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  1. 2018 Exemplary Youth Service Awards

    December 1, 2017 - March 9, 2018

    Know an amazing kid? The City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Exemplary Youth Service Awards. Ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00pm at Bryan Middle School. For more information and to nominate a deserving youth, please go to http://www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award. Deadline for nominations is March 9, 2018

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  2. Special Exhibit "Smithsonian Gems"

    December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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  3. Freedom: A History of US

    January 12, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit is supplemented with Elmhurst materials including a 1924 KKK rally flyer, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.

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  4. Free Family Open Swims

    January 14, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    Have a fun-filled time at York High School’s swimming pools on select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available.

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  5. Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

    January 20, 2018 - March 4, 2018

    The dream-like imagery and enigmatic paintings by Gertrude Abercrombie include spare interiors and illusionary landscapes. Her works, which were historically important in Chicago, have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits”.

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  6. IN THIS HOUSE: Paula Crown, Michelle Grabner, Brad Killam, Tony Tasset, and James Welling

    January 20, 2018 - March 18, 2018

    The installations by these artists respond to the minimal design of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as well as its history as a domestic space.

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  7. Nature vs. Nurture: Then & Now

    January 27, 2018 - March 10, 2018

    Watercolor paintings by Elmhurst College graduate, Randi Holt, inspired by her wild backyard. Randi Holt is a member of the Elmhurst Artists' Guild. Meet the artist at the opening reception Feb 2, 2018, 7 - 9pm, free to the public.

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  8. Spring Art Exhibition Features Printmaker Michael Barnes

    January 30, 2018, 8:00 PM - March 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Michael Barnes is a master printmaker with a passion for the medium of lithography. The theme of his work addresses, in part, the absurdities of life and calls into question the historical evolution of so-called civilization. Elmhurst College will host Barnes’ exhibition Many Turns and Feats to Bewilder from January 29 through March 17 in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited. As a social critic, Barnes is part of a long tradition of visual artists whose works provide a critique of society. A professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University, he has exhibited his work worldwide. In addition, the College’s A.C. Buehler Library permanently houses the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art.

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  9. Spring Art Exhibition to Feature 'Margaret Lanterman: Sculpture'

    February 6, 2018, 12:00 PM - April 14, 2018, 5:00 PM

    Margaret Lanterman is an artist and art educator who explores the interface between nature and culture in sculptural and two-dimensional works. Originally educated as an ethologist, Lanterman’s study of animal behavior spurred her life-long artistic journey, which has resulted in works in various media from found objects to cast plaster to wood. Three distinct bodies of Lanterman’s work from different time periods—staff sculptures, hand portraits (workers) and “mind games”—will be displayed when Elmhurst College hosts “Margaret Lanterman: Sculpture” from March 6 through April 14 in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace (200 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst, elmhurst.edu/campusmap). A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. An Artist’s Talk will take place at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited.

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  10. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    March 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

    Experience the latest enhancements to this interactive journey through Elmhurst history. Take a trip back in time via the tabletop map, explore the object towers and watch a video on Elmhurst history. View the History Spotlight in the second floor hallway that showcases special objects and photos from the museum’s collection that currently features items from Elmhurst’s airport.

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  11. Freedom: A History of US

    March 1, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    Last call! The struggle and never-ending pursuit of freedom for Americans is explored in this national touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Era. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass.

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  12. Cheers to you, Kid!

    March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018

    A NEW MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE SHOW - Recipe for murder: Take one well-known bar in Boston, add characters in a desperate race to stop criminals from taking a time-travel machine back to World War II Germany, stir vigorously, and "Cheers! Here's looking at you, kid!"

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  13. Travel expert Rick Steves presents 'Travel as a Political Act'

    March 2, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    On Friday, March 2, travel expert Rick Steves, best known as the host of the acclaimed PBS television series Rick Steves’ Europe and the author of several bestselling guidebooks, will present Travel as a Political Act, part of the Roland Quest Lecture Series at Elmhurst College. This event has been rescheduled from Feb. 9, when the event was canceled as a result of the winter storm. Steves believes there is more to travel than good-value hotels, great art and fine cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can enjoy themselves and come home with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world. In a slideshow lecture drawing on lessons learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia and the Middle East, Steves will talk about the transformational power of travel, and how to travel thoughtfully and gain a broader perspective. The lecture will be preceded at 3:30 p.m. by a book signing.

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  14. Paint & Sip Ladies Night Out at Elmhurst Dental

    March 2, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    It's time to relax and un-"wined" at Elmhurst Dental Care for a Paint & Sip Ladies Night Out! Paint, sip, and socialize while Bottle & Bottega Glen Ellyn, IL's talented artists help you uncork your creativity. Enjoy a beverage while painting your own masterpiece, snack on savory light bites, then, pamper yourself with a chair massage or a paraffin hand treatment! SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP before February 26th by emailing meghan@elmhurstdental.com. Cosmetic procedures will also be available on the spot at special event pricing. Botox Cosmetic - $10 per unit Juvéderm - Buy 1, get 1 half off Philips ZOOM! Custom take-home whitening - $149 Sip, mingle, and massages begin at 5:00pm Artist instruction from 5:30-7:30pm Event concludes at 8:00pm No experience necessary to participate! Your RSVP includes the use of all art supplies & aprons, artist-led instruction, and a take-home canvas. Light bites, wine, beer, soda, and other refreshments will be served.

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