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Book Discussion -- Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City 
Saturday, October 9
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Cost: FREE
Reservations Required: E-mail 
In October of 1871, much of Chicago was destroyed by one of the most legendary and cataclysmic fires in history leaving one of every three Chicago residents homeless and many unemployed in the aftermath. Read the book by eminent Chicago historian Carl Smith that chronicles the fire’s dramatic story and phoenix-like rise from the ashes, then join the discussion at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their exhibits post-discussion. 

Elmhurst University Arboretum Walking Tour
Saturday, October 16
Time: 12:00-2:30 p.m. 
Location: Elmhurst University Campus, 190 S. Prospect Ave. (meet at Frick Center)
Cost: $5/person                                                                                                                      
Tickets: Link to Eventbrite
Mark Wakely, Elmhurst University alumnus and longtime campus services manager, will lead a walking tour showcasing the top specimens in the arboretum collection. See the first tree that was planted to start the arboretum in 1966, learn fun tree facts and care tips, and utilize your senses to engage with the trees on campus. Tour lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours and begins at the Niebuhr Statue (east side of Frick Center). Limit: 30 participants.

Haunted History with Ghost Head Soup
Friday, October 22
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Location:  Starts at Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave.
Cost: $20/person 
Tickets: Link to Eventbrite
Get ready for the spookiest time of year by spending a chilling evening exploring "haunted" spots around Elmhurst with Ghost Head Soup. This walking tour includes a visit to several reportedly paranormal spots including Mill Theatre, Wilder Mansion, and a special lantern-lit investigation of the Glos Mansion. Get a demonstration of ghost hunting equipment or bring your own gear. Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes recommended. Participants must be able to traverse uneven terrain in low light and sign a waiver. Note: Age 13+ only, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Limit: 30 participants.

Online #TBT Lecture: Elmhurst Greats and Grads
Starts Thursday, November 4
Cost: FREE
Access: CLICK HERE starting 11/4 for link to pre-recorded program
Learn about the significant people who led, developed, attended and graduated from Elmhurst University during its 150-year history in this online lecture that tells the story of how a small, pre-theological school grew to become a modern university. Led by longtime faculty member and the Joan and Lester Brune Chair of History, Dr. Robert Butler. Available through Jan. 2, 2022.

Daisy Didn’t Do It: The Truth Behind the Great Chicago Fire
Sunday, November 14
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Elmhurst City Hall Council Chambers, 209 N. York St., Elmhurst
Cost: FREE to Elmhurst Heritage Foundation Members, $5 Non-Members
Tickets: Link to Eventbrite
150 years ago, Chicago was in the process of rebuilding itself following a devastating fire that leveled the city's center and north side over a 36-hour period. Native Chicagoan and historian Al Walavich presents a retrospective of the history, myths and lies surrounding the fire as well as an exploration of relics left behind.