Just under 20 miles from downtown Chicago, a quick trip to Elmhurst is well-worth the time. Here you can experience some great art and architecture. If you don’t have a car, you can easily take the train. The station is in downtown Elmhurst, a short walk from the art museum, sites and restaurants.
Make sure to see:
F.B. Henderson House: From 1901, this is a Frank Lloyd House that you can drive by and see before heading to the museum. It has over 80 art glass windows, elegant woodwork, three fireplaces and many built-ins. I always try seeing as many Wright homes as I can. It is private so you can just view the exterior. 301 S. Kenilworth.
Elmhurst Art Museum: At 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Located in a contemporary glass and steel building, the museum opened in 1997. Today it offers rotating exhibitions, educational workshops and studio classes. It has a collection of over 500 items including architectural drawings, works on paper, furniture, and paintings by Chicago artists. The highlight of your visit will be seeing the famed architect Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House from 1952. One of only three houses he designed, it was moved to this location and incorporated into the design for the new museum.
Chow Hand-made Food To Go/Specialty Market: At 116 W. Park Ave., this a great spot for lunch as it has a great menu of salads, sandwiches and other entrees. It is a great spot after visiting the museum.