Welcome to the Elmhurst Independent’s Community Calendar Upcoming events will be published, even if they are virtual and only available online. Please remember to be safe when attending live events by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining the proper social distance.

If your club or organization is gathering during this time, live OR virtually, you can send the information to Independent@rvpublishing.com and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line.


Thursday, Dec. 17

Beginning at 4 p.m., the City will host a Holiday Parade, which will bring Santa Claus around town with some of the City’s vehicles. Check the web site for the route, it will likely be coming close enough to you home that you can walk to meet it. NOTE: Santa will not be leaving the vehicle and will not be able to speak with children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All are welcome to come out and wave! (Rain date: Friday, Dec. 18.)

Saturday, Dec. 19

• At 11 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Spanish American War Memorial, located in the southeast corner of Arlington Cemetery at 401 E. Lake St. in Elmhurst, for “Wreaths Across America Day.” A brief ceremony will be conducted by Elmhurst’s Martha Ibbettson Chapter NSDAR. Two women veterans of the 1898 conflict are commemorated at the site along with the men. The public is invited (with masks, social distancing). Info: email ivyjeane@comcast.net.

• Lizzadro Museum presents a “Slow Art Saturday,” with an intimate viewing is a crucial part of Chinese art appreciation. These ongoing gallery tours explore various topics found within the art. Join Asian Art Curator Dr. Tongyun Yin as she explores the Lizzadro Collection. Various pieces will be featured along with new topics on each date. Topics include: materials and techniques, Buddhist art, foreign influences, longevity and symbolism. Physically distance and mask required. In-person tours begin at 2 p.m. for 15-minute tour and 15-minute Q&A. Students and adults only. Limited capacity. Regular Admission applies. Make reservations online at lizzadro-museum.ticketleap.com/slow-art/saturdays.

Ongoing programs:

Available through Dec. 20, the Elmhurst History Museum presents “Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Space.” From Unity Temple to the Guggenheim Museum, the dynamic interior spaces of Wright’s buildings were integrally tied to the overall forms of these structures. John H. Waters, preservation programs manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, will share images and insights into the spaces that Wright created and discuss the importance of preserving his buildings for future generations. Visit elmhursthistory.org. Info: 630-833-1457.

• Rotary Club of Elmhurst holds a Zoom meeting every Thursday at 12 noon.  See what we’re all about and consider joining men and women who do good work in the community.  Contact Rotary President Charlie Laliberte for Zoom invite details. Charlielaliberte@gmail.com.

• Now through Feb. 14, 2021, the Elmhurst Art Museum presents a socially-distanced self-guided, outdoor walking tour of Elmhurst’s modern architecture. Purchase admission ticket at the web site, however, admission is free during Wright Before the “Lloyd” exhibition currently on display through Feb. 14. Link to guided audio tour expires five days after activating custom code. Advanced purchase recommended. Free to members. Visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Current exhibitions:

Elmhurst Art Museum

NOTE: Exhibition run dates recently changed due to new Museum hours

– Wright Before the “Lloyd,” open now through February 14, 2021, features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects and is curated by Chicago’s official cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

Elmhurst History Museum

Now through Dec. 20, Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior. Through reproduction drawings, house plans, and photographs, explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Limit: 5 people per group, 15 visitors per hour. All visitors are required to wear face masks for entry.

Admission is free but reservations are required for one-hour time slots at elmhursthistory.org. Info: 630-833-1457.

Lizzadro Museum

Now until January 2021, a Special Exhibit is on display called “Re-carving the Past: The Art of Chinese Bronze and Jades.” The exhibition features 11 bronzes from the MacLean Collection and 16 Jade carvings from the Lizzadro Museum illustrating the enduring importance of antiquity in Chinese art and culture. Formerly located in Wilder Park, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art can now be found at 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook.


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