Elmhurst is a thriving community known for its premium shopping and dining experiences as well as a booming arts culture. Located just 16 miles west of Chicago, Elmhurst was first settled by the Potawatomi Native Americans followed by European immigrants in the 1830s. Originally named Cottage Hill, the town was officially incorporated in 1882 as a village and changed its name to Elmhurst. Since that time the population has grown quickly with over 40,000 citizens.
Featuring mostly luxurious housing options, the town is known for its beautiful Victorian style homes and Cape Cod-style homes. The average sales price of a single-family home in Elmhurst went for $402,826 in 2012. The area serves its citizens and tourists with a large number of things to do, including theatres, museums, and a lively art scene. Chicago Magazine named the Elmhurst Art Museum as its “Best Suburban Art Museum in Chicago.” Elmhurst also has over 20 parks that include golf courses, tennis courts, and public pools. The community holds an annual Memorial Day parade and on of the areas largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. The town is close to O’Hare International airport and is surrounding by several major US highways.
The community’s educational services are provided by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Elmhurst College, a private liberal arts school, is located in the town as well. There is a Metra station in the town, providing students and commuters alike convenient transportation both locally and to downtown Chicago.
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