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Glenview

GLENVIEW

Located approximately 18 miles north of downtown Chicago in Cook County, the Village of Glenview was incorporated in 1899. As of March 2004, the population was 44,500 and median housing value was $336,000. A strong mix of recreation, housing, education, cultural and business services add to the intangible quality of life Glenview’s residents enjoy.The Glenview Park District provides year-round recreation and maintains 735 acres of land including 38 landscaped parks and school grounds, 38 outdoor tennis courts, 50 ball fields, 30 basketball courts, 13 field houses, 27 soccer fields, 2 sledding hills, 2 skate parks and a mini-arboretum. The Glenview Park Golf Club is a 110-acre, 18-hole course in the heart of Glenview. The Glenview Tennis Club offers 8 indoor courts. » Community Details


Northbrook

NORTHBROOK

The Village of Northbrook, located just 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, is graced with a vibrant and diverse business community, top-rated schools and outstanding recreational facilities. Residents enjoy convenient transportation options including immediate access to the tri-state tollway and the Edens Expressway as well as Metra rail service.In 1833, Joel Sterling Sherman and his family bought 159 acres of land in the northwest quarter (now the site of the Northbrook Central Business District) for $1.25 per acre.. By the 1870’s, the region was a farm town with well-established brick yards which prospered during the rebuilding that followed the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Incorporated as Shermerville in 1901, the village adopted “Northbrook” as its official name in… » Community Details


Wilmette

WILMETTE

Known for its beautiful lakefront, the Village of Wilmette is located approximately 16 miles north of downtown Chicago and extends about 5 miles west from Lake Michigan. Residents enjoy diverse architecture, tree-lined brick streets, well maintained parks and excellent public and private schools.The community is also committed to its history, preserving its brick streets and old fashioned street lights. In 1674, Father Marquette and his expedition beached their canoes and spent the night on the shores of present day Wilmette. In 1829, Antoine Ouilmette, a French-Canadian fur trader and his part-Indian wife, Archange, moved their family to a cabin near the foot of present day Lake Avenue. The first Wilmette public school opened in 1871. In 1872, the village was incorporated.When the… » Community Details


Northfield

NORTHFIELD

Settlers first arrived in Northfield in the 1850s to farm hay and grain, packing straw from the Skokie Swamps, mushrooms and horseradish. But the community changed dramatically in the early 1920s when the Skokie Valley Line of the North Shore Railway was built. The Village began to attract other North Shore families who liked its small size and remote country atmosphere.Today, more than 5,000 people call Northfield home. The shopping district features a mix of antique shops, gift stores and specialty retailers. Dining options in Northfield are diverse and abundant, with many restaurants offering inviting al fresco seating during the summer.The Northfield Community Center, built in 1998, contains a full size gym, batting cage, basketball hoops, fitness center, residents center, and board… » Community Details


Winnetka

WINNETKA

Incorporated in 1869 and picturesquely situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 16 miles north of Chicago, the Village of Winnetka offers tree-shaded streets and neighborhoods as well as three quaint in-town business districts. “Winnetka” is a Native American word meaning “beautiful land”, and the village has retained the natural beauty that brought early settlers to the area.Recreational facilities include four public beaches and a boat launch, numerous parks and athletic fields, indoor tennis club, ice rink, public golf course and forest preserve areas.The Winnetka Community House, a non-profit organization, presents numerous recreational programs and activities for all age groups. Residents also enjoy abundant community organizations involving history, art,… » Community Details


Chicago

CHICAGO

Chicago offers some of the finest attractions, live entertainment and cultural experiences in the world, along with hotel, dining, parking, recreation/entertainment and shopping facilities to fit nearly every taste and budget. Highlights within the city of Chicago include:Renowned architecture, including the world’s first skyscrapers World-class museums (The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium and others) Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the few remaining zoos with free admission Professional sports teams (Bears football, Bulls basketball, Cubs baseball, White Sox baseball, Rush football, Black Hawks hockey, Fire soccer) Parks, including the world-famous Millennium,… » Community Details


