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As an upscale suburb, Elmhurst houses a mix of urban flare and residential comfort. Its quaint downtown has an assortment of entertainment venues, local business, upscale dining, family restaurants, and casual bars. At the edge of this downtown center stands Elmhurst College, a noteworthy institution and a source of great pride for the community. The college plays an active role in the community by hosting events, sponsoring volunteer efforts, and welcoming students of all backgrounds. With special events, neighborhood activities, and fine arts performances all year long, Elmhurst is a community which many are proud to call home.
Cost of Living
Elmhurst is a Chicago suburb with a prime location and a relatively affluent population. The average home value in this suburb is higher than the national average and double the state average. Also, with Illinois claiming some of the highest property taxes in the country and DuPage County holding the highest property taxes in Illinois, you can expect to pay a hefty chunk to the county treasurer.
Not a major business hub, Elmhurst is a bit of a bedroom community. Many residents commute outside the suburb for work, and there are many transportation options. The Union Pacific West line of the Metra has a station in the heart of Downtown Elmhurst, taking commuters to Ogilvie Transit Center in the West Loop. There’s also a Pace bus line that starts at the CTA Rosemont Blue Line station, crosses through Bensenville, runs straight through Elmhurst on York Street, and finishes its route at Oakbrook Center. For drivers heading into Chicago or the surrounding neighborhoods, Elmhurst is bordered by Interstates 290, 294, and 88. The suburb is also roughly 10 miles from O’Hare International Airport.
From kindergarten to college, Elmhurst offers high-quality education to all levels of learners. Elmhurst is served by a number of top-rated schools in the Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, including eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. The suburb is also part of the DuPage High School District 88 and the Salt Creek School District 48. The private schools in Elmhurst, such as Immanuel Lutheran and Timothy Christian, are also strong academic institutions. However, the crown jewel of the community is Elmhurst College, which has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 Colleges in the Midwest as well as one of the Midwest’s best values in higher education.
Home to the Elmhurst History Museum, the Elmhurst Art Museum, and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst harbors a vibrant cultural scene within its quaint downtown core, providing urban amenities at a suburban pace. Within the downtown heart of the community, The York Theater stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to its identity. Built in 1924 and transformed into a Classic Cinemas in 1982, the theater remains faithful to its original motif. Also, Elmhurst heavily supports the fine arts, sponsoring groups such as the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the GreenMan Theater Troupe, the Elmhurst Choral Union, the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre, and the Spirito Singers. When you’d rather be outdoors, this suburb is populated with pocket parks as well as two larger parks: Wilder Park and Berens Park. The community also has an annual “Rock the Block” street festival, a craft beer festival, and a world-class jazz festival hosted by Elmhurst College.
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