The Pros and Cons of Having a Party City in Elmhurst

by Dave Noble, Infographic Editor

ELMHURST – The recent news that Party City will be opening a store this summer at Elmhurst Crossing has drawn mixed reactions from local residents.   Here’s a look at the pros and cons of having a Party City located in town:


  • You can pretty-much assume that Party City will have a kick-ass float every year in the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Tax revenue from the sale of ten-cent jawbreakers stays right here in town.
  • It’s just one more excuse to stop at Portillo’s.
  • Shrewd negotiating on the part of Elmhurst calls for Party City to provide confetti cannons and streamers during the opening roll call of City Council meetings through the year 2025.
  • Compared to the Oak Brook location, it’s a shorter (and safer) distance to drive home in your SUV filled with 30 helium-inflated balloons.
  • Every national retail chain store that succeeds in Elmhurst gets us one step closer to having our own Dollar Store.


  • The convenience of a local Party City puts undue pressure on residents to decorate their homes for holidays like Presidents’ Day and Cinco de Mayo.
  • It’s just one more excuse to stop at Portillo’s.
  • You might run into one of your neighbors while trying on a Batman costume in the middle of July.
  • A low nostalgia-factor does nothing for local residents who want to turn back the clock 50 years.
  • There’s a very real chance that Kohl’s may be unseated as Elmhurst’s leader in retail theft.
  • The selection of supplies for adult parties pales in comparison to Studio 21.

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