Chicago North Shore Real Estate and Community Information

Chicago North Shore Real Estate and Community Information

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Chicago’s affluent North Shore is renowned for its superior education, immense wealth, and unparalleled stability. Located in Lake and Cook counties on the western banks of Lake Michigan, North Shore real estate features gorgeous architecture, scenic views, and the best amenities in the region.

Shopping and Dining

Hundreds of shops and restaurants fill the numerous shopping districts, main streets, town squares, and commercial centers that dot the landscape of Chicago’s North Shore. Downtown Highland Park features more than 125 shops and 30 dining establishments. Downtown Highwood houses some of the best restaurants in the region, including Froggy’s French Café and Gabriel’s. Highwood is also known for its antique stores, consignment shops, and downtown bars and clubs. Evanston has several distinct shopping districts. Central Street offers a diverse variety of shops, restaurants, and service providers, including spice shops, jewelry boutiques, natural health products, pubs, French bistros, dental offices, and optometrists. Pedestrian-friendly downtown Evanston is home to national retailers, unique shops, trendy boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment venues, including Whole Foods Market, American Apparel, Gap, gigi BOTTEGA, Barnes & Noble, Becky & Me Toys, Bistro Bordeaux, and Chili’s Grill & Bar. Evanston’s Main Street Station Shopping District offers a host of specialty items from little-known vendors. It also is home to a diverse selection of international cuisine, two museums, a community theater, a tai chi center, two hair salons, a spa, and a library. The area’s most distinctive home furnishings, jewelry, and clothes can be found in the classic Tudor buildings of the Hubbard Woods Design District in Winnetka. There also are several upscale shopping centers in the area, including Old Orchard in Skokie and Northbrook Court in Northbrook. Lake Forest’s English-market-inspired Historic Market Square is another premier destination for upscale shopping and high fashion.

Parks and Recreation

Residents never lack things to do in the North Shore. From touring the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe and visiting the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview to camping, hiking, fishing, and boating at the Illinois Beach State Park and swimming at one of the many community beaches, the North Shore has something for everyone. Tennis players will enjoy the eight indoor and 12 outdoor courts at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka. Golfers can enjoy the North Shore’s beautiful scenery while playing 18 holes at the 6,133-yard, par-70 Glenview Park Golf Club. Fitness aficionados can utilize the numerous amenities at the Lake Forest Recreation Center’s premier fitness center. Figure skaters and hockey players can hit the ice year-round at the Skatium Ice Arena in Skokie. Wildflower and butterfly gardens offer residents a slice of whimsy and beauty at the historic Grosse Point Lighthouse in Evanston. Additional recreational opportunities are available in Northbrook, which is home to more than 500 acres of parks, two outdoor aquatic centers, Sportman’s Country Club, the Northbrook Sports Center, the