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WInnetka IL  60093 is in Cook County, 16 miles N of the Loop. In 1836, Erastus and Zeruah Patterson established the Patterson Tavern along the Green Bay Trail, which connected Chicago to Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Eighteen years later Charles E. Peck and Walter S. Gurnee, president of the newly formed Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad, platted three hundred acres in New Trier Township along the western shores of Lake Michigan. The town was named Winnetka 60093 , a Native American word thought to mean “beautiful place.” That year, the Chicago & Milwaukee began servicing Winnetka, IL   60093 and other shoreline communities north of the city. In 1869, Winnetka was incorporated as a village, and Charles Peck donated land now known as the Village Green east of Winnetka's main business district.

The village of Winnetka, IL  60093 began making municipal improvements in the 1870s. A 119-foot-tall brick water tower constructed near the lake served as a local landmark until 1972. In 1900, the Municipal Electric Utility Plant began operating. Profits from this village owned utility funded the complete construction of Winnetka's  60093 village hall and also helped pay the salaries of local teachers during the Great Depression.

In 1890, social activist and Winnetka resident Henry Demarest Lloyd helped found the Winnetka  60093 Town Meeting, providing a forum for residents to hear such speakers as Jane Addams and Clarence Darrow. In 1915, the village formed the Winnetka  60093 Caucus to maintain citizen control over Winnetka's future. Winnetka continues to operate under this system.

The arrival in 1899 of the Chicago & Milwaukee Electric Railroad (later the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee) provided an additional link between suburb and city. Chicagoans looking to escape the crowded city were attracted to Winnetka's lakefront location and commuter services. Between 1880 and 1920 Winnetka's population grew ten-fold. Intent on maintaining its suburban repose, Winnetka elected to become dry in 1912. In 1917, the village council appointed a commission to formulate a comprehensive plan for village development. In 1921, the commission published the Winnetka, IL Plan, which emphasized the goal of maintaining Winnetka's quiet character.

The plan also stressed the need for grade separation of the railroad tracks. By 1937, 31 people had been killed at railroad crossings in Winnetka. Concerned that elevating the tracks would divide the community, Winnetka opted to have them lowered instead. Between 1938 and 1943, workers under the Public Works Administration excavated the roadbed and lowered the North Western and North Shore lines' rights-of-way. 

Hailing from Winnetka, IL, 60093 Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes proposed draining the adjacent Skokie wetlands as a New Deal project. Civilian Conservation Corps workers spent 10 years on the massive land-reclamation project that created the Skokie lagoons.

In 1955, the North Shore Winnetka, IL 60093  interurban line abandoned its passenger service to the communities along the lakeshore. Since the 1960s, Winnetka's population has remained below 13,000. At the close of the twentieth century, Winnetka, IL 60093  was an affluent, thriving community in what is now the North Shore


Early History

In 1836 the Erastus Patterson family arrived in Winnetka via ox-drawn wagon after a journey from Woodstock, Vermont. Near the Green Bay Trail on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, somewhat east of the present Christ Church on Sheridan Road, the Pattersons built a log tavern to provide food and shelter to travelers. In 1847, John and Susannah Garland and their eight children bought the tavern, which they enlarged. They also built a saw mill, a red brick house for themselves and eventually, Winnetka, IL 60093  first church-on the Christ Church site in 1869.

About 100 people lived in the area when New Trier Township, named after Trier, Germany (the original home of many of the area’s settlers), was organized in 1850. Shortly after and anticipating the construction of the railroad, Chicago pioneer Charles Peck and his friend Walter Gurnee, president of the newly formed Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad’s train service in 1854 assured Winnetka, IL  60093 suburban future, as the railroad became the major force in the development of the North Shore.

Charles & Sarah Peck

Often called the "founders of Winnetka, IL  60093," Charles and Sarah Peck built a large house northwest of Elm and Maple Streets. Sarah Peck, who named Winnetka after a Native American phrase thought to mean "beautiful land," organized the Village’s first school, a private one, in 1856. Charles Peck encouraged the planting of donated elms along Elm Street. In 1869, the Pecks donated the Village Green (also known as the Village Common) to the community. Reflecting the public spirit of its donors, the Village Green remains something of a spiritual center for Winnetka, IL  60093, as well as a meeting place for residents and host to many Village celebrations.

Village Values

Although it may have looked like a farming community, mid-1850s Winnetka, IL   60093 lay only five miles north of Evanston’s Northwestern University-one of the few seats of higher learning in Illinois. Winnetka’s early residents, many from New England, were well-educated, highly religious, and reform-minded. Reflecting the values of the time, the Village’s charter, granted by the state in 1869, banned the public consumption and sale of alcohol, while enforcing the planting and protection of shade trees.


Relative to other North Shore communities, Winnetka, Il  60093 growth was fairly slow prior to 1900. The 1880 population was 584 and grew to 1,883 by 1900. After 1900, the Village started to grow more rapidly, and by 1920, the population had more than tripled to 6,694. Within the next ten years, the Village of Winnetka, IL population doubled to today’s level - 12,187 (2010 Census).


About Winnetka, IL  60093

West Elm StreetscapeNestled along Lake Michigan’s North Shore, Winnetka, IL 60093  is a community of tree-lined streets, sandy beaches, renowned schools, outstanding parks, quality recreation facilities, and plentiful non-profit and religious organizations. Founded in 1869, the name given to the community was a Native American word meaning "beautiful land." Natural beauty brought early settlers, but through careful planning, Winnetka, IL  60093 has maintained a historic, small town charm, as well as family-oriented neighborhoods, while developing into a thriving village for people to live, work, and visit.

