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Winnetka, Illinois

Winnetka School District 36 has five schools including Carleton Washburne School, Crow Island School, Greeley School, Hubbard Woods School, and The Skokie School. Most high school students attend New Trier High School, which is in Winnetka. Others looking for private schools attend Loyola Academy, North Shore Country Day, and Lake Forest Academy.

Winnetka is located in Cook County and lies along Lake Michigan. It is a very affluent residential suburb of Chicago. In 1826, a German settler by the name of Michael Patterson arrived in Winnetka. In 1836, Erastus Patterson and his family came from Vermont and built a tavern to service passengers on the Green Bay Trail post road. The first houses were built in 1836. The village was then laid out and subdivided in 1854 by Charles Peck and Walter S. Gurnee, who was the President of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. In 1856, Charles Peck and his wife opened Winnetka’s first private school. The school had just 17 students. The first public school was built in 1859 with private funds. In 1920, William A. Hadley established The Hadley School for the Blind, which was a privately supported distance education institution that offered courses by mail or online. The village was incorporated in 1869 with a population of just 450 people. Winnetka’s population now is about 12,500. German immigrants greatly contributed to the community’s growth. The name of the village is thought to have originated from the Potawatomi language meaning “beautiful place/land”.

Winnetka has many shops, restaurants, and specialty merchants in the Village’s four distinct shopping districts, including Hubbard Woods, East Elm, West Elm, and Indian Hill. The shops in Winnetka are not only frequented by local residents, but also by many in the surrounding suburbs. Be sure to check out the most popular restaurants including Little Ricky’s, Trifecta Grill, and Avli Restaurant.

40 minutes to Chicago Loop 

30 minutes to O’Hare Airport 

50 minutes to Midway Airport

Distance to Downtown

16 miles

Winnetka is bordered by Lake Michigan to the east, Glencoe to the north, Kenilworth to the south, and the Skokie Lagoons to the west. The Union Pacific North Metra Line runs through Winnetka from Ogilvie Transportation Center to Kenosha. The Pace bus route 423 passes through Winnetka.

Winnetka has three beaches including Tower Road Beach, Maple Street Beach, and Elder Lane Beach. All three beaches are open to residents for $5 and non-residents for $10. There are also a couple of trails to explore including North Branch Trail and Green Bay Trail. If you are interested in learning more about Winnetka’s history, visit The Winnetka Historical Society museum. Winnetka is also home to the Schmidt Burnham log house, which is the oldest log structure in Cook County in use. It was most likely built in 1837 by early settlers in the area and is the only home in the area to be continuously occupied for nearly 165 years.

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