The city of Elmhurst is located mostly in DuPage County, with a small portion found in Cook County. This western Illinois suburb’s great location puts it less than 30 minutes away from Chicago, with easy access to I290 and I294. This accessibility has made it one of the most sought-after bedroom communities for the Windy City, consistently ranking in lists of the best places for families in the US.
Elmhurst is well-known for its vibrant art and culture scene, as well as its wealth of shopping and dining options. The prestigious and historic Elmhurst College provides outstanding cultural and educational opportunities to the community. Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College has been named the 11th Best University in the Midwest by US World and News Report and has consistently been cited by CNN Money Magazine and Forbes Magazine for its high values in education in the Midwest.
Elmhurst College stages events for the community, including an annual jazz festival, live theater, and lectures. In addition to the college, the city is also home to other cultural venues like York Theatre, Elmhurst National Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, and more.
The village boasts around 9 shopping districts featuring retail spaces of all kinds – from big box stores to unique specialty shops – as well as restaurants and bars. The Elmhurst Business Districts are home to more shopping and dining options, in addition to numerous offices.
Outdoor lovers will not be disappointed either. There are acres of parks and open spaces in Elmhurst, including a 9-hole golf course and an events venue.
When it comes to Chicago real estate and the areas surrounding it, Elmhurst tops the list.
Homes for Sale in Elmhurst, IL
The housing stock in Elmhurst is made up mostly of single-family homes built in over 10 neighborhoods from the pre-1930s to the 2000s. The homes in the city are generally higher priced than most other Cook County real estate markets, but they come in a wide range of sizes and prices to meet the needs and preferences of different homebuyers.
You will find luxurious million-dollar homes with exquisite finishes and top-of-the-line features such as spas, outdoor grills, wet bars, and entertainment rooms. The majority of homes, however, are regular-sized, perfect for growing families with changing needs. Traditional and Ranch are popular architectural styles, but you will also find Victorian, Tudor, Colonial, and Cape Cod-style homes.
Condos, townhomes, and apartments have also gained traction in Elmhurst. Most of the new developments are found in or near the downtown area and include mixed-use properties that feature retail spaces and restaurants on the ground floor or in surrounding buildings.
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Attractions and activities in Elmhurst
- Elmhurst Park District
The park district maintains 28 parks, 500 acres of open space, 5.5 miles of walking trails, and several athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming pools, and more. There is also an outdoor skating rink, a climbing wall, and mini-golf and executive golf facilities.
- Elmhurst City Centre
The heart of downtown, City Centre features more than 275 merchants purveying a wide assortment of goods – from gifts to services to dining spots, including food trucks. The shops here include decades-old stores, as well as newer labels.
The Elmhurst Art Museum and the Elmhurst History Museum are the places to go for a day of arts and culture. The art museum is in one of only three houses built in the US by Mies van der Rohe, a pioneer of modernist architecture. It features permanent and rotating exhibits of local and international artists. The history museum exhibits artifacts, photos, and memorabilia showcasing the rich history of Elmhurst and the entire region.
Looking to buy or sell a home in Elmhurst, or needing property management services? Rory James and Unique Realty are the Realtors to call. Get in touch with them at 847-971-0674 or send them an email atrjames(at)askunique(dotted)com.