With a wealth of shops, restaurants, community events, and arts and culture, Elmhurst is home to more than 40,000 residents who enjoy everything this vibrant community has to offer. Elmhurst’s award-winning park district maintains nearly 30 parks as well as walking trails, playgrounds and athletic facilities. At the center of town is Wilder Park, where locals will also find the community’s public library, Wilder Mansion, the Wilder Park Conservatory and the Elmhurst Art Museum. The museum has been named the “Best Suburban Art Museum in Chicago” by Chicago magazine and is adjacent to the McCormick House, a rare single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe.
Elmhurst is also home to the Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, GreenMan Theatre Troupe, Elmhurst Choral Union and Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. In addition to its many cultural offerings, the city is known for its bustling shopping and dining scene. Elmhurst’s City Centre boasts a movie theater, an assortment of eateries and boutiques, and community events such as the annual Rock the Block Party. The Elmhurst Express Trolley connects downtown Elmhurst with the community’s other shopping areas, including the Spring Road and York & Vallette business districts. The Trolley is free and runs during the summer and holiday season.
Residents come together for dozens of community events that are held throughout the year. The Memorial Day Parade has taken place every year since its start in 1918 and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the third largest in the Chicagoland area. Students in the community are primarily served by Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. The city is also the site of Elmhurst College, a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1871. With its proximity to O'Hare International Airport, the Tri-State Tollway and the Eisenhower Expressway, Elmhurst offers convenient transportation options. A Metra train station is also located in town, providing easy access to downtown Chicago.
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