Winnetka, Il  60093 was named "one of the best places to live" by CNN Money in 2011. It is located in Cook County, less than 20 miles north of the City of Chicago and is accessible from the Eden’s Expressway (I-94).

Visitors of all types and ages will find an array of activities available-be it leisure time in nature, shopping, or dining. Winnetka, IL  60093 boasts numerous shops, restaurants, and specialty merchants in the Village’s four distinct shopping districts (Hubbard Woods, East Elm, West Elm, and Indian Hill). Shops here are frequent stops for local residents, but also destinations for many in the surrounding area.

Village of Winnetka SignThe Winnetka, IL 60093  Community

Winnetka is strategically located within an easy drive, or rail commute, of Chicago’s city center-with its significant business and cultural resources, as well as leisure time activities. The uniqueness of the community can especially be seen in the autumn, when the turning colors of the foliage become a photographer’s paradise.

A 2012 Chicago Tribune feature article on suburban life in Winnetka, IL   60093 described the Village: "Winnetka, IL  60093 downtown (three small districts anchored by Metra train stations), is a hub of rush-hour activity that doubles as a daytime destination for stay-at-home moms and retirees. Its beach-glass-and driftwood shops mimic those in New York’s Hamptons, sans the celebrities. Strip malls and big box stores are absent, while Village Hall supports the ’shop local’ ideal…While Green Bay Road links the business districts, Sheridan Road is famous for old-money houses with backyards that open to the lake. Parallel to Green Bay is a berm that hides the rail line, which the village lowered in 1943 after dozens of death at railroad crossings."


The Village occupies a land area of 3.81 square miles in Cook County, Illinois. The 2010 Census showed a total Village population of 12,187-down approximately 1.87% from the 2000 population of 12,419. According to the Census, there were 4,102 households in Winnetka in 2010 and the average household size was 2.97. Winnetka, IL  60093 median household income is $207,955. Further community and demographic information can be found on the United States Census Bureau website.


The Winnetka, IL  60093 Public School (Cook County School District 36) are locally governed by an elected School Board of seven citizens. For decades, Winnetka Public Schools have led the nation in progressive education and served as a model for educators who value the development of the whole child intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. District 36 services approximately 2,000 kindergarten through eighth grade children in three elementary schools, one fifth/sixth grade center and one seventh/eighth grade middle school.


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Upon completion of eighth grade, students attend New Trier Township High School, a nationally recognized high school for the quality of its academic programs. New Trier, founded in 1901, serves approximately 4,000 students and maintains a student to teacher ratio of 14:1. New Trier Township High School District 203 is comprehensive four-year high school with two campuses; a freshman only campus in Northfield, and a sophomore through senior campus at New Trier East in Winnetka. In addition to Winnetka, IL  60093 New Trier serves Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette, and portions of Glenview.

Winnetka, IL  60093 is also home to the private North Shore Country Day School (with both elementary and secondary programs), as well as two religious affiliated elementary schools.

Elder Park BeachRecreation in Winnetka, IL  60093

Well-developed and maintained recreational facilities, all of which are operated by the independent Winnetka, IL  60093 Park District, abound in the Village. Four public beaches and a boat launch, numerous parks, athletic fields, an indoor tennis club, ice rink, public golf course and forest preserve areas can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.


The Winnetka-Northfield, IL  60093 Public Library, operated as an independent district, has over 106,000 books, as well as video and audio items (including books on tape and compact discs), periodicals, reference materials, internet access and a direct computer link to 25 area libraries.

Community Resources

Winnetka, IL 60093 Historical Society

The Winnetka, IL  60093 Historical Society was founded in 1932 and currently owns and operates two historic buildings in Winnetka, IL  60093. The Museum at 411 Linden Avenue features gallery space and is also open for research. The Schmidt-Burnham Log House, nestled into Crow Island Woods (1140 Willow Road), offers visitors a glimpse of life in the 1850’s through the interpretation of costumed docents.

Winnetka, IL  60093-Northfield Chamber of Commerce

The Chambers of Winnetka and Northfield combined in 2011. The mission of the Winnetka, IL  60093-Northfield Chamber of Commerce (WNCC) is to promote economic growth, development, and involvement in the local business and civic communities.

Some of the Chamber’s regular sponsored events include the Recognition Lunch, the Sidewalk Sale, the Winter Holiday Weekend, Women in Business lunches, and Business After Hours Networking. The Chamber also hosts ribbon-cuttings as new businesses open in Winnetka, IL  60093 and become Chamber of Commerce members. Watch Village news for details.

Detailed information about member businesses, communications, and upcoming events can be found on the Chamber’s website.

New Trier Township

New Trier Township provides human services functions including the funding of social services and programs, advocacy for property taxpayers, and resident services. The Assessor’s office handles property tax assessment appeal and exemption matters. In addition, residents may visit the Township for services such as voter registration, notary public, and acceptance of passport applications.

Chicago and North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Village of Winnetka, IL  60093 became a member of the Chicago and North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (CNSCVB) in 2010. The CNSCVB is the official destination marketing organization for the North Shore region of Chicago, as designated by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Bureau of Tourism. Information related to Winnetka, IL   60093 and local activities and events can be found on the CNSCVB website as well as in its print publications.

Dine Local in Winnekta

There are a lot of beautiful, delicious dining options in Winnetka, IL. 60093 Winnetka, IL offers a variety of local restaurants and dine in stops.