Elmhurst Real Estate is a valuable commodity. Not just for its beautiful homes, but for its notable organizations, its long history of community involvement, and its first class education system, paired with its competitive athletic environment.

Qualities such as these in a community are a breeding ground for successful people. That is why it is no surprise that Elmhurst is home, or was home, to a good number of notable people.


Carl Sandburg - Poet, Historian, Novelist. Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Moved to Elmhurst from 1913 to 1930, a time period when he wrote 6 noteworthy books.

Phillip Ramey - Composer and Pianist. Composer of multiple orchestral works including three piano concertos, one of which was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. Born in Elmhurst.

Larry Stefanki - Tennis Player and Coach to famed players like John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios and Andy Roddick. Born in Elmhurst.

William Joseph Bauer - A Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Bauer is known for his colorful language when writing court opinions. Moved to Elmhurst in 1947 after serving in the Army.

Mark Sibley - Former NBA Basketball player. In 1974, Sibley was the only rookie of 17 in the Chicago Bulls camp to have graduated from college. After returning home from the NBA, he attended Northwestern University to earn a Masters in teaching. This lead to his 33 year career of teaching English and coaching basketball and soccer at York High School in Elmhurst.

John Witt - Author, Sportswriter, actor and ballhawk. Known for catching over 5,000 baseballs at professional baseball games. A few notable catches include Sammy Sosa's 61st home run, Dave Winfield's 450th career home run, and Derek Jeter's home run in game 3 of the 2003 ALCS. Born in Elmhurst.

Mark Wilson - Professional Golfer who plays for the PGA Tour. He has had 6 professional wins, one of which was in 2007 at the Honda Classic where he won the tournament in a four-way playoff. Currently lives in Elmhurst.

The aforementioned people are all famous for a different reason. Some are literary geniuses, others are star athletes, and some are just unforgettable personalities. One thing they all have in common, however, is that, at one point in their lives, they called Elmhurst Illinois home. Whether you were born in Elmhurst, raised in Elmhurst, or found Elmhurst later in your life, you can't deny its importance.

If Elmhurst sounds like the kind of community where you would like to raise your children, retire to, or simply live so you could make an impact, then give the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group a call. We would love to be responsible for one more notable person in Elmhurst.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
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