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Downtown City CentreAnchored by the 10-Screen York Classic Cinemas Theatre on York Street and FFC (Fitness Formula Club) on Addison Ave, the downtown City Centre is 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 University, distinct museums, Wilder Park, 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 an outdoor dining venue, 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 and includes multiple public parking decks and multi-family apartment and condo projects providing both ease of parking and residential density to help keep the area thriving.

Spring Road

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, 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 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, but is also host to the Elmhurst Farmer’s Market 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(PDF). Encompassing York Street from North Avenue north to Grand Avenue, the area continues to attract new development and reinvestment bringing 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, Culver's, LA Fitness, BrewPoint Craft, Yorky's, Goldfish Swim School facility, and more. 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 Parks. 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 RoadThis vibrant intersection houses three distinct corners of activity, featuring the new home of Village Optical as well as redevelopment opportunities on the northwest corner; Potbelly, Westside Therapy, 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, At Home and more.

Intersection of IL Route 83 & 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 Smallcakes cupcakery for a sweet treat, spending the night at the Courtyard by Marriott, or zipping thru the Starbucks drive-thru this busy intersection is always a hub of activity. Make sure to check out Fry the Coop for Nashville hot chicken or Firewater BBQ for a taste of true southern bbq.

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, Fresh Start Cafe, McDonald's, and Oberweis Dairy. There are a number of other service providers, food & drink options, and specialty shops in the area.

Business Parks

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, and McMaster-Carr Supply Co.