One of the original North Shore villages, Wilmette is a role model for communities aspiring to be all they can be. With highly-rated schools and a wealth of amenities, it’s no surprise the community has been ranked by Chicago magazine as one of the Chicago area’s best places to live.
When it comes to housing in Wilmette, there’s no shortage of architectural styles and price points. 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 more affordable 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 17 schools in the state 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 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. The awe-inspiring Baha’i Temple is a highly-visible landmark along Sheridan Road, while Plaza del Lago provides excellent shopping. Ample recreational activities are also available at Gillson Park and beach, Wilmette Harbor, and the Centennial Recreation Complex which includes swimming, tennis and ice skating.