The North Shore

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ome of Chicago’s most affluent and desirable communities are located north of the city, along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Each area offers a unique and enviable lifestyle, with lavish homes, abundant parks, and ample recreation. Here is a sampling:

Evanston is located just 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. Evanston is an urban jewel in a natural setting, with 5 public beaches on the Lake Michigan shoreline, and 2 public boat launches.

Evanston is home to Northwestern University, regarded as one of the leading research institutions in the world. Evanston also features stately homes, a lively, historic downtown, and many community events throughout the year.

Evanston has a robust commercial district, with several shopping areas featuring a variety of retail stores and restaurants. Residents also enjoy a well-managed park system with a spectrum of sports programs and recreational opportunities. Chicago commuting is a breeze with Metra rail service. O’Hare International airport is only a thirty minute drive.

Winnetka is located 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. It is an affluent North Shore village nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, with 4 scenic beaches, a boat launch, and numerous parks.

Winnetka has three charming business districts with independent retailers and restaurants. There is a refreshing absence of “big box stores” in the village; instead, you’ll find vintage architecture, tree-lined streets, and a pedestrian-friendly downtown.

Luxurious estates, classic single-family homes and well-appointed townhomes offer a full spectrum of residential lifestyles. While Winnetka feels like a world away from the big city, its three Metra stations provide an easy commute to Chicago.

Glencoe is located 23 miles north of downtown Chicago. This picturesque village rests upon the Lake Michigan shoreline, graced by natural beauty. An expansive public beach and sailboat launch compliment an abundance of outdoor recreation, including golf courses, nature preserves and several parks. Glencoe is home to the 385-acre Chicago Botanic Garden.

Glencoe is also home to the acclaimed Writer’s Theater, described by the Wall Street Journal as the “best drama company in the nation.” The quality of performing arts has made Glencoe a cultural destination along the North Shore.

There are two business districts in Glencoe; downtown and the Hubbard Woods Shopping Center. Antiques, European imports, fine gifts and apparel are among the retail offerings.
Glencoe holds an array of upscale homes and estates, and is among the North Shore’s most desired communities. Travel to Chicago is simple via Metra rail service.

Highland Park is located 26 miles north of downtown Chicago. This scenic North Shore city has two public beaches and a public boat launch on the shores of Lake Michigan. Highland Park is home to the North Shore Yacht Club, which offers boating education, use of club watercraft and nautical events.

Highland Park offers a wealth of public recreation. The park district includes a golf course, an ice arena, an aqua park, sports facilities, a nature preserve, and several parks and trails. There are cultural opportunities to explore at the Art Center of Highland Park. The popular Ravina Festival runs each summer from June to September, featuring a series of outdoor concerts and live performances. It is also the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Highland Park has 9 business districts with diverse retail and dining options. Homes in Highland Park include affordable single-family residences and townhomes, as well as luxury homes and estates. There is a Metra station for easy commuting to Chicago.

Lake Forest is located 29 miles north of downtown Chicago. This prestigious North Shore city has a beautiful sandy beach with a sailboat launch and 400 acres of managed parkland. Lake Forest is famous for its early conservation efforts, which have preserved miles of original prairie, woodlands, wetlands and savanna.

The neighborhoods near the Lake Michigan shoreline are scenic and secluded; these historic estates include rare architectural gems. Lake Forest’s attention to historic preservation and natural conservation make it one of the most desired communities in the North Shore area. The vintage, tree-lined neighborhoods and quiet interior parks offer sanctuary from urban bustle.

Lake Forest is home to Lake Forest College, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, and several Fortune 500 companies. Three business districts provide Lake Forest with abundant shopping and dining. Commuting to Chicago is easy using either of the two Metra stations.

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ome of Chicago’s most affluent and desirable communities are located north of the city, along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Each area offers a unique and enviable lifestyle, with lavish homes, abundant parks, and ample recreation. Here is a sampling:

Evanston

Evanston is located just 12 miles north of downtown Chicago. Evanston is an urban jewel in a natural setting, with 5 public beaches on the Lake Michigan shoreline, and 2 public boat launches.

Located in Cook County, Illinois, United States, Evanston is situated on the North Shore along Lake Michigan. Evanston is 12 miles north of Downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, Wilmette to the north, and Lake Michigan to the east.

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Evanston

Winnetka

Winnetka is located 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. It is an affluent North Shore village nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, with 4 scenic beaches, a boat launch, and numerous parks.

Winnetka has three charming business districts with independent retailers and restaurants. There is a refreshing absence of “big box stores” in the village; instead, you’ll find vintage architecture, tree-lined streets, and a pedestrian-friendly downtown.

Luxurious estates, classic single-family homes and well-appointed townhomes offer a full spectrum of residential lifestyles. While Winnetka feels like a world away from the big city, its three Metra stations provide an easy commute to Chicago.

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Winnetka
Winnetka

Highland Park

Highland Park is located 26 miles north of downtown Chicago. This scenic North Shore city has two public beaches and a public boat launch on the shores of Lake Michigan. Highland Park is home to the North Shore Yacht Club, which offers boating education, use of club watercraft and nautical events.

Highland Park offers a wealth of public recreation. The park district includes a golf course, an ice arena, an aqua park, sports facilities, a nature preserve, and several parks and trails. There are cultural opportunities to explore at the Art Center of Highland Park. The popular Ravina Festival runs each summer from June to September, featuring a series of outdoor concerts and live performances. It is also the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Highland Park has 9 business districts with diverse retail and dining options. Homes in Highland Park include affordable single-family residences and townhomes, as well as luxury homes and estates. There is a Metra station for easy commuting to Chicago.

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Highland Park
Highland Park

Lake Forest

Lake Forest is located 29 miles north of downtown Chicago. This prestigious North Shore city has a beautiful sandy beach with a sailboat launch and 400 acres of managed parkland. Lake Forest is famous for its early conservation efforts, which have preserved miles of original prairie, woodlands, wetlands and savanna.

The neighborhoods near the Lake Michigan shoreline are scenic and secluded; these historic estates include rare architectural gems. Lake Forest’s attention to historic preservation and natural conservation make it one of the most desired communities in the North Shore area. The vintage, tree-lined neighborhoods and quiet interior parks offer sanctuary from urban bustle.

Lake Forest is home to Lake Forest College, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, and several Fortune 500 companies. Three business districts provide Lake Forest with abundant shopping and dining. Commuting to Chicago is easy using either of the two Metra stations.

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Lake Forest
Lake Forest
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