Community Calendar

The Elmhurst Independent’s Community Calendar


Welcome to Elmhurst Independent Community Calendar. Please remember to be safe at live events by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distance.

If your club or organization is gathering during this time, live OR virtually, send the information to [email protected] and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line. The Calendar also appears at


Monday, Feb. 21

The Chicago Accordion Club meets on the third Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Elmhurst American Legion, 310 W. Butterfield Rd.  Visitors are welcome.  Every meeting fee includes professional musical entertainment and pizza.  Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

Washington, DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory will present this year’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture for Elmhurst University. The program will be presented remotely. Gregory’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Admission is free but reservations are required at An access link to the program will be provided closer to the event date.

Thursday, Feb. 24

At 7 p.m., the League of Women Voters-Elmhurst will host a program via Zoom on Banned Books, featuring experts from the Elmhurst library. RSVP to [email protected] and a link will be emailed on the date. Note: Not an Elmhurst Library sponsored event.

Friday, Feb. 25

Saturday, Feb. 26

Sunday, Feb. 27

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Beasley’s MONK’estra and the Elmhurst University Jazz Band will be among the featured artists at the 55th Annual Elmhurst University Jazz Festival, which audiences can attend in person or remotely this year. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, Feb. 26

At 7:30 p.m., Uli Widmaier will present a 60-minute Zoom lecture on the music that will be performed at the recital on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard. (See below.)

Monday, Feb. 28

This is the deadline to place an order for organic vegetable and herb seedlings through First Congregational UCC for pick up at the Green Garden Fair on May 7. To place an order, call 630-832-2580, visit [email protected], or find the church on facebook.

Saturday, Mar. 5

• At 12 noon, the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to step off on Spring Road at Wilson Street. The 25th annual parade has been on hold for two years, thanks to COVID-19, but will return this year, as will the Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra.

• At 7:30 p.m., there will be a concert recital presented by professional musician and Elmhurst resident Uli Widmaier. The concert will be held at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 So. Highland Ave. in Lombard. It will also be available virtually via live stream. Free, but contributions appreciated to The People’s Music School. Masks required. For tickets, visit

Sunday, Mar. 6

At 12 noon, the Elmhurst History Museum is hosting a free Gallery Talk with the Curator of Exhibits, Dan Bartlett, will lead participants through highlights of the “People of the Prairie: 12,000 Years in DuPage County” exhibit.

Mar. 28-Apr. 1

The Elmhurst History Museum presents Spring Break Activities for Families: Families are invited to participate in different programs including a free Meet an Archaeologist! drop-in day, an off-site workshop at St. James Farm called From Atlatl to Archery: Ancient Hunting Technologies ($5 per person), and a free Three Sisters Make-and-Take activity where participants will learn to grow corn, squash and bean plants together following native traditions.

Elmhurst History Museum

Ongoing programs:

• The Elmhurst History Museum hosts an online pre-recorded lecture called From Prairie to Tree Town: Tales of Old Elmhurst presented by Museum Executive Director Dave Oberg. For access: visit for the link to the pre-recorded program. Available through Tuesday, Mar. 1.

• By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Experience local history through an award-winning exhibit about how the City of Elmhurst grew and developed over the years, including a history of the Glos Mansion and family.

Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst

Admission: FREE Info: or call 630-833-1457.

‘People of the Prairie’ now open at EHM

The Elmhurst History Museum at 120 E. Park Ave. in downtown Elmhurst, will use an archaeological lens to gain a deeper understanding of the vibrant Native cultures and communities of the earliest inhabitants in their latest exhibit, People of the Prairie: 12,000 Years in DuPage County. The exhibit runs from Friday, Feb. 4 through June 5. Info:

Elmhurst Art Museum

New exhibition opens

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 5, the Elmhurst Art Museum hosts its newest exhibit “Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today.” It will remain through May 29. Sponsored by DuPage Foundation, Graham Foundation, Artis Grant Program and Room & Board home furnishings.