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Elgin Public Museum

  1. Touching on Traditions

    November 19 - December 31 @ Elgin Public Museum

    People from around the world have made their homes in the Elgin area. They brought with them beliefs and traditions from their countries of origin giving the Elgin community a rich diversity, whichis now part of our cultural heritage. Start a meaningful winter holiday tradition with your family by visiting the Elgin Public Museum’s authentic and culturally inclusive winter holiday exhibition,which features displays and objects oftraditional holiday significance.

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  2. Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice

    December 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elgin Public Museum

    The Winter Solstice is a dark time of year – the darkest here in the northern hemisphere. Since ancient times, humans have replaced the long hours of darkness with lights and festivals, celebrating with fire, family and community gatherings. The Celtic people of Ireland and many other cultures chose the solstice as a time to celebrate the seasons. The cycle of nature is the ultimate celebration. The Elgin Public Museum invites you to hear about ancient cultures and the astronomical significance of the winter solstice. Learn about the Druid Oak King and the Holly Queen and watch the Yule log be burned in a glowing campfire. Learn about the significance of the harvest and wildlife to ancient peoples. Drink warm cider and enjoy campfire treats!

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Hemmens Events

  1. Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Magical Holiday Concerts

    December 10, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Magical Holiday Concerts Stephen Squires, conductor Marisa Buchheit, soprano Elgin Master Chorale Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus Midwest Dance Collective Bring the whole family and create joyful holiday memories together at our Magical Holiday extravaganza. For the second year in a row, Miss Illinois 2014, soprano Marisa Buchheit, will be featured soloist. The concerts include performances by the Elgin Master Chorale, Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective performing familiar holiday favorites. The program includes a sing-along and an appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. Concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 25 minute intermission.

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  2. Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Magical Holiday Concerts

    December 10, 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Magical Holiday Concerts Stephen Squires, conductor Marisa Buchheit, soprano Elgin Master Chorale Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus Midwest Dance Collective Bring the whole family and create joyful holiday memories together at our Magical Holiday extravaganza. For the second year in a row, Miss Illinois 2014, soprano Marisa Buchheit, will be featured soloist. The concerts include performances by the Elgin Master Chorale, Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective performing familiar holiday favorites. The program includes a sing-along and an appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. Concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 25 minute intermission.

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  3. Elgin Symphony Orchestra ~ Magical Holiday Concerts

    December 11, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Magical Holiday Concerts Stephen Squires, conductor Marisa Buchheit, soprano Elgin Master Chorale Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus Midwest Dance Collective Bring the whole family and create joyful holiday memories together at our Magical Holiday extravaganza. For the second year in a row, Miss Illinois 2014, soprano Marisa Buchheit, will be featured soloist. The concerts include performances by the Elgin Master Chorale, Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Midwest Dance Collective performing familiar holiday favorites. The program includes a sing-along and an appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. Concerts are approximately two hours long, including a 25 minute intermission.

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  4. Private Event ~ Stage

    December 12, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  5. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    December 14, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  6. Private Event ~ Stage

    December 14, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  7. Community Crisis Center Toy Giveaway~ Exhibition Hall

    December 15, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Elgin & South Elgin residents only. Must have proof of residency, with a photo id and address. For children 16 years of age and younger with appropriate identification. 1 of the following must be brought for each child of the appropriate age to qualify: Public Aid Medical Card or Birth Certificate or Current School Record. NO social security cards! No childcare available, please do not bring your children unless absolutely necessary.

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  8. Private Event ~ Stage

    December 16, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  9. Streamwood Park District Winter Dance Recital

    December 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  10. Community Christmas Dinner ~ Exhibition Hall (lower level)

    December 18, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    A free meal for the community, plus music & a kids area! Please join us! Desserts and monetary donations accepted.

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  11. Elgin Celebrates The Holidays

    December 18, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Discover this wonder of Elgin with the city’s talented performing arts community while rejoicing in the season with 'Elgin Celebrates The Holidays' Sunday, December 18th at 3:00pm. There's something for everyone with this holiday variety show: dance, chorale music, classic vocal performances and seasonal cheer featuring talented performing arts groups including Eastern Groove Studio, BFH (formerly Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl), Soirée Lyrique, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chours, and Integrity School of Dance. Elgin's very own Dave Newton to emcee! General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased from participating groups or at The Hemmens Box Office in person, by phone at 847.931.5900 or online at www.hemmens.org. Proceeds from the event go to Elgin’s participating performing arts

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  12. Merry Christmas! ~ Closed

    December 23, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  13. Happy Christmas Eve! ~ Closed

    December 24, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  14. Merry Christmas! ~ Closed

    December 25, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  15. Merry Christmas! ~ Closed

    December 26, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  16. Happy New Year's Eve Eve! ~ Closed

    December 30, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve Eve!

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  17. Happy New Year's Eve! ~ Closed

    December 31, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!

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Public Meetings

  1. Special Committee of the Whole Meeting - Budget Discussion

    December 10, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers

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  2. Cultural Arts Commission

    December 12, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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  3. Strategic Plan Advisory Commission Meeting

    December 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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  4. Sustainabilty Commission

    December 13, 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM @ City Hall

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  5. Cancelled - Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

    December 15, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ City Hall

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  6. City Council Meeting

    December 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers

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  7. Image Advisory Commission

    December 26, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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Special Events & Elgin Art Showcase

  1. Dinner with Santa

    December 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ The Centre, Heritage Ballroom

    Reserve your spot now for an evening of holiday fun which includes: dinner, a craft, a sing-along, and visit with Santa! Don't forget to bring a camera for a picture with Santa. Registration deadline December 5th. Code 20752

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  2. All non-emergency City offices will be closed for the Holidiay

    December 23, All Day @ All non-emergency City offices will be closed.

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  3. All non-emergency City offices will be closed for the Holidiay

    December 26, All Day @ All non-emergency City offices will be closed.

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  4. All non-emergency City offices will be closed for the Holidiay

    December 30, All Day @ All non-emergency City offices will be closed.

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