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Elmhurst History Museum

  1. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 19, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  2. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 21, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  3. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 22, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  4. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 23, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  5. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 24, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  6. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 25, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  7. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 26, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  8. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    August 28, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age in 1950, roller skating became the number one participatory sport in America with nearly 5,000 roller rinks and 18 million skaters—and Chicago was the epicenter of it all. Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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Explore Elmhurst Events

  1. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    June 1, 2018 - September 1, 2018 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history. See the award-winning tabletop map filled with photos from various eras, and explore fascinating object towers on different themes, from businesses to community, and watch a video on Elmhurst history. Check out the latest History Spotlight, a rotating display of special objects and photos from the museum’s collection in the second floor hallway.

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  2. Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating

    July 13, 2018 - November 4, 2018 @ Elmhurst History Museum

    New original exhibit! Take a nostalgic trip to the glory days of roller skating to learn about the "rink rats"—the regulars at the legendary skating venues with names like The Elm, Arcadia, Riverview, Lombard, The Savoy, and others in the “Golden Era” of roller skating. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts, from skating jackets and gear to competition medals, posters, and memorabilia. Inspired by the book by author and skater Tom Russo.

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  3. Fall Art Exhibition to Feature Works By Jeanine Coupe Ryding

    August 10, 2018 - November 10, 2018 @ Elmhurst College

    Artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental, woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate. Elmhurst College will present “Coda for the Day,” an exhibition of her work, beginning on Aug 15. Her exhibition comprises a selection of 15 large-scale relief prints, 11 artist books and eight collages from the last 10 years. The exhibition is curated by Doug Stapleton, associate curator of art at the Illinois State Museum. “I am thrilled to host this exhibition of Jeanine Coupe Ryding’s work curated by Doug Stapleton,” said Suellen Rocca, curator and director of exhibits at Elmhurst Collee. “Both the curator and artist will discuss the exhibition at the public reception, which should provide great insight into the work.” Ryding's prints and artist books are in museum and private collections throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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  4. Coda for the Day

    August 15, 2018 - November 10, 2018 @ Elmhurst College - Frick Center, Founders Lounge

    This exhibition presents a selection of relief prints, artist books and collages from the last 10 years by Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding. Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate.

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  5. Family Bike Ride

    August 19, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Prarie Path and Spring Road

    The Elmhurst Bicycle Club is sponsoring a slow bicycle ride for the whole family. The ride will begin with a brief bicycle safety talk and how to properly wear a bicycle helmet. You will then ride to downtown Elmhurst on low traffic roads as a group and then return to the start location. Helmets are required and must be worn to participate on the ride. Bring water. Rain cancels the ride.

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  6. High School Orientation: Be Prepared!

    August 19, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Elmhurst Public Library

    Is your teen entering high school this Autumn? Learn what your Library has to offer as your student moves from the Kids’ Library to the 2nd floor and the Teen Space. Get info on essentials for any high school student: how to book study rooms, how to instantly download digital books and music, access online tutoring, and stream world language resources. Meet Teen Library staff and explore the amenities, programs, collections, and services open to your new or returning high schoolers!

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  7. EAM/EPL Book Discussion | "The Glass Room," by Simon Mawer

    August 21, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elmhurst Art Museum

    Join us for a conversation about “The Glass Room”, New York Times bestseller novel and a short-list for the Man Booker Prize. The book tells a tale of a recently married couple, who commission a German architect to build a modern house in Czechoslovakia but have to flee it because of World War II. The fictional Landauer House is based on the Villa Tugendhat built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The modern masterpiece embodies a “less is more” design with a transparent glass room as its center.

