Long the eastern gateway to DuPage County, Elmhurst also is located just sixteen miles west of Chicago. This dynamic suburban city, in this dynamic spot, is home to more than 44,000 residents. Progressive, civic-minded, business-friendly, Elmhurst is a “complete” city in every way.
Founded in 1836, Elmhurst is a historic, tree-lined community with a wide variety of housing. It enjoys thriving retail shopping centers and urban boutiques, excellent restaurants, a ten screen movie theatre, multiple automobile dealerships, and three business parks. Home to the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, opened in 2011 and Elmhurst College, established in 1871, Elmhurst is a vibrant mix of the past and the future. Arts and culture abound with four distinct museums and an outstanding symphony orchestra. The new Elmhurst Public Library was opened in 2003 and the outstanding Elmhurst Park District has facilities throughout the city.
Education is a principal focus for the community. Elmhurst School District 205 features the recently re-built York Community High School as well as elementary and middle schools that have all been expanded and enhanced. In addition to the public education system, there is a strong parochial presence as well with four different schools within the city.
The City operates under a council/manager form of local government. The City Council consists of a mayor and fourteen aldermen within seven wards. The citizens also elect a city clerk and city treasurer. Elmhurst has a longstanding history of public/private cooperation at all levels but particularly in the retail and industrial real estate sectors. Elmhurst Economic Development offers business incentives including TIF Districts, façade grants, retail grants and personalized site selection assistance. The city has always pursued varied sources of revenue and as a result the property tax rate is one of the lowest in DuPage County while delivering superior services to its citizens as reported in a bi-annual citizen survey.
Looking ahead, Elmhurst anticipates having a new parking deck/retail facility on Addison Street in downtown. It would be the fourth municipal deck and the second with retail space. It is expected that Mariano’s Fresh Market will be coming to North York Street with an opening in 2013 and 450 potential new jobs. The Elmhurst City Council is deciding on the establishment of three new TIF Districts within the city, North York Street, York & Vallette Streets and Riverside Drive. The city has three, very well performing TIFs currently within the City Centre/downtown, Lake Street and Route 83 and St. Charles Road.
Elmhurst is a “complete” city not only because of its excellent diversity of attributes and complimentary blend of features, but because of its people. Civic pride and civic responsibility result in a community with outstanding non-profits and a high level of volunteerism and participation in community events. Friendliness, neighborhoods, people helping people when needed, overall safety, and an awareness that Elmhurst is a special place to live and work, mark this city as much as nearly two centuries of existence does.
Elmhurst has just about everything…and we are delighted that is the case.
Elmhurst Economic Development Contact Information:
Economic Development, CIty of Elmhurst
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Other local websites:
City of Elmhurst: www.elmhurst.org
Explore Elmhurst: www.exploreelmhurst.com
Explore Elmhurst on Facebook: www.Facebookcom/ExploreElmhurst
Explore Elmhurst on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ExploreElmhurst
Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce: www.elmhurstchamber.org
Elmhurst City Centre: www.elmhurstcitycentre.com
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