By March 11, 2014 April 17th, 2014 North Shore Communities

Winnetka, 18 miles from the Loop, has established a reputation as one of the most desirable communities in the greater Chicago area. Its stately homes, unique shopping areas, excellent school districts and numerous recreation choices add to its appeal. Many of Winnetka’s small businesses are clustered in one of three major shopping areas, which resemble Tudor villages. There are antique stores, book stores, grocers, specialty food stores, gift shops and a variety of professional offices situated within these areas.

The Winnetka Community House, a stately old Tudor mansion, serves the community as a hub for local activities and as a meeting place for a variety of local organizations. Programs of all sorts are held in the house, including art classes taught by the North Shore Art League, as well as music, dance and theater classes. The villages has an extensive park system, recreation facilities and programs. Residents have their choice of three well-maintained beaches. The Lloyd Place Beach has a launching ramp for boats. The A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center and the Winnetka Ice Arena are also available for the enjoyment of residents.


Winnetka’s housing is diverse and includes everything from Colonials, Tudors, Georgian and Victorian to unusual contemporary cottages. Many of Winnetka’s homes are large and often have spacious property. The majority are 50 to 100 years old.


Elementary school children attend Carlton W. Washburne School in District 36 and Marie Murphy School in District 37. Both districts offer programs for gifted students, instruction in computer use, fine arts and music classes. High school students attend New Trier High School, in District 203.


The Edens Expressway (I-94) is just west if the village. Drive time to the Loop is 30 minutes. Commuters board Metra trains at three different stations in Winnetka for a 27-minute express trip to the Loop and a 42-minute trip on the locals. O’Hare International Airport is a 30-minute drive, and Midway is 45-minutes away. Bus service is available throughout the village.