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Originally a forested area, the village of Wilmette offers residents green spaces and tree-lined streets. Its proximity to the lakefront is a local favorite, and the Wilmette Park District owns both Gillson and Langdon Beach along Lake Michigan. The village also offers numerous biking paths along the lakefront and through town, and is home to notable architecture, highly-rated public schools, acres of parks and open space, and recreational activities for all ages.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Wilmette is well over the U.S. and Illinois average, in part due to its lakefront position, proximity to downtown Chicago, well-rated schools and higher Cook County property taxes. Wilmette’s median home cost is the biggest factor in cost of living differences compared to neighboring areas, but homes in the village do range in style and price point.
Wilmette is well-served by public transportation, only 16 miles from downtown Chicago with easy access to Interstate 94. Commuters can hop on the Metra commuter train for travel north and south, and Pace Bus services operate multiple bus routes that connect riders to nearby destinations. The CTA “L” purple line also connects residents to downtown Chicago, offering accessibility to the city and neighboring areas. Lake Avenue runs east to west, intersecting with Sheridan Road and Interstate 94.
New Trier High School District #203, Avoca School District #37, and Wilmette School District #39 service students living in Wilmette. Wilmette School District #39 includes the majority of students in the area, offering four elementary schools, one middle school, and one junior high school. High school students typically attend New Trier High School, recognized as one of the best public high schools in the state of Illinois. Wilmette also offers numerous private schools for students. Northwestern University is located nearby in Evanston, and the many colleges and universities in the Chicago area are easily accessible.
The Baha'i Temple on Linden Avenue is the only one of its kind in North America, is free to enter and offers events, programs, and tours. The Wilmette French Market is held in the Village Center from April to November, offering a traditional farmers market full of food from local vendors, and the Wilmette Historical Museum offers changing exhibits, lectures, tours, and workshops for all ages. Wilmette puts on a variety of events throughout the year, including dance classes, outdoor events, concerts, and theatrical performances, and the lakefront and beaches offer plenty of outdoor and recreational activity, making Wilmette an excellent place to live, work, and play.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.