The Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry created the “Civic Hall of Fame” in 1992. York Cross-Country Coach, Joe Newton, was the first inductee. In the years that followed, some 31 individuals have been honored with this very special award. 

Originally, the awards were presented at the opening ceremonies of Elm Fest, a downtown festival that ended in 2009. Since, the awards have been presented as a part of the Chamber’s annual Gala event held at various venues. Regardless of where they have been presented, they have been powerful reminders of the good that people have done for Elmhurst over the years. A simple plaque at City Hall lists the awardees as recognition of deeds well done.

Now, more recognition has arrived. On December 15th, the Chamber unveiled a touchscreen display at the Elmhurst Public Library that features photos, video, and background details on these Civic Hall of Famers. In addition, the display lists other awards that the Chamber presents annually, Chairman’s Award, Ambassador of the Year and Business of the Year. These awards also feature information on each recipient and many pre-date the Civic Hall of Fame. It’s a fascinating display that is portable, but will remain at the library, on the second floor primarily, until a permanent home is determined.

So, when you are visiting our award-winning library, also plan to visit the Chamber’s new display. It will give you marvelous insight into many of Elmhurst’s finest over time.