Elmhurst is a city in the western Chicago suburbs, known for its great schools, bustling town, and central location for transportation including a Metra commuter rail train station. The estimated population of Elmhurst is roughly 46,380 residents with the estimated median home value of $392,880. It was ranked as one of the ‘Ten Best U.S. Towns for Families’ in 2014 by Family Circle. Downtown Elmhurst features an abundance of restaurants, local shops, businesses, and even a movie theatre. Also located in the town is Elmhurst College, a private four-year university focusing on liberal arts education, as well as Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, which is the first hospital in Du Page county.
Most Elmhurst residents live within the Elmhurst Community School District 205, which is composed of three middle schools and eight elementary schools, feeding into the public York Community High School. York was ranked 257 in Newsweek’s list of America’s Best High Schools in 2011, and listed 687 of all public high schools in America by the US News 2017 High School rankings. Some Elmhurst residents also attend Proviso West High School, another nearby public high school. Elmhurst also has several private schools, including IC Catholic Prep, Timothy Christian School, and Immaculate Conception.
Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade is hosted in the town for residents and nearby locals, which is the third largest of that type in the Chicago area, after the famous downtown Chicago event. Elmhurst is also home to the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Theatre Historical Society of America, which protects dance, movie theatres, opera and play productions. Wilder Park Conservatory is a botanical garden located on 6 acres of Elmhurst land, with a conservatory, several greenhouses and gardens, as well as the historic Wilder Mansion which was the original location of the Elmhurst Public Library.