Last weekend, Elmhurst, IL saw the return of the Elmhurst History Museum’s annual “Town vs. Gown” Vintage Baseball Game, pitting the City of Elmhurst against the Elmhurst University to take home the coveted Cottage Hill Cup. The players, which included City of Elmhurst elected officials, staff, commissioners, and volunteers, and Elmhurst University faculty, staff, trustees, and alums, entertained baseball fans with an old-fashioned ball game played by the wildly different rules of 1858. After a close game, Elmhurst University won the match 13-12 and took home the trophy. The City of Elmhurst held the trophy in 2023.

Free to attend, the Vintage Baseball Game took place on Sunday, June 23 at the Elmhurst University College Mall. Attendees were also able to learn about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from the WWII Girls Baseball Living History League before the game began. Enjoying the great weather, locals and visitors alike cheered for their favorite team and appreciated an afternoon of old-school family fun.

“We had a fantastic game this year!” shared Elmhurst History Museum Executive Director, Dave Oberg. “Our Vintage Baseball Game is a great opportunity to bring the community together, whether attendees are joining a team or watching and cheering on the players from the sidelines. We appreciate the involvement from both the City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst University and can’t wait for the next game!”

The Elmhurst History Museum is open to all ages and offers free admission. The Museum is open 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday & Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, and closed Monday. For additional information on the Elmhurst History Museum or upcoming events, please visit