Economic Development

We invite you to Picture Your Business in Elmhurst – Close to Everything, Unlike Anything Elmhurst is an ideal location with proximity to major airports and minimum drive time to major market places. Situated as the eastern gateway to DuPage County, Elmhurst is located sixteen miles west of Chicago, minutes from O’Hare airport, and at the crossroads of key Illinois expressways. This dynamic suburban city is home to more than 44,000 residents and 2,500-plus businesses. The all-around appeal of Elmhurst is frequently recognized on “it” community lists and earned the city national recognition in 2014 as one of Family Circle Magazines Top 10 U.S. Towns to live in.

Under the leadership of Assistant City Manager Mike Kopp, the Elmhurst Economic Development team offers business incentives including TIF Districts, façade grants, retail grants, and personalized site selection assistance. Whether you are a new business starting out, an existing business looking for a place to put down roots in Elmhurst, or an existing business planning to expand or downsize within the community, we are here to assist you. Business Development Coordinator, Erin Van De Walle and our team will help you find the right location, navigate the permit and grant application processes, and discuss all Elmhurst has to offer you and your enterprise.

Founded in 1836, Elmhurst is a historic, tree-lined community with a wide variety of housing, offering those who live, work and do business here -- a vibrant mix of the past and the future. It enjoys thriving retail shopping centers and urban boutiques, excellent restaurants, a ten screen movie theatre, multiple automobile dealerships, and three business parks. Arts and culture abound with four distinct museums and an outstanding symphony orchestra. Steps from the downtown, Elmhurst College was named the 10th Best Regional University in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2016. Beyond the classroom, the College also offers personalized workforce development training through their Elmhurst Partners Program. Home to the new Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare hospital facility and healthcare campus, Elmhurst is a Healthy-driven Community. The Elmhurst Public Library is continually recognized as one of the best in the state, and the nationally-recognized Elmhurst School District 205 and Elmhurst Park District have facilities throughout the city.