Community Calendar


Picks of the Week – Two events not to be missed!

Friday, Nov. 6 — Arte at Nite: Food for Life

The 7th annual Arte at Nite: Food for Life day of art and sharing will return to downtown Elmhurst among participating businesses, specialty shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Many will host special events in their individual locations and then donate a portion of the proceeds to United Community Concerns Association (UCCA). Info and schedule of events/participants: .

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7 – Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

On Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-9 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., stop by Wilder Mansion for the 5th annual Holiday Market for holiday gifts while supporting local artisans. Free admission both days. On Friday evening, Café Amano will have wine by the glass available for purchase. Info: (630) 712-6541 or visit


Thursday, Nov. 5

Beginning in the York High School Commons at 6:30 p.m., the York Distinguished Alumni Program (YDAP) will recognize and honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, service and/or outstanding contributions to society. This year, eight Dukes of Distinction have been chosen by a panel of judges to be honored. The program is free and open to the public.

Friday, Nov. 6

From 4-5 p.m. at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, history professor Dr. Virginia Stewart will explore the theme “Hardship” at the object tower in the second floor gallery. Part of the exhibit “By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst.” Admission: free. Info: 630-833-1457 or

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8

The York drama department has obtained special permission to present James and the Giant Peach. It will be presented on the York Stage on November 6 at 7:30 p.m.; November 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and November 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, and may be purchased at or at the York Bookstore. All seating is reserved.

Saturday, Nov. 7

• From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church and School will hold its 13th Annual Craft & Bake Sale at in the school gym. Shop for unique gift items, and enjoy lunch and pie. Take home baked goods, crafts, gifts, sausages and more.

•  From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Visitation CCW will hold its St. Nick Boutique and craft fair in the Valentino Center gym at Visitation School. Start your holiday shopping early.

• From 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the Elmhurst Historical Museum invites residents to join a visit to two different breweries with beer guru Liz Garibay to learn more about beer making and its role in Chicago history. The bus departs from the Museum at 10:30 a.m. and returns to Pints at 112 S. York at about 2:30 p.m. Visit Motor Row Brewing in a historic building in the south Loop; and Lagunitas Brewing in the Douglas Park neighborhood. Tickets: $45 for Foundation members, $50 for non-members. Register at: or call 630-833-1457.

• Starting at 10 a.m. at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St., Sue Davidson, senior service coordinator from the Glen Ellen Senior Center will discuss SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Plan). Sponsored by the Senior Citizen Commission and the City of Elmhurst. Seating is reserved and space is limited. To make a reservation, call 630-306-7077.

• Starting at 10:30 a.m., those ages 8 to adult are invited to the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, where geologist Sara Kurth will discuss identifying rocks and minerals. Qualifies for Scout merit badges. Scout groups require adult supervision. Fee: $5 per person; reservations required. Call 630-833-1616. Teachers can earn professional development credit; contact [email protected] for more.

• Starting at 2 p.m. at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elinor Pearlstein of The Art Institute of Chicago will present a 60-minute lecture on the legacy of collecting Chinese art in the Chicago area. A Q&A on the Sonnenschein jade collection at the Art Institute will follow. Recommended for adults. Admission: $10 per person. Info: 630-833-1616.

Sunday, Nov. 8

From 12:15-2:30 p.m., the Single Mothers Support Group (SHE) will meet at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. After lunch with the children, Bob Moeller, author and TV host of Total Living Network, will discuss “Leaving Our Regrets Behind.” Childcare available during program. Free; guests welcome. Free children’s clothes given to all single mothers. Info: email: [email protected]

Tuesday, Nov. 10

From 5-7 p.m., SpringHill Suites at 410 W. Lake St. in Elmhurst welcomes alumni artists from Elmhurst College for a free one-night art showcase. Alumni from the music dept. will perform as a jazz trio. Refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Info: 630-782-6300.

Friday, Nov. 13 & Saturday, Nov. 14

Bryan Middle School will perform the play, Dear Edwina Jr., in the school auditorium at 111 W. Butterfield Road. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for adults, $3 for children.

Sunday, Nov. 15

Beginning at 3 p.m., Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra concertgoers will enjoy renditions of favorite arias and scenes from Mozart’s musical masterpieces, complete with staging and supertitles. The performance will be held at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. in Elmhurst, which is handicapped-accessible and offers free parking. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 630-941-0202. At 1:45 p.m., Dr. Ted Hatmaker will lead a discussion, Behind the Music Stand.

Thursday, Nov. 19

• At 6:30 p.m., come to the Elmhurst Historical Museum Education Center for Thirsty Third Thursday for a Beer Talk & Tasting. Learn more about Chicago’s beer history through this month’s theme: The Saloon and Ethnic Identities, tasting by Revolution Brewing. Museum open until 8 p.m. Free for those 21 and older with photo ID. Drop-in program, no registration required. Info: or 630-833-1457.

• At 7:30 p.m., the Elmhurst Symphony Musicians will perform Fandango:  Dueling Harpsichords at Mayslake, located at 1717 West 31st Street in Oak Brook. Tickets are adults $25, seniors $23, and students $7. For tickets and info, call 630-941-0202 or visit

Thursday, Nov. 26

The 32nd annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot to fight hunger will take place on Thanksgiving morning. This year’s event will feature members of the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard and the Men of Spirito! singers, who will perform their moving Patriotic Medley. More details to be announced, but to register now, visit

Ongoing programs:

• Continuing through Halloween, the Elmhurst Lions Club Pumpkin Patch will be available by The Abbey on St. Charles Road, just west of York High School. All sizes and shapes available, come out any time.

• “Beer Chicago,” on display now through Feb. 14, 2016, at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Take a look at beer culture, taverns, and breweries; learn about different beers brewed right here in Chicago; encounter the “bartender” at an interactive video kiosk. Admission is Free. Info: 630-833-1457 or

• A support group for family caregivers of older adults meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst Public Library’s second floor study room. (Not an Elmhurst Library program.) Info: (630) 833-9665.

• The Elmhurst American Legion, T.H.B. Post No. 187, hosts a fish fry every Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m.  Ribs 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: or 630-833-7800.