Community Calendar

Pick of the Week

Sunday, Sept. 4

EWAN’s 8th annual ‘Cue for a Cause barbecue competition

From 12 noon to 7 p.m., come to the municipal parking lot on Vallette, just east of York St. (behind Knights of Columbus) to support the Elmhurst Walk-in Assistance Network at its popular fundraiser which pits barbecue competitors against one another. There will be live music all day, kids activities, raffle prizes, a silent auction, barbecue and tacos for purchase and the famous root beer floats.

Thursday, Sept. 1

The Elmhurst History Museum begins a free online program called A Brief History of Beer. Join EHM Director and avid homebrewer Dave Oberg for a deep dive into the colorful history of beer. This prerecorded program will cover the ancient origins of this beloved beverage and its integral role in human history and civilization, from the ancient world to modern times. Available online through Sept. 30. For access go to: starting 9/1. More info: or call 630-833-1457.


NOTE: The Medicare informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus has been cancelled. There will be a session on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 8

Friday, Sept. 9

Saturday, Sept. 10

Sunday, Sept. 11

Be on the lookout for members of the Fr. McDonald Council #1911, who will be conducting their annual fundraiser on the above dates. The Council supports several local area charities which support the less fortunate.

Saturday, September 10

From 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., the Elmhurst Historical Foundation presents Conversation @ Home at the Churchville Schoolhouse, 3N784 Church Rd., Bensenville. Jim Kleinwachter with the Conservation Foundation presents techniques for transforming landscapes using rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants to solve common yard problems. Participants receive butterfly attraction and identification information and a native plant guide. Limit: 30 participants, therefore reservations are required: FREE to members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation or Conservation Foundation, $5 non-members.

Sunday, Sept. 11

• From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Elmhurst Knights of Columbus are hosting Coffee and Cars in the parking lot behind the hall at 537 So. York. All cars and motorcycles are welcome. Free admission. Coffee and donuts available. Visit or call Ernie Iannotta at 312-607-3775 for details.

• At 5 p.m., Bethel United Church of Christ opens its 24th Music@Bethel season with internationally acclaimed Italian violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua. The concert will be held at Bethel Church, 315 East St. Charles Road. Tickets are available for $20 – $35 on Eventbrite or at the door. Students free. The church is fully accessible and parking is free. Enter through Sandburg Middle School from St. Charles Road, or from Huntington off Poplar Street. Info: (630) 279-4040.

Monday, Sept. 12

At 7 p.m., there will be a Medicare information session held at the American Legion THB Post #187, 310 W. Butterfield Rd. Medicare Solutions 4 Seniors will offer free Medicare reviews and will answer any questions. To RSVP, call 1-800-205-5176. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Walk-ins welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

At 7 p.m., the Elmhurst Public Library will host award-winning actress and Illinois native Marlee Matlin in a free  Zoom presentation for Deaf Awareness Month. Registration is required at to join the live Zoom event. Info: or (630) 279-8696.

Saturday, Sept. 17

• From 9 a.m. until 12 noon, volunteers are invited to help clean-up the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie. Please arrive and be ready for our orientation meeting at 9 a.m. sharp. Dress for outdoor work (work gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirts) and for the weather.  The group will meet in Elmhurst at the corner of Berkley Avenue and Illinois Prairie Path. Info:

• From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Spring Road will hold its annual Fall Fest featuring a large petting zoo, carnival games, photo cutout boards, snack food and drinks. Bring cash for snacks. All activities will be at the Wild Meadows Trace Park (by the intersection of Prairie Path Ln. and Spring Road near the Gazebo). Info:

• From 1 to 6 p.m., the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation will host the 7th annual Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest on the grounds of the Elmhurst History Museum. Proceeds from the event support the Elmhurst History Museum programs and exhibits. Stay up to date at or follow us on social media at @ElmhurstCraftBeerFest on Facebook, @elmhurstcraftbeerfest on Instagram or @BeerElmhurst on Twitter for the latest information.

• The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook, presents Smithsonian Museum Day & Lapidary Demonstrations. Museums from all 50 states are offering free admission to Museum Day ticket holders. There will be ongoing demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Free admission, but sign up for a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket at Info: 630-833-1616 or

• Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Knights of Columbus, 537 So. York St., will celebrate Oktoberfest. At 7 p.m., the Chicago Big Band will perform. Tickets are $20 for one brat, two sides, one beer or soda and dessert. Tickets available at

Monday, Sept. 19

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.

Saturday, Sept. 24

• Beginning at 2 p.m., the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook, presents a 60-minute lecture “Explorers of Deep Time.” Did you ever dream of being a “dinosaur hunter” growing up? What comes to mind when you hear someone is a “paleontologist?” Paleontology is one of the most visible yet misunderstood fields of science. In his talk, Dr. Roy Plotnick will provide a behind-the-scenes look at paleontology as it exists today in all its complexity. His lecture explores topics from his book Explorers of Deep Time, which will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Regular Museum admission applies, reservations recommended. Register at

• At 7 p.m., the ESO will host harmonica master Howard Levy in concert at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church to kick off its new season. General admission tickets are $35; reduced-price tickets available for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at Info: 630-941-0202 or

Sunday, Sept. 25

Beginning at 2 p.m., the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook, presents Solisti Di Camera String Quartet. Small ensemble music programs continue at the Lizzadro Museum this fall, where guests can experience the Solisti Di Camera String Quartet featuring cello, viola and violins playing a selection of music from the Baroque to Classical. The 50-minute performance will include a brief discussion about the music selections. All ages welcome. Admission: $15 per person. Limited capacity, registration required. Register at

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Elmhurst History Museum’s new exhibit

Now on display: ‘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

The first solo museum show of Pilsen-based street artist Sentrock, whose real name is Joseph Perez, will open at the Elmhurst Art Museum Friday, Sept. 9 and will remain through Sunday Jan. 15 Info: