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Overview of Elmhurst

The charming Chicago suburb of Elmhurst is a city with a small-town atmosphere. The community prides itself on implementing its six pillars of character program. These character pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The city has worked to integrate these characteristics into local government, schools, sports and businesses.

Elmhurst apartments for rent can be found in various neighborhoods throughout the city.

Living in Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst has come quite a long way since it originated as a stop on the stagecoach line between Chicago and the Fox River Valley. The town's small population began to grow and when the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad set up tracks right through the area, it became an ideal spot from which local farmers could ship produce and Illinois residents could travel more freely through the state.

Through the 1920s and 1930s, Elmhurst's population grew rapidly, and its residents benefited from modern services like sidewalks, paved roads, electric streetlights and a sewer service. After World War II, a housing boom led to the development of several new subdivisions and schools.

According to July 2011 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city was home to 44,439 residents. Modern Elmhurst embraces its past while keeping up with the technological advancements of the present day. The city strives to maintain a high standard of living for residents to ensure they stay happy with their community. Those seeking Elmhurst apartments will find that the area prides itself on being a great place to live.

Elmhurst Work and Study

Students residing in Elmhurst will find that Elmhurst College, a private four-year institution, is conveniently located within the city. The institution, founded in 1871, offers dozens of majors and multiple graduate programs. Small class sizes, lots of on-campus activities and sports teams all contribute to the sense of community at the school.

In addition to providing an education to its pupils, Elmhurst College also acts as one of the city's largest employers. Plenty of additional teachers are employed by Elmhurst Community School District 205. Those seeking employment in the medical field should note that the area's primary employer is Elmhurst Memorial Hospital & Center for Health. Other companies in Elmhurst that employ large numbers of residents are Superior Air Ground Ambulance, HSBC North America and McMaster-Carr Supply Co.

Rentals in Elmhurst, IL, and Cost of Living

Apartments in Elmhurst typically range from about $1,000 to $2,000 per month, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The same source revealed that the median gross monthly rent in the city was $1,072 in 2009.

Some residents find that Elmhurst's location near several airports, train stations and Chicago are well-worth the cost of living. Elmhurst's downtown is a very walkable area, and in a 2012 study of "Transit Friendly" communities in the Chicago area, Elmhurst ranked in the top five. The city's newly created bicycle task force is making it easier than ever for residents to get around the city for free on two wheels.

Elmhurst Attractions and Special Events

Elmhurst is full of cultural attractions because of its extensive history. One of its most popular museums is the Elmhurst Historical Museum. This free museum is located inside the historic Glos Mansion, the old home of the city's first village president. It uses artifacts related to the development of the city to create engaging and educational exhibits for the public to enjoy. Other museums in the city include the Elmhurst Art Museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.

Fans of the performing arts will find plenty of options to discover in Elmhurst. The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra has existed in some form since the 1950s, and regularly treats audiences to spectacular performances. The Elmhurst Choral Union also performs for the public, and interested residents may even look into auditioning to sing with the group. The GreenMan Theatre Troupe offers another opportunity for Elmhurst citizens to simply enjoy a show, or try to get involved with the community theatre group.

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