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Elmhurst Community Information

Elmhurst community information

Zip code 60126

Elmhurst, 17 miles from the Loop, is an attractive, established community, with a perfect mixture of commerce and quiet suburban living.

Recognized as a Tree City, U.S.A., Elmhurst was the 14th community in the state to be named an Illinois Certified City and the first in DuPage County.

The community has three industrial parks, housing more than 1,900 businesses, and is home to a variety of cultural facilities that provide family entertainment.

The Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art features fine gems and gemstone carvings dating back to the Ming Dynasty.

The Elmhurst Historical Museum occupies an 1892 mansion built by the city’s first president. Its exhibits include numerous books, photographs, newspapers, clothing, toys and other objects that describe Elmhurst’s rich history.

The Elmwood College Arboretum is an accredited arboretum of woody plants and is registered as a national arboretum. It displays more than 1,000 plants of 270 species and varieties.

Elmhurst has a diverse park district which offers more than 300 programs. It boasts 27 parks and 428 acres of land. A fairly recent addition, Courts Plus, is an award-winning health, sports and fitness center. There are also two outdoor pools, a nine-hole golf course, a shared-use community center, a conservatory and greenhouse and the Abbey Leisure Center for adults over 55. The Barefoot Fun and Fitness Center is an indoor play and gym area for preschoolers.

For nature enthusiasts, walking and hiking are available on the newly developed Elmhurst segment of the Salt Creek Greenway nature trail. Volunteers work on the preservation and restoration of the prairie in cooperation with the park district.

Elmhurst Housing

The older housing stock - leaning toward Cape Cods Colonials, Tudors and ranches - is located in the south-central part of the city. Newer two-story and ranch homes are typically between 15 and 35 years old. Prices for single family homes range from $250,000 to $1,500,000; however, some are higher.

Elmhurst Schools

District 205, a kindergarten to 12th grade district, serves Elmhurst. High schoolers attend York Community High School.

Elmhurst Transportation

The East-West Tollway (I-88) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) intersect the I-290 Expressway. York Road (I-83) and Butterfield Road (I-56) are major arteries. Drive time to the Loop is 30 minutes. Midway and O’Hare airports are 25 and 20 minutes away, respectively. Metra commuter trains reach the Loop in 31 minutes.

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