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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Faces of Eternity

    July 1 - December 31

    Inspired by the juxtaposition of human mortality and the timelessness of gemstones, Peruvian artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio created 15 life size skulls each with a distinctive personality.

  2. Elmhurst Art Museum: Richard Koppe

    September 6, 2014 - January 11, 2015

    This fall, in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Elmhurst Art Museum presents the first museum exhibition of Richard Koppe's inventive work in more than forty years. Including 70 rarely seen paintings, prints and drawings, the exhibition highlights Koppe's signature canvases from the mid-20th century - from his earlier compositions of stylized fish and birds to his distinctive versions of abstract expressionism and hard-edge abstraction.

  3. Elmhurst Art Museum: In the House - Laura Davis

    September 13, 2014 - January 11, 2015 @ Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House

    Continuing our lively exploration and use of the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House from 1952, EAM is premiering an ongoing exhibition series called “In the House.” On a regular basis, artists, designers and architects will be invited to respond to the modernist structure by producing a site-specific installation in the house that takes into consideration its unique space and history. The first artist invited to participate in EAM’s new “In the House” series is Laura Davis, a Chicago-based artist whose sculpture and installations examine the intersection of craft, design and art.

  4. Elmhurst Artist's Guild: Autumn Magic

    October 7 - November 14 @ EAG gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum

    Celebrating the beginning of the fall season, the Elmhurst Garden Club and the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild are inviting the public to join them for the Fall Member Themed Show - Autumn Magic, a combination of an autumn-themed EAG members’ art show and an EGC autumn woodland garden display. The exhibition 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 5. On days other than Fridays, Museum admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, and children under 5, free. Event is sponsored by the Microsoft Store in Oak Brook Center. More information is available at,

  5. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Visiting Artist Lorel H Abrell - Beaded Bezel Gems

    October 7 - December 31

    Lorel Abrell learned how to create jewelry by construction and casting at the College of DuPage Jewelry and Art Department. She wanted to cut and polish her own gems to incorporate in jewelry. She joined the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois to learn more about rocks and minerals and studied different forms of jewelry making along with stone working. She learned to carve and cut cabs by studying with Award Winning Lapidary, Olive Colhour in Seattle, Washington and learned faceting and wire wrapping through the West Suburban Lapidary Club.

  6. GreenMan Theatre: Frankenstein

    October 24 - November 9 @ Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church

    Follow Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a science student obsessed with creation of life after death. Blinded by his own obsession, Victor has alienated himself from his family, his best friend Henry, and his fiancée Elizabeth in his pursuit of finding the ‘spark of life.' Breathing life into a creature made from his own hands, he was not prepared for the consequences of his creation. Unable to run from it, Victor now seeks to stop the creature he once breathed life into before it is too late.

  7. Elmhurst College: Fragile Structures - Steven Carrelli

    October 28 - November 22 @ Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    Chicago artist Steven Carrelli creates meticulously crafted drawings and paintings in which common, often disposable objects share an invented space with a variety of architectural structures and historical artworks. Using a strategy of poetic juxtaposition to create unexpected interactions between the monumental and the mass-produced, the works in this exhibition explore the relationship between the permanent and the temporary. In combining images of flood and collapse with subjects ranging from Renaissance furniture to rubber bands, they invite relflection on the ambition and the frailty of human enterprises. “Fragile Structures” will be on display in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge from September 28 through November 22. A reception will be held on Tuesday, November 11, from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

  8. Elmhurst Park District: Fall Flower Show at the Conservatory

    November 1, 8:00 AM - November 30, 6:00 PM @ Wilder Park Conservatory

  9. Elmhurst College: Over 40 & Hired - Transitioning in Today's Job Market

    November 1, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Frick Center

    Whether you are between jobs or desire a career “next chapter,” have hope and take charge. For seasoned professionals navigating challenges of career change and potential age bias in today’s job market, CTC coach Anita Jenke will provide tips, strategies and real life examples to give the competitive edge to those in career transition. Covering use of informational interviews, positioning and outreach critical to all job seekers, Ms. Jenke will share insights that will help all in transition to better position themselves for greater distinction and success! This event is open to the public and admission is $10 per person, which includes breakfast. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. RSVP today, as limited seating is available. Register online at or contact the School for Professional Studies at (630) 617-3300 or with questions or to register.

  10. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Modern Gem Carving with Luis Alberto

    November 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Lapidary artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio will demonstrate his process and technique for carving gemstones. His lecture will include the inspiration for creating a series of carved objects including the “Faces of Eternity” collection of skulls. Learn about his collaborative effort with his sister, a jewelry designer & metalsmith, and the survival of their family run lapidary business.

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

    November 4, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Fitz's Spare Keys

    Join us for a short walk from campus to downtown Elmhurst for free jazz music—featuring two variying jazz combos. Elmhurst Jazz ensembles will be at Fitz's Spare keys on Tuesday, October 14, 21, 28 and November 11. Performances are at 7:00 p.m.

