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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died

    June 25, 2017, All Day

    It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history. 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. Inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin, the exhibit uses video footage, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin to examine the culture, the music, and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion—and disco met its demise. Media sponsor: WLUP-FM 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: elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  2. Disco Explosion! Community Event

    June 25, 2017, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    The Elmhurst History Museum kicks off the Disco Demolition summer exhibit and everything ‘70s with a little disco…and a little rock ‘n’ roll! Bring the family and neighbors and have a blast: • Grammy-winning rock star and songwriter Jim Peterik (co-writer of “Eye of the Tiger,” “Vehicle” and 18 top 10 hits) will perform two of his hit songs along with School of Rock; • The Shagadelics band brings the fun and the funk with disco gems; • Hear longtime Chicago ball park organist Nancy Faust play fan favorites; • “Disco Demolition” book co-author Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin will sign books (available for purchase in museum gift shop); • Watch a pro roller skater demonstrate skating skills to disco music; • Tour the Disco Demolition exhibit inside the museum. Note: The previously publicized appearance by Steve Trout has been cancelled. Limited seating will be available under the tent. BYO lawn chair or blanket for sitting on the lawn.

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  3. Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died

    June 27, 2017, All Day

    It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history. 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. Inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin, the exhibit uses video footage, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin to examine the culture, the music, and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion—and disco met its demise. Media sponsor: WLUP-FM 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: elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  4. Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died

    June 28, 2017, All Day

    It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history. 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. Inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin, the exhibit uses video footage, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin to examine the culture, the music, and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion—and disco met its demise. Media sponsor: WLUP-FM 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: elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  5. Family Program: Record Album Art

    June 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Wednesday, June 28 Summer Family Fun Series: The Art of Rock & Disco—Record Album Art Time: 10:30am–12 p.m. Disco or Classic Rock? No matter what style you prefer, there was an art to how this music was marketed, and album covers were important creative expressions of the artists and their songs. With a real DJ, participants will listen to the different sounds of classic rock and disco music and learn about how these artists expressed themselves through the artwork on their album covers. Families will then have their own try at making their own album art. Limit: 40 participants per program. Appropriate for kids age 5-12 accompanied by an adult, no charge for adult. Location: Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst RSVP: elmhursthistory.org (Family Programs Section) or http://bpt.me/2934469 More info: elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  6. Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died

    June 29, 2017, All Day

    It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history. 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. Inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin, the exhibit uses video footage, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin to examine the culture, the music, and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion—and disco met its demise. Media sponsor: WLUP-FM 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: elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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  7. Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died

    June 30, 2017, All Day

    It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history. 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. Inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin, the exhibit uses video footage, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin to examine the culture, the music, and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion—and disco met its demise. Media sponsor: WLUP-FM 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: elmhursthistory.org or 630-833-1457

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Explore Elmhurst Events

  1. Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra's Summer String Orchestra

    June 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Wagner Community Center

    The Elmhurst Symphony and the Elmhurst Park District will again offer a Summer String Orchestra for string players of intermediate level and up who are or have been part of an orchestra. Musicians will receive instruction from the Assistant Conductor of the Elmhurst Symphony. The goal of the summer program is for each student to grow musically and personally while experiencing a variety of music. Participants will perform for family and friends at a final concert on July 11.

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  2. Elmhurst Farmers Market

    June 28, 2017, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ On Vallette, just east of York

    A weekly open market featuring area farmer's produce and vegetables, along with some retail, service, and food items - market opens at 7 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.

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  3. Block to Block

    June 28, 2017, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Elmhurst City Centre

    Come to downtown Elmhurst to listen to live music while you dine, shop and so much more! Every Wednesday in the month of June and July. Elmhurst City Centre will have 2 locations with live music. Tonight's Block to Block party features “Broken Halos” in the City Centre Plaza and “Brent Brown” will be in the Elmhurst 255 Plaza. Come for dinner, stay for dessert!

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