The Village of Wilmette is situated on Lake Michigan approximately 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. Conveniently located off of the Edens Expressway (I-94), it is bordered on the south by Evanston and on the north by Kenilworth and Northfield. The Village of Wilmette has been recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the Top Ten “The Best Places to Raise Your Kids,” and offers an amazing array of amenities to residents of all ages.
A number of top-notch private schools are available in the area including two Montessori school options, and other institutions such as St. Joseph School, Loyola Academy, and Regina Dominican High School. The public schools in the area are also excellent choices as they consistently reflect achievement well above national and state norms. New Trier High School, which services the area, is one of the most highly celebrated public high schools in Illinois.
Wilmette is home to an abundance of public parks and offers unsurpassed recreational facilities. The Wilmette Park District owns and manages two beaches along Lake Michigan and also offers a popular, off-leash dog beach at the south end of Gillson Park. In addition, Gilson Park is home to the Lakeview Center which offers several options for rental space should you wish to utilize them to host special events or celebrations.
There is a Community Recreation Center with a fitness center, early childhood center, and areas for dance, visual art studios, and a performing arts auditorium. The Centennial Recreation Complex is home to two indoor ice rinks, eight indoor tennis courts, and an outdoor Aquatic Center. There are also a number of golf and tennis clubs available in the area.
Wilmette offers residents and visitors many cultural opportunities. It features two open-air venues, the Wallace Bowl and Mallinckrodt Gazebo, where performances and shows for all interests and ages are presented. There are also private dance studios, theater opportunities, and art shows, as well as lessons and performances for all genres of music.
The Wilmette Public Library provides programming for all ages. There are story times for younger children, book clubs for teens and families, and lively book discussions for many other interest groups. The library also hosts musical performances, from opera to instrumental, and other events that help celebrate the arts such as photography and art exhibits.
This thriving North Shore community has seven different commercial districts, each offering a distinctive shopping experience. Unique boutiques with one of a kind items, clothing stores that feature everything from specialty items to designer clothing, and small eateries can be found in abundance. The area also offers a variety of restaurant options from neighborhood bar and grills to five-star fine dining.
From late April through early November, the Village Center is home to the Wilmette French Market which boasts a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, bread, meats and cheeses from regional and local vendors. There is a Wilmette Historical Museum that is dedicated to exploring, preserving, and sharing the history of Wilmette and its surrounding areas. Wilmette is also home to one of only nine Baha’i temples in existence. This extraordinary house of worship is open to all and the public is encouraged to visit and take in the incredible architecture, beautiful garden, and educational displays.
The Mallinckrodt Community Center offers programs focused on active, older adults. It sponsors day trips, lectures, and educational courses. There are health and wellness classes as well as a fitness room, and online computers available in the cozy library. Members can also enjoy discussion groups, cards, and games in the exquisitely renovated historical building that sits nestled in a 14-acre park in the heart of Wilmette.
Excellent public transportation is available in Wilmette and includes Metra Railroad, Pace bus, and CTA rapid transit services. The Village Center provides plenty of convenient parking for residents, shoppers, and commuters. There is ample on-street parking as well as five off-street public parking lots. In response to community interest, the Village of Wilmette is exploring ways to improve walking and bicycling access in the area through the development of a Bike and Active Transportation Plan. This initiative seeks to connect neighborhoods, schools, parks, and businesses in a safe and comfortable environment.
If a move to Chicago’s North Shore area is in your future, contact me to learn more about the beautiful homes available in the area. I look forward to showing you everything that Wilmette and other Chicago-land areas have to offer.