is an affluent suburb
in DuPage County
. The population is 43,298 (2006 Special Census.)
Members of the Potawatomi Indian tribe
, 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 immigrants
settled on tracts of land along the same creek
. At what would become Elmhurst City Centre, a native
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. Elmhurst was incorporated as a village in 1882, with a population of 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.
The Keebler Company's corporate headquarters were 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.
Points of interest
Historic York Theater is one of the most important landmarks in Elmhurst. It has been recently remodeled to bring the screen count up to 8, and add digital screens to the outside marquee entrance, without breaking the classic look.
- High Schools
- Middle Schools
- Bryan Middle School
- Churchville Middle School
- Sandburg Middle School
- Elementary Schools
- Conrad Fischer Elementary School
- Edison Elementary School
- Emerson Elementary School
- Field Elementary School
- Hawthorne Elementary School
- Jackson Elementary School
- Jefferson Elementary School
- Lincoln Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School, demolished in 1978
- Private Schools
- Dan Roan, sportscaster, WGN-TV
- Al Weis, Former Infielder, Chicago White Sox (1962-1967) and NY Mets (1968-1971)
- Eugene V. Debs, Presidential Candidate and Socialist Leader
- Jody Gerut, outfielder for the San Diego Padres
- Fred Lorenzen, former NASCAR driver
- Keith McCready, professional pool player.
- Jack O'Callahan, former Chicago Black Hawks hockey player
- Phillip Ramey, composer and pianist
- Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated writer
- Carl Sandburg, poet, historian, and novelist
- Ian Michael Smith, Star of Simon Birch
- Larry Stefanki, former tennis player
- Charles Tilly, Sociologist
- Rachel Melvin, Actress
- Jim Ryan, Former Illinois Attorney General
- John Grochowski, author and radio personality
- John Stockton, Former NBA player
- Mark Sibley, Former NBA player
Elmhurst is served by Pace
buses, and there is also a commuter railroad station
with service to downtown Chicago. The Union Pacific Railroad
has freight service on the Metra
line and Canadian National Railway
serves the train line south of the Metra line. All these trains go through a park in Elmhurst, the Union Pacific Railroad
go through Golden Meadows Park, while the Canadian National Railway
goes through Pioneer Park. O'Hare International Airport
is eighteen minutes from Elmhurst and is also 33 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport
Elmhurst is located at (41.892280, -87.943762).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.3 square miles (26.6 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, 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/sq mi (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
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.
The median income for a household in the city was $69,794, and the median income for a family was $81,496. Males had a median income of $57,193 versus $37,087 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,015. 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.
Boy scout troop 82 is located in Elmhurst.