Current Exhibits

Chicago Rink Rats: The Golden Age of Roller Skating
July 13-November 4, 2018

1st Floor Gallery 

In the wake of the Great Depression and into the 1960s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. At the height of The Golden Age of Roller Skating in 1950, this pastime had climbed to become 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 popular skating venues that sprang up across the country. This new exhibit shares the story of legendary area rinks like The Elm, North Avenue, Riverview, Savoy, Arcadia, Lombard Roller Rink, and more through rare photos, video displays, and an array of eclectic artifacts.  View roller skates from the era, skating jackets and gear, competition patches and medals, posters, rink memorabilia, and much more. Inspired by the book by author Tom Russo, Chicago Rink Rats recalls a time when the wheels were wooden, the latest music set the pace—and roller skating was hip.  
Read the Chicago Tribune Arts + Entertainment article, July 26, 2018
Read the Daily Herald article, July 23, 2018
Listen to WGN Radio's Nick Digilio's Show, July 2018


By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst
2nd Floor Gallery 

Experience the history of Elmhurst through an innovative exhibit that takes visitors on a journey of discovery exploring how the city has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The Museum’s entire second floor gallery has been transformed into a state-of-the-art, engaging exhibit with touch-screen displays, fascinating object towers, rare collection photos, and graphics that jump into motion. See the interactive tabletop map, rated as one of "50 Museum Marvels" by the Chicago Tribune (July 2017). View a documentary on Elmhurst history in the mini-theatre. Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.
Find out more: View an Elmhurst Time Travelers program on You Tube where museum staff takes viewers on a tour of this exciting new exhibit.

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