Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA+
- Crime & SafetyB
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingC
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Elmhurst is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 46,331. Elmhurst is in DuPage County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Elmhurst offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Elmhurst there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Elmhurst and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Elmhurst are highly rated.
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I lived in Elmhurst from the time I was 14 to 18, 8th grade - senior in high school. Its a great town to live in if you look like your neighbors. However if you don't, good luck to you. As being a black person I have been through many racists encounters in Elmhurst that I've never been through anywhere else. From the police pointing guns at me, arresting me for playing with airs-soft guns with orange tips in front of my house! To teachers asking me "why did you move here..you wont last long" to students calling me racial slurs on my first day of class. I also was told by my white girlfriend's neighbor at the time 'don't walk into my backyard or I will shoot you". Later he apologized for saying that, just as many people have for their racial prejudiced towards me. I withstood all of this just so that I could get a better education and graduate from college, which I fulfilled. However It was the worst time of my life, gave me depression and almost made me hate myself for being black.
Elmhurst is great! It is small enough to where you get to know many people and become a community, but also large enough where there are great resources available to you. It is close enough to the city (Chicago) to the point that you can integrate yourself easily in both suburban and urban living.
Elmhurst is a beautiful community with lots of activity including park district organized events such as trolley rides, movies in the park, summer camps and more. It's a wonderful place to raise kids as there is a new school that will be built within the next 2-3 years. There are many restaurants such as Roberto's Ristorante, Portillos, Chick fil-a, subway, chipotle, sushi time, bacci pizza, and many more. The prairie path is a beautiful trail that runs through many other cities and is incredibly popular. 10/10 recommend Elmhurst due to its beautiful scenery, activity, educational opportunities, and safety it offers.