Welcome to Elmhurst
A vibrant, tree-lined community with thriving retail shops, fine dining, outstanding theatre and art, excellent museums, and engaging events throughout the year. Conveniently located just 16 miles west of Chicago's loop, this vibrant, tree-lined City of Elmhurst offers thriving retail shops, fine dining, outstanding theatre and art, excellent museums, and a variety of events during the year. Elmhurst has its own Metra commuter rail station and is convenient to both O’Hare and Midway Airports, as well as major highways.
The Elmhurst History Museum is an award-winning regional history museum founded in 1957 and operated by the City of Elmhurst. The museum engages people with history through its extensive collection and archives, enlightening exhibits, and diverse educational experiences. The Elmhurst History Museum is located in a historically significant landmark known as the Glos Mansion, the former home of Elmhurst’s first village president, Henry Glos, and his wife, Lucy that was built c. 1892. The Museum connects people with history by presenting an eclectic mix of changing exhibits on a broad range of history-related topics, an engaging interactive exhibit on Elmhurst’s own history, plus a wide array of public programs, exhibit tours, school and scout programs, and special community events. Admission is Free.
One of Elmhurst’s great assets is its prosperous central business district. Right by the train station, Elmhurst City Centre is on walkable, leafy streets with benches, vintage-style lamps and lots of sidewalk seating or restaurants and cafes. This is a fabulous place to potter around for an hour or two, with a wonderful assortment of unusual independent shops, including galleries, boutiques, jewelers, antiques and collectibles dealers, a comic book shop, a toy shop, and even a furrier and cigar shop. Sprinkled throughout Elmhurst City Centre are independent eateries whether you’re in the mood for crêpes, frozen desserts, sushi, noodles, Chinese, BBQ, pizza, tacos, Italian cuisine, a cocktail, or an elegant glass of wine. Downtown is also the scene for some major events, including one of Chicagoland’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades, and a Memorial Day parade observed since 1918.
Perfectly located between downtown and Elmhurst University is a charming park that is also at the soul of the city’s social life. Wilder Park has often been hailed as the best park in Chicago’s suburbs and is on the grounds of the namesake mansion, first raised in the 1860s and home to several prominent local families. The Wilder Mansion, remodeled in the 1930s and 1960s, is rented out as a wedding venue, while you can savor the exquisite formal gardens and the elegant Wilder Park Conservatory, dating to 1923 and famed for its seasonal displays (lilies, chrysanthemums, and poinsettias). Along with the Elmhurst Art Museum and Lizzadro Museum, Wilder Park has a bustling events calendar, with an Easter Egg hunt, Art in the Park in May, summer concerts and movie screenings, and a holiday market at the mansion, to name just a handful.
The mission of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is to meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be a national leader in educating children of all backgrounds and ability levels, promoting high individual student achievement. The District will incorporate student-centered decision making, the highest academic standards, best practices in education, the highest caliber educational professionals, and leading edge resources to ensure an equitable education for all and success in a global society.