Community Calendar

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


Thursday, Nov. 28

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot steps off at 9 a.m. from Park Ave. & Cottage Hill. To register, visit



Holiday reminder:

Thursday, Nov. 28

Friday, Nov. 29

Elmhurst City Hall will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Refuse collection will be delayed one day if your collection day falls on a Thursday or Friday.


Thursday, Nov. 28

The Elmhurst Rotary will host its 26th consecutive complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner at the Diplomat West at 681 W. North Ave. The event is open to the whole community. Features the York High School jazz com-bo and entertainment by Ma-gician Bob James. Info: 630-833-3940.


Wednesday, Dec. 4

  • From 3:30-8 p.m., Special Kids Day’s Visit with Santa at Wilder Mansion. Children of all ages with special needs and their families are invited to this free event to meet Santa, enjoy face-painting, music, cookies and goodies and much more. Reservations not needed. Info:
  • From 5 – 7 p.m. in East Lobby of Elmhurst Hospital, 155 E. Brush Hill Rd., the annual Love Lights Tree Lighting and Holiday Reception will be held. The event will feature The CoverGirls Violin Show, carolers, hot chocolate and sweet treats, and at 5:30 p.m., the lighting of the trees in the Central Garden at Elmhurst Hospital’s Main Campus. Info: (331) 221-0388 or visit


Friday, Dec. 6

  • The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (EMH) Foundation will host its 43rd Annual Reindeer Route Housewalk, with two sessions – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. It will feature five Elmhurst homes decorated for the holidays by local florists. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be pur-chased through 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at or at Bread & Butter Home, Phillip’s Flow-ers, Carousel Flowers, The Uptown Shop, The Wild Rose Floral & Gift Shop at Elmhurst Hospital. On the day of the Housewalk, tickets will be available for $40 at Guaranteed Rate, 115 W. Adelaide St. in Elmhurst from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets will not be available for pur-chase at the featured homes on the day of the event. Info: or call (331) 221-0388.
  • At 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m., Elmhurst College will present the annual Festival of Lessons & Carols at Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus. Includes nine Scriptural readings that tell the story of the birth of the Messiah, interspersed with choral music. Free and open to the public Info: (630) 617-5186 or
  • From 4-9 p.m., the Jingle & Mingle Marketplace will take place at the McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Features designer goods from local artisans. Tickets: $15 each. Info: 630-834-0202 or
  • At 6:30 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum celebrates the sixth annual Jolly Old St. Nicholas Concert at the Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, located at 1099 So, York. Kids invited to wear pajamas. Admission is free, and no reservations are needed. Participants urged to bring cash donations for the Yorkfield Food Pantry. Doors open at 6 p.m. Info: or 630-833-1457.


Saturday, Dec. 7

  • At 9:30 a.m., York Theatre will present a free holiday showing of the movie “Elf” (rated PG), starring Will Fer-rell. Doors open at 9 a.m. and there will be free Elf hats for all the kids, while supplies last. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

head across the street to City Centre Fountain Plaza, where Santa will appear.

  • From 3-4:30 p.m., Jingle Fest will be held at Courts Plus. Enjoy games, dancing, snacks and a visit from Santa. Create holiday ornaments and other craft projects. Admis-sion is $8 Courts Plus mem-bers/$15 non-members. Visit to register or call (630) 993-8902.


Saturday, Dec. 7

Sunday, Dec. 8

On Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m., Spirito Singers will hold it Winter Concert, Balulalow ~ Cradle Lullabies at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Rd. in Elmhurst. The concert will feature the high school Bravura Ensemble, the 5th-8th grade Ragazze Ensemble and a performance by the Men of Spirito! For tickets, visit


Sunday, Dec. 8

From 1 – 3 p.m., the public is invited to a McCormick House “Open House” Tour with Mary (Sladek) Dreiser, a former resident of the home. See Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House fully furnished for the first time in the museum’s history. Free with Museum admission.


Saturday, Dec. 14

  • At 9:30 a.m., York Theatre will present a free holiday movie “The Polar Express.” Doors open at 9 a.m. and there will be free conductor hats for all the kids, while supplies last. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., head across the street to City Centre Fountain Plaza, where Santa will appear.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spring Road will host its Sleigh Rides & Ice Sculptures event. There will be old-fashioned sleigh rides (or wagon rides, in the event of no snow), as well as hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will also be on hand at the Gazebo. Info:
  • From 1-4 p.m., join Family Holiday celebration at the McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, hands-on activities. Santa will visit beginning at 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. Kids are always free.


Sunday, Dec. 15

At 3 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College, the Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra present “The Mu-sic of Christmas.” Features Vivaldi’s Gloria, a jazz-influenced mix of carols, music from the movie “Home Alone,” and a carol sing-along. A pre-concert lecture by composer David DeVasto begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth ages 7-22. Tickets are available from, 800-838-3006, or at the door.


Ongoing programs:

  • Widows or Widowers (WOW) meet every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 S. York Road. Admission: $5 per person includes live entertainment. Info: Dave at 630-620-4060 or visit
  • The Elmhurst American Legion, T.H.B. Post No. 187, hosts a fish fry every Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m. Live musical entertainment every Friday evening. Karaoke on the second Friday of each month. Bingo on Wednesdays, starting with Early Birds at 6:45 p.m. Info: 630-833-7800.