Category Archives: Elmhurst Community News

The View from 101 York – October 2016

Halloween fun is popping up all over in and around Elmhurst. Here’s what we see from our perch in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.



Boo-tiful Saturday
October 29
Downtown Elmhurst

Trunk or Treat
October 29
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Elmhurst

Haunted Walks

Whether you are looking for a truly scary experience or a cute Halloween adventure with the kids, you’ll find it with one of these two Halloween walks.


Haunted Forest
October 14-15
Oak Brook Park District

Halloween Night Walks
October 21- 22
Fullersburg Woods

Halloween Theater

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October 13-15
Elmhurst College

Don’t miss the creepy and kooky Addams Family as they pay a call on Elmhurst just in time for Halloween.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
October 14-16
Bryan Middle School

The tale as old as time comes to Elmhurst just in time to join the other beasts running around town this Halloween season.

More Halloween Fun

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October 22-23, 29-30
Brookfield Zoo

Pumpkin Fest
October 1-31, 2016
Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

October 28
Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 12-16
The Morton Arboretum

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events.

If you have questions about Elmhurst and especially real estate in Elmhurst, we’re your go-to people. Contact us today!


The View from 101 York – August 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

August 1 – August 31, 2016

The Art of Science Learning (AOSL)

ArtofScienceVisit the Elmhurst Art Museum and take a look at projects from hundreds of scientists, artists, educators and others addressing the challenges of living in this world. Take your own turn with the creative process and explore the tools and experiences used by the AOSL’s Chicago, San Diego and Worcester (MA) Incubators to create your own solutions. The cost is $8 for an adult, $7 for seniors and free for students under 18 years old.

WDCB JazzAugust 4, 2016

3rd Annual Lakeside Summer Series

Take a drive to the College of DuPage and enjoy some free music under the stars. Purchase delicious food on site from local restaurants or sip some wine while you listen to the funk, rhythm and blues sounds of Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters. If you can’t make it on the 4th,  award-winning jazz organist  Brian Charette will perform on August 11, and acclaimed Chicago-born trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill will entertain on August 25th. Admission to WDCB LIVE Jazz Concerts is free and all performances begin at 7:30 pm. For more information, call (630) 942-4000.

August school of rockAugust 5, 2016

First Fridays Rock

City Centre Plaza in Downtown Elmhurst will be rocking with music from the School of Rock’s House Band and then with other talented students from the area. Bring your friends and family and spend a fun evening in downtown Elmhurst.


August 14, 2016

Historical Tour of Black Chicago Gravel Locomotive #18

The Veterans Park on Main Street and Church Road in Bensenville is the place for a tour of the Black Chicago Gravel Company steam locomotive #18, along with the Hiawatha passenger car and bay window caboose. Conductor Karl will give tours and answer questions about this antique train. The tours take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

August 20, 2016

Park Palooza

park-palooza-adThe fourth annual Park Palooza will invade Berens Park with music, food and fun at 5:00 pm. The food trucks, face painting and kids activities will be the perfect close to summer.  Food trucks from Barbeque Jim’s, Big World’s Tortas, Cupcakes for CourageDa Pizza Dude, Happy Lobster Truck, Kona IceMario’s Cart, Toasty Cheese  and Yum Dum will be on site. New Odyssey will play from 5:30 to7:30 pm. and No Alternative from 8:00 to 10:15 pm.

August 27, 2016

Paddle With a Ranger

Take advantage of a guided tour starting at Fullersburg Woods beginning at 9:00 and ending at 11:30 am. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one for $20 per person. This program is for people 14 years and older, adult supervision is required for those under 18. Register online or at (630) 933-7248.

The View from 101 York – June 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

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Block to Block Party

Come to City Centre in the heart of downtown Elmhurst for music and fun that runs from 5:30 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday this summer .

June 5, 2016
Strides Against MG Walk

Support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois at Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Avenue in Elmhurst. Take a walk or let the kids participate in the dash. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the event begins at 8:30 am. The Kids’ Dash is at 8:45 am. Watch out for bubbles, beach balls and hula hoops at this family friendly event. The cost mg-logois $30 per walker or $35 on the day of the event. Children under the age of 12 are $10 each. Four-legged walkers are also welcome.

