Suburban North Shore

Suburban North Shore 2018-04-11T14:31:35-06:00


Located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington is a charming village with a rich history. The town features tree-lined streets, historic sites, and a vibrant downtown with many shops and acclaimed restaurants, including Barrington Country Bistro and Francesca’s. The Barrington 220 School District consists of eight elementary schools, two middle schools and Barrington High School, which has been ranked by Newsweek as one the best public schools in America.

Barrington boasts the largest residential historic district in the state of Illinois. The town is noted for its late 19th century architectural styles, including Victorian, Victorian Gothic and Queen-Anne . Housing product within the town ranges from condominiums and townhomes to single-family homes and stately mansions.

The Village of Barrington offers many unique recreation opportunities thanks to its numerous parks, gardens and nature preserves. Citizens Park, one of Barrington Park District’s newest and most prized parks, features biking and walking paths, cross-country ski trails, tennis and basketball courts, the Jewel Tea Pavilion and more. Barrington residents also enjoy a number of community events that take place throughout the year, such as Farmer’s Markets and the Barrington Art Festival. Transportation is convenient for residents and visitors with the Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest Line providing service to downtown Chicago.


Located approximately 30 miles from Chicago, Deerfield, Bannockburn and Riverwoods are three neighboring communities that offer residents tranquil neighborhoods, fine schools and abundant open spaces. Easy access to I-294 puts residents within easy reach of downtown Chicago, O’Hare and numerous corporate headquarters. Deerfield’s new town center and a number of recreational options provide homeowners with urban convenience and all the amenities of fine suburban living.

Housing options in Deerfield, Riverwoods and Bannockburn range from urban to bucolic. Deerfield offers condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes in a wide range of architectural styles and prices. The village includes both walk-to-town locations and more traditional suburban subdivisions. Meanwhile, Riverwoods and Bannockburn are known for large homes on expansive lots – many of which are set back from main roads and surrounded by mature trees.

With miles of jogging and cycling paths, award-winning golf courses and vast forest preserves, including Ryerson Woods, many of the recreational activities in Deerfield, Riverwoods and Bannockburn focus on the outdoors. But Deerfield also has a number of public and private recreational facilities and dining and shopping venues that draw residents from all over the North Shore.

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Located just north of Chicago, Evanston has a beautiful natural setting on Lake Michigan and features expansive parks, historic architecture and the Northwestern University campus. Its 75,000 residents include an eclectic mix of students, young professionals, families and seniors. With bustling business districts, arts and culture and easy access to Chicago, Evanston offers the conveniences of city living in a suburban environment.

Homes in Evanston range from contemporary new-construction high rises to well-maintained single-family homes and townhomes to historic lakefront mansions. The town is comprised of a number of distinct neighborhoods – many within walking distances of Evanston’s thriving commercial areas. Home prices range from under $100,000 to well over $1 million.

Evanston has a variety of amenities to enjoy year-round. Its downtown adjoins Northwestern University and includes hundreds of businesses from boutiques, bookstores and galleries to theaters and restaurants. Smaller shopping districts contain additional options. Outdoor recreation includes beaches, parks, jogging trails and bicycle paths. Meanwhile Northwestern University offers residents access to a full slate of Big Ten sports as well as cultural events and academic pursuits.


Glencoe offers an idyllic lakefront setting with a range of home styles located on quiet tree-lined streets. The village is home to the world-renowned Chicago Botanic Gardens. Vast stretches of ravines, abundant parks, a charming downtown district and superb schools including New Trier High School make it one of Chicago’s most sought after suburbs.

Glencoe is comprised of both traditional and contemporary homes in a range of prices. There are beachfront mansions, architecturally significant mid-century modern homes, new-construction with every amenity, and affordably-priced townhomes and condominiums. Many neighborhoods are located within walking distance of the village’s downtown.

Popular recreational options include Glencoe Beach, the Cook County Forest Preserve and Glencoe Golf Course. The Chicago Botanic Garden is a year-round attraction with breathtaking gardens, special events and horticulture classes. Situated just three blocks from the beach, the downtown is filled with upscale boutiques. The town also features the acclaimed Writers Theater, a popular public library and the Takiff Community Center, which offers programs for all ages.

