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Elmhurst History Museum

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

    July 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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  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. The Lion King Jr.

    July 9, 2018, 6:30 PM - July 26, 2018, 9:30 PM @ Epiphany Lutheran Church 314 W. Vallette Street, Elmhurst, IL.

    The ECT Summer Workshop is a scaled back production put together over a condensed period of time. The production features limited props, T-shirts as costumes and no sets. The Workshop is open to students who will be entering fifth grade to those who will be entering ninth grade for the 2018-2019 school year. Students must be Elmhurst residents or attend an Elmhurst school. Show dates Friday, July 27 7pm Saturday, July 28 2pm & 7pm

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  3. 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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  4. The Point of the Dream

    July 15, 2018 - August 10, 2018 @ Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S Cottage Hill Rd.

    Solo exhibition of Peter Steeves colorful, sometimes surreal, pointillist artwork. Most paintings available for sale, benefiting the artist, the EAG and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Meet the artist at the Reception, open to the public, July 20th.

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  5. Chakra Yoga at the Lizzadro

    July 21, 2018, 9:00 AM @ Lizzadro Museum

    Experience the benefits of yoga, utilizing the healing powers of chakra energy among the peaceful exhibits of stone to ease the nerves and calm the senses.

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  6. Lecture: Michelangelo Sabatino

    July 21, 2018, 1:30 PM @ Elmhurst Art Museum

    Michelangelo Sabatino will present a talk entitled "Brick vs. Steel: Modern Architecture & Preservation in Chicago". The presentation will provide an in-depth discussion about modern domestic structures in Chicago and its suburbs. Michelangelo Sabatino is the Rowe Family College of Architecture Dean Endowed Chair and John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow at IIT's College of Architecture. Free with museum admission or current membership.

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  7. Start Your Rockin' Collection

    July 21, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Lizzadro Museum

    Create your very own, personalized rock collection! Cartons and materials for decoration are provided. Each child can choose several rocks to start or fill in their collection carton. Rocks from home can also be brought in for identification.

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