Friday June 10 – Saturday June 11, 2016
Family Campout

Give your kids a real camping experience at the Fischer Farm at 16W680 Grand Ave in Bensenville. Sit camp outaround the campfire and eat roasted hotdogs, chips, s’mores and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers should bring their own tent, sleeping gear, lawn chairs, bug spray, flashlight and whatever else you need. Electricity is not available for tents and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at Fischer Farm at 5:00 pm on Friday and break camp after breakfast on Saturday at 9:00 am. Cost is $6 per person. Children aged 3 and younger are free. Make your reservations at Deer Grove Leisure Center by Monday, June 6 as space is limited.

June 12, 2016
Eldridge Adventure Day

Have some fun at Eldridge Adventure Day, starting at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Choose from a fishing contest, take a guided nature walk, play with some animals or find your own fun. Parking is available at the Community Bank of Elmhurst at 330 W Butterfield Road. The fun is free.

June 18, 2016
June Jazz

Grammy Award–winning singer Patti Austin and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band will present a free evening of music at 6:30 pm on the beautiful campus of Elmhurst College, located at 190 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs or blanket and settle in on the College Mall for a magical summer jazz interlude.

HUSBY.02[4]June 23 – August 20, 2016
COD’s First Regional Art Exhibition

The First Regional Art Exhibition at Cleve Carney Art Gallery is at McAninch Arts Center, located at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd in Glen Ellyn. This free exhibit is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, with late hours until 8:00 pm on Thursdays.

June 23, 2016
Middle School Night at East End Pool

Bring your middle school student, ages 11-14 years old, to East End Pool for a pool party from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. With a DJ, dancing, swimming and snacks available for purchase, it’s a safe and fun activity for a summer night. Attendees must be registered by an adult here. The cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

The View from 101 York – January 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

Saturday, January 9

Leap Into Volunteering at this Open HouseDuPage Forest Volunteer

Get involved at the DuPage Forest Preserve by choosing from more than 50 opportunities. Representatives from all 11 volunteer programs will be available at Danada Headquarters from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Then enjoy a free one-hour presentation and ask all your questions afterward. Registration is not required. If you have questions, call (630) 933-7681 or click here for more information.

Saturday, January 9

PenroseGallery Talk with Penrose Brewing’s Founder Eric Hobbs

Take a trip to the Elmhurst Historical Museum at 2:00 pm to hear a talk by Eric Hobbs, founder of Penrose Brewing Company.  While you’re there, explore the “Beer Chicago” exhibit and gain a unique perspective on Chicago beer history. Receive a Penrose Brewing tour certificate and than head over to Pints next door to sample some Penrose product.

Sunday, January 10 and 24

Elmhurst Park District: Free Family Open Swim

Bring the family to York High School’s swimming pool between kids in pool1:00 and 4:00 pm and take advantage of this opportunity to splash around with the kids.  As part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst School District 205, the pool will be open for lap swimming, open swim and use of the diving boards. This event is open to all Elmhurst residents.

Sunday, January 10

Navigation: GPS Explorers

gpsTake a GPS -based adventure at Meacham Grove using clues and coordinates and learn about the Forest Preserve’s resident plants and animals. The event takes place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and is geared for kids aged 6 and older. Those under 16 must attend with an adult. This event is free, but registration is required by calling (630) 933-7248.

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Elmhurst Public Library: Lyric Opera Lecture – Nabucco

Come to the Kossmann Room at the Elmhurst Library between 2:30 and 3:45 pm  for a Lyric Opera Lecture about Verdi’s Nabucco.  Explore the dangerous love triangle behind this masterpiece featuring some of the greatest choral music ever written including the “Va, pensiero” chorus. This is the opera that made Verdi a star. If you love opera, this is the place to be.

Monday, January 18

Auditions for the Elmhurst Choral Union

auditionsIf you always wanted to sing with a full orchestra and have some experience in choral singing, or the ability to read music, openings are available in all voice ranges. To schedule an appointment, leave a message at (630) 758-1100 or click here and a volunteer will follow up to schedule an audition which will include a vocal warm-up and your choice of audition piece. Concert rehearsals begin January 25 at Elmhurst College.

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Elmhurst Park District: Princess Day at Wilder Mansion
If you have a little princess at home, don’t miss the first ever Princess Day at Wilder Mansion from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your little princess in her most regal robes to make a craft, enjoy a treat and listen to a story fit for her highness. The afternoon ends with a party on the dance floor. The cost is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents and registration is required.

