Community Calendar

Welcome to the Elmhurst Independent’s Community Calendar

Monday, April 18

• The Chicago Accordion Club meets on the third Monday of every month from 6 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.

• At 7 p.m., Elmhurst Parents for Integrity in Curriculum (EPIC) is hosting a Symposium on Social-Emotional Learning at the Diplomat West, at North Ave. and Rte. 83. Jennifer McWilliams, founder of Jennifer McWilliams Consulting, will be the keynote speaker. $20 suggested donation.

Thursday, April 21

From 6:30-8 p.m., there will be a book discussion about the book, ‘The Seed Keeper’ at the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Hailed as a Best Book of 2021 by multiple publications, the book weaves together the voices of several generations of a Dakhóta family struggling to preserve their way of life in a changing world.  Registration is required via e-mail to: [email protected]. Info: or call 630-833-1457.

Friday, April 22

From 6 p.m. to midnight, Elmhurst University will host the Relay for Life Carnival at Faganel Hall, 221 Walter, on the campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission: $15 donation. To register as an individual or a team, visit

Sunday, April 24

• At 3 p.m., the Elmhurst Choral Union will present Majestic Mozart in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst University. Tickets are $25/adults, $23/seniors (62+), $10/ages 7-22. Tickets available at, by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006, or at the door.

• Beginning at 7 p.m., Stephen D. Smith of the USC Shoah Foundation, will present “Holocaust XR: How New Media is Enabling Memory and Education,” this year’s Holocaust lecture held in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center on the campus of Elmhurst University. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, at Info: email [email protected].

Tuesday, April 26

Beginning at 7 p.m., Miroslav Volf will present “The World as God’s Home: Religion and Politics in the Visions of John of Patmos,” this year’s Niebuhr Lecture at Elmhurst University. It will be held in Irion Hall, Buik Recital Hall, on the campus of Elmhurst University. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, at

Thursday, April 28

• From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Frick Center, Alexander Room, Elmhurst University will host a blood drive. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome. To sign up, call or text (847) 305-9998 or visit Versiti Blood Center of Illinois at Required: photo ID, email address. Donors should eat healthy, drink plenty of water, limit energy drinks and be well-rested. All donors will receive a $10 e-gift card that can be used at a variety of stores.

• At 7:30 p.m., Elmhurst University presents the Late Night Blues Vocal Jazz Ensemble in a Benefit Concert for Ukraine featuring artists Jess Brooks, Lewis Achenbach and Kristin Wenc. at Elmhurst Hall, 119 No. York St. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 28

Friday, April 29

Saturday, April 30

Sunday, May 1

York High School drama proudly presents Godspell on April 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m. in the Baker Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and go on sale Monday, April 18 at 9 a.m. at

Saturday, April 30

Sunday, May 1

From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, the Elmhurst Art Museum and RGL Marketing for the Arts presents the 25th Annual Art in Wilder Park event in conjunction with the Elmhurst Park District. The event features more than 125 exhibitors including local artists, musical acts, food vendors, a Kids Court for family activities and more. Admission to the Elmhurst Art Museum is free throughout the fair. A full exhibitor list is available at

Saturday, May 7

• From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the First Congregational Church, 235 S. Kenilworth, will be host its annual Green Garden Fair.  Pick up pre-ordered certified organic vegetable and herb seedlings and/or purchase more. Purchase organic growing mix and compost, learn how to live more sustainably from a variety of “green” exhibitors such as the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition and the University of Ill. Extension Master Gardeners. Free and open to the public. Info:

• Beginning at 7 p.m., the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will present “Orchestral Brilliance” featuring percussionist She-e Wu at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, located at 149 W. Brush Hill Rd in Elmhurst. The church has accessible facilities and free parking. Behind the Music Stand lecture led by audience favorite Dr. Ted Hatmaker will take place at 5:45 p.m. prior to the concert. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $12 for students (school-age or college with ID) and can be purchased at or by calling 630-941-0202. Visit the web site closer to the concert date for updated COVID protocols.

• At 7 p.m., Music@Bethel presents a jazz performance by the Alyssa Allgood Quartet at Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 East St. Charles Rd. Tickets are $20 available on Eventbrite or at the door. Students free. Parking is free and the church is accessible. For more information call (630) 279-4040.

Monday, May 9

At 7 p.m., there will be free Medicare education for those who are turning 65 or for people who would like additional information outside of the Medicare open enrollment period in the fall. It will be held at the Elmhurst American Legion Post THB #187 located at 310 W. Butterfield Road. 1-800-205-5176 RSVP appreciated but not required.

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

Elmhurst History Museum

Ongoing programs:

Now through May 6, the Elmhurst History Museum presents Carl Sandburg: Poet, Politician and Prophet, a free online pre-recorded lecture presented by Sandburg scholar Lawrence Webb in honor of National Poetry Month. Webb will consider Sandburg’s impact on American culture in the 20th century. For access: starting April 7 for link to pre-recorded program. Info: or call 630-833-1457.

• 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.

• 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 remains on display through June 5. Info:

Elmhurst Art Museum’s

new exhibition opens

Now through May 29, the Elmhurst Art Museum presents “Houses of Tomorrow: Solar Homes from Keck to Today.” Sponsored by DuPage Foundation, Graham Foundation, Artis Grant Program and Room & Board home furnishings.