Spring 2018


Special Exhibit: Cameos & Chakras

Explore two exhibits that focus on meditation.  Italian shell cameos of Christian themes depict the Stations of the Cross and Saints. The Chakra Stones developed from ancient Indian influences and correspond to one’s positive awareness.

Meet Dave the Tour Guide! 

David Dolak discussing rocks, fossils and ancient tools of Illinois at the Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve near Lemont. His tour will feature a hike through the only natural rock canyon in Cook County. The canyon is a unique and fragile site with restricted public access.

David Dolak is a scientist, musician, instrument builder, and outdoor adventurer. He is Professor of Instruction in the Department of Science and Mathematics at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches courses on Earth Science and the Physics of Musical Instruments. In the 1990’s he was an environmental scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He is a working Luthier (string instrument artisan) and maintains a shop where he crafts a variety of string musical instruments. He has completed solo bicycle tours across the United States: east-west, north-south, and around the Great Lakes. His graduate degree is in Environmental Science from the School fo Public and Environmental affairs at Indiana University. David grew up in the industrial lands and Dunes country of Northwest Indiana and has been a resident of Downers Grove, IL for the past 25 years.

The guided tour observes how the Chicago area has transitioned from tropical al sea to buried in ice, to the bustling suburbs we are familiar with today. The tour includes the Chicago geologic story from the dolomite bedrock deposited in a tropical ocean when Illinois was at the equator to the moraine hills and rocks deposited by the glaciers that carved our landscape. See the river valley carved out in a great flood from Lake Michigan across the Continental Divide that created the Chicago Portage and visit the site crossed by the French voyageurs Joliet and Marquette in 1673. Follow the I & M canal route that led to the development of the Chicago metropolis. Finally, hike to the site where Enrico Fermi ushered in the Atomic Age. Museum field trips fill up fast, so make your reservation early by email or phone during Museum hours. Hope to see you there!

Geology Hiking Tour of the Chicago Portage & the Palos Hills
Saturday June 9
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $50 per person
Museum Members $45
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

Lizzadro Museum Move to Oak Brook in 2019


As someone receiving our newsletter, you are either a Museum Member or an individual interested in our programs and exhibits. In the last several months we have had many patrons asking questions about the Museum. Moving, closing, where and why?

As you may or may not know, the Lizzadro Museum will be moving to Oak Brook, expecting to re-open in the fall of 2019. The Museum will remain open in Elmhurst running programs as usual until 2019. As we move along in the process, we will keep you informed of our progress.

For the last several years we have been trying to solve our problem of limited, antiquated space and difficult access for visitors. We worked the the Elmhurst Park District and the City of Elmhurst to try to come up with a better solution. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet the primary goals of everyone involved.

The Museum does not own the land we are currently on. When we vacate this building, it will become the property of the Elmhurst Park District. As the Lizzadro family preserves a private collecting, going to our own land made not only financial sense, but also allows us to have control of our grounds and parking.

The Museum will be moving to 1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook. The existing 34,000 square foot, two story building sits on 3.1 acres of land at the corner of Jorie Boulevard and Kensington Road. The first floor will house the Museum and the second floor will offer leased office space.

Our current facility is nearly 8,000 square feet with 4,500 square feet of exhibit area.The new building will almost double our existing space and receive a full exterior update, new entrance, drop-off lane, new landscaping and a large patio area with touch pieces. The interior will house a 90-seat lecture hall/multi-purpose room and expanded Museum Shop. Exhibit space will increase to 7,000 square feet with an area for special exhibits, allowing us to improve existing displays and add some new exhibits. Increased office space, a library/conference room and additional storage will be included.

We celebrated our 55th Anniversary last fall and we hope that you will understand our need for change. We truly appreciate the support of our Members, interested individuals and families. While we are sad to leave such a beautiful setting in the wonderful City of Elmhurst, we are excited about the adaptive reuse of the new building in Oak Brook and future potential for the Museum.

Sincerely Yours,
Dorothy Asher

Member Double Discount!
15 days in May for Moms, Dads, & Grads!

Looking for that perfect gift for that special someone?  Mom looking for new jewelry, Dad tired of the power tools? Graduations galore? The Museum Shop has unique items for everyone on your shopping list! Museum Members get to double their 10% discount to 20% off for 15 days! Beginning May 11 through May 27 show your membership card to receive this special offer!

Pick Up Your Passport to Adventure Here!

Summer is a great time to visit the museums in Kane and DuPage Counties. Designed for ages 4 to 12, each site has an activity for children to complete. The Summer Passport program begins on May 1st and ends on Labor Day.