The View from 101 York – December 2015

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

December 3, 2015

Tree Lighting at Wilder Park

Experience an old-fashioned tree lighting in Wilder Park at 6:00 pm and kick off the holiday season with an evening of holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa, activities for the kids in Wilder Mansion and live reindeer. Warm up with cookies and hot cocoa while enjoying the trees decorated by local organizations. Bundle up and meet us there with some non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

December 5, 2015

Farmside Christmas

Here is your opportunity to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at Fischer Farm.  Take a hayride around the farm, enjoy hot farmsidechocolate and desserts inside the farmhouse and gather in the parlor for instrumental and vocal music performed by local student ensembles.

Fischer Farm is located at 16W680 Grand Avenue in Bensenville. Christmas on the Farm runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information, please call 630-834-3152.

December 6, 2015

Elmhurst Park District: Polar Express Storytime Train

Take a train ride to Elburn on the Metra and then enjoy some treatssanta while a storyteller reads “The Polar Express.” The trip takes approximately two hours and leaves from the Elmhurst train station on the south side of the tracks. First train of the day leaves at 11:00 am and the second train leaves at 3:00 pm. The cost is $21 for a resident child, $26  for a non-resident child, $26 for a resident adult and $32 non-resident adult.  Registration is required.

December 12, 2015

Brunch with The Grinch

Enjoy a special holiday brunch with the Grinch at Cantigny Park, 27W270 Mack Road in Wheaton. Dine with the Grinch and choose from a Grinch-grinchthemed buffet while watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Seatings are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm in the  Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. The cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children.

While you’re there, make a stop at the LEGO® Train Show  in the Visitors Center and restaurant . Produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club, this is the group’s largest annual show. Entrance into the LEGO Train Show is free with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy.

Call 630-260-8194 for more information.

Saturday December 12, 2015

Free Family Fun Day in Elmhurst City Centreecc-holiday2015-webposter

Take in a free showing of ‘Elf’ at 9:30 am at the York Theatre in downtown Elmhurst and then stick around for FREE Family Fun Day. Free elf hats for all the kids as they leave the theatre and Santa will be in the plaza from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm! After buttering up Santa, take a walk around town and finish your Christmas shopping.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

sleigh rideLearn about farming with real horses on a 30 minute sleigh ride that is fun for all ages. The rides start at noon and end at 2:00 pm  The cost is $5.00 for people over the age of 13 and $2.00 for children 5 to 12 years of age. Children under 5 are free. Please call (630) 876-5900 for more details.

The View from 101 York – October 2015

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.


October 3, 2015

All Animal Expo

The DuPage County Fairgrounds will host all types of animals from canaries and parrots to reptiles, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, chinchillas and rabbits. At this time of year, the tarantulas and scorpions are animalsa must see. There are also some puppies and kittens for the soft-hearted and chickens and ducks just to be complete. You can also buy pet supplies like cages, tanks, bedding and anything else you need.

The animals will be accepting visitors from 10:00 am t0 3:00 pm in building 1. Admission is $5 and parking is free.


October 9 and 16, 2015

Fright in the Forest

Scary trainTake a spooky tram tour and hike through the woods at The Morton Arboretum. Finish off the evening with live music, cocktails and snacks. Recommended for people 16 years old and over, the tram rides take off every half hour beginning at 6:30 pm. The last tram departs at 8:30 pm. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. There is no cost for children and seniors. For more information, please call (630) 968-0074.


October 9 and 16, 2015

Halloween Hayrides

Take a trip to the Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace andOakbrook Halloween take a hayride around Terrace View Park. Learn about Halloween creatures along the way, explore things that go bump in the nights and enjoy story time, crafts and refreshments at the campfire. Registration is required and the cost is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents.


October 10, 2015

York and Vallette Fall Fest

The annual Fall Fest will feature safe Trick-or-Treating from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at pumpkinsYork and the Prairie Path. Organizers encourage costumes for all attendees. Along with Trick-or-Treating, there will be pumpkin carving or painting, story telling, a bean bag toss, pony rides, a petting zoo, moon jump and more.  The most fun you can have on a fall Saturday is right here in your own backyard.


October 10, 2015

Fall Festival at Cantigny Park

Enjoy the Fall colors while taking a hayride ($1), listening to music and snacking on some yummy treats. The day has a full schedule of fun activities that run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Including a craft show,  pumpkin sales and decorating ($2 or $4), crafts ($3), inflatables, petting zoo ($1), and entertainment throughout the day. Admission is free but parking costs $5.


