Known for its vibrant, tree-lined streets and convenient central location in the Chicagoland area, Elmhurst is a friendly and family-focused community with fantastic amenities and great public schools.
Initially settled in 1834 and later incorporated in 1882 the city of Elmhurst has all the qualities of peaceful suburbia with the benefit of being only 30 minutes away from Chicago’s bustling downtown metropolis. In 2014 Elmhurst was ranked as one of the “Ten Best U.S. Towns for Families” by Family Circle magazine.
Elmhurst Real Estate Insights
Elmhurst’s charming mix of historic homes and modern developments has made the city very attractive to prospective buyers. The median list price per square foot in Elmhurst is $271 and the median price of homes currently listed at $549,900.
People & Lifestyle
Elmhurst residents take pride in their first-rate schools and District 205 operates eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Elmhurst’s York Community High School as the 17th best High School in Illinois and one of the best in the nation. Sitting upon a beautiful 38-acre plot of land, Elmhurst College ranks among the best liberal arts institutions in the Midwest.
With eight recreation centers, 27 tennis courts, a senior center, two swimming pools, a spray ground, a fitness center, a golf course, and more, the Elmhurst Park District has something for everyone. Elmhurst also has a robust public transit system composed of bus services, the Metra Union Pacific/West Line train, and during the summers and December, the city also has the "Elmhurst Express Trolley", a free weekend trolley that connects downtown Elmhurst to the Spring Road businesses and the Elmhurst Public Library.
Additionally, the Elmhurst Art Museum is a premier cultural destination known for the quality of its visual arts, architecture, and educational programs and was recently named the “Best Suburban Art Museum in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine. The city is also home to a range of businesses ranging from coffee shops and yoga studios to the headquarters of Sunshine Biscuits and McMaster-Carr Supply Co. Famous Amos cookies are also distributed from Elmhurst.