Located 16 miles west of downtown Chicago, Elmhurst is vibrant community known for its many shopping and dining opportunities as well as arts and culture.
Elmhurst was first settled by Potawatomi Native Americans, followed by European-American immigrants in the 1830s. Initially named Cottage Hill, the town was renamed Elmhurst and officially incorporated as a village in 1882. The community grew rapidly during the 1920s and presently, Elmhurst is a bustling town with more than 40,000 residents.
Housing options in Elmhurst real estate range from stately Victorians and Tudors to Colonials and Cape Cod-style homes. In 2012, the average sales price for a single-family home in Elmhurst was $402,826 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
Students in the community are served by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. The town is also home to Elmhurst College, a private liberal arts college. With its proximity to O'Hare International Airport, the Tri-State Tollway and the Eisenhower Expressway, Elmhurst offers residents convenient transportation options. A Metra station is also located in the community, providing quick and easy access to downtown Chicago.
Residents and visitors enjoy a number of attractions in Elmhurst, including the Theatre Historical Society of America, the Elmhurst Historical Museum, and the Elmhurst Art Museum, which Chicago Magazine has named the “Best Suburban Art Museum in Chicago.” Elmhurst Park District also offers more than 20 parks and numerous facilities including tennis courts, a golf course, swimming pools, recreation centers and more. Each year, the community holds a Memorial Day parade and one of Chicago's biggest St. Patrick's Day parades.