See the EXHIBITS main page for our Annual Exhibition Schedule.
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Third Thursdays, 1-8 p.m.
Closed Mondays FREE ADMISSION
Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History
Opens September 18, 2015-February 14, 2015
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 beermaking 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. Exhibit Partner: Liz Garibay
By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst
Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative new exhibit that takes visitors on a journey of discovery exploring how the city has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, an interactive tabletop map, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre.
>Find out more: View an Elmhurst Time Travelers
program on You Tube where museum staff takes viewers on a tour of this exciting new exhibit.
EHM TOURING EXHIBITS
Opening June 2015
Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars
Grayslake Heritage Center
Chicago's legendary baseball fan rivalry takes the field in this exploration of the players, the fans, the conflicts, the ups and the downs over the past 115 years. This cultural history exposé covers one of America's fiercest crosstown rivalries examining the concepts of loyalty and fandom through
videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former
players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and
ephemera. This exhibit received rave reviews and media attention during its opening run at the Elmhurst Historical Museum in the summer of 2014 and during a 6-month span at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. The exhibit earned a Best of 2014 Museums
selection by the Chicago Tribune
Interested in details on rental of a traveling exhibit created by Elmhurst Historical Museum staff? Please contact Lance Tawzer, curator of exhibits, at 630-833-1457 or