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and Sundays, 1-4pm

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Pull out your phone and start snapping. Send your photo and description of a new or old building in Des Plaines to Don't forget to have fun! More details below.

Photos wanted!

The public is invited to participate in a community photo project in Des Plaines called “On the Street Where You Live, Work, and Play.” Residents of all ages can submit photos of their house, favorite building, or other interesting structure located in Des Plaines. The effort is sponsored by the Des Plaines History Center, the Des Plaines Arts Council, Des Plaines Memory, and the Des Plaines Public Library.

 “This project is about having fun,” said Rhonda Popko of the Arts Council. “People can contribute without feeling intimidated. It’s not an art competition. Everyone has phones. Everyone can snap a picture.”

 The project was launched in conjunction with the Des Plaines History Center’s current show, “Des Plaines Architecture: An Exhibit about our Homes and City.” Community members can upload up to three photos to, where they will be posted online. Photos can also be scanned at the History Center, which is open to the public Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. All photo submissions can include a brief description of the image or a memory of the scene or a statement about why the photo is meaningful.

 Popko hopes the effort will create a sense of place by photographically portraying daily life in Des Plaines. She added that the photos will be displayed in a traveling mural and a sculptural work.

 “This project gives people a chance to leave a mark and be part of something that everyone can partake in,” she said. “It can make you feel good about where you live or worship or what you are passionate about.”

Photos will be accepted until July 31. For more information or help with submitting or scanning photos, call the History Center at 847-391-5399 or email


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2016 Community Events

The Des Plaines History Center participates in community events throughout the year. More information on these events will be coming soon.

  • 9th Annual Spring Fun Fair - Saturday, May 21, at Mountain View Adventure Center
  • Taste of Des Plaines - Friday-Saturday, June 17-18, downtown Des Plaines -- History Center open Saturday, 12-5pm!
  • "Our History" Independence Day Parade - Monday, July 4, parade route proceeds along Center Street in Des Plaines
  • 8th Annual Fall Fest - Friday-Sunday, September 16-18, at Lake Park

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