October 13, 2015

Improv Clinic

The Elmhurst Library is sponsoring an Improv clinic in the Storytime Room from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. If you’ve always wanted to give way to your improvinner comedian, now is the time. Improve your quick-thinking skills and participate in an evening of spontaneous comedy. This class comes with the warning that hilarity will ensue. All skill levels are welcome. No registration is required.


October 17, 2015

BBQ Dinner and Concert

Spend the evening at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church with Brian Dennehy before enjoying Coplands Music of the Heartland, narrated by Mr. Dennehy. The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will also present “A LincolnBBQ Portrait,” and Schwantner’s “New Morning for the World,” based on the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dinner will be held in the Garden Room of the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church.

The cost of the dinner is $30 per person or $50 for a couple.  The cost of the concert varies from $9 for a student to $65 for a family. Click here for more details.

Parades aren’t the only reason to visit Spring Road

John R Robertson & Co was responsible for developing the Spring Road Development in 1919. TheSpring Road Dev Map development runs from St Charles Street on the North to McKinley on the North, and from Rex Boulevard/West Avenue on the west to Spring Road on the east. Spring Road was named after a spring on the Talmadge Farm which provided Elmhurst’s water from 1889 to 1916.

An 18×15 foot structure on the corner of Vallette and Spring Road was the sales office for the land developer in the early 1920s. That building became the original office of LW Reedy in 1951, founded by Larry Reedy, Sr., “The Old Pro,” and grandfather to the current LW Reedy President, Larry Reedy. Between 1970 and 1975, Larry Sr. planted over 1,000 trees, most of which took root in the Spring Road Development. The LW Reedy ofice  eventually moved uptown, but the original building still stands.

Spring Road BrochurThe railroads were a driving force in Elmhurst’s development. By 1900, over 100 trains chugged through town every day. Railroad advertisements promoted half and full acre lots in the Spring Road Development for $500 and up with financing plans available. Terms were $25 down and $10 per month. The lots’ selling points were location, taxes much lower than Cook County, city water, gas to cook with, electric lights, sidewalks, stores and 200 good neighbors. Also advertised was plenty of space for a vegetable garden and chickens. Developers encouraged city dwellers to take a free excursion on the Aurora -Elgin Electric to Spring Road in Elmhurst, and bring the wife.

With the added families in Elmhurst, the school system needed more room so they opened Lincoln School in 1916, and established York Community High School with 153 students in 1920. As time went on, businesses were also added including Hanks Corner Drugs and Fountain Soda & Penny Candy, a favorite stop for children on the north. The Carlson 1926 building housed The Candy Bar Dime Store opposite the Spring Inn. Silverado’s was originally Sandy’s Hamburgers during the 60s and spent a little time as an Irish Pub.

Spring Road Station

The train was ideal for commuting to the city, but merchants wanted residents to shop local. A “Shop Elmhurst” publicity campaign was started to bolster area commerce. With downtown Elmhurst a long walk from the area, Lincoln Elementary became a social hub of sorts. Longtime resident Ruth Strand, who grew up in the Spring Road subdivision, was interviewed by the Elmhurst History Museum and spoke of silent movies, sing-a-longs and many other family friendly events, including the annual LW Reedy Christmas Tree sale. When the subdivision was annexed to Elmhurst in 1917, the West Elmhurst Improvement Association joined with the First Ward Improvement and Social Club.

The Spring Road Business Association was founded in 1950 and served to promote patriotica sense of community, sponsoring year-round events including Easter egg hunts, Christmas festivities, sleigh rides and summer concerts at the Gazebo, many of which continue to this day. The biggest event held in the area is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is in its 20th year and proudly sponsored by LW Reedy. It is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

Children in the Spring Road neighborhood attend the award winning Elmhurst District 205 schools  Lincoln Elementary, Bryan Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in the Spring Road Development range from a very affordable entry level of $250,000 to $1 million. If you are interested in viewing homes in the Spring Road Development, use LW Reedy’s new MLS Mapping Search tool or contact a LW Reedy Agent for information on this, or any of Elmhurst’s wonderful neighborhoods.

We gratefully acknowledge all of the time and assistance Nancy Wilson at Elmhurst Historical Museum provided. She is, and will continue to be, an invaluable resource for this series. Graphics included in this post were provided by Elmhurst Historical Museum.