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Incorporated in 1895, the village of Grayslake was named after farmer William F. Gray, who settled along the lake that was eventually named Gray’s Lake. Today, Grays Lake remains the largest lake in the village. Located 40 miles north of downtown Chicago, the village’s population in 2010 was more than 20,000.

Although historic buildings dot Grayslake’s downtown district, the village is burgeoning with new home developments. Planned residential communities line stretches of Belvedere (Route 120) and Buckley Roads (Route 137), welcoming young families looking for a blend of residential development, easy commuting to downtown Chicago, ample shopping and light commercial within a setting that retains its historic, rural ambiance. Transportation options are abundant thanks to Metra’s Milwaukee District/North Line as well as Pace bus routes throughout town.


Grayslake hosts many popular annual festivals. Summer kicks off with the Grayslake Art Festival held in the historic downtown district each June. The Taste of Grayslake in late June features local eateries and offers live entertainment, family activities and evening fireworks. Grayslake Days, held annually in mid-August, is a well-known music festival, and also includes a bike and pet parade and a local talent contest. The town also boasts the Lake County Fairgrounds, which hosts the annual Lake County Fair each July.

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Highland Park and Highwood are neighboring communities that have managed to successfully balance preservation with forward-thinking growth. The towns support a diverse population with a full spectrum of housing options, vibrant business districts and world-class recreational and cultural amenities including Ravinia Festival – the North Shore’s one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue.

High-end homes in Highland Park range from custom lakefront mansions to multi-million dollar contemporary estates. Mid-century moderns and in-town bungalows are plentiful at more modest price points. A number of new luxury condominium developments offer maintenance-free living within walking distance of downtown and commuter train stations. Highland Park also created the first community land trust in Illinois to develop and preserve high-quality affordable homes for residents.

Highland Park shines in the summer, when Ravinia Festival welcomes the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many international recording artists. The performances and outdoor ambiance attract residents and visitors alike. Unparalleled shopping and dining is available in downtown Highland Park, while Highwood is known for its award-winning restaurants and nightlife.


Kenilworth was recently identified as one of America’s most affluent zip codes by The village is a haven for buyers seeking privacy yet proximity to the city. Large businesses are notably absent, and the community enjoys a wealth of mature trees and cozy parks. Its top-rated school district consists of the Joseph Sears School and New Trier High School, which consistently ranks among the best high schools in the U.S. There are also a variety of local private schools.

With only 850 homes in a .6 mile radius, Kenilworth is the smallest community on the North Shore. Homes range in price from $600,000 to over $6 million. Centered around the town assembly hall, the Kenilworth Club, pristine lakefront mansions blend with comfortable Prairie -style homes built by architect and original resident George Maher. Spectacular new construction is available, while strict architectural standards maintain a tradition of elegance.

In addition to a beautiful public beach, Kenilworth enjoys flowing fountains, lacrosse and baseball fields, parks, gardens and a Historical Society that enthusiastically preserves the community’s history. Residents dine out in nearby villages, or walk to the Kenilworth Metra Station for a short train ride into the city. Annual traditions such as a Memorial Day parade preserve Kenilworth’s All-American feel.

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Lake Forest (and Lake Bluff) are located 30 miles north of Chicago. Lake Forest and Lake Bluff feature some of the finest estates on the North Shore. Rich in history, the towns are known for their lakefront setting, natural beauty and wide-open spaces. They offer quiet tree-lined streets, pristine beaches, quaint downtown districts and top-notch public and private schools ranging from kindergarten to post-graduate studies.

Lake Forest and Lake Bluff offer homeowners true luxury in a resort-style setting. Historic estates built by legendary architects Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler and Henry Ives Cobb are interspersed among elegant homes lining the lakefront and towns. Together, the two communities offer properties ranging from multi-million dollar mansions to new-construction condominiums and townhomes.

