Towns for Families: Elmhurst, Illinois

Best Towns for Families: Elmhurst, Illinois

This comfy Chicago suburb has a robust arts program and countless opportunities to volunteer.

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[MUSIC] After searching the country for perfect places to call home, Family Circle chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing, and giving spirit. Elmhurst, Illinois. This town has a pedestrian friendly downtown that's perfect for strolling. And couples and families can catch $1 summer movies at the York Theater. They can also hang out at the town library, which has a coffee bar and a teens only lounge where kids can crash on sofas and browse books for hours. The school districts have rigorous standards. Their SAT and ACT scores are well above state averages and there's a robust arts program. In Elmhurst there are plenty of ways to step up. Since it began in 2013 the local chapter of 100 Plus Women Who Care, a 142 member giving circle, has donated $40,000 to various charities, including the Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry for families in crisis, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank's backpack program for hungry kids. [MUSIC]