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: 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. I was just back for an exhibition on the Bauhaus at 100 and the impact of this famous German design school. 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.
The place that I enjoyed for lunch on my last trip has closed permanently, so I had to find a new spot for lunch. If you have a car I recommend trying brunch at Mack’s Golden Pheasant. What a great experience. It is an classic supper club from 1948 that features Czech cuisine. It is the oldest continuously owned restaurant in DuPage County. It offers a full service menu for lunch and dinner. The dinner menu includes specialties from duck, barbecued baby pork back ribs, prime rib to pork loin and wienerschnitzel. Walleyed pike and lake perch are also on the menu. There is a fish fry on Fridays. For Sunday brunch they have a large buffet along with salads, an omelette station and great desserts. There is a fun bar in the front. The decor is warm and cozy with stuffed birds and deer heads. The staff was fun and the service excellent. 668 W. North Avenue, northwest of downtown Elmhurst.
More convenient in downtown Elmhurst is Courageous Bakery Cafe, a colorful spot for breakfast and lunch. They also have a location in Oak Park. They have a large menu of breakfast sandwiches, skillets, pancakes, waffles, omelettes, salads and more. They are also known for their cupcakes. 108 W. Park Ave.
Brewpoint Coffee is a fun cafe for a coffee and pastries at 124 W. Park Ave. They feature menu of seasonal drinks as well. There are two other locations in town. I enjoyed a latte before heading back into the city!!
After my coffee, I headed nearby to Kimmer’s Ice Cream at 110 W. Park Ave. This is a colorful store that has a great selection of flavors. There are also locations in Wheaton and St. Charles, IL.
Another good dining option recommended by locals is the Stray Hen Cafe. Opened in 2018, it is a breakfast and lunch spot with a large breakfast menu plus salads and sandwiches. It is open daily from 7am to 3pm. 105 S. York St.