Explore Wilmette Illinois

by Vittoria Logli

Just 14 miles north of Chicago lies the beautiful village of Wilmette, Illinois which borders Lake Michigan. This idyllic suburb is about 5.4 square miles with a population of just over 27,000.

The schools are excellent and highly rated, including New Trier High School with 4,000 students, two campuses and it ranks as one of the top public high schools in the nation. In Wilmette, elementary is K-4th, junior high is 5th-6th, and middle school is 7th-8th. (Romona & Avoca West Elementary, Marie Murphy, Wilmette Junior High, The Joseph Sears School to name a few) All these schools feed into New Trier High School.

The beach is calling. Wilmette is home to Gillson Park Beach, which stretches for nearly two miles along Lake Michigan. In the summer months, the beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking, while in the winter it's a great spot for sledding and ice skating. No matter what time of year it is, Gillson Park Beach is always worth a visit. In addition to Gillson Park Beach, Wilmette boasts dozens of parks, an award-winning public library, and a variety of specialty shops, boutiques, and restaurants like Torino and Depot Nuevo. The village also has a small-town feel with tons of charm.

Wilmette offers easy and convenient traveling /public transportation via the Edens Expressway I-94 and the Metra Union Pacific North Line with a travel time of a little over 30 minutes into Chicago. Wilmette offers an abundance of forest preserves, bike paths and other recreational resources.

Let's talk about housing. Wilmette’s homes tend to be older with a lot of charm and less square footage - the lots are also generally smaller too. However, there are always those spectacular and gleaming lakefront properties. The average home price in Wilmette is $851,000. Wilmette also has more homes that sell over $1 million, with between 140-180 homes a year.

Wilmette is an amazing town that offers residents everything they could want—great schools, beautiful parks, and more. If you're considering making a move to Illinois, be sure to put Wilmette at the top of your list!