  12. DuPagePads’ 12th Annual Inspirational Breakfast - Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast

    November 5, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM @ Benedictine University in Lisle

    For the 12th consecutive year, DuPagePads will be hosting Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast! This year we are having Jarrett Payton, son of Walter Payton, as our guest speaker. This message is bound to be inspiring and captivating! All proceeds go toward assisting families and individuals who are homeless.

  13. Elmhurst College: Chicago Bears' Pat McCaskey - Sports and Faith

    November 6, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    Pat McCaskey is a Chicago Bears Board member, the Bears’ senior director of special projects and the longtime chronicler of the team and his family’s historic connections to it. In a special presentation sponsored by the Elmhurst College Fellowship of Christian Athletes, McCaskey will discuss Sports and Faith on Thursday, November 6, at Elmhurst College. His talk will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and the public is invited. Patrick McCaskey has been writing about sports for decades—producing more than 30 booklets as a family scribe for the Bears. He is the author of three books, Bear with Me: A Family History of George Halas and the Chicago Bears, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout and Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships.

  14. Elmhurst District 205: 2014 Dukes of Distinction

    November 6, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ York High School Commons

    Seven Dukes of Distinction have been chosen by a panel of judges and will be honored on the evening of Thursday, November 6, beginning with a reception at 7 PM in the York High School Commons, with a program to follow at 7:30 PM. Both are free and open to the public. No tickets are required to attend. Last year, the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) was launched, which serves to recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant and/or extraordinary accomplishments, service and/or an outstanding contribution to society.

  15. Elmhurst Children's Theatre: Honk!

    November 7 - November 9 @ Sandburg Middle School

    This delightful adaptation of one of the most beloved fables of all time is a quackingly good time. Since it first hatched in 1993 Stiles & Drewe’s musical Honk! has winged its way around the world in over 8000 productions and in many different languages. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical, this heart-warming celebration of being different is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit and memorable score.

  16. Elmhurst Park District: 4th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

    November 7 - November 8

    Stop by the Wilder Mansion on Friday, November 7 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to shop one of a kind arts, crafts and seasonal gifts. Admission is free both days. Café Amano will be on hand on Friday selling glasses of wine. Visit over 50 artists and gourmet food vendors offering unique holiday gifts, jewelry, fashion, pottery, glass and paper. Hope to see you there!

  17. Senior Citizens Commission: Planning for the Future

    November 8, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmhurst City Hall

    Carol Rasso, Community Resource Coordinator for Elderworks, shares information for seniors and their family, including housing, in-home care, financial help and other resources that can be used by seniors and their families to help plan for the future at little of no cost. Sponsored by the Senior Citizens Commission and the City of Elmhurst. Reservations: (630) 306-7077

  18. Elmhurst Art Museum: Mid-Century Modern Roadshow

    November 8, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Bring your collectible mid-century objects and art to EAM's Mid-Century Modern Roadshow to learn more about your modern treasures and what they may be worth! First enjoy an overview of 20th Century Design by Richard Wright, President and Founder of Wright Auction, Chicago. Then share your items with specialists in the field of modern design and decorative arts including Don Schmaltz and Jared Peterson from Circa Modern and Susan Klein Bagdade, director of Richard Norton Gallery and an expert in modern art and costume jewelry. This program is free with Museum Admission.

  19. Elmhurst College: World Music Festival Main Concert

    November 9, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

    Under the direction of Joanne May, the philharmonic orchestra concert will feature unique international music selections as part of the World Music Concert Series for 2014-–15. Special guest performances are also featured.

  20. Elmhurst College: Michael Gerson - Heroic Conservatism

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

    Michael Gerson writes a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post and is a senior advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. He served as a top aide to President George W. Bush. He believes that “if Republicans run in future elections with a simplistic antigovernment message, ignoring the poor, the addicted and children at risk, they will lose, and they will deserve to lose.”

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

    November 11, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Fitz's Spare Keys

    Join us for a short walk from campus to downtown Elmhurst for free jazz music—featuring two variying jazz combos. Elmhurst Jazz ensembles will be at Fitz's Spare keys on Tuesday, October 14, 21, 28 and November 11. Performances are at 7:00 p.m.

  22. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Rock & Mineral Identification

    November 15, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM @ Lizzadro Museum

    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.

Elmhurst Historical Museum

  1. Special Preview: By All Accounts - The Story of Elmhurst

    November 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Education Center

    The public is invited to attend a special preview of the new exhibit, By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst on Thursday November 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Education Center. A presentation by Museum Curator of Exhibits Lance Tawzer will provide an overview of the design and development plans for the new exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided. Replies requested

Main City Calendar

  1. City Council Meeting

    November 3, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  2. Committee Meetings

    November 10, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ 209 N York St

  3. City Council Meeting

    November 17, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  4. Committee Meetings

    November 24, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ 209 N York St

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