Current Exhibits

Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died

LAST CALL! Closing December 31, 2017

Extended by popular demand! Disco Demolition Night exploded on July 12, 1979 in the middle of a White Sox doubleheader and it remains one of the city’s most controversial sports history moments. Experience the interactive exhibit inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin. View artifacts from Dahl’s personal collection, check out the custom-made guitar of Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen, see the uniform jersey worn by White Sox catcher Mike Colbern on Disco Demolition night, watch excerpts from the 25th anniversary documentary…and much more!
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  • Read the Chicago Tribune article (6/29/17)
  • Read the Daily Herald profile (5/30/17)
  • View the Elmhurst: Our Kind of Town Comcast Program (8/2017)


  • Rare artifacts including a letter of apology from White Sox owner Bill Veeck to a disappointed baseball fan and the game jersey worn by White Sox catcher Mike Colbern on Disco Demolition Night;
  • Video clips from the Disco Demolition 25th anniversary documentary;
  • Personal items from Dahl including Insane Coho Lips fan club membership and other memorabilia; Teenage Radiation records, Loop promotional items and more;
  • An interactive quiz on disco vs. rock music;
  • A one-of-a-kind Hamer guitar on loan from Cheap Trick’s lead guitarist and songwriter Rick Nielsen and a Hamer-designed Disco Demolition guitar on loan from Dahl;
  • Vignettes featuring the music and culture of the 70s;
  • A play-by-play timeline of the July 12th events.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Hours: Sun., Tues.–Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: FREE
More info:  630-833-1457


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

2nd Floor Gallery

Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative exhibit that takes visitors on a journey of discovery exploring how the city has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. See the interactive tabletop map, rated as one of "50 Museum Marvels" by the Chicago Tribune (July 2017). View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre. Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.

Find out more: View an Elmhurst Time Travelers program on You Tube where museum staff takes viewers on a tour of this exciting new exhibit.