Winnetka is a beautiful village on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Welcome to Winnetka

Quiet village north of Chicago.
Winnetka is a beautiful village on the shores of Lake Michigan. With its relatively close access to the Chicago Metro area and access to public transportation. The schools here are highly rated and nationally recognized for their consistently excellent performance. The economy in Winnetka is thriving, and its business district offers something for everyone.

What to Love

  • Main business district
  • Hubbard Woods Shopping District
  • Beautiful houses and highly rated schools
  • Quiet lakeside village

Local Lifestyle

The homes in and around Winnetka feature beautiful classic architecture. In fact, the house from the Home Alone franchise is located in Winnetka and remains a popular stop for tourists. With amenities like multiple beaches, a boat launch, parks, and green spaces, a tennis club and golf course, an ice rink, and beautiful forested preserve areas, Winnetka offers so much for residents to explore.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Winnetka’s downtown district is charming and picturesque — lovely little boutiques are tucked between quaint neighborhood restaurants and coffee shops. Taking a stroll down these streets is a wonderful way to spend the day.
For a classic and tasty Italian dinner, locals know to go to Mino’s in Hubbard Woods for fresh ingredients served in simple dishes with plenty of ambiance. A staple of the community for many years, this restaurant is perfect for a family dinner or special date.
Go out with friends on a weekend morning and treat yourself to a hearty breakfast at the original Greenbay Cafe. This classic diner is beloved by residents for its tasty food, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly service.

With more than 100 reviews on Google and a rating of 4.8, it’s no wonder that Frank and Betsie’s is widely known as a great place to dine or have an event. With its fresh take on French and Californian cuisine, this gem comes recommended by Restaurant Guru and numerous local critics.

Things to Do

The Winnetka area has so much to do and see. Take a trip into the past at the Historic Wagner Farm — the site of the highly popular Glenview Farmers Market and Historic Wagner Farm Heritage Center. An educational destination for people of all ages with exhibits and hands-on activities, Wagner Farm provides a taste of local farm life from the past.
Due to its location on the shores of Lake Michigan, Winnetka offers many beaches to spend time on with friends and family. The Centennial Dog Beach is a great place to take your furry friend for a frolic in the sand and water. 
Comedy, music, drama, and more — the Writers Theatre is Winnetka’s Glencoe home for all the thrills and chills of live theatre. Featuring the work of locals and co-productions with premiere regional theatre companies, the Writer Theatre is at the heart of Winnetka’s cultural scene. 

A family tradition since 1914, the Indian Hills Country Club is a palatial set of white buildings atop a hill overlooking the private golf course, swimming pool, and tennis facilities. Membership at this luxurious and conservative institution comes with a host of benefits for community members.


The schools around Winnetka are well-regarded and seen as one of the major draws of living in this area. 
  • New Trier High School, highly rated, nationally recognized school with a rigorous academic reputation
  • Crow Island Elementary School, top-rated elementary school in the area

Overview for Winnetka, IL

12,658 people live in Winnetka, where the median age is 42.6 and the average individual income is $143,109. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42.6 years

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Around Winnetka, IL

There's plenty to do around Winnetka, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

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Name Category Distance Reviews
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Active 3.75 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.13 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.12 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.1 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.23 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.46 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Winnetka, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Winnetka. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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PreK - K
No rating available
5th - 6th
No rating available
North Shore Country Day School
PreK - 12th
No rating available
New Trier Township H S Winnetka
10th - 12th
Crow Island Elementary School
PreK - 4th
Greeley Elementary School
PreK - 4th
Hubbard Woods Elementary School
PreK - 4th
The School Of Saints Faith Hope & Charity
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Sacred Heart School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Carleton W Washburne School
7th - 8th
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