Exploring Elmhurst: Small town feel with big time fun


Looking to explore a fun community with a small town feel close to Chicago? Elmhurst has exactly what you’re looking for. Conveniently located just about 20 miles west of Chicago, you’re one Metra ride or one highway away from this family-friendly town. Whether you have young tots or teens, there is absolutely something for everyone to enjoy here.


While the holiday shopping is pretty great, spring and summer are absolutely the best times to visit Elmhurst. As soon as the temp rises, the parties start. You can find live bands playing in the City Centre, kids are always splashing in the fountain, and cars shows and sidewalk sales are a just a few of the fun family activities you can enjoy.


Amazing shopping for Mom


If you are looking for friendly, knowledgeable staff and the occasional glass of wine, stop into Enzee. At this Elmhurst staple, you’ll find trendy clothes and unique (often handmade) jewelry. Can’t figure out what you need? Ask the lovely team. The down-to-earth, approachable staff will help you put your entire look together. Have a “Pretty Woman” experience and get dolled up from top to bottom.


Fun at local museums


The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary, is a gem, pun intended. Stop in and learn all about natural stones and earth science. Don’t miss the Jade Carvings collection. Adult admission is $5 and children under 7 are free, so you don’t even have to wait for free day. The kiddos can take home their own gems by filling a small bag from the gift shop, it’s the perfect start, or addition, to the classic childhood rock collection.


Get to Elmhurst Art Museum before May 20 to enjoy the “Rescuer of Once Loved Things” exhibit. Artist Donna Castellano converts everyday household items into beautiful art. It’s a fantastic exercise in teaching children that art is absolutely everywhere. Step outside to the courtyard to experience Skycube, a cloud in a cube designed to bring clouds down to our level.


Budget-friendly entertainment


Catch a matinee at York Theater and enjoy free refills on popcorn, soda and slurpies. In case you need another reason to visit, matinees are only $6.50, even on the weekends. Get in before 6 p.m. and you can save a lot of money compared to the big name movie theaters. And there are no dated movies here. York Theater plays all the new releases and in 3D, when available. This classic style theater has the charm of yesteryear with modern day amenities.


Family dining


There are so many amazing restaurants in Elmhurst, you’re bound to head back for date night or another fun family afternoon. Pazzi di Pizza is a family-owned restaurant where the love and care is evident in all they do. You’re likely to be greeted by the owner who will offer up a meal suggestion and a wine pairing, if you’d like. When the weather is right, enjoy a meal outside. The light lemon chicken pasta and a chardonnay on the patio offers a full sensory experience you’re sure to return for. If craft beer is more your speed, check out Elmhurst Brewing Co.


Sweet treats


What better way to top off a day of excitement than with ice cream and treats? This is where Elmhurst really takes the cake. The wide variety of treats offered around town will absolutely satisfy any sweet tooth. Courageous Cupcakes & Cafe offers brunch and the best cupcakes for miles. They’re the perfect balance of cake, flavors and icing; trust me, you won’t be disappointed. NU Crepes offers savory and sweet concoctions that will make you glad it’s conveniently located near the parking garage so you can drag yourself to the car if you’ve overindulged. Kilwins offers a great variety of ice cream, chocolate and candy. In the mood for a giant caramel apple? They have it all.


Getting around


Worried that these places seem a bit far from each other? Don’t be! There is a trolley with six designated stops around town. And the trolley ride is an adventure in itself!


For a full calendar of all the amazing family friendly events visit ExploreElmhurst.com.


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