Towering trees, picturesque street plans and bluffs overlooking the lake contribute to these towns’ unique beauty. Market Square is the heart of Lake Forest, offering fantastic shops and restaurants. Downtown Lake Bluff offers similar amenities, and is recognized as a national historic district. Cultural and recreational opportunities in Lake Forest can be found at the Gorton Center and Lake Forest Recreation Center, as well as at beautiful beaches, golf courses, and jogging and bicycling trails.


Located approximately 37 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Libertyville is an affluent community with a bustling downtown district. The community’s beginnings date back to the early 1830s when English immigrant George Vardin moved to the area and established Vardin’s Grove. Initially renamed Independence Grove, the town ultimately was named Libertyville after its first post office. Libertyville experienced rapid growth in the 1880s following the expansion of the Milwaukee Road rail line.

A variety of architectural styles can be found in Libertyville, including Victorians and Bungalows, which line the widely-recognized School Street development.

Residents and visitors enjoy an assortment of restaurants including 545 North Bar & Grill and Firkin. Shopping is plentiful along Milwaukee Avenue, where one can find a mix of upscale boutiques, antique shops, gift stores and more. With more than eight miles of bike paths and numerous parks, Libertyville also offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. The community is particularly lively during the summer, when it hosts a number of annual events including an outdoor concert series and farmers’ market.

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Many consider Northbrook to be the North Shore’s best-kept secret. It is one of the largest communities on the North Shore but maintains a small-town feel. Beautiful parks and residential areas are interspersed with local business districts and corporate headquarters. Residents enjoy a convenient commute to downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. Five highly rated public school districts serve the community.

Northbrook has some of the most diverse housing options on the North Shore. A variety of neighborhoods offer single-family homes in architectural styles ranging from mid-century ranch to contemporary, while in-town options include recently constructed townhomes and condominiums in every price range.

Two distinct pursuits contribute to the Northbrook lifestyle: shopping and recreation. Northbrook is home to Northbrook Court, a large regional mall that includes high-end retailers, a movie theater and many dining options. The town also has an outstanding park district with top-notch facilities and year-round programs for just about every sport from baseball to golf to cycling. Downtown Northbrook is home to restaurants, shops and the annual Northbrook Days festival.


Located just 14 miles north of downtown Chicago, Wilmette is one of the original North Shore communities. It has been ranked by BusinessWeek, as one of the best places in the U. S. to raise children and today is home to nearly 28,000 residents. Wilmette boasts excellent elementary schools, the highly acclaimed New Trier High School and a wealth of recreational and cultural attractions.

Wilmette offers homes in a diverse range of prices and styles. 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. New construction highlights growth, while well kept older homes maintain Wilmette’s character and preserve the community’s enduring architectural history.

Wilmette’s proximity to the city makes commuting from Wilmette easy via Metra and I-94. The awe-inspiring Baha’i Temple is a highly visible landmark along Sheridan Road, while the historic downtown district and Plaza Del Lago provide excellent shopping. A wealth of recreational activities can be found throughout the village including at Gillson Park and beach, Wilmette Harbor and the Centennial Recreation Complex which includes swimming, tennis and ice-skating.


Situated 18 miles north of downtown Chicago, Winnetka offers a diverse range of homes, fantastic recreational options, beautiful public beaches and a picturesque downtown with dozens of venues for dining and shopping. The public school district consists of three elementary schools, two middle schools and New Trier High School, which consistently ranks among the best in the country. There are also a number of prestigious private schools within the community.

Winnetka is architecturally diverse and features homes designed by distinguished architects including George Maher, Howard Van Doren Shaw and David Adler. Colonials, Tudors and Victorians are interspersed with contemporary and new-construction homes on graceful tree-lined streets. From multi-million dollar lakefront mansions to condominiums, townhomes and in-town cottages, there is something for everyone in this charming village.
Residents enjoy convenient commuting options and public amenities that include beautiful beaches, golf courses, a world-class tennis facility, indoor ice arena and numerous parks. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods surround the picturesque downtown that has been nationally recognized for smart growth.