Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glenview, Northfield
Drive along the near north suburban lakefront communities and you'll be mightily impressed as you are transported into a beautiful region of stately homes and scenic vistas. Erasmus Patterson was. In 1836, long before covered wagons meant SUVs, Mr. Patterson, wife Zeruah and their five children were heading west from Vermont in a covered wagon. They stopped for a night in a hilly part of what is today Winnetka. They were so entranced with the setting that they never left. Folks have been enchanted by the North Shore ever since.
In addition to the lure of the lakefront and its beautiful, sandy beaches, people have also moved into attractive neighborhoods in the western areas of Winnetka and Wilmette as well as into adjoining communities like Glenview and Northfield, enjoying the many amenities the region offers. The communities range from 15 to 20 miles distance from Chicago's Loop.
Evanston is a culturally-oriented community boasting distinctive architecture, historical charm, several theater groups, a symphony orchestra and numerous museums and art galleries. Northwestern University enhances the community's cultural scene. The city's recreation department runs several parks, public beaches and community centers. The community is served by Metra and CTA transportation with easy access to Chicago..
Winnetka's school district includes the renowned New Trier High School, rival to Evanston Township high School, which also serves Wilmette and Northfield. Most Glenview high schoolers attend Glenbrook South High School, while some attend New Trier or Maine East High
Each of the communities has extensive park systems and activities. The Winnetka Community House is a hub for local activities and organizations. Winnetka has three beaches and an ice arena. Wilmette has four golf courses and two indoor ice rinks. Glenview has a number of parks and playgrounds and a large nature preserve.
Shoppers can choose between hundreds of in-town businesses or outdoor malls like Eden's Plaza and Plaza Del Lago, one of the oldest shopping centers in the U.S.. Evanston has a downtown second in size only to Chicago's Loop. All five communities are close to Old Orchard and Northbrook Court malls.
The area's Jewish community is served nearly a dozen congregations representing every stream, many with early childhood centers, after-school, and adult education programs. The Council for Jewish Elderly's Klafter Assisted Living Residence is in Wilmette and there are retirement and senior care facilities in the region. Wilmette is also home to the popular Kohl Children's Museum. Area residents of all ages can participate in activities at Jewish Community Centers located in nearby communities.