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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary: Special Exhibit - Legendary Diamonds

    June 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016

    See the fascinating stories of some of history's most famous diamonds and their equally famous owners. The exhibit blends the lapidary art of faceting with historic figural artistry to tell each diamond's story including: The Hope, The Orlov, The Table Cut and The Regent.

  2. Elmhurst Art Museum: David Wallace Haskins: Skycube

    August 11, 2015 - June 1, 2016

  3. Elmhurst Art Museum: Lessons from the Fick Home

    September 8 - November 29

    As a complement to the Lessons from Modernism exhibition, EAM has partnered with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture/ Interior Architecture/Designed Objects Department to include Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House in the discussion of modernism and sustainability. Lessons from the Fick Home is the culmination of two graduate level courses, led by architects and SAIC professors Andrew Santa Lucia and Mary English, that explored the McCormick House through different lenses of sustainability. The project posits that a study of sustainability must acknowledge and examine the user's life within the building. To that end, the team investigated the social and cultural implications of the McCormick House on its former residents, the Ficks, who made the house their home for 30 years. Through original drawings, diagrams, artwork, models, interviews and texts, this exhibition considers both the personal and the designed, the home and the house. Aside from studies of heat

  4. Elmhurst Art Museum: No Place Like House

    September 8 - November 29

    Continuing the Museum’s “In the House” series, Chicago architectural designer and critic Andrew Santa Lucia will create a series of altars in the McCormick House, using both the living room space and the newly opened west wing, to transport viewers into a temple of images, objects and offerings. This site-specific installation is guided by “Miesian Mysticism,” a fictional religion uncovered by Santa Lucia in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, that narrativizes through rituals Mies’s essential design contributions to the discipline of architecture. Each room will consist of three integral layers: Altar (an architectural intervention), Atmosphere (lighting, smell and sound) and Accoutrement (the “things” that make up altars including candles, mementos and statues). “Miesian Mysticism” exists as a series of textual and graphic artifacts, which also serve as a vehicle for architectural criticism. This project is supported in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Art

  5. Elmhurst Art Museum: Selections from the Collection

    September 8 - December 13

    For the first time since the Museum opened, the west wing of the McCormick House is open to the public. Visitors are now able to explore the entire house and the rotating art and design exhibitions presented within it. Currently, objects from EAM’s Collection are installed in the west wing, including iconic modern furniture such as Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chairs and Eero Saarinen’s tulip dining set as well as painting and sculpture by Richard Koppe, Harry Bouras, Sandra Jorgensen, Abbott Pattison, Joseph Burlini, Jin Soo Kim and others.

  6. Elmhurst Art Museum: Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970

    September 12 - November 29

    Elmhurst Art Museum presents Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970, a highly-acclaimed exhibition organized by The Cooper Union in New York that examines twenty-five modern building projects through the lens of sustainability. Incorporating environmental strategies that solve critical issues of comfort, use and economy, these projects, dating from 1925 to 1970, recognize and adapt to natural forces and serve as inspiration and guide for the current green building movement. Timed to coincide with the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, Lessons from Modernism encourages students, architects and the public to re-examine modern architecture, often presented as antithetical to climate-based and ecologically rooted design, and provides new insights into the works of such renowned architects as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemayer. This project is supported in part by awards from the National

  7. Elmhurst Artist's Guild: Solo Show featuring - Annette Perone Leiber

    October 25 - December 4 @ EAG Gallery of the Elmhurst Art Museum

    Award-winning artist exhibits at Elmhurst Artists’ Guild gallery With more than 200 awards to her name, Addison artist Annette Perone Leiber is hosting an exhibition of her artwork from October 25 through December 4 in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Entitled “Intrinsic,” the show includes some 75 works of art in mixed media paintings, mixed media sculpture and watercolor in abstract and impressionistic styles. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, October 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the EAG gallery. The Leiber exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm; Thursday and Friday 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 members, students and children under 18 are admitted free.

  8. GreenMan Theatre: Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn

    November 13 - November 29 @ First United Methodist Church

    This intricate time traveling comic thriller by the British master of farcical comedy delighted London and New York audiences. A London sex specialist from the future stumbles into a murder plot that sends her, compliments of a unique set of hotel doors, traveling back in time. She and two women who were murdered in 1998 and 2015 race back and forth in time trying to rewrite history and prevent their own violent ends. This energetic thriller, tinged with a comic sensibility, will have you on the edge of your seat while it asks the questions, “If you could walk through a door and change history, would you? Should you?” Communicating Doors will run for 3 weekends from November 13 until November 29.

  9. Elmhurst City Centre: Tree Lighting

    November 28, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ City Centre Plaza - York & Schiller

    Help ring in the season at the annual lighting of the City Centre tree, Sat., Nov 28, 5 - 7 p.m. The Tree Lighting will take place at City Centre Plaza on York St. Festivities will include holiday music, caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire truck to light the tree.

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 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.

  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.

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