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Winnetka

Incorporated in 1869 and named "one of the best places to live" by CNN in 2009, Winnetka is an affluent village approximately 20 miles north of Chicago. Its small-town spirit, charm and traditions make it one of the most delightful villages along Lake Michigan's North Shore. With tree-lined streets, sandy beaches, outstanding parks, quality recreational facilities as well as four business districts, Winnetkais truly a "beautiful land," as its name suggests. Its striking landscape has been home to many feature films including Home Alone, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

WINNETKA'S MUST-SEE CHECKLIST:

  • Winnetka Community House This striking village institution is on the National Register of Historic Places and plays host to Children's Theatre of Winnetka, Ballet Entre Nous and Village Follies. It's also a popular spot for weddings and other special occasions.
  • The Book Stall This literary gem was named the "#1 Independent Book Store in the Country for 2012" by Publisher's Weekly. Famous for an extremely knowledgeable staff and author signings and readings, both adults and children alike will find treasured tomes here.
  • Platform Tennis & Paddle Hut Serve it up at the Winnetka Park District Platform Tennis & Paddle Hut, one of the only public facilities in the Midwest. Not only is the sport easy to learn at any age, it's incredible exercise and can be played outdoors in spring, summer, fall and winter. With six courts in top condition and a state-of-the-art paddle hut, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to this athletic club.  
  • Antiques + Modernism This nationally acclaimed event at the Winnetka Community House encompasses periods of design ranging from the 17th century to the mid 20th century. Esteemed dealers from across the country will showcase fine examples of American, British, French and Asian antiques as well as pieces from the Arts and Crafts, Art Nou­veau, Art Deco and Mid-Century design movements.
  • The Village of Winnetka features four distinct shopping districts, each with their own unique charm:
    • East Elm Shopping District Discover traditional and contemporary architecture, upscale fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, antique dealers and a lovely art gallery in the East Elm Shopping District.
    • Hubbard Woods Shopping District Nestled on the northern edge of the village where you'll find quaint courtyards and charming Tudor-style buildings, the "old world" atmosphere is a common theme in many of the shops here.
    • West Elm District This charming neighborhood offers al fresco dining options, boutiques, home furnishings, antique shops and a charming toy store. 
    • Indian Hill Tucked away just north of Kenilworth, Indian Hill is a proud home to several service businesses but is most renowned for Restaurant MichaelRecognized by Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and Food & Wine magazines, this elegant French-inspired eatery features sumptuous fare created by classically trained chef, Michael Lachowicz.

GETTING THERE: 

Located approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, Winnetka is easily accessible off I-94 (Edens Expressway), by Metra commuter rail as well as the CTA Purple Line with a connection with Pace Suburban Bus service.