You had me at Ravinia – yet there’s so much more to love about Highland Park. Located 23 miles north of downtown Chicago, Highland Park is known for its vibrant downtown business district, abundant recreational facilities, and world-class amenities. The city is home to several landmarks, including homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Highland Park also created the first community land trust in Illinois to develop and preserve high-quality affordable housing for residents. High-end homes in Highland Park range from custom lakefront mansions to multi-million-dollar contemporary estates. Mid-century moderns and in-town bungalows are plentiful at more modest price points, while a number of luxury condominiums offer maintenance-free living close to downtown shops, restaurants, and commuter train stations. Residents enjoy two public beaches and the North Shore Yacht Club, a not-for-profit membership organization for sailors, kayakers, power boaters, and stand-up paddle boarders. Downtown Highland Park thrives year-round thanks to an eclectic mix of businesses including local restaurants, national retailers, and upscale boutiques. Highland Park shines brightest in the summertime, when the sprawling outdoor Ravinia Festival welcomes the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a diverse lineup of popular musicians. Ravinia attracts concert-goers from near and far, including locals and city-dwellers who can hop on the Metra train that conveniently stops at the festival gates.
Located just north of Chicago, Evanston offers a beautiful natural setting on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its historic homes, tree-lined streets and sprawling beaches may be the first things that catch your eye, but there’s a lot more to love here. Home to world-class Northwestern University, Evanston residents have plenty to cheer about – from watching Big Ten sports and enjoying cultural events to exploring academic pursuits. The thriving downtown district includes bookstores, boutiques, galleries, theaters and restaurants that attract city dwellers and suburbanites alike, while outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the many jogging trails, bicycle paths, parks and public beaches the community offers. Evanston boasts a variety of homes in a wide range of styles and price points. You can find everything from stately historic mansions along the lakefront and well-maintained single-family homes on tree-lined streets, to contemporary townhomes and newer high-rises that are in close proximity to local shops and restaurants. Residents have several convenient options to commute to downtown Chicago including the CTA’s Purple Line and bus routes, as well as Pace bus routes and three Metra stations.
With vast stretches of ravines, abundant parks, a charming downtown district and superb schools like New Trier High School, there’s plenty to brag about in the idyllic lakefront community of Glencoe.
Comprised of traditional and contemporary homes in a range of prices, Glencoe features beachfront mansions, architecturally-significant mid-century modern homes, new construction and a mix of townhomes and condominiums. The village’s downtown is in close proximity to many of Glencoe’s neighborhoods and offers an array of eateries and upscale boutiques. During the summer, residents can play 18 holes at the community’s public golf course or take advantage of boat rentals, sailing lessons and volleyball at Glencoe Beach. Then, of course, there are the amenities that can be enjoyed year-round, from the renowned Writers Theatre and public library to the Takiff Center, which has a gymnasium, fitness studios, conference activity rooms and more. Glencoe is also home to the Chicago Botanic Garden – a breathtaking attraction with gardens, special events and horticulture classes. A Metra station a few blocks away makes it an easy commute for residents heading downtown or city dwellers visiting the Botanic Gardens. With highly-rated schools and a wealth of amenities, it’s no surprise Wilmette has been ranked by Chicagomagazine as one of the Chicago area’s best places to live. When it comes to housing, there’s no shortage of architectural styles and price points in this lakefront community. Quintessential Cape Cod, Victorian, and Colonial homes line the village’s historic streets, many of which are paved with clay-fired bricks from the 1800s. In addition to single-family homes, there are beachfront condominiums and townhomes. While well-kept homes maintain Wilmette’s rich architectural history in all of its glory, new construction attests to the village’s enduring popularity. The schools in Wilmette are among the best. In fact, two Wilmette elementary schools are among the select schools in the state to be awarded the prestigious National Blue-Ribbon Award. The community is also served by the highly-acclaimed New Trier High School, located in Winnetka.
Wilmette’s Metra station and access to I-94 make commuting to downtown Chicago a breeze, but there’s plenty of reasons to stay local. At the heart of town is the Village Center, where you’ll find specialty stores, restaurants, and the Wilmette Theatre. Along Sheridan Road there is Plaza del Lago, providing more shops and services to locals. Meanwhile, ample recreational activities are available at Gillson Park and beach, Wilmette Harbor, and the Centennial Recreation Complex, which includes swimming, tennis, and ice skating.
Lake Bluff is a rare gem. Set atop the string of North Shore communities, the village boasts a welcoming laid-back lifestyle, historic architecture, a thriving downtown, and a priceless sense of community. Each year, Lake Bluff hosts a number of special events – from art festivals and farmers markets to community barbeques, block parties, and a Fourth of July Parade. Its annual Halloween event brings out hundreds of ghouls and goblins, while the Bluffinia concert series brings residents together on the Village Green for a wide array of live music. Residents also enjoy scenic parks, recreational activities, an assortment of small boutiques and restaurants, and a beautiful lakefront with limited development. A variety of architectural styles keep Lake Bluff interesting with Tudor, Colonial, Victorian, bungalow, and modern homes. Properties range from multi-million-dollar lakefront estates to condominiums and townhomes. Residents find easy access to major interstates and U.S. Route 41, along with a Metra station that serves commuters headed to Chicago.
Kenilworth’s allure was no accident. In fact, the community was conscientiously designed to provide residents the utmost in beauty and privacy as well as proximity to downtown Chicago. Today it remains one of the most affluent communities in the Midwest. Founded in 1889 by Joseph Sears, Kenilworth has fewer than 1,000 homes within its .6-mile radius; and notably no large businesses. The village was designed around its town assembly hall, the Kenilworth Club, to make the most of its natural beauty. The community’s innovative design captured the attention of architects during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Kenilworth’s lakefront mansions complement comfortable Prairie-style homes by architect and original resident George Maher. Noted architect Franklin Burnham designed the railroad station and several original homes. Spectacular new construction is also available to homebuyers but must meet strict architectural standards to maintain Kenilworth’s tradition of elegance. Schools in the community include top-rated Joseph Sears School and New Trier High School, which consistently ranks among the top high schools in the country according to U.S. News.
Residents enjoy dining out in nearby villages or enjoying a short ride into the city from the Kenilworth Metra Station. A beautiful public beach, flowing fountains, cozy parks, an active historical society, and annual traditions such as a Memorial Day parade preserve the community’s charm.
Deerfield boasts the best of both worlds – the amenities and conveniences of city living with the charm of a small town. Touting a variety of housing options, Deerfield offers condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes in a wide range of architectural styles and prices. When it comes to amenities, Deerfield checks all the boxes. Deerfield Square includes an assortment of shops, restaurants and boutique workout studios, while the Sachs Recreation Center offers an indoor pool, tennis courts, gymnasiums, fitness classes and more. Another popular attraction is the Deerfield Historic Village, where residents and visitors can explore buildings dating back to the 1800s. With two Metra stations and proximity to the Tri-State Tollway and Edens Expressway, Deerfield puts residents within easy reach of downtown Chicago, O'Hare International Airport and numerous corporate headquarters.
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