About Elmhurst and Chicago

The Best of Both Worlds

Our campus is a short walk from downtown Elmhurst and a 30-minute train ride from Chicago’s Loop.

You’ll have easy access to vibrant arts and culture, championship sports teams, life-changing career opportunities and a lot more.

The City of Elmhurst, a Classic College Town

Downtown Elmhurst offers everything a college student could possibly want, from a movie theater and a bowling alley to staples like Starbucks, Chipotle and Chicago deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s. It’s a friendly, walkable city center that’s welcoming and safe.

Downtown Elmhurst has almost everything a college student could need.

—The Princeton Review

Your Ticket to Downtown Chicago

Two blocks from campus is the Metra station, where you can board a commuter train for the 30-minute trip to downtown Chicago. The train runs regularly throughout the day and evening, even on weekends.

A Dynamic Music Scene

Chicago boasts some of the world’s best music festivals, from Lollapalooza and Pitchfork to the Jazz and Blues fests. Throughout the year, Chicago music venues host the top names in every genre, from Buddy Guy’s Legends and the Green Mill to the Empty Bottle, the Vic, Metro and the historic Aragon Ballroom.

A Sports Fan’s Paradise

Chicago has more than its share of championship pro sports teams. The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times in less than a decade, and the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory was a dream come true for generations of fans. The Bears play football at Chicago’s iconic Soldier Field, and the Bulls bring the town together at the United Center. The city also hosts the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Sky WNBA team and the Chicago Fire soccer team.

World-Class Culture

People come to Chicago from all over the world to visit our major cultural institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Second City Theater Chicago comedy club and the Shedd Aquarium. The city is home to more than 120 theater companies, where you can see everything from Broadway musicals to cutting-edge performance art. Closer to campus, the University boasts its own world-class collection of Chicago Imagist art, and the Elmhurst Art Museum is only two blocks from campus.

The Great Outdoors

Close to campus is the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre oasis of greenery, and 100-plus miles of hiking trails through leafy forest preserves. Meanwhile, in Chicago you’ll find bike trails, sparkling beaches and one of the world’s best park systems.

In Millennium Park, the city’s most dynamic lakefront green space, you can enjoy outdoor concerts in the summertime or splash around in the quirky Crown Fountain.

Career Opportunities

The Chicago region is the Midwest’s capital of industry, finance, arts and culture, and scientific discovery. From WGN and Soldier Field to Argonne National Laboratory and Morgan Stanley, you’ll have access to internships at some of the world’s top companies. Each year, Elmhurst students choose from some 2,000 options for internships and other career programs.

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