Pick of the Week – The Elmhurst event NOT to be missed!


The Hospital Foundation’s Chef Fest

Thursday, Feb. 7

From 6-9 p.m. at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 19th annual Chef Fest. Tickets are $75 per person. Tables of ten available. For tickets and information, visit emhfoundation.org/events or call (331) 221-0388.




Thursday, Feb. 7

At 7 p.m., author and ordained priest James Carroll will talk about his 12 novels, including The Cloister, in the Alexander Room of the Frick Center on the campus of Elmhurst College. Free and open to the public. Info: (630) 617-5186.


Saturday, Feb. 9

  • Beginning at 1:30 p.m., youth from ages 8 to 16 are invited to “Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids at Lizzadro Museum. Children can 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 Jeweler’s badge. Adult supervision required. Fee: $12 per person. Reservations required. Call (630) 833-1616.
  • At 4 p.m., families are invited to the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center to make a detailed valentine inspired by the ornate cards showcased in the “Heart’s Desire” exhibit. Craft supplies provided, all ages welcome. Fee: $3 per person. Registration required, call 630-530-6879 and leave a message with your contact information and number of participants.


Sunday, Feb. 10

At 12:15 p.m., Single Mothers Support Group welcomes Eve Senti for a Valentine’s Day craft. Enjoy lunch with your children. Free childcare will start at 1 p.m. for infants through children 12 years old. Free. The meeting takes place in the Garden Room at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. Info: elmhurstcrc.org/she



Friday, Feb. 15

At 7 p.m. award-winning writer and ordained priest, James Carroll will speak in the Alexander Room of the Frick Center on the campus of Elmhurst College. He is the author of 12 novels, in-cluding his most recent, The Cloister; and Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, a New York Times Best Seller and acclaimed documentary. Free and open to the public. Info: (630) 617-5186.


Wednesday, Feb. 20

Beginning at 4 p.m., Elmhurst College will present Blueprint for the Beloved Community by Brad R. Braxton, as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Intercultural Lecture. It will be held in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center on the campus of Elmhurst College. Braxton is supervisory curator of religion at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $10 for general admission, free to College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets and info: elmhurst.edu/cultural or call (630) 617-5186.


Thursday, Feb. 21

Friday, Feb. 22

Saturday, Feb. 23

Sunday, Feb. 24

The 52nd annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival will be held at Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College at various times over the course of the four dates. For tickets and information about competing bands and headliners, visit elmhurst.edu/jazzfestival


Friday, Feb. 22

From 7-9:30 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum presents Date Night at Pinot’s Palette, 214 No. York St. Bring out the artistic side of your romantic relationship at this special night as you paint, sip, and celebrate the History Museum’s “Heart’s Desire” exhibit. No art experience required. Guests will receive step-by-step guidance from staff to create a beautiful “Love Birds” painting together. Visit the exhibit at Elmhurst History Museum prior to the program to pick up a coupon good for one free house wine or beer at the event. Registration required. Tickets are $40 per person, plus cash bar, available at pinotspalette.com/elmhurst or call 630-359-4500.


Saturday, Feb. 23

From 1-4 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum is hosting a Family Day Workshop. Families are invited to participate in hands-on STEAM activities inspired by the interdisciplinary ideals of the Bauhaus. Available to all ages. Free with museum admission. Info: (630) 834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org


Sunday, Feb. 24

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., learn the history and unique design of the McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum at the tour, “From the Bauhaus to Our House.” This docent-led tour will introduce concepts in the exhibition, The Whole World a Bauhaus. It will conclude in the two contemporary site-specific exhibitions in the McCormick House. Free with Museum admission or membership. Info: (630) 834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org


Thursday, March 7

From 7 – 8:30 p.m., Elmhurst College welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin who will present “Team of Rivals: Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln” as this year’s Rudolf G. Schade Lecture. The program will take place at Hammerschmidt Chapel. Tickets are available at elmhurst.life/TeamOfRivals.


Saturday, March 9

The 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 12 noon from Wilson St. & Spring Rd. heading north, ending at the railroad tracks just beyond Silverado Grill. A fun-filled day for the whole family. Info: elmhurststpatsparade.com.


Ongoing programs:

  • The Elmhurst History Museum is showing Heart’s Desire: Reflections on Love & Marriage. Explore historic Valentines, wedding gowns and those who wore them. Info: (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org
  • Widows or Widowers (WOW) meet every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road. WOW lends support and provides social activities for those who have lost a spouse. Admission: $5 per person includes live entertainment. Info: Dave at 630-620-4060 or visit WOW.cfsites.org.
  • The Elmhurst American Legion, T.H.B. Post No. 187, hosts a fish fry every Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m. New York steaks are available first Friday of the month. Musical entertainment follows. Karaoke on the second Friday of each month. Bingo on Wednesdays, starting with Early Birds at 6:45 p.m. Info: 630-833-7800.








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