If you appreciate the creative flair of Chicago, you’re not alone. Chicago was named one of the top 25 most creative cities in the U.S. in a recent survey using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s probably no surprise to anyone living in Chicagoland. And Elmhurst residents are perfectly positioned to take advantage of all that the city has to offer: We’re only 12 miles from the Loop, with train service and highways easily linking us to a myriad of venues, schools, and jobs.

The study, compiled by RIS Media, defined creativity as original work within four factors: the person, the process, the environment, and the created product. Data was categorized into four metrics: creative jobs, creative schools, performing arts companies, and motion picture and video companies.New York City took top place as the most creative city in the country. Although the city didn’t win top seat in any of the specific categories, its overall scores reflected its combination of jobs, schools, venues, and opportunities for creative types. Other top five cities include San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis (yes, really.) Chicago ranked in 15th place.

Los Angeles rated highest for city with the most creative jobs. Not surprising considering it has the most artists and film-related jobs than any other city per capita. San Francisco ranked at the top of the list for having the most creative schools. Chicago placed a solid #15 on the creative schools list, ranking above Los Angeles and Miami.

Nashville is home to more performing arts companies per capita than anywhere else in the country. In fact, it has almost double the amount of the second highest city, San Francisco.  Not surprisingly, Chicago scored high on this list, ranking above New Orleans, Boston, and Washington.

As expected, Los Angeles was found to have the most motion picture and video companies per capita (approximately 6,000 in all), followed by San Francisco and New York. But what might be surprising is that St. Louis came at the top of the pack in fourth.

One of the aspects of Elmhurst that we love most is how easy it is to access the variety of offerings that Chicago has to offer. And our excellent schools and parks make Elmhurst the perfect complement to city living.

To find out more about all that Elmhurst has to offer, call us at 630-441-5570 or visit www.gmregroup.com