Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst, Illinois
Elmhurst, Illinois
Counties: DuPage, Cook
Township: Addison and York
Incorporated: City, 1910
Mayor: Peter DiCianni
ZIP code(s): 60126
Area code(s): 630 and 331
Population (2000): 46,013 (2008 US Census Bureau, Population Estimates Program)
Change from 1990: up 1.74%
Density: 4,165.9/mi² (1,609.2/km²)
Area: 10.2 mi² (26.6 km²)
Per capita income: $32,015
(median: $69,794)
Home value: $241,272
(median: $211,100 (2000))
Website: www.elmhurst.org
Demographics (2000)[1]
White Black Hispanic Asian
93.40% 0.94% 4.02% 3.67%
Islander Native Other
0.02% 0.06% 0.97%

Elmhurst is a suburb of Chicago in DuPage and Cook Counties, Illinois. The population is 46,013 as of the 2008 US Census population estimate.[2]



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 of Ohio named Gerry Bates established a community on a tract of "treeless land" in 1842.

The following year, Cottage Hill 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, 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.

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.


Elmhurst is located at 41°53′32″N 87°56′38″W / 41.892280°N 87.943762°W / 41.892280; -87.943762Coordinates: 41°53′32″N 87°56′38″W / 41.892280°N 87.943762°W / 41.892280; -87.943762.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.3 square miles (27 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[4] 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 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 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $81,925, and the median income for a family was $97,975.[5] 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.

Points of interest


  • 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


A Metra train near Elmhurst station.

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. O'Hare International Airport is eighteen minutes from Elmhurst and Chicago Midway International Airport is 33 minutes from Elmhurst.

Notable people


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