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Since its development from an 1830s settlement to a prospering suburban city, Elmhurst has transformed into quite an attractive place for young professionals, families and businesses. Sure, the City is well equipped with such superlative amenities as outstanding schools, abundant recreation and plenty of cultural and entertainment outlets; but another characteristic of Elmhurst has continued to draw in prospective residents and business ventures, and that is the City’s strategic location in the great Chicagoland area. This locality places Elmhurst a mere 16 miles west of downtown Chicago and in close proximity to several major highway systems, ample public transit options, and leading regional and international airports—all contributing to efficient travel in, out and around the area.


Serving as the eastern portal to DuPage County, Elmhurst sits at the crossroads of Interstates 290 (Eisenhower Expressway), 294 (Tri-State Tollway) and 88 (East-West Tollway). York Street, also commonly referred to as York Road, is Elmhurst’s main roadway, traveling through the center of the City north from Roosevelt Road (U.S. Route 38) and south from Grand Avenue. Kingery Highway (IL Route 83) runs north-south, eventually joining the east-west thoroughfare of North Avenue (IL Route 64) near the northwest edge of Elmhurst.


Saving funds and aiding in “greener” travel, Elmhurst offers several options for public transit. Transport from Elmhurst to Chicago, and suburbs in between, is made easy via the Metra Commuter Rail System. The Metra Union Pacific West line traverses the City’s landscape, making a number of daily stops at Elmhurst’s downtown station at 128 West First Street— a locality that places it in the heart of the Elmhurst City Centre.

Pace, Chicagoland’s chief suburban transit resource and a division of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), operates seven fixed bus routes in the City, running daily to and from major area destinations such as the downtown Metra station, the north Industrial Park, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health.


Regional, national and international air travel is readily available to Elmhurst residents, businesses and visitors, as the City is situated within 20 miles of two of the country’s leading airports. The busy O’Hare International Airport can be reached within 15 minutes by traveling north on I-294 to I-190 west, while Midway International Airport is accessible via I-294 south and I-355 east to South Cicero Avenue (IL Route 50)— a quick 30-minute drive. Local businesses and general aviation flyers also have access to DuPage County Airport, a reliever airport to both O’Hare and Midway, within 15 miles.

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