Welcome to Elmhurst
Idyllic small-town charm minutes away from Chicago.
Drive west out of Downtown Chicago, and you’ll quickly find yourself in the beautiful and picturesque town of Elmhurst. Filled with a quaint, small-town charm just minutes away from all the conveniences of Chicago as well as its exquisite yet affordable homes, this community has become a favorite for young professionals who are looking to settle down and start raising a family.
Originally settled by the Potawatomi Native Americans, this community would eventually be established by Gerry Bates in 1842 and given the name Elmhurst in 1869. Since then, the town increased rapidly, adding railroad access and even a university. Nowadays, the town is an idyllic community with numerous small-town charms and beautiful homes in many different styles.
What to Love
- Attractive and welcoming town.
- Stunning yet affordable homes.
- A short drive from Downtown Chicago.
- Exceptionally rated public school system.
- Western Trail running and bike path.
People & Lifestyle
The combination of beautiful and affordable homes—in addition to the short commute from Chicago—makes this suburb one of the top picks for young professionals looking to build something for themselves. The majority of the population work in white-collar positions, with a median annual household income of over $100,000.
The young, up-and-coming population has made this town a hotspot of art and culture, and many residents enjoy the year-round events, local museums, and historic sites. There is also a great appreciation for the outdoors in the area, and many people soak up the numerous recreational areas available to them in Elmhurst.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining in Elmhurst is as eclectic and diverse as the community itself. Francesca’s Amici
is a local favorite, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy classic Italian dishes such as burrata, cavatelli pasta with ricotta, and veal medallions with creamy polenta. Another beloved restaurant is Mack’s Golden Pheasant
, serving world-class German-inspired fare that residents adore.Sushi Nest
is a great place to grab some exquisite Japanese, with a wide range of sushi rolls, ramen, and other authentic delights every guest will enjoy. Or, if you’re in the mood for some outstanding breakfast options, you’ll need to stop by Egg Harbor Cafe
. Between their omelets, red velvet French toast, and three different types of eggs benedict, you can be sure you’ll find something incredible every time you go.
Things to Do
The vibrancy of this town is undoubtedly apparent in the vast array of entertainment and recreational opportunities available to residents and visitors alike. The Elmhurst Art Museum
is a fantastic experience that constantly puts on new and fresh exhibitions for Elmhurst to enjoy, as well as a number of virtual and in-person events.
The Wilder Park Conservatory
has been linking Elmhurst with its botanical past for nearly a century with its annual flower shows. This is a stunning place to visit with friends and family. The Glos Memorial Park
is another excellent place to get in touch with nature on the numerous walking paths and in the stunning gardens.Throw Nation
is a fun way to spend the afternoon. Have a bite to eat and try your hand at throwing axes. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, they also offer football-bowling.
Families in Elmhurst have made their children’s education a priority, and it shows in the highly-rated institutions in the area. Some schools worthy of note include:
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