A close-knit community that ’ s both a family-friendly suburb and a college town, Elmhurst has plenty to offer.
"When their homes and businesses burned, they moved in. ”
As Elmhurst grew, it established traditions that continue today. The annual Memorial Day Parade began in 1918. Elmhurst ’ s St. Patrick ’ s Day parade is the largest outside of Chicago.
A special exhibit on Scottish Jewelry runs through January 26, featuring more than 20 pieces from the Lizzadro Collection, including antique crest and kilt pins, brooches and bracelets.
Elmhurst offers a number of shopping and business districts, including an automotive triangle between Grand Avenue, Lake Street and North York Street, with over a dozen nameplates represented.
Elmhurst ’ s downtown also remains vibrant. Stretching from North Avenue, south to Adelaide Street and bisected by York Street, Elmhurst City Centre is home to dozens of retail, dining, entertainment and service businesses. A pedestrian friendly shopping area, City Centre ’ s 11 free parking areas make it accessible to visitors.
Shoppers can find boutiques, such as Camden, E Lounge and enzee, and specialty shops like My Favorite Toy Store, York Furrier, and more. The area has become known for its fitness-related businesses, including exercise studios and fitness retailers.
“ Fitt-Rx opened a year ago and is already expanding for the third time. We also have two running retailers that do lots of community events, ” Sopko says.
City Centre also is home to more than 40 eateries, from ice cream and coffee shops, favorite chains such as Chipoltle and Buffalo Wild Wings, and fine dining destinations such as Caf é Amano.
Ongoing activities, such as seasonal festivals and in-store events make City Centre popular year round, and an anchor to the Elmhurst marketplace.
“ It ’ s the idyllic downtown people remember from their childhoods. It ’ s warm and cozy with lots of character, ” Sopko says.