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Ranked in the top ten most affluent communities in the United States, Kenilworth is a true showcase of luxury and exclusivity. It’s bordered to the east by Lake Michigan, Winnetka to the north, and Wilmette to the south. Sitting just minutes from the area’s forests and wooded parks, Kenilworth gives residents easy access to the best that the North Shore has to offer.

Kenilworth was founded in 1889 by Joseph Sears and the Kenilworth Company, who transformed an expanse of woodland, wetland, and pasture into a residential community with highly restrictive covenants.

In developing the village, the Kenilworth Company limited the number of building lots and gave priority to the protection of existing trees in the area. While many of the elms in the neighborhood were lost to disease in the 1960s, the vast majority of the foliage has been preserved, and continues to give Kenilworth a refreshingly green and forested environment.

Quick facts
  • The median household income in Kenilworth is $203,750 — more than three times the US median
  • As of 2018 Census estimates, Kenilworth has a population of 2,494
  • The neighborhood has a total area of 2,513 square miles. Except for an addition of 40 acres to include the shuttered North Shore golf course in 1920, no expansion of the neighborhood is allowed
  • Although it is more than 100 years old, Kenilworth is the most recent addition to the North Shore suburbs
  • The neighborhood hub is Kenilworth Assembly Hall or Kenilworth Club, where residents gather for private and community events
  • The village maintains Kenilworth Beach, a private beach open only to residents, except during the Memorial Day to Labor Day season when it’s open to the public
Schools in Kenilworth

School District 38 in Cook County, Kenilworth’s own school district, includes only one school — the Joseph Sears School, which offers grades K to 8 education. High school students typically go to the highly rated New Trier High School in nearby Winnetka. Many students attend private schools in the area, including Roycemore School, North Shore Country Day School, Loyola Academy, and Lake Forest Academy.

Dining and shopping in Kenilworth

You’ll find a host of excellent shopping and dining choices in Kenilworth, as well as in the neighboring communities of Wilmette and Winnetka.

Kenilworth Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Kenilworth boasts beautiful spacious homes in a wide range of architectural styles, including Tudor revival, Old English, Colonial, ranch, and others. Elegant estates and mansions sitting on large manicured lots of around 0.30 acre or more line green tranquil streets. There are also plenty of opportunities for relatively smaller homes with generous lots and living spaces, as well as waterfront homes along Lake Michigan.

The most prized properties in Kenilworth include historic homes built from the 1890s to the early 1900s, designed by the country’s most esteemed architects, including George W. Maher. There are quite a few new construction homes, as well, but the majority of homes are at least 20 years old, updated and kept in excellent condition over the years.

Kenilworth, IL your home

Kenilworth residents are known to hold on to their properties for a long time, so it’s rare to find a chance to buy a home here. I can help make sure you don’t lose out on any opportunity to be a Kenilworth homeowner. Call me today at 312.485.0897 or send me an email at cgreen(at)bhhschicago(dotted)com.

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