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Winnetka, approximately 19 miles from downtown, has established a reputation for being one of the most desirable communities in the greater Chicag-land area. With a population slightly over 12,400, it is the second largest village comprising New Trier Township. Winnetka’s stately homes, vibrant downtown and excellent school district, along with numerous recreation choices make it an ideal place to raise a family. Many of the Villages’ small businesses are clustered in one of two major shopping areas, to include clothing stores, the Book Stall, antiques and collectables not to mention a wide array of restaurants,from casual to more formal.
The Winnetka Community House, a stately old Tudor mansion, serves the community as a hub of local activity 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, The village has an extensive park system, recreational activities and programs to include the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center and Paddle Hut and the Winnetka Ice Arena. Reisdents have their choice of three well maintained beaches to include the Lloyde Place Beach launching ramp for boats.
Housing: Winnetka’s housing is diverse and includes everything from traditional Colonials, indicative of the red brick center entry home highlighted in “Home Alone”,to Tudors, Georgian and Victorian. Winnetka commands some of the largest homes on the North Shore to include some of the priciest real estate in Chicagoland area, situated along the lakefront.
Schools: Elementary school children attend Crow Island, Hubbard Woods or Greely for K through 4th. Skokie for 5th & 6th and Carlton Washburn for 7th & 8th. High school students attend New Trier High School, district 203 spread out on two separate campuses with Freshman going to the West Campus in Northfield (west of the Edens) and Sophmores through Seniors attend the east campus in Winnetka. Private schools include North Shore Country Day from K – 12 as well as two parochial schools: Sacred Heart & Faith Hope grades K – 8th.
Transportation: The Edens Expressway (1-94) is just west of the village. Drive time to the loop is 35 minutes. Commuters board the Metra trains at two different stations in Winnetka for a 27 minute express trip to the Loop and a 42 minute trip on the locals. O’Hare airport is a 35 minute drive and Midway 45 minutes with the exception being rush hour.
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