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Hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 630-260-2000

Things To Do

Although Wheaton is only 25 miles from Chicago, you will find that there’s no need to leave Wheaton to find something to do, whether it's in the vibrant downtown, several shopping districts or elsewhere.

Upcoming Events:

Arbor Day Celebration

Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Emerson Elementary School, 119 S. Woodlawn St.

Emerson Elementary School will host the City's annual Arbor Day Celebration, including students, the City's Forestry Division and the Environmental Improvement Commission. The celebration will include a tree planting and the presentation of the City's Tree City USA designation.

Native Illinois Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Wheaton Public Works Building, 821 W. Liberty Drive (across the street from the Police Station)

The Environmental Improvement Commission and Wheaton Park District encourage the community to "grow native" by attending the Native Illinois Plant Sale. Find native northern Illinois trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers for sale (cash/check only), pick up free wood chips, or pick up pre-ordered rain barrels or food scrap-amended compost. More information 

Annual Prairie Path Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Stevens Park, corner of Lincoln Avenue and the Illinois Prairie Path

Help clean up the portion of the Illinois Prairie Path that runs through Wheaton. Any group wanting to clean a specific area should email cleanupthepath@yahoo.com ahead of time. Please bring work gloves.

Wheaton Preservation Week 2014

Dates: May 2-12

The City's Historic Commission encourages residents to take part in activities celebrating Wheaton Preservation Week. Part of Preservation Week includes the Historic Commission placing “Pride in Preservation” purple lawn signs throughout Wheaton at various sites designated Wheaton Historic Landmarks and locations listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places. Many of these sites include a plaque with the estimated date of construction or a permanent interpretive sign with additional information.

Downtown Wheaton historic walking tours

Dates: May 2-12
Times: Reservation required
Location: Beginning at DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St.

DuPage County Historical Museum offers two architecture walking tours to celebrate the City of Wheaton Preservation Week. The tours are offered at various times on a reservation-basis. Tours are available Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee applies. Please contact the museum at 630-510-4941 or email dupagemuseum@wheatonparks.org to arrange a tour.

Architectural Walking Tour
Learn about the people, businesses and important events that shaped our area. The tour begins at the DuPage County Historical Museum and proceeds through town. Discover the stories behind the railroad, the County Courthouse and more. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Approximately 1.5 miles are covered during the tour.

All About Architecture (For Kids!)
Buildings are works of art in which we live, work and learn. Join us on a special architecture tour especially for kids. Discover the stories behind the railroad, the County Courthouse and more. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Approximately 1.5 miles are covered during the tour. 

Free Parking for Wheaton Residents - Preservation Week

Dates: May 2-12
Times: Normal park hours
Location: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road

During Preservation Week, from May 2-12, Cantigny Park will provide free parking days for Wheaton residents. Just show proof of Wheaton residency at the parking booth for admittance. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Museums, gardens and other attractions inside the park are always free admission. Cantigny Park, part of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundations, is the 500-acre estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to 30 acres of spectacular gardens, the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum and a spectacular 27-hole golf course. The Robert R. McCormick Museum was listed on the Wheaton Register of Historic Places in 2011 by the City of Wheaton Historic Commission.

"Landmarks of Wheaton" Photography Exhibit Opening

Date: May 2 exhibit opening event (but exhibit open May 2-12)
Time: 6-8 p.m. for event (otherwise, exhibit open during museum hours)
Location: DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St.

DuPage County Historical Museum will feature images of architectural landmarks of Wheaton photographed by William D’Arcy in a special exhibit, "Landmarks of Wheaton." Visitors will be able to view these photographs juxtaposed with historical images from the archive of the DuPage County Historical Museum. This temporary exhibit celebrates Preservation Month, an annual event that honors historic places organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The exhibit will also coincide with the weeklong series of events planned by the Wheaton Historic Commission May 2-12, 2014. Please join the commission for the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 2. Light refreshments will be served.

Home History Research Help

Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

Whether your interest is a home’s construction date, past owners, or its architecture, drop by the Wheaton Public Library to discover available resources, where to find them and what each reveals. Learn about the Wheaton Register of Historic Places and getting your house listed. Assistance provided by City of Wheaton Historic Commission members and Wheaton Public Library staff in conjunction with Wheaton Preservation Week. The event is free and open to the public at the Wheaton Public Library, first floor Reference Department, as a “drop-in event.” Also, the Wheaton Public Library throughout the month of May will have a Home History Exhibit displaying home history research methods and details.

