Winnetka is known as the “crown jewel of the North Shore”, and for many good reasons. Ranked one of the wealthiest communities in America, the village boasts gorgeous homes, top-rated schools, an excellent location, and stunning natural beauty combined with a rich history and modern conveniences.
Charles and Sarah Peck, considered the founders of Winnetka, were behind many of the village’s earliest structures, including the present day Village Green. Sarah Peck gave the village its name after a Native American phrase for “land beautiful”. The earliest settlers in Winnetka, however, were the Erastus Patterson family, who came here in 1836 and built a log tavern to provide lodging to travelers through the area.
- Winnetka ranked 9th in Bloomberg’s Richest 100 Places in America for 2020, just one spot behind its neighbor, Glencoe
- The village has been named the best educated village in the US by USA Today. Around 88% of Winnetka’s adult residents have a bachelor’s degree, and about half of this group has at least a master’s degree or its equivalent.
- As of 2018 Census estimates, Winnetka has a population of 12,187
- Most of the village’s residents work in Chicago, which lies less than 23 miles away.
- Winnetka has a total area of 3.89 square miles, including four public beaches
Schools in Winnetka
Winnetka is served by Cook County School District 36 or Winnetka Public Schools, a highly-rated school district with three elementary schools and two middle schools. High school students typically go to New Trier High School, consistently recognized as one of the top secondary schools in the country. Winnetka students can also go to several private schools in the area, including The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity, Sacred Heart School, and North Shore Country Day School.
Dining and Shopping in Winnetka
You’ll find charming shops and boutiques, as well a number of family-owned and independent restaurants in and around Winnetka. In addition, the village is just minutes away from two major shopping centers, Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie and Northbrook Court in Northbrook.
Winnetka Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Winnetka is home to stunning estates, with lot areas of around half an acre to over 2 acres and homes with square footages of around 7,000 square feet to over 16,000 square feet. Relatively smaller single-family homes with square footages of around 1,500 to 5,000 are the dominant housing stock. They come with spacious landscaped yards and exquisite finishes, appealing to the most discriminating buyers.
Winnetka is known for its older, more established homes, many of which are at least 75 years old. Architectural styles are widely varied. You’ll find Colonial, Tudor revival, Georgian, Craftsman, contemporary, and more. There are also a number of new construction homes, including townhouses and multi story condos, which make perfect getaway properties in the North Shore.
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