Art in Wilder Park returns to Elmhurst for 25th season – Shaw Local


ELMHURST – Along with the Elmhurst Museum of Art’s 25th year of inspiring its community, the museum and RGL Marketing for the Arts will kick off the summer festival season with the 25th Annual Art in Wilder Park, an event free to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 and May 1 at 175 S. Cottage Hill Ave.

The outdoor festival, presented in partnership with the Elmhurst Park District, features over 125 exhibitors including local artists, musical acts, food vendors, a designated children’s playground for family activities and additional attractions , according to a press release. In addition, all participants are invited to visit the museum’s exhibition entitled “Houses of tomorrow: the solar houses from Keck to today” free of charge.

A complete list of exhibitors is available at

“The Elmhurst Museum of Art is proud to be the new lead co-curator of this popular Elmhurst tradition,” John McKinnon, Executive Director of the Elmhurst Museum of Art, said in the statement. “After two years of isolation and uncertainty, we are delighted to welcome approximately 8,000 to 10,000 visitors to our museum campus in Wilder Park, located in the heart of Elmhurst.”

In addition to local artisans selling unique jewelry, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, textile arts and a variety of other media, visitors can enjoy different children’s activities with more than 20 community organizations, products from 12 food vendors and a range of musical performances from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including Caitlin Simone & Lloyd Snyder, School of Rock Elmhurst, Doug Bardolph and Marion Longid.

“We are thrilled to have Art in Wilder Park back,” Elmhurst Mayor Scott Levin said in the statement. “This dynamic event centrally located in Elmhurst attracts thousands of visitors and has become a staple in our community. We hope people from near and far will spend the day at the park and support our amazing local artists while exploring our city’s restaurants and businesses.

The Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 S. Cottage Hill Avenue. It is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free during Art in Wilder Park weekend. Regular admission prices are $15 for adults 18 and older, $12 for seniors, and free for children. For more information, call 630-834-0202 or visit


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