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Elmhurst, Illinois
City of Elmhurst
Elmhurst City Center.jpg
  • "Close to Everything, Unlike Anything"
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Location of Elmhurst in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Elmhurst in DuPage County, Illinois.
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage, Cook
Townships Addison, York, and Proviso
Incorporated June 5, 1882 (1882-06-05)
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 10.28 sq mi (26.62 km2)
 • Land 10.22 sq mi (26.47 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)  0.58%
686 ft (209 m)
 • Total 45,786
 • Density 4,480.92/sq mi (1,730.02/km2)
Standard of living (2015-19)
 • Per capita income $57,881
 • Median home value $432,600
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP Code
60126, 60127
Area codes 630 and 331
FIPS code 17-23620
GNIS ID 2394673

Elmhurst is a city mostly in DuPage County and overlapping into Cook County in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a western suburb of Chicago. As of 2021, the city has an estimated population of 47,260.


Elmhurst btwen 1880 and 1899
Elmhurst Station ca. 1890

Members of the Potawatomi Native American people, who settled along Salt Creek just south of where the city would develop, are the earliest known settlers of the Elmhurst area. Around 1836, European-American immigrants settled on tracts of land along the same creek. At what would become Elmhurst City Centre, a native of Ohio named Gerry Bates established a community on a tract of "treeless land" in 1842.

The following year, Hill Cottage Tavern opened where St. Charles Road and Cottage Hill Avenue presently intersect. In 1845, the community was officially named Cottage Hill when a post office was established. Four years later the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad was given right-of-way through Cottage Hill giving farmers easier access to Chicago. The community changed its name to Elmhurst in 1869. In 1871, Elmhurst College was organized and currently has 3,500 undergraduates and about 300 graduate students. Elmhurst was incorporated as a village in 1882, with a population between 723 and 1,050, and legal boundaries of St. Charles Road to North Avenue, and one half mile west and one quarter mile east of York Street. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital was founded in 1926 as the first hospital in DuPage County.

The Memorial Parade has run every Memorial Day since 1918, and the annual Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade continues to be the third largest parade of that sort in the Chicago area, following the more famous parades downtown and on the city's South Side.

Since 1964, it has been home to Elmhurst CRC, one of the largest congregations of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The Keebler Company's corporate headquarters was in Elmhurst until 2001, when the Kellogg Company purchased the company. The city is home to the headquarters of Sunshine Biscuits and McMaster-Carr Supply Co. Famous Amos cookies are also distributed from Elmhurst.

In 2014, Family Circle magazine ranked Elmhurst as one of the "Ten Best U.S. Towns for Families".


According to the 2010 census, Elmhurst has a total area of 10.306 square miles (26.69 km2), of which 10.25 square miles (26.55 km2) (or 99.46%) is land and 0.056 square miles (0.15 km2) (or 0.54%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 329
1880 723 119.8%
1890 1,050 45.2%
1900 1,728 64.6%
1910 2,360 36.6%
1920 4,594 94.7%
1930 14,055 205.9%
1940 15,458 10.0%
1950 21,273 37.6%
1960 36,991 73.9%
1970 46,392 25.4%
1980 44,276 −4.6%
1990 42,029 −5.1%
2000 42,762 1.7%
2010 44,121 3.2%
2020 45,786 3.8%
U.S. Census Bureau
Demographics (2010)
White Black Asian
89.5% 1.9% 5.1%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.1% 3.4% 6.6%

As of the 2000 census, there were 42,762 people, 15,627 households, and 11,235 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,165.9 people per square mile (1,609.2/km2). There were 16,147 housing units at an average density of 1,573.1 per square mile (607.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.40% White, 0.94% African American, 0.06% Native American, 3.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.97% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.02% of the population.

There were 15,627 households, out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

According to a 2019 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $118,605. Males had a median income of $57,193 versus $37,087 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,601. About 1.9% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • The Theatre Historical Society of America is focused on the preservation of dance, opera, and movie theaters and includes a collection of objects from many theaters that are no longer in existence. Among the items on display is a scale model of the 1927 Avalon Theater (now known as the New Regal Theater).
  • Wilder Park Conservatory
  • A 150-foot-deep (46 m) limestone quarry covering about 59 acres (240,000 m2) is located half a mile west of downtown along West Avenue and 1st Street. A tunnel from Salt Creek diverts water into the quarry in case of a flood.



Elmhurst is served by Pace buses, and the Metra Union Pacific/West Line. The Union Pacific Railroad has freight service on the Metra line and Canadian National Railway serves the former Illinois Central line south of the Metra line. O'Hare International Airport is 18 minutes from Elmhurst, and Chicago Midway International Airport is 33 minutes from Elmhurst.

During the summers and December, Elmhurst also has the "Elmhurst Express Trolley". A free weekend trolley that connects downtown Elmhurst to the Spring Road businesses and the Elmhurst Public Library. It runs Friday-Saturday and the $40,000 cost comes out of visiting and tourism fund.


Top employers

According to Elmhurst's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Edward-Elmhurst Hospital 2,758
2 McMaster-Carr Supply Company 800
3 Elmhurst University 600
4 Duchossois Enterprises Group 450
5 Altorfer Power Systems (Caterpillar dealer) 400
6 Semblex Corporation 260
7 Superior Sound, Inc. 250
8 FedEx Freight 200
9 Superior Ambulance Service 200
10 Safway Services, LLC 180


The Old Main building at Elmhurst University dates to 1878.

Elmhurst University is a local college of the area. It is a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

School districts serving Elmhurst include:

  • Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 serves most of the city; its high school is York Community High School
  • Salt Creek School District 48
  • DuPage High School District 88
  • Hillside School District 93 serves the Cook County portion; in 1953 this portion had 45 houses
  • Students at Hillside 93 move on to Proviso West High School of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209

Private schools:

  • IC Catholic Prep, formerly Immaculate Conception High School
  • Timothy Christian School
  • Immaculate Conception Grade School
  • Immanuel Lutheran Grade School
  • Visitation Catholic Grade School

Notable people

See also

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