Anchored by the 10-Screen York Classic Cinemas Theatre, and home to a large variety of restaurants, boutique shopping, and services, Elmhurst’s downtown City Centre
is the heart of Elmhurst. Located along Metra’s Union Pacific/West line with express service to Chicago, the City Centre stretches from Virginia Street on the south, continues north to North Avenue on York and Addison Streets as well as Palmer Drive, and includes all east/west streets in between. Walking distance from Elmhurst College, four distinct museums, and the award winning Elmhurst Public Library, the City Centre is host to many community events such as the Rock the Block Party. Whether you’re shopping for a unique gift, enjoying a delicious meal with friends at a sidewalk cafe, or relaxing by the plaza fountain after a fitness class, there is always lots to see and do in the City Centre. The City Centre is bustling with development activity including a new 690-space public parking deck, the Elmhurst 255 mixed-use development project, and the new Fitness Formula Centre (FFC) set to break ground in Spring 2016 among other projects.
Under the guidance of the Spring Road Business Association
, the Spring Road Business District is a bevy of activity. With a steady flow of pedestrians and bicyclers fresh from the Illinois Prairie Path and the surrounding residential area, Spring Road is the “it” place to shop, dine, and stroll on the southwest side of the City. A myriad of family owned and operated restaurants and bars dot the landscape welcoming families during the day and providing an energetic neighborhood nightlife. If the unique shopping, bakeries, and services found along Spring Road were not enough, it is also the backdrop for Chicagoland’s 3rd Largest St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Elmhurst Pet Parade, holiday festivals, and summertime Music at the Gazebo.
York & Vallette Streets
Located just south of the Illinois Prairie Path and scenic fountain area, at the charming crossroads of York and Vallette Streets you will find an inviting collection of goods and services with convenient parking, easy walkable access, and hometown appeal to residents and guests of all ages. In addition to several commercial shopping strips filled with specialty shoppes such as Bachabee's, A Book Above, and Luscombe Music this business district has many more established stores and businesses, service providers, and restaurants. Neighborhood residents and visitors alike take advantage of this treasure trove of delights that not only offers up dining favorites like Southtown Hotdogs, Mamma Maria’s, Riley’s and H.B Jones but is also host to the Elmhurst Farmer’s Market, Fall Fest, and a multitude of holiday events put on by the York & Vallette Business Association
North York Corridor
The North York Corridor was the subject of an extensive review in which resulted in adoption of the North York Plan
in June 2015. Encompassing York Street from North Avenue north to Grand Avenue, the area is experiencing a transformation as new development and reinvestment brings new opportunities and excitement to the area. Along with several strip malls, fast food chains, service providers, car dealerships, and shops the North York Corridor is home to Mariano's and is the future home of a new development anchored by a free-standing LA Fitness facility. With easy access on and off of the I-290 extension and close proximity to O’Hare Airport and the Western Access O’Hare project, this area continues to grow business.
Lake Street / Grand Avenue
These east/west arteries of northern Elmhurst are a hub for car dealerships, and restaurants as well as the gateway to the City’s largest Business Park. Both streets also house office buildings, restaurants, and hotels and offer easy access on and off of the I-290 extension and close proximity to O’Hare Airport and the Western Access O’Hare project.
Intersection of IL Route 83 & St. Charles Road
This vibrant intersection houses three distinct corners of activity, featuring both Krave & Back Alley Gourmet Burgers restaurants on the northwest corner; MOD Pizza, Smashburger, Potbelly, Total Hockey and more on the southeast corner; and the Elmhurst Crossing development on the northeast corner. The Elmhurst Crossing development spans north along IL Route 83 and includes but is not limited to multiple dining delights such as Chick Fil A, Portillo’s, and Nothing Bundt Cakes; great shopping destinations including Whole Foods Market, Kohl’s, Hallmark, Bath & Body Works, Shoe Carnival, Petco, The Avenue, and Dress Barn.
Intersection of IL Route 83 & North Avenue / North Avenue
Consistently recognized as one of the busiest intersections in Illinois, the intersection of IL Route 83 and North Avenue has activity on every corner; with businesses and restaurants extending along North Avenue from West to Villa Avenues. Whether you are stopping by Pop’s Beef for a quick sandwich, spending the night at the Courtyard by Marriott, or zipping thru the Starbucks drive-thru this busy intersection is always a hub of activity.
Intersection of York Street & Butterfield Road
Located minutes from the Edward Elmhurst Health campus, this lively intersection in South Elmhurst has several smaller restaurants and fast food options that extend along both York and Butterfield. Among the shops and fun stops you’ll find here are Jewel Osco, Ace Hardware, Pika Pot N Paint, various service providers, and Oberweis Dairy.
With unparalleled proximity to O’Hare Airport, I-90, I-294, and I-290, establishments located within Elmhurst’s Business Parks are able to take advantage of transportation gateways to the rest of the world. The Elmhurst community features three primary concentrations of industrial activity: the area located between Lake Street and Grand Avenue primarily west of York Street, the area between IL Route 83 and Salt Creek situated between Butterfield and St. Charles Roads, and along Elmhurst’s eastern border at County Line Road south of Grand Avenue. Elmhurst is proud to be the corporate headquarters for many highly regarded enterprises including but not limited to Superior Ambulance, Semblex Corporation, McMaster-Carr Supply Co.