City of Elmhurst

City Of Elmhurst

  Elmhurst - A Wonderful Place To Live!

Elmhurst  is what it is today because of its founders. The early settlers chose the location because of the town's proximity to Chicago and major transportation routes. Elmhurst  is only 15 miles west of Chicago's Loop and is accessible by all the major expressways, which also allows a person to conveniently get to O'Hare and Midway airports. The Metra train runs right through the heart of downtown Elmhurst on its way to downtown Chicago.

The Elmhurst Historical Museum

The city boasts a proud history that dates back to the members of the Potawatomi Indian tribe who first settled along Salt Creek. By the 1830's, European immigrants settled here and in 1869 named the village Cottage Hill. The community was renamed Elmhurst  in 1945 for the many elm trees planted along the streets. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, many families took refuge in Elmhurst. From 1950 to 1970, the population grew to more than 50,000.

  Elmhurst Art Museum

There are a variety of architectural styles and types in Elmhurst including homes created by famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Burley Griffin. The Elmhurst Art Museum's main building is one of three Mies van der Rohe homes built in the United States. The Elmhurst  Historical Museum is housed in the Glos Mansion, the 1892-built home of Henry Glos, one of the founding fathers and Elmhurst's first village president. The Elmhurst  Public Library's east section was a traditional colonial style built in 1868 for Seth Wadhams.

Elmhurst Morning Rotary's Annual Breadbasket Classic 5k Run
  Elmhurst has an excellent school system - District 205. This attracts many families to Elmhurst, as good schools are their number one concern. Our award winning park district offers many programs for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens. We have two outdoor public pools; the Norman Smalley Pool was opened in 2000 with a zero level start plus a diving area and slide. Elmhurst has 14 religious denominations represented by 30 religious facilities. Elmhurst is home to two colleges - Elmhurst College and MacCormac College.

Our community hosts an Oktoberfest, which is a celebration of the heritage of our founders, as well as Elmfest in June with many food venders and a carnival. There is also entertainment in City Centre, "Cool Cars Night", plus movies and music in Wilder Park. Of course we can't forget the restored York Theatre with it's first run movies.

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Prairie Path

The beautiful Prairie Path - originally the Aurora Elgin right of way - runs through Elmhurst and has been developed into a bike and jogging or walking trail. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and the new state of the art Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health provide exceptional health care for residents. Elmhurst is truly a great place to call home.