Community Calendar

Welcome to the Elmhurst Independent’s Community Calendar


Have a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday from the Elmhurst Independent!

Thursday, June 30

From 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Spring Road Business Association presents Music at the Gazebo featuring the band Lake Effect. Info:

Monday, July 4

The Elmhurst Running Club’s 17th annual 4 on the 4th and Kids 1K (for ages 5-12) will step off at 7:15 a.m., with the kids run starting at 8:20 a.m. Both races start and finish on Prospect Ave. between Elmhurst University and Wilder Park. The 4-mile goes through neighborhoods and into City Centre before returning to the finish area. The Kids Race goes up and down Prospect.     Register at

Sunday, July 10

• From 10 a.m. to the Elmhurst Garden Club (EGC) will host “An Afternoon in the Garden” Garden Walk & Boutique Faire, featuring six glorious private gardens and one public garden. Tickets are sold online only at, and are $18 per person until midnight Saturday, July 9, after which tickets will be $23 day of event.  The Boutique Faire will feature garden plants, accessories, horticultural experts and more. Free and open to the public.   Proceeds fund scholarships awarded to college/university students majoring in Horticulture, Environmental Studies, and other related sciences.  Info:

• From 1:30-4:30 p.m. the Elmhurst History Museum is throwing a Chicago foods celebration on the lawn with family-friendly games and crafts, face painting and live performances by the Scottie Long Duo and Leonardo Music. Visitors can explore the exhibit and see the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile and a vintage 1929 Vienna Beef delivery truck. Free small Rainbow Cones will be available to the first 300 guests (one/person, additional ice cream available for purchase after giveaway). Info:

Thursday, July 14

From 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Spring Road Business Association presents Music at the Gazebo featuring Cathy Richardson. Info:

Monday, July 18

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum will host a free Museum Maker Monday event featuring Ice Cream Necklaces. Drop in at the museum on select Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and caregivers can explore exhibits on a day reserved for families only, play games, complete a craft, and bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors (weather permitting). This month, kids will make an Ice Cream Necklace Craft (while supplies last). Appropriate for elementary age children accompanied by an adult, no registration required. Theme changes each month. Info:

Thursday, July 21

From 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Spring Road Business Association presents Music at the Gazebo featuring Mr. Myers. Info:

Sunday, July 24

From 12 – 1 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum is hosting a gallery talk about its current exhibition, Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods. Curator of exhibits Dan Bartlett will lead participants through highlights of the “Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods” exhibit. Includes exclusive access to museum galleries while hearing highlights about the culinary treats and treasures that were born out of Chicago’s diverse food scene. Reservations required: Unable to attend the gallery talk? Access an online pre-recorded version at from July 25 through Oct. 2.

Sunday, July 31

From 12 noon to 4 p.m., kids with special needs and their families are invited to “Special Kids Day, City Works!” at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St. Meet firefighters, paramedics, police officers, the public works team. Enjoy story time at the Elmhurst History Museum. Mayor Scott Levin and City aldermen will take your “vote” on the City’s favorites. Registration opens on Tuesday, July 5. Details TBA.

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’s new exhibit

Opening June 24, ‘Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods.’ Explore the history of many classic Chicago food traditions as well as the often colorful innovators and establishments that earned the devotion of generations of foodies, including Vienna Beef, Portillo’s, Lou Malnati’s and more. Info:

Ongoing programs:

• 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.

Elmhurst Art Museum’s

new exhibition opens

On Saturday, June 18, Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design opened at the Elmhurst Art Museum. It is a family-friendly show that features interactive learning stations that explore ways we can be inspired by nature’s incredibly resourceful designs. Featuring works by Chicago architect Alicia Ponce.

Complementing the Nature’s Blueprints exhibition this summer will be a solo show by Chicago painter Raúl Ortiz in the McCormick House. With a penchant for color and contrast, Ortiz combines a variety of different colors, patterns, and forms from multiple sources such as ethnographic patterns, architectural elements, and botanical forms. Info: