Destination guide

For craft beer and contemporary art, get a thirst for Elmhurst

For craft beer, contemporary art and a relaxed vibe, laid-back Elmhurst makes a great vacation destination. Situated 16 miles west of Chicago, an Elmhurst vacation rental is an ideal base for exploring the Windy City. But Elmhurst has plenty of attractions of its own. Visit the contemporary works in the Elmhurst Art Museum, take in a movie or show at the historic York Theatre, or witness the city's collection of photos and theater memorabilia from the Theatre Historical Society of America. And with over 50 local restaurants and a craft beer scene, Elmhurst is buzzing after dark too.

Things to do

Elmhurst - A thoroughly modern (art) city

Elmhurst is a vibrant hub for culture vultures. As modern as the contemporary art it displays, the glass-and-steel structure of Elmhurst Art Museum is big draw to the city. Built by pioneering architect, Miles van der Rohe, it features a real mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions, including contemporary works by Wesley R. Baker and David Wallace Haskins. If you're more into old history than contemporary art, then head over to the Elmhurst History Museum on East Park Avenue which displays the fascinating journey through Elmhurst and DuPage County's history.


Nightmare on Elmhurst? Not likely

Elmhurst's laid-back center is the beating heart of the community and sees weekly farmers' markets, craft beer festivals, and more than 50 different restaurants on offer. Outside of Chicago, it's also a popular place for shopping, with a wealth of cool independent stores and larger chains. During the summer months, the Elmore Express Trolley runs a free tour of the city every Friday and Saturday until midnight. After dark, catch a new release or a classic movie at the historic York Theatre, or book tickets to a performance by the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.


Elmhurst and the Windy City is mighty pretty

Elmhurst's proximity to Chicago means it experiences the same breezy conditions as the Windy City. The region has 4 very distinct seasons; think long, warm summers with temperatures peaking at 90 degrees, cool but pretty falls, and stiff winters with plenty of snow and ice. Elmhurst vacation rentals generally get booked up quickly during the warm summer months, so for the best choice visit in late fall or early winter, but don't forget to pack plenty of layers. Spring is a particularly pleasant time to visit, but it does get wet, so waterproofs are essential.

Natural features

Don't go chasing waterfalls...

Located 16 miles west of downtown Chicago, Elmhurst is well placed for Chicago O'Hare Airport. Elmhurst is largely made up of urban and residential areas, meaning few places to escape the rat race. For the best choice of getting back to nature, head to the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, a 20-minute drive south of Elmhurst. Here you'll find a number of attractive hiking trails through prairies and across the Des Plaines River, and past the eponymous waterfall. It's home to rare birdlife, including pileated woodpeckers, barred owls and broad-winged hawks, all of which are regularly spotted.

How to get there

How to get to and around Elmhurst

The nearest airport is in Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.), located 6 mi (9.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.), which is 12.8 mi (20.6 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Elmhurst Station.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Elmhurst?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Elmhurst:

  • Near North Side: 551 vacation rentals
  • West Town: 624 vacation rentals
  • Lake View: 373 vacation rentals
  • Lincoln Park: 638 vacation rentals
  • Logan Square: 410 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Elmhurst?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Elmhurst. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Elmhurst Station: 1,770 vacation rentals
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art: 1,773 vacation rentals
  • Wrigley Field: 1,776 vacation rentals
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: 1,813 vacation rentals
  • Walt Disney House: 1,795 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Elmhurst listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Elmhurst?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 49 Houses in Elmhurst. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Elmhurst include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 83 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Elmhurst?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Elmhurst. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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