, Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra, featuring the world’s largest drum & the York High School Marching Band. The parade is only the beginning to this festive day – for the food, music & fun is sure to continue as Elmhurst merchants, restaurateurs & friends welcome visitors for this special community celebration.

  11. Elmhurst College: Gospel Extravaganza 2015

    March 7, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    Elmhurst College will bring gospel, inspirational and a variety of other music to the campus and community when it hosts its Gospel Extravaganza on March 7. Special guest performers include Joshua’s Troop, led by Pastor Clay Evans and Charles Jenkins. The troop is comprised of a group of more than 50 members whose continued academic and social achievement allow them to be a part of this dynamic and uplifting troop. Their performances combine urban and hip-hop music with contemporary gospel for a truly exciting experience. Also performing will be the Elmhurst College Gospel Choir and Chicago Mass.

  12. Elmhurst College: Reading Changes Lives

    March 8, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    Robert Shindler was looking for ways to help his son overcome a reading deficiency when he decided to volunteer with the Literacy Center of Chicago. Working with a diverse group of adult learners, Shindler received his own education about the realities of learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. A Chicago-based attorney and author, Shindler now leads Reading Changes Lives, an initiative to promote literacy as a matter of social justice.

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

    March 10, 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!

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

    March 17, 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!

  15. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Rock & Mineral Identification

    March 21, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals thorough basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for teachers and rockhounds, this program qualifies for Boy & Girl Scout merit badges. All materials are provided. Scout groups require adult supervision. Class – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult - 75 minutes – 10:30 a.m. Saturday Classes: January 24, February 7, March 21 Admission: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00 Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

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

    March 24, 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!

  17. 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 5, 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. First Friday Gallery Talk

    March 6, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Elmhurst Historical Museum, 2nd floor gallery

    Dive deep into Elmhurst history with history professor and author Dr. Virginia Stewart as your guide. Dr. Stewart served as an exhibit writer for the new exhibit, “By All Accounts: The History of Elmhurst,” and she will explore different exhibit themes and interesting objects with gallery visitors.

  4. Curator's Gallery Talk

    March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Elmhurst Historical Museum, 1st floor gallery

    Elmhurst Historical Museum’s curator of exhibits, Lance Tawzer, will be in the first floor gallery in the “Let Children Be Children” exhibit to talk with visitors and delve into the poignant work of American photographer Lewis Wickes Hine.

  5. Elmhurst Quarry Tour

    March 21, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM @ Elmhurst Historical Museum and Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility

    Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Elmhurst Quarry Flood Control Facility, a site generally closed to the public. In observance of National Flood Awareness Week, tour participants will learn about the quarry's history, visit various areas including private quarry platforms, and see how the DuPage County Stormwater Management currently operates the facility to reduce flooding. Following the quarry tour, museum visitors may join a guided tour of the “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst” exhibit and enjoy a brief film on the quarry’s history. Registration required through Elmhurst Park District at www.epd.org. To request accommodations for visitors with disabilities, please e-mail EHMAccess@elmhurst.org or call 630-530-6879 at least three weeks prior to the tour. Co-presented by DuPage County Stormwater Management, Elmhurst Historical Museum and Elmhurst Park District.

  6. 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.

Main City Calendar

  1. City Council Meeting

    March 2, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

  2. Committee Meetings

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

  3. City Council Meeting

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

  4. Committee Meetings

    March 23, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ 209 N York St


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