The Calendar returns!

The Elmhurst Independent has started providing the Community Calendar to its readers who enjoy keeping up with what is going on around town. Upcoming events will be published, even if they are virtual and only available online. Please remember to be safe when attending live events by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining the proper social distance.

If your club or organization is gathering during this time live OR virtually and you would like your meeting or event listed here, please send it to and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line.


Saturday, Oct. 17

• From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, join a volunteer crew to maintain the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie. treasure close to home. Masks and social distancing are required during the brief orientation. Wear work gloves and clothes. Meet at the corner of Berkley Avenue and Illinois Prairie Path. Sign up at

• On this day, the Churchville Schoolhouse 10th Anniversary Commemoration

will begin virtually. Visit, click on Programs for link to view this free pre-recorded presentation. Info: or call 630-833-1457.

Friday, Oct. 23

• Edgar Allen Poe: Spooky Stories from the Schoolhouse

will take place virtually to those who visit, click on Programs to find the link to view the pre-recorded program. Gather your fearless friends and tune in online as EHM staff members tap into creepy classics like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and more.: Approx. 30 minutes. Program available through Nov. 30.

• At 7 p.m. and continuing through Nov. 6, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will present ‘Heavenly Harp & Beautiful Brass:  A French Connection’ featuring ESO Principal Harp Janelle Lake,  as the first of two virtual fall musical programs. Tickets are $28/adults, $25/seniors available by calling 630-941-0202, at, or by sending a check to Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, P.O Box 345, Elmhurst,

Saturday, Nov. 14

Save the date for the Spotlight Gala, a virtual fundraiser for the Elmhurst Center for Performing Arts (ECPA). Details to be announced.

Ongoing programs:

• Rotary Club of Elmhurst holds a Zoom meeting every Thursday at 12 noon.  See what we’re all about, what we’re doing in our community and beyond.  Consider joining men and women who do good work, in a friendly, caring and effective way.  Contact Rotary President Charlie Laliberte for Zoom invite details.

• Medicare info meetings will be held in-person at the American Legion Post #187, 301 W. Butterfield Rd. Dates are:

Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 10, 17, 24 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

Saturdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To register, call 1-800-205-5176 or email to reserve a spot. Masks required and social distancing must be respected.

• Now through Nov. 9, Edward-Elmhurst Health presents the Healthy Driven Take a Hike! Challenge, which will feature weekly hiking challenges and tips. At the web site,, you’ll find an interactive map highlighting popular trails in the western suburbs. Participants are invited to post photos from their hikes on Facebook or Instagram (posting instructions provided on the landing page) to be entered into a weekly raffle for outdoor games.

• Now through Feb. 14, 2021, the Elmhurst Art Museum presents a socially-distanced self-guided, outdoor walking tour of Elmhurst’s modern architecture. Purchase admission ticket at the web site, however, admission is free during Wright Before the “Lloyd” exhibition currently on display through Feb. 14. Pre-recorded audio insights by architect Robert Bunda provide historic context and fun facts about architectural gems by Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Burley Griffin, and other greats. Link to guided audio tour expires five days after activating custom code. Advanced purchase recommended. Free to members. Visit

Current exhibitions:

Elmhurst Art Museum

NOTE: Exhibition run dates recently changed due to new Museum hours

– Wright Before the “Lloyd,” open now through February 14, 2021, features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects and is curated by Chicago’s official cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

– Art in the Post, open now through November 22, 2020, displays postcard artwork created and submitted by community members reflecting on COVID-19, racial injustices and other current events

Elmhurst History Museum

The Elmhurst History Museum celebrates the Centennial of the 19th Amendment with two new pop-up exhibits: “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” is a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment by exploring the complexity of the women’s suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans’ lives today. Outside on the lawn near the front entrance of the Elmhurst History Museum, view a display entitled “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” which highlights the relentless struggle of diverse activists throughout U.S. history to secure voting rights for all American women. This four-panel display is a smaller version of the full-scale exhibition on display this year at the National Archives Museum.

Lizzadro Museum

Now until January 2021, a Special Exhibit is on display called “Re-carving the Past: The Art of Chinese Bronze and Jades,” focusing on the shapes and decorations of the two most prominent art forms in China. The exhibition features 11 bronzes from the MacLean Collection and 16 Jade carvings from the Lizzadro Museum illustrating the enduring importance of antiquity in Chinese art and culture. Formerly located in Wilder Park, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art can now be found at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook.


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