The View from 101 York – September 2015

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

September 4, 2015

Rock the House
Celebrate the end of summer in downtown Glen Rock the houseEllyn with concerts playing on Main Street between Hillside and Duane. Sample local food and drinks while enjoying the School of Rock bands starting at 7:00 pm with the featured band starting at 8:00 pm.  Admission is free.

September 5 and 6, 2015

Civil War Encampment

Take the kids to Graue Mill to experience the annual Civil War re-enactment when the members Civil warof the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families spend the weekend demonstrating what life was like in a Union military camp. With authentic uniforms, weapons and tools, this trip back to the 1860s is an excellent educational opportunity for the kids. Activities will take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Graue Mill and Museum is located at 3800 York Road in Oak Brook and admission is free.CIty Centre

September 11 and 12, 2015

Rock the Block Party

Make your way uptown to Elmhurst City Centre for food, drinks and some of Chicagoland’s best live music. The festival will be open on Friday from 4:00 to 10:30 pm, and from 12:00 to 10:30 pm on Saturday night. Bands include American English, 7th Heaven, ARRA and Sixteen Candles. Admission is free. Don’t miss Elmhurst’s biggest party of the year!

corn husk dollSeptember 13, 2015

Cornfest Family Fun Day

Graue Mill and Museum continues the fun with their popular annual family picnic running from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. Roasted corn on the cob, hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade pies and taffy apples will make the day extra sweet. The kids will love the fishing tournament, games and races, and the giant woodpile will be back for kids to practice their hammering skills. Make a corn husk doll to take home. Admission is free, although you will need to purchase tickets for food, drinks and activities.

September 19,2015

Dog Daze

Bring the kids and the dogs to Redmond Park at 735 Jefferson Street in Bensenville for a fun dayDog Daze of races and treats. There’s a 5K race and a 1 mile walk benefiting the Fetching Tails Foundation, which raises money for their adoptable dogs. All of the other activities at Dog Daze are free and do not require registration. Dogs must be leashed and you must have proof of vaccination, which will be checked at the registration table. Check the website for the schedule including a Vendor Fair, Obstacle Course, Pet Tricks and a Dog Parade/Fashion Show. Your four legged friends will never forgive you if they miss this event planned specifically for them.

octoberfestSeptember 19, 2015

Oak Brook Oktoberfest

The Oak Brook Park District is teaming up with the village to present Oktoberfest at Central Park, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Activities include a softball tournament and a weekend-long flag football tournament, live music featuring some of the most popular groups in the area, food, beer and children’s activities between 1:00 and 5:00 pm. Oktoberfest will run from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

September 26, 2015

Smithsonian Museum Day at the Lizzadro Museummuseum day

Gain free admission to the Lizzadro Museum by clicking here and downloading a free Museum Day ticket. Join Sakina Bharani, a museum docent, on a guided tour of the “Legendary Diamonds” exhibit. Tour times are 11:00 and 2:00 pm. The museum is located at 220 Cottage Hill Avenue in Elmhurst.

The View from 101 York – August 2015

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

August 7, 2015

Lakeside Pavilion Starlight Summer Series

Summer Series concertKirk Muspratt, Music Director and Conductor of the McAninch Arts Centers’ orchestra will present a free pops concert featuring some of today’s most popular songs from Broadway, movies and even some light classical.  Lakeside Pavilions is located at the College of DuPage at the intersection of Fawell and Park Boulevards in Glen Ellyn.

August 7 and 8, 2015

Summer Daze

The Warrenville Park District and the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce presents Summer Dazetwo full days of musical entertainment, a car show,  carnival rides and lots of fun for the whole family. Located near the intersection of Butterfield and Batavia Roads in Warrenville, the fair will be open from 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm on both days.

August 15, 2015

Start Your Rockin’  Collection

Bring your kids to the Elmhurst Lapidary Museum and get them started on their verygemstones own rock collection, complete with a personalized rock carton made from an egg carton. They can also bring rocks from home for identification. The one-hour workshop costs $5 per person with museum members free, and is designed for kids from 5 to 10 years old. Reservations are required. Just call (630) 833-1616.

