Special Events

Upcoming Events and Programs
For reservations or more information on any of the programs listed below, please call 630-510-4941.



On Par for DuPage Golf Outing

Bringing Together Hope & History

October 6, 2015 | Arrowhead Golf Club

A special thank you to all the participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made the 2015 golf outing such a great event!

Click on the slideshow below for a larger view.

On Par 2015 - SLIDESHOW


Event Sponsors:

Hole Sponsors

American Heartland Bank & Trust
Ameriprise Financial
Culligan Water
Daily Herald
David Bein
Don & Cay Fischer
DuPage Healthcare
Golftime Magazine
Knights of Columbus
Langan, Haeger, Vincent & Born
Parks Plus Fitness Center
Peregrine, Stime, Newman, Ritzman & Bruckner, Ltd.
Drs. Sullivan & Suchy
Top Golf
Trust Company of Illinois
Window Works



The Golden Age of Radio with Radio Players West

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 1P | All Ages | FREE

Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

The DuPage County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and program at the Museum. Reminisce about the golden age of radio with the Radio Players West performing Baby Snooks and Suspense. These two historic comedy and drama radio shows entertained thousands of listeners in an era before households had television and computers. Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve tickets at or by calling 630-510-4941.



Wheaton Wedding Walk

October 17, 2015 | 11am-3pm

Plan a day in Downtown Wheaton visiting various reception and shower venues, discover the wonderful bridal attire options available for today's modern bride and bridal party, delight in breathtaking floral designs, and many other resources available for the bride in historic Downtown Wheaton. Businesses will be offering information on their respective bridal services from custom invitations and couture floral designs to French pastries and unique gifts for your wedding party.

For more information, please visit


Wedding Traditions Unveiled

October 17, 2015-July 31, 2016
DuPage County Historical Museum

Click here to view exhibit events.

Here's your chance to take part in the upcoming exhibit...

Submit your wedding photographs for display or donate needed items on the DuPage County Historical Museum wedding registry.

Wedding Collage

For inclusion in the photo display, photographs must feature couples who live(d) and/or were married in DuPage County. Digital photographs should be 5x7 inches, JPEG format and at least 300 dpi. There is a charge of $10 per photo and each picture should include the name of the couple, date, and location of the wedding. Print the application and return to the museum with payment at 102 E. Wesley in Wheaton by October 17, 2015.

All submissions will be entered into a drawing to win a package that includes a free two hour rental of the museum facility and an overnight stay at the Hilton (valued at over $350).

For more information, or to submit your photograph for entry, please email Ashley Downing at

Wedding Registry

The Museum is opening a wedding registry in conjunction with the wedding exhibit. The registry is filled with items needed for school and scout groups, workshop materials, collection materials, and other essential elements that are used for free events hosted by the Museum or to care for the artifacts. Gift cards to put towards items on the registry are also accepted.

Visit the DuPage County Historical Museum wedding registry.

Schedule of Exhibit Events:

Engagement Party: Exhibit Preview

Friday, October 16 | 6:30-8P
Location: DuPage County Historical Museum

Individual: $20/person; Couple: $15/person*

Purchase tickets online at

*Must purchase minimum of 2 tickets for couple ticket pricing.

Wedding Traditions Unveiled Exhibit Opening

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 12-4P | All Ages | FREELocation: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit Wedding Traditions Unveiled. Enjoy refreshments, tour the exhibit and discuss the exhibit with the Curator.

Pearls and Cuffs: Making Wedding Accessories

Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 1-3P | Ages 3 and up | FREE
Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

Create one of a kind jewelry to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit: Wedding Traditions Unveiled. Make a necklace and bracelet set or design your own necktie and cuffs in this drop in program. (Activity Number: 431462-01)
Register for free online >

Hope Chest Workshop

Saturday, January 16 | 1-3P
Museum Auditorium

Work together as a family to decorate your own miniature keepsake hope chest to store all your treasures. Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant. Open registration begins December 1.

A Wedding Shower Experience

Saturday, January 23 | 1P | Ages 8 & up
Museum Auditorium

Join DCHM for a presentation about the history of wedding showers given by expert Michelle Weinberger, assistant professor at Northwestern University. Light refreshments will be served. $5/person, free for members. Registration opens December 1.

More events to enjoy...

April 9, 2016: A Victorian Wedding

May 19, 2016: Painting, Chocolate & Wine

July 2016: Chocolate Tasting




32nd Annual Museum Guild Bazaar

Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 10A-3P | All Ages | Free Admission (cost of items varies)

Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium

The DuPage County Historical Museum Guild will hold its 32nd Annual Holiday Bazaar this year. A fine selection of handmade ornaments and gifts as well as wreaths, holiday decorations and stocking stuffers will be available. Find gifts for friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. This is a perfect way to start your holiday shopping!

The adult chorus, Beyond Glee, will perform Christmas carols from 12:30-1:30pm.



Santa Express

Join Kidz Kingdom and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a very special train ride. All aboard as the train departs the Wheaton station for a special visit to the "North Pole" with Santa! Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while you listen stories and sing Christmas carols. Take photos with Santa while you tell him what you want for Christmas!

The Santa Express is scheduled for the following dates and times (all dates to be confirmed by Metra):

Sunday, December 6, 2015 -- SOLD OUT

Saturday December 12, 2015 -- Both sessions SOLD OUT
9:15-11A | 11:15A-1P

Sunday December 13, 2015 -- Both sessions SOLD OUT
9:15-11A | 11:15A-1P

Location: All participants meet at the Wheaton Train Station (402 W Front Street)
Fee: Cost for the event is $16 for adults and $20 for children.
Limit: 110 participants per trip.
Parking: Street parking will be available on Liberty and Front Streets. There is also a parking garage on Front Street between Hale and Wheaton Avenue. Do not park at the private parking garages located at Carlton and Liberty or at Wheaton Towers, these are permit-only parking.


For questions or more information, please contact Michelle Podkowa at 630.510.4956 or email.




Coming Next Year (more information to follow)

Wheaton College and African American History

Wednesday, February 3 | Museum Auditorium | 7P | Ages 8 & up

Join us to celebrate African American History Month with David Malone, Professor and Archivist. Wheaton College was a center for abolitionist sentiment, served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and graduated the first African American in the state of Illinois. $5/person, free for members. Registration opens December 1.

Victorian Valentines

Saturday, February 6 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P
Sunday, February 7 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P
Saturday, February 13 | Museum Auditorium | 1P-3P

Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop. Free event, suggested donation of $3/participant. Open registration begins December 1.

LEGO® Train Show

Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21 | Museum Auditorium | 10A-4P | All Ages

Family fun for all ages! The Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club is back at DCHM to amaze visitors with custom creations, vignettes and LEGO® mayhem throughout the display. Free, suggested donation $4/person. No registration necessary.


Model Train