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Cultural / Community Events

  1. Special Exhibit "Smithsonian Gems"

    December 1, 2017 - March 18, 2018

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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  2. Free Family Open Swims

    December 14, 2017 - March 11, 2018

    Have a fun-filled time at York High School’s swimming pools on select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available.

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  3. Wilder Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show

    December 17, 2017 - January 26, 2018

    Escape the cold and get in the holiday spirit at Wilder Park Conservatory's stunning holiday floral display.

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  4. Winter Members Show

    December 17, 2017 - January 26, 2018

    Contemporary artworks by local artists in a variety of media and styles. Reception, Dec 22, 2017 7-9pm, free to the public. Great opportunity to purchase a unique and quality holiday gift. Sales benefit the artists, the EAG and the Elmhurst Art Museum.

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  5. Freedom: A History of US

    January 12, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit is supplemented with Elmhurst materials including a 1924 KKK rally flyer, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.

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  6. Book Discussion: Lincoln in the Bardo

    January 18, 2018, 6:30 PM

    Read the engrossing 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, join in a book discussion, and enjoy after-hours access to exhibits. It’s February 1862, the Civil War is on, and President Lincoln’s son has died. This critically-acclaimed and often strangely-told novel blends fact and fiction into a moving and original exploration of the father-son relationship, grief, and the power of good vs. evil. Co-presented by Elmhurst Public Library and EHM. Register: 630-530-6869

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  7. Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

    January 20, 2018 - March 4, 2018

    The dream-like imagery and enigmatic paintings by Gertrude Abercrombie include spare interiors and illusionary landscapes. Her works, which were historically important in Chicago, have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits”.

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  8. Paula Crown, Michelle Grabner, Tony Tasset, and James Welling

    January 20, 2018 - March 18, 2018

    The installations by these four artists respond to the minimal design of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as well as its history as a domestic space.

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  9. Rock & Mineral Identification

    January 20, 2018, 10:30 AM

    Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds and scout badges. Scout groups require adult supervision.

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  10. Artist Talk: Michelle Grabner

    January 20, 2018, 1:30 PM

    Come hear from the artist, curator, and writer Michelle Grabner speak about her current exhibition.

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  11. Rockin' Jewelry for Kids

    January 20, 2018, 1:30 PM

    This beginner’s class allows children to make their own?gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Completes Girl Scout Jewelers badge.

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  12. Elmhurst Choral Union: Singer Auditions

    January 23, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Love to sing? Singers interested in singing with a full orchestra and challenging their vocal skills are invited to audition for Elmhurst Choral Union. ECU’s concerts include music by Copland, Randall Thompson, and Howard Hanson. Membership is open to singers with previous choral experience or the ability to read music. Openings are available in all voice ranges. To reserve an audition appointment on Tuesday evening, January 23, leave a message at 630-758-1100 or through the contact page at elmhurstchoralunion.org. A volunteer will respond to schedule an audition time. Auditions involve a vocal warm-up and a piece of the singer’s choice. Concert rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 30 on the campus of Elmhurst College. Elmhurst Choral Union is an outstanding volunteer chorus, performing classical masterworks and great choral music of all eras with professional orchestra and soloists.

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  13. Elmhurst College: Middle Eastern Dance Recital and Concert

    January 26, 2018, 7:00 PM

    Members of the Elmhurst College class Middle Eastern Dance Through History to Today will share both dance and percussion performances.

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  14. Nature vs. Nurture: Then & Now

    January 27, 2018 - March 10, 2018

    Watercolor paintings by Elmhurst College graduate, Randi Holt, inspired by her wild backyard. Ceramic works by local artist, Cecilia Dohra. Both are members of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. Meet the artists at the opening reception Feb 2, 2018, 7 - 9pm, free to the public.

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  15. Elmhurst Symphony: "Vivacious Vivaldi"

    January 28, 2018, 3:00 PM

    Frolic with violin phenom and Stradivarius Society recipient Joshua Brown through Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and revel in Corelli and Handel concertos with principal players of the ESO. Pre-concert lecture with Dr. Ted Hatmaker is at 1:45 p.m.

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  16. CUB/Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition Utility Billing Analysis

    January 31, 2018, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Elmhurst Public Library

    CUB is partnering with Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition to bring utility consumers a free one-on-one bill analysis! Bring current copies of your electric, gas, and phone bills to become an expert on understanding your bills: avoiding scams, practicing energy efficiency, and boosting home comfort! Registration required! To register, please contact CUB at 312-263-4282 ext. 111 or email aboror@citizensutilityboard.org using subject line Elmhurst 01/31. This event is brought to you by the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a non-profit consumer group created by the State Legislature to fight for the rights of utility consumers throughout Illinois. This is not an Elmhurst Public Library-sponsored event.

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