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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION


There are several transportation companies with offices in Elmhurst, providing prompt, reliable service for residents. These are:

Airport Service
O’Hare International Airport, 20 minutes north of City Centre

Midway Airport, 20 minutes southeast of City Centre

DuPage County Airport, 20 minutes west of City Centre
2700 International Drive, West Chicago, IL 60185
(800) 208-5690, 208-5600
www.dupageairport.com

Railroad and Bus Service
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
175 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1550, Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 913-3200
www.rtachicago.com

The RTA System provides bus and rapid transit service throughout Chicagoland. For Metra train and Pace bus schedules, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000.

RTA Suburan Rail Division
Metra Union Pacific passenger train station
128 West First Street
www.metrarail.com

The Metra Union Pacific provides commuter service from Geneva to Chicago through Elmhurst. Schedules also can be obtained at the station or by calling 834-2923 between 5:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday or Metra at 322-6677.

RTA Suburban Bus Division
Pace Bus
www.pacebus.com

Pace provides fixed bus routes, Dial-a-Ride services, vanpools and special-event buses. In Elmhurst, Pace operates routes from the downtown Metra station to northwest Elmhurst (Route 642), the Industrial Park (Route 645), Elmhurst Memorial Hospital (Route 309) and Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health (Route 332). Schedules can be obtained by call (847) 364-7223.

 


 

UTILITIES

ComEd
1N423 Swift Road, Lombard, IL 60148
(800) 334-7661
www.exeloncorp.com

ComEd’s electrical service is based on a 30-day billing period.  New customers may be charged a deposit.

NICOR Gas
Central Region Office
90 North Finley Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(888) 642-6748
www.nicorgas.com

NICOR Gas is the utility serving the northern third of Illinois.

AT&T
225 West Wesley, Wheaton, IL 60148
(800) 244-4444
www.att.com

Ameritech provides telephone service based on a 30-day billing period and also is an internet service provider.

Comcast
155 West Industrial Drive
(866) 594-1234
www.comcast.com

Comcast provides cable television service based on a 30-day billing period and also is an internet service provider.

Tourism

 
Guests checking into the four Elmhurst hotel--Courtyard by Marriott, Extended Stay America, Clarion Hotel Conference Center and SpringHill Suites by Marriott--not only enjoy a great stay, they also contribute to the City's visitor and tourism initiatives.
 
Elmhurst funds a variety of activities to enhance tourism, cultural life and commerce using a portion of the fund generated by a room rental tax (4%) at the four hotels.
 
Hotel/motel tax revenue generates funding for both the Elmhurst Visitor & Tourism Department and the City's Community Grant Program, which provides financial support fo the museums, parades and special events.
 

DUPAGE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
915 Harger Rd., Ste. 240, Oak Brook 60523
630-575-8070/1-800-232-0502 • fax - 630-575-8078
www.dupagecvb.com
Beth Marchetti, Executive Director
 
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau is the county’s official destination marketing organization. Formed in 1987, the not-for-profit organization is certified by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism to actively market the county to individual visitors and meeting/event planners as an enticing destination for both business and leisure travel. Elmhurst is among 39 municipalities served by the DuPage CVB.

ELMHURST VISITOR & TOURISM DEPARTMENT
Elmhurst City Hall
209 N. York St.
630-530-6018 • fax - 630-530-3014
Dan Leahy, Comminications Manager
 
The City of Elmhurst’s Visitor & Tourism Department was created in 1999 to work with area hotels, businesses and organizations in attracting visitors and tourists through mutually beneficial promotion of the city’s museums, theaters, concerts, cultural life and special events such as the Elmhurst Jaycees Carnival.

 

Statistics

Annual Precipitation - Average: 35.80 inches

Annual Snowfall - Average: 37.00 inches

Area of City: 10.2 square miles

Churches: 28 Congregations

City Government: Mayor, City Manager and City Council of 14 Aldermen, with two elected from each of the 7 Wards.

Condominium Value - Median: $225,000

County: DuPage

Family Income - Average: $147,832; Median: $69,794

Hospitals: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

Household Income - Average: $122,890; Median: $88,236

Housing Units Numbered: 16,557 (6,176 with children)

Media: Liberty Suburban Chicago Newspapers, publishers of the twice-weekly Elmhurst Press; The Elmhurst Doings and The Elmhurst Independent, weekly newspapers; Two daily metropolitan newspapers; WRSE-FM (88.7), Elmhurst College radio station; Television and radio from Chicago; and Comcast

Owner Occupied Home Value - Median: $341,900

Park District: 439 acres, 29 recreational facilities

Per Capita Income: $44,601

Population: 45,171 (some 11,700 families)

Property Tax Rate - Average: $7.80 per $100 assessed valuation

Resident Age -Median: 39.6

Retail Sales: About $541 million annually

Schools:
     Elementary Schools -8 public, 2 Catholic, 1 Lutheran, 1 Christian Reformed (K-12)
     Junior High Schools - 3 public
     High Schools - 1 public, 1 Coed Catholic, 1 Christian Reformed (K-12)
     Colleges - Elmhurst College, four-year liberal arts; College of Dupage, two-year public
     Adult Education - Elmhurst College, College of DuPage, School Districts 205 and 88, Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst YMCA

Transportation:
     Highways - North-South Tollway (I-355), Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), Tri-State Tollway
(I-294), East-West Tollway (I-88); U.S. Highways 20 and 38; Illinois Highways 64, 56 and 83.
     Railroads - Metra Union Pacific
     Buses - Commuter and shuttle
     Taxi - Privately-owned firms
     Airports - O'Hare International Airport, 20 minutes north of Elmhurst; Midway Airport, 20 minutes southeast; and DuPage County Airport, 20 minutes west of City Centre.