August 9, 2015

eiffel towerFrench Connection Day

Take the day to experience all things French and learn what special connection Cantigny has with France.  Enjoy  a French open air market by Bensidoun, Wine Tasting and French Food  at Le Jardin and music by Claudia Hommel and Patricia Spaeth, as well as, street performers, mimes and Can-Can dancers. Let the kids enjoy a special story time with Madeline and photo-ops by the 23 foot Eiffel Tower. The event is free with a $5 parking fee. Cantigny is located at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.

August 15 and 16, 2015

Festival of the Horse & Drum

The Festival of the Horse & Drum in St. Charles  features an American Indian Pow-Wow, Horsemen of FOH&E_Logo_2014_05_(no date).epsSpain, Portugal & Mexico, Tanner & Glaze along with Equestrian games, Equine abilities expo, a Cowboy Town, Steampunk Alley, a Renaissance Faire, a kids corral and a Horse-A-Palooza stage. The fun runs from 10:00 am to 10:oo pm on Saturday and from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Here is a schedule of events and ticket information.

August 22, 2015

Park Palooza

park paloozaThe Elmhurst Park District will present the third annual Park Palooza at Berens Park between 4:00 and 10:00 pm. AC Rock will play at 4:30, Zydeco Voodoo at 6:00 pm and Covergirl at 8:00 pm. Check out the food trucks from BBQ Jims, Calle Wagon, Cupcakes for Courage, Kona Ice and Mangiare Italiano. The kids will love the face painting, crafts and all types of fun.

A Halloween Parade through the Highlands

Just three streets comprise the Elmhurst Highlands between North Avenue and 1stElmhurst Highlands map Street on the east side of Elmhurst. Otto H. Stange, the developer of Elmhurst Highlands named all three streets after members in his family. Berteau was named after his wife Bertha, Clinton and Geneva are named after his daughter and son.

Elmhurst was tripling in population during the 1920s and needed more housing. Otto Stange from a local family, developed the Elmhurst Highlands including new cement sidewalks, paved streets, sewer and water, as well as ornamental electric streetlights in the development. At the same time, many of the current social institutions were organized including the Elmhurst Park District and the Elmhurst Hospital, which was located on the western border of the Elmhurst Highlands.

This subdivision was also known for the Elmhurst Highlands Community Club, formed in 1932 by residents of the area. One of their first causes was the Halloween vandalism that plagued the neighborhood. Children would bang on windows with a wooden Halloween 1932spool, rarely breaking the window but causing a delightful noise that required investigation by the homeowner.

Soaping windows was popular, as well as, throwing produce at front doors. The Elmhurst Highland Community Club solved the problem by organizing a huge Halloween parade that ended at Rube’s Field on First Street where children won prizes for the most original costumes. With entertainment and refreshments, by the time the festivities were over, there was no time for the children to get into trouble. About this time, Trick or Treat was established in other areas to combat the same problems the Elmhurst Highlands Community Club had already solved.

In 1938, Hills Brothers Coffee Company asked to build a plant in Elmhurst. A petition was filed on November 2, 1938 that rezoned 37 ½ acres for industrial purposes just north of the North Western tracks to where Schiller Street extended beyond Geneva Avenue. Mild opposition caused Mr. Hills to drop his request and an Elmhurst industrial park was postponed for three decades.

Finally, there is a rumor that The Spirit of St Louis, Charles Lindbergh’s plane, landed in this vacant land and stayed for Lindburgh planeseveral days. It is said that a friend of Lindbergh had borrowed the plane just after the famous flight across the Atlantic and brought it to Elmhurst. Children from nearby Eugene Field School all went to see it and agreed that it was indeed the famous plane. There is no public record of the event, however.

The east side of the subdivision borders East End Park.East End Pool The most popular feature of the park is East End Pool, but it also has a playground, three baseball diamonds, a soccer field, lighted tennis and basketball courts and a concession stand that is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Students who live in Elmhurst Highlands attend Field Elementary, Sandburg Middle School and York Community High School.  Click here for more information on those schools and links to school reports and more. With the demolition of the old Elmhurst Hospital building, a new subdivision is popping up right alongside Elmhurst Highlands, promising a regeneration of an already popular area of Elmhurst.

If you are interested in viewing homes in Elmhurst Highlands, use LW Reedy’s new MLS Mapping Search tool or contact a LW Reedy Agent for information on this, or any of Elmhurst’s wonderful neighborhoods.

We gratefully acknowledge all of the time and assistance Nancy Wilson at Elmhurst Historical Museum provided in our research. She continues to be an invaluable resource for this series.