Among the beautiful North Shore communities of Chicago is Winnetka, IL, which resides 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. If you love lakefront activities and scenery, Winnetka is the place for you! It is home to four scenic beaches, a boat launch and 27 parks, encompassing 242 acres.
Winnetka was ranked the richest municipality in Illinois and the second richest in the United States in 2015! It is a wealthy suburb, but doesn’t feel stuffy or pompous. In fact, Winnetka feels much like classic small-town America with its vintage architecture, tree-lined streets and pedestrian-friendly downtown.
While Winnetka is beautifully adorned with parks and beaches, it is not only for nature lovers, as it’s also home to three charming business districts. Here, you will find many locally-owned businesses and restaurants, more so than “big box stores” and corporate companies. You can feel good about shopping locally and supporting local business owners!
Homes were first built in Winnetka in 1836, when a family arrived from Vermont and opened a tavern to service passengers on the Green Bay Trail post road. The village was incorporated in 1869. The name Winnetka is believed to mean “beautiful place,” and that it is!
If you’d like to make Winnetka, IL your hometown community, contact Harty Realty Group! From luxurious estates, to classic single-family homes and townhomes, there is an option for everyone. Many of Winnetka’s neighborhoods and estates were designed by distinguished architects, which is what makes the homes so charming.
Winnetka has made it into Hollywood, as so many of Chicago’s North Shore neighborhoods have! The famous Home Alone house is located in Winnetka at 671 Lincoln Avenue. Other films that were shot here include Ocean’s 12, Breakfast Club, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many others.
The Winnetka Public Schools system consists of three elementary schools and two middle schools. High schoolers attend New Trier High School. Winnetka is also home to two catholic schools, a country day school and an institute for the blind and visually impaired.
Community events are prevalent in Winnetka, which is a great way to get to know neighbors! Upcoming events include a Memorial Day Parade, Winnetka Children’s Fair, Firecracker 5K, 4th of July Parade and Fest, Sidewalk Sales and many others.
It feels like you’re a world away from the big city, and yet you’ll find three Metra stations to provide you with easy transportation to Chicago. There are few reasons not to search for your dream home in Winnetka, IL.