Introduction to Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst, Illinois is 8 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 15 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Du Page County. The city is part of the Chicago metro area. The population of Elmhurst is 42,762.

Elmhurst History

Elmhurst was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indian tribe. The area was first settled in by European immigrants around 1836. The Hill Cottage Tavern was opened in 1843. The area was named Cottage Hill in 1845. The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad entered the area around 1849. Cottage Hill was renamed Elmhurst in 1869 and officially incorporated in 1882. The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital was built in 1926.

Elmhurst and nearby Attractions

  • Elmhurst Art Museum
  • American Movie Palace Museum
  • McCormick House
  • Elmhurst Historical Museum
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park

Things To Do In Elmhurst

You can enjoy a day trip with your family to the Elmhurst Salt Creek County Forest Preserve. Also worth visiting is the Conrad Fisher Park, Eldridge Park, Pluckett Park, York Commons Park, Crestview Park, and Pioneer Park. You can also visit the Elmhurst Historical Museum and Elmhurst Art Museum to learn more about the history of the city. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Elmhurst Crossing Shopping Center.

Elmhurst Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is very close to the city.

Elmhurst Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Elmhurst College, College of Du Page and Triton College.


Total Population 45,105
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 20,859
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 56.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.7%
Median Earnings25+ $57,483
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,230
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,909


Median Family Income $117,344
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 9.6%


People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,378
Median House Value $366,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.1%
Irish 22.3%

Elmhurst Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60126
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.89
Longitude -87.94

Elmhurst Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellwood 19,149 $59,329
Berkeley 5,219 $78,168

Elmhurst Public Libraries

Elmhurst P.l.
Elmhurst, Illinois
(630) 279-8696
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Elmhurst Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(630) 833-1400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,448 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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Elmhurst (C. & N.W. Ry. Chicago and North Western Railway Station) between 1880 and 1899

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Elmhurst (C. & N.W. Ry. Chicago and North Western Railway Station) between 1880 and 1899

Chicago & North Western Railway station between 1880 and 1899

Chicago & North Western Railway station between 1880 and 1899

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