Pick of the Week

A Conversation with the Chicago-based artists Sentrock and others

On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1-2:30 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum is hosting a live conversation with Chicago-based artists Sentrock, Sara Phalen, VP of the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, and Luis Tubens, creator of Pilsen Public Art Tours, and moderator Zach Grand. Join us for a conversation with Chicago-based artists Sentrock, Sara Phalen, VP of the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, and Luis Tubens, creator of Pilsen Public Art Tours, and moderator Zach Grand. This special event will have a limited number of tickets available so you must pre-register. The event is free to members and general admission for non-members. Call (630) 834-0202 ext. 10 or email Not a member? Join/renew now to get this “early bird” access. Non-Member registration has already begun. First-come, first-serve until the event is sold out.

Thursday, Oct. 13,

Friday, Oct. 14

Saturday, Oct. 15

Sunday, Oct. 16

York High School Drama will present William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy As You Like It. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Fri., and Sat., and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Reserved seat tickets will be available beginning Saturday, Oct. 1.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Sunday, Oct. 16

From 2-5 p.m., the Elmhurst History Museum and GreenMan Theatre Troupe will hold the “Graveside Stories Cemetery Walk.” Learn about the history of Elmhurst through the perspectives of past residents. Limit: 10 persons per tour time slot. Tours depart from cemetery gates every 15 minutes. St. Peter and St. Mary Cemeteries are located near Myrtle and Alexander St. on the Elmhurst University campus. All ages welcome, but no strollers please. Tickets are $12 each and reservations are required. Register at elmhursthistory.org/320/Programs.

Saturday, Oct. 15

• From 9 a.m. until 12 noon, volunteers are invited to help clean-up the Elmhurst Great Western Prairie. Please arrive and be ready for our orientation meeting at 9 a.m. sharp. Dress for outdoor work (work gloves, long pants, long-sleeve shirts) and for the weather.  The group will meet in Elmhurst at the corner of Berkley Avenue and Illinois Prairie Path. Info: epd.org/parks/Elmhurst-great-western-prairie.

Saturday, Oct. 29

From 1-2 p.m., the Elmhurst Art Museum presents “Be Bold. Be Elmhurst,” the words on the large-scale mural in Elmhurst by Rafael Blanco, originally from Spain, and current Assistant Professor at Elmhurst University. Be sure to see the new University-sponsored mural before attending. Free to members. Non-members general admission. Sponsored by Wintrust and the Museum’s Development and Programming Committees.

If your club or organization is planning a special event, live OR virtually, send the information to Independent@rvpublishing.com and put “Community Calendar” in the Subject line. The Calendar also appears at theindependentnewspapers.com.

Elmhurst History Museum’s exhibit


Now on display: ‘Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods.’ Explore the history of many classic Chicago food traditions as well as the often-colorful innovators and establishments that earned the devotion of generations of foodies, including Vienna Beef, Portillo’s, Lou Malnati’s and more. Info: elmhursthistory.org.

Ongoing programs:

• By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Experience local history through an award-winning exhibit about how the City of Elmhurst grew and developed over the years, including a history of the Glos Mansion and family. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst.

Elmhurst Art Museum

• The first solo museum show of Pilsen-based street artist Sentrock, whose real name is Joseph Perez, is currently on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum now through Sunday, Jan. 15 Info: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

• Now through Jan. 16, 2023, the Elmhurst Art Museum is holding an exhibition in honor of its founder Eleanor King Hookham. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, we are honoring our founder Eleanor King Hookham (1909-2003). She was an educator, internationally exhibiting artist, and the main driving force behind the museum for many decades. Artwork by Hookham from the museum’s collection will be on view in the McCormick House, along with historical photos and documents that show her leadership in securing the historic home for the museum’s future patrons to enjoy.

See works by the trailblazing Hookham in the McCormick House Children’s Wing including oil paintings, watercolors, and signature ink and coffee drawings. Professionally she called herself El King and exhibited around the world.

Hookham played a pivotal role in creating a vision for the museum and gaining a groundswell of community support for it. Years later she and others helped secure Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as the anchor for the new arts complex, and she saw her vision realized at the 1997 museum ribbon cutting. In dedication to these efforts, the Parent’s Wing will feature documentation about her founding vision for the museum, photographs, and videos of the McCormick House along with history provided by former residents Ray and Ann Fick, and photographs of the McCormick House’s ultimate move to the new museum campus. Info: elmhurstartmuseum.org.


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