Go Fly a Kite

Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Graf Park, 1701 Manchester Road

Join the Wheaton Park District for this annual Wheaton tradition. The kite event will feature activities for all ages, including a kite demonstration by the Chicago Fire Kite Team, a new highest kite flying contest, kids mad dash, most unique kite contest and kids candy drop. The park opens at 10 a.m., and the "grand launch," where participants try to beat Wheaton's record of 834 kites flying simultaneously, will be at 11 a.m. This event is free, but organizers encourage you fill out a preregistration form and bring it to the event in order for them to get an accurate count for the number of participants. For more information, visit www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/goflyakite.

City of Wheaton Historic Commission presents “The Churches of Edward Dart”

Date: Monday, May 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1420 S. Gables Blvd.

Chicago modernist-architect, Edward Dart, designed numerous churches, homes, and businesses throughout Chicago and its suburbs. Wheaton’s Dart-designed properties include about a dozen homes, and one church, St. Matthew United Church of Christ, built in 1962. Matt Seymour - who has written extensively on Dart, present on the architect’s life, design philosophy, Mid-Century religious design, and his churches - will give a lecture, followed with a short discussion on Dart’s residential design in Wheaton.

Shadows of the Past: Wheaton in the Civil War” Lecture by Robert Girardi

Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Robert Girardi, past president of the Chicago Civil War Roundtable and popular speaker, author, and historian on the Civil War, will discuss our nation’s struggle for freedom. The lecture, “Shadows of the Past: Wheaton in the Civil War,” will include the role played by Wheaton and DuPage County soldiers and civilians during the war, and the memories of them that survive around us today. This event is sponsored by the City of Wheaton Historic Commission as a program of Wheaton Preservation Week 2014. The event is free and open to the public at the Wheaton Public Library, Lower Level Large Meeting Room, on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Bike Safety Class

Date: May 10
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St.

Do you want to be able to ride your bike both for transportation and fun? This free Bike Safety Class is offered jointly by Wheaton Park District and the Wheaton Bike Committee for people ages 12 and older. It is perfect for people who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate their bicycle in a variety of situations by learning how to properly fit your bicycle and helmet, perform a quick and easy bicycle safety check, fix a flat, and perform minor mechanical adjustments. It also includes on-bike skills and practice, so you will need to bring your own bicycle and helmet. Registration required by visiting www.wheatonparkdistrict.com and registering for class #215406.

"Discover Wheaton" Mystery Hunt

Date: Saturday, May 10
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Center for History, 315 W. Front St., Second Floor

Search the clues in a Mystery Hunt and enjoy a leisurely stroll of downtown Wheaton. The event begins at the Center for History’s museum at 315 W. Front St., Second Floor. Explore the exhibits at the museum to find interesting facts about Wheaton and solve the Mystery Hint. The fascinating tales told during the Hunt and walking tour will include intriguing details of people, businesses and government along with the growth of Wheaton. Rewards will be presented for solving the mysteries in the Mystery Hunt. Refreshments will be served at the museum. Call 630-835-6584 or email info@wheatonhistory.com to register.

Police Department Blood Drive

Date: Friday, May 16
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive

The Wheaton Police Department encourages residents to save the date for its annual blood drive. This year’s drive will be from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive. The American Red Cross will be operating the drive.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter zip code 60187 in the “Find a Blood Drive” search window. You can also make an appointment by contacting Sherry at 630-260-4861 or police@wheaton.il.us. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Recurring Events:

French Market

Date: Saturdays, April 19, 2014-Nov. 15, 2014
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Parking lot near Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton (just south of the railroad tracks)

More than a typical farmers market, the Wheaton French Market offers a wide variety of vendors. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Nov. 15, 2014, visit the French Market near the intersection of Main Street and Liberty Drive to find fresh produce, locally made gifts, art, specialty foods, handmade jewelry, flowers and more. Items sold change seasonally, offering visitors variety from week to week. For more information about the French Market, contact Bensidoun USA at 312-575-0286.

Monthly Electronic Recycling

Date: Second Saturday of each month
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive

Bring your unwanted electronics to the Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive, between 9 a.m. and noon. It is a drive-through event; volunteers will unload items from your car. Household batteries no longer accepted (only rechargeable batteries accepted). No refrigerators, air conditioners or other items with refrigerant/coolant liquids. Read the list of items that will be accepted.