Welcome to the Elmhurst Independent’s Community Calendar 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, you can send the information to Independent@rvpublishing.com and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line.


Monday, Jan. 18

On MLK Day, youth, young adults, and adults are invited to a virtual Zoom Forum titled: Beloved Community from 10-11 a.m. The guest speaker is the Rev. Robert Buckner II. Admission is FREE. Info or to register, go to elmhurstucc.org.

Sunday, Jan. 24

• There will be a virtual program as part of the Elmhurst History Museum’s new exhibition called, The Great Depression’s Impact on Chicagoland. In early 1929, Chicago and the nation celebrated another prosperous year. Then came Black Thursday on Oct. 24 when a series of further crashes eventually ushered in the Great Depression, ravaging Chicagoans financially in the economic collapse and leaving a lasting imprint on the nation. Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D. and Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia College Chicago, presents an illustrated lecture exploring the impact of the Great Depression on the Chicago area. Program will be available Sunday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, May 2. For Access, visit Programs page at elmhursthistory.org starting on Sunday, Jan. 24 for link to view pre-recorded program.

• From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Knights of Columbus Fr. McDonald Council will be hosting a Vitalant blood drive at 537 So. York Rd. Please enter at the East entrance. Due to social distancing guidelines, only appointments will be accepted – NO walk-ins. To schedule your appointment, call Vitalant at 1-877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org and use group code: 026G.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

From 7 – 8:30 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum presents The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Read the acclaimed National Book Award-winning book by Timothy Egan that tells the stories of a dozen families during the darkest days of the Depression, then join Elmhurst History Museum staff on Zoom for a lively discussion. First of a four-part series of history-related book discussions to be presented in 2021. Link will be supplied to participants the week of the program. Appropriate for adults. Registration required: Emailehmprograms@elmhurst.org to register. More info: elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457

Ongoing programs:

• Rotary Club of Elmhurst holds a Zoom meeting every Thursday at 12 noon.  See what we’re all about and consider joining men and women who do good work in the community.  Contact Rotary President Charlie Laliberte for Zoom invite details. Charlielaliberte@gmail.com.

• 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. Link to guided audio tour expires five days after activating custom code. Advanced purchase recommended. Free to members. Visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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.

Lizzadro Museum

Now through January 2021, a Special Exhibit is on display called “Re-carving the Past: The Art of Chinese Bronze and Jades.” 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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