Kenilworth

KENILWORTH

Located approximately 17 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Village of Kenilworth is the newest of the eight North Shore communities fronting on Lake Michigan. The beauty of the village attracted many distinguished residents including architect and town planner George W. Maher. Kenilworth’s history dates back to 1889, when 223.6 acres of land for the village was purchased by Joseph Sears and developed as a planned community. Streets were platted to maximize the availability of sunlight in each home. Utilities were placed underground. There were large lots and paved streets, and construction standards were high.Town planner George W. Maher, a contemporary and colleague of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed approximately 37 of the village’s homes. His planning expertise and civic… » Community Details


Morton Grove

MORTON GROVE

The Village of Morton Grove is a near north suburb located 13 miles north of Chicago’s Loop. About 20% of the land in the village is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District and is set aside for open space and recreation.Morton Grove is primarily residential, although the village does have significant commercial and industrial areas. The Civic Center is a beautifully designed, tastefully decorated multi-purpose facility for people of all ages to meet, plan activities and socialize.Family Circle magazine recognized the village as one of the “Best Towns for Families” in 2007. Morton Grove’s high quality of life combines with relatively low taxes have contributed to its stable population and steady annual growth in tax… » Community Details


Glencoe

GLENCOE

The Village of Glencoe is a lakefront community with small town charm and intimacy. Shopping, art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops fill the quaint downtown. The sandy beaches, historic homes and tree-lined bike and walking paths give Glencoe an unparalleled beauty that residents and visitors alike enjoy year round.The village boasts many educational and recreational opportunities for all ages, with many public and private programs and services available. Points of interest in Glencoe include the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Glencoe Golf Club, the Skokie Lagoons, the Glencoe Sailing Beach, Watts Ice Arena and Writers’ Theatre. The excellent transportation system includes Metra commuter trains with frequent service to the Chicago Loop – a quick 30-minute trip – and an extensive… » Community Details


Arlington Heights

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS

Arlington Heights is an established community of small-town charm and big city amenities. The appeal of this established community of just over 75,000 residents (according to the 2010 U.S. Census) lies in the combination of friendly neighborhoods and an abundance of cultural, educational, entertainment and recreational opportunities.

Arlington Heights was founded in the mid 1800s by Asa Dunton, a Yankee stonecutter. Asa’s son William Dunton was the first homeowner of this farming community, which was originally called the “Town of Dunton.” The original train depot served as a catalyst for Arlington Heights’ growth. The train depot was a great convenience for nearby farmers who used the railroad to transport their goods. The depot became a central gathering place for the community and prompted development of a Downtown as more people settled in Arlington Heights.

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Skokie

SKOKIE

In the early 1800s, the area that became Skokie was a land of swamps and forests, a place where buffalo, wildcat, fox, and deer were plentiful. From those early beginnings rose the Village of Skokie that today is a culturally diverse and economically progressive community. Skokie’s history is rich with influences of the American Indian, French and British explorers, and the emigration of European settlers.The Village’s rich cultural heritage continues to grow as members of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds choose to call Skokie home. Each year, in May, the Skokie Festival of Cultures celebrates the heritage of the residents of Skokie. Flags from participating Festival of Culture’s members are on display throughout the year at the Skokie Northshore Sculpture… » Community Details


Mount Prospect

MOUNT PROSPECT

Mount Prospect, Illinois is a northwest suburb of Chicago. With a diverse population of over 54,000, an extensive school system and a strong base of both retail and professional businesses, Mount Prospect is a vibrant community that has much to offer, yet retains a sense of small town charm.

Today, we are a combination of many nationalities, award-winning schools, churches, local commerce, shopping and business centers, several park districts, a library, and highly rated Fire and Police Departments. Our Mayor and Trustees guide us into the future with the redevelopment of the downtown area. Our Village employees are dedicated to provided quality services. Despite all of this progress, Mount Prospect is still a Village whose slogan continues to ring true, “Where Friendliness is a Way of Life.”

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