15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Illinois

2. Elmhurst

Mount Emblem Windmill Elmhurst Illinois

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Mount Emblem Windmill, Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst’s most popular resident is undoubtedly Carl Sandburg, a Chicago poet who brought a lot of positive attention to the city and the state. Visit the Elmhurst Historical Museum to view some of the poets’ archives.

The town was founded in the 19th century and attracts a large number of artists – and their wealthy patrons. Elmhurst College has a reputation as a progressive liberal arts school, and the reputation spills over into town. If you’re looking for a sleepy town to get lost in, or maybe start the next great American novel, give Elmhurst a try.

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