I’ve discovered a new-to-me downtown area that families will love! Say hello to Downtown Elmhurst! Located just 16 miles from the Chicago Loop, Downtown Elmhurst  combines the charm of a small town with the conveniences of urban living. Find shopping, tons of places to eat, cultural attractions, an amazing park, a conservatory, and more! Find out what else you can do in Downtown Elmhurst!

Getting Started in Downtown Elmhurst

Parking is easy to come by with with free parking lots and free street parking. Alternatively, the Metra station is just steps away if you feel like riding the train.

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Coffee Stop at Brewpoint Coffee

Explore Downtown Elmhurst with the family with stops at the conservatory, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Brewery, Hello Donut, and Brewpoint.

Whenever we’re exploring a new area, we always seek out a coffee shop. We are so glad we found Brewpoint Coffee. is one of our favorite coffee shops. You can’t go wrong with an ube latte, the adorably purple latte with ube, vanilla, and milk. Tip: The Founders location offers more seating just past the bathrooms.

Grab Unreal Donuts from Hello Donuts

Explore Downtown Elmhurst with the family with stops at the conservatory, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Brewery, Hello Donut, and Brewpoint.

Say hello to some of the best donuts you’ll have at Hello Donuts. The donuts they churn out here are super flavorful and unique. On our last visit, we tried mango lassi, mango taijin, cherry old fashion, mole, pistachio old fashioned, raspberry bismarck, bear claw, and  coconut. All so good! The old fashioned are some of the best we’ve tried and the unique mango lassi IS. THE. BEST!

Elmhurst Public Library

The first floor children’s area of the Elmhurst Public Library was spacious, bright, and a great area for the kids.

Wilder Park

Wilder Park is a must visit! Find a large playground in the center of walking paths and green space. Pack a picnic because there are picnic tables galore!

Wilder Park Conservatory

Visiting the Wilder Park Conservatory is a welcome diversion from the winter months. The small one-room conservatory not only has beautiful flowers but a mini koi pond. Make sure to stop and take a peek at the kaleidoscope telescope. The Conservatory is located within Wilder Park which includes the Wilder Mansion, a playground, the library, and art museum. Gotta love that it’s free!

Elmhurst Art Museum

The art museum may be small, but definitely worth a visit especially with their fascinating lineup of exhibits. I personally love the You Are Beautiful sign outside.

Explore Downtown Elmhurst with the family with stops at the conservatory, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Brewery, Hello Donut, and Brewpoint.

Don’t miss the single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Hamburger Heaven

We were craving hamburgers, and our search brought us to Hamburger Heaven. The burgers are great, chili cheese fries are a must, and I heard root beer was good.

Elmhurst Brewery

We ended the day with brews at Elmhurst Brewery. The kids were happy to play board games, while my husband and I enjoyed a flight of beers. Their beers are super flavorful!

Explore Downtown Elmhurst with the family with stops at the conservatory, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Brewery, Hello Donut, and Brewpoint.

Tip: Make an adventure out of your day by hopping on the trolley that runs on Fridays & Saturdays from noon – midnight (June 2nd – September 16th)

Krafted Burger Bar + Tap

For the most amazing hand-crafted burgers and sandwiches I urge you to try Krafted Burger Bar + Tap. They serve huge portions and best of all the food is so delicious! Any of their burgers and chicken sandwiches are a must. I’d definitely start with onion rings!