Utilities:
    Water - Lake Michigan water supplied via DuPage Water Commission. City maintains water distribution system including elevated tanks
    Power - ComEd
    Gas - Nicor Gas
    Telephone - SBC

Postal Service and Voter Information

U.S. POST OFFICE

West Park Avenue

630-833-5375

TTY Service (for hearing impaired): 877-889-2457
Toll Free: 1-800-ASK-USPS (275-8777)
Betty White, Elmhurst Postmaster
www.uspostoffices.com/il/elmhurst/elmhurst

Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Passport Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 - 11 a.m.

Following is a list of area zip codes. Towns with more than one zip code, such as Hillside and Wheaton, are not listed. When calling for zip code information, be prepared with the exact street address.

 

Addison
 60101  
Elmwood Park
 60707
Bellwood
 60104    
Forest Park
 60130
Bensenville
 60106  
Franklin Park
 60131
Berwyn
 60402 
Glendale Heights
 60139
Bloomingdale
 60108
Glen Ellyn
 60137
Carol Stream
 60188 
Hinsdale
 60521
Cicero
 60650 
Oak Brook
 60523
Elk Grove Village
 60007  
Oakbrook Terrace
 60181
Elmhurst
 60126  
Villa Park
 60181
  


 


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ELMHURST

www.lwvelmhurst.org

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, political organization for men and women of voting age.
The League's mission is to:
   *  Encourage the information and active participation of citizens in government;
   *  Increase understanding of major policy issues; and
   *  Influence public policy through education and advocacy.

With its focus on study of and action on political issues, the League neither supports nor opposes political parties or candidates for elected or appointed office.

Prior to elections, the League sponsors candidate forums, registers voters and compiles non-partisan on-line voters guides.


VOTER REGISTRATION

Except for 28 days prior to an election, Elmhurst residents may register to vote at any time at the City Clerk's Office, Elmhurst City Hall, 209 North York Street, on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Voter applicants must provide two forms or identification, both including name and signature, one with address.

History of Elmhurst

 

The Elmhurst Historical Museum is housed
in the Glos Mansion (built in 1892), the home of Henry Glos, Elmhurst's first Village President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmhurst's Heritage is Chisled in Stone

 
Among Chicago Magazine’s No. 1 places to live, the City of Elmhurst is a community rich in its heritage, invested in its present and focused towards its future.
 
The city boasts a proud history that dates back to the members of the Potawatomi Indian tribe who settled along Salt Creek just south of the Elmhurst of today.  By the 1830s, European immigrants staked claims along Salt Creek.  Hill Cottage (413 South York Street) was built in 1834 as a tavern and stage coach stop.  In 1842, Ohio native Gerry Bates formally established this community in the area of “treeless land” that is now Elmhurst’s City Centre. Cottage Hill, as the community was known back in 1845, was renamed Elmhurst in 1869 for the many elm trees planted along the streets.
 
While a popular escape for businessmen following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 – the same year that German immigrants founded Elmhurst College – Elmhurst remained a farming community until the 1930s, when the population reached 15,000 and suburbia began moving in on its rural character.
 
From 1950 to 1970, the population grew to more than 50,000-bringing with it a building boom of housing subdivisions, shopping centers, business districts, industrial parks, schools and more.  Elmhurst-Chicago Stone (founded in 1883) is the city's oldest business.
 
Even in a tight economy, Elmhurst attracts new construction and redevelopment projects--including the Mariano's Fresh Market in the new North York Street Tax-Increment Financing District (TIF 4)--in both the public and private sectors.  For the past two years, new home construction has hit triple digits, ranking Elmhurst No. 1 in DuPage County.
 
Elmhurst enjoys a cultural campus (see Arts and Culture) adjacent to its Central Business District (CBD) with the close proximity of the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Park District’s Conservatory/Formal Gardens, Elmhurst Public Library and Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park; Old Main, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, Mill Theatre and A.C. Buehler Library on Elmhurst College's arboretum campus; Elmhurst Historical Museum in the Glos Mansion; and Theatre Historical Society at the York Theatre.
 
Old Main (built in 1878) is on the Historical Register and the Glos Mansion (built in 1892) as the home of Henry Glos, Elmhurst's first Village President, while the McCormack House (built in 1952), designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is incorporated into the Art Museum building.
 
The Lizzadro Museum shows the most extensive collection of stoned carvings displayed in the Midwest.  Highlight pieces from 70 years of collecting by Joseph F. Lizzadro and family are a nephrite jade imperial altar set from the Ming Dynasty and a cinnbar screen set with carved gemstones given to 18th century Chinese emperor Ch’ien Lung as a birthday gift.
 
Famed architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Burley Griffin have put their design prints on Elmhurst’s housing stock.
 
Providing a spiritual core are some 30 houses of worship, some of which are rooted in Elmhurst's birth.