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  8. Elmhurst Farmers Market

    August 22, 2018, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    A weekly market, Wednesdays from 7 am until 1 pm on Vallette just east of York - farm fresh to your table' every Wednesday through October 26th contact - Adam Krzemkowski - 630-222-6581

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  9. Field Trip to the Farm

    August 25, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bob's Fresh & Local Farm

    Back by popular demand, we're taking a field trip to Elmhurst resident Bob Vierow's farm, home of Bob's Fresh & Local CSA. Bob uses crop rotation to control weed and pest pressures, purchases organic seed and grows organic produce, never using chemical fertilizers, weed killers or pesticides. Take a hayride to the fields, see the animals and visit the greenhouse. Bring a picnic lunch; families invited. Must RSVP to 630/426-9789.

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  10. Story-Telling Class

    August 25, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ First United Methodist Church; 232 S. York

    The class will cover how to tell a variety of story types: traditional folk tales, literary tales, personal stories, and urban legends. We will focus on "spooky stories," because after the class, we will "morph" into rehearsals that will become the performance of Spooky Stories and Songs of the Season, which will be presented Oct. 19th and 20th. Students do not have to perform in the show to attend the class. (The Director reserves the right to decide if each student is ready to perform.)

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  11. Time Capsule Celebration

    August 25, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmhurst Public Library

    In honor of the newly renovated Kids’ Library, help celebrate the past, present, and future by participating in the creation of a Library time capsule. Participants are invited to write letters and place them in the capsule. Pick up letter templates in the Kids Library July 16-Aug. 25. The capsule will be opened in ten years on the Library’s 25th anniversary. No registration required.

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  12. Volcanoes!

    August 25, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Lizzadro Museum

    Geologist Sara Kurth presents an interactive lecture on volcanoes. Discuss how volcanoes work, and compare different eruption styles. Focus on recent eruptions and explore how volcanoes can affect local and global communities.

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  13. Park Palooza

    August 25, 2018, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Berens Park

    End the summer on a high note at Park Palooza! This year, we're excited to bring to the stage Red Woody and The Music Dudes. With food trucks, a beer and wine garden and plenty of activities for the kids, this will be an awesome summer evening for the whole family! Sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health, The Schiller Team and Courts Plus

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  14. Microwave Masterpieces

    August 26, 2018, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Immanuel Lutheran Church

    How long does it take to learn a choral masterpiece? Just 1 afternoon, if you do it right! If you’re a singer, join members of Elmhurst Choral Union and learn Handel’s Coronation Anthems in 1 afternoon. (Or if you’re not, come hear the results.) Singers — rehearsal starts at 1:00, and you’ll need a choral score. (You can get it at Luscombe Music in Elmhurst, or purchase it at the door for $20.) Audience — performance starts at 4:00, with an opportunity to meet the singers afterwards. Tickets are available through elmhurstchoralunion.org, 800-838-3006, or at the door.

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  15. Singer Auditions - Elmhurst Choral Union

    August 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Love to sing? Discover the excitement of performing with a full professional orchestra. Singers interested in challenging their vocal skills and giving high-quality concerts are invited to audition for Elmhurst Choral Union. Upcoming concert music includes Handel’s Messiah and music by Liszt and Schubert. Membership is open to singers with previous choral experience or the ability to read music. Openings are available in all voice ranges. To reserve an audition appointment on Tuesday evening, August 28, leave a message at 630-758-1100 or through the contact page at elmhurstchoralunion.org. A volunteer will respond to schedule an audition time. Auditions involve a vocal warm-up and a piece of the singer’s choice. Rehearsals begin Tuesday evening, September 11 on the campus of Elmhurst College. Elmhurst Choral Union is an outstanding volunteer chorus, performing classical masterworks and great choral music of all eras with professional orchestra and soloists.

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  16. Elmhurst Farmers Market

    August 29, 2018, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    A weekly market, Wednesdays from 7 am until 1 pm on Vallette just east of York - farm fresh to your table' every Wednesday through October 26th contact - Adam Krzemkowski - 630-222-6581

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  17. Cool Cars Under the Stars

    August 30, 2018 - October 11, 2018 @ Corner of Spring and Butterfield Roads

    Cool Cars Under the Stars has returned to Elmhurst! With a new location this year, this car show features an array of new and old cars. $5.00 food specials will be available. Visit americanlegianthb187.org for more information.

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