Profile of Elmhurst

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 Conveniently located just 16 miles west of Chicago’s loop is Elmhurst, IL: A vibrant, tree-lined community with thriving retail shops, fine dining, outstanding theater and art, excellent museums, and engaging events throughout the year. 

There’s always plenty of excitement in Elmhurst winter, summer, spring or fall. Join the festivities every month of the year, with special events, performances and activities such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Art in the Park, the Pet Parade, Cool Cars Under the Stars, the Garden Walk and so much more. 


Elmhurst boasts many points of interest including the historical museum, art museum, symphony orchestra, and historic York Theatre.  The Elmhurst Park Districts maintains 23 parks, 2 swimming pools, beatiful gardens, family activities, batting cages, mini golf, and more.  For a full list of things to do and see in Elmhurst, visit the Attractions page of the Elmhurst Website.


Members of the Potawatomi Indian tribe, who settled along Salt Creek just south of where the city would develop, are the earliest known settlers of the Elmhurst area. Around 1836, European immigrants settled on tracts of land along the same creek. At what would become Elmhurst City Centre, a native of Ohio named Gerry Bates established a community on a tract of “treeless land” in 1842.

The following year, Cottage Hill Tavern opened where St. Charles Road and Cottage Hill Avenue presently intersect. In 1845, the community was officially named Cottage Hill when a post office was established. Four years later the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was given right-of-way through Cottage Hill giving farmers easier access to Chicago. The community changed its name to Elmhurst in 1869. Elmhurst was incorporated as a village in 1882, with a population of 1,050


Population: 46,013
Area:  10.2 square miles
Standard of Living :
Per capita income: $ 32,015
Home value: $ 241, 272

Median Household Income: $ 69,794


White:       93.4%
Asian:       3.67%
Hispanic:   4.02%
Black:        0.94%

Under 18 years:  25.6%
18 and over:       74.4%


School District: 
Community School District 205 DuPage High School District 88

For a complete list of schools in the area, visit the Education page of the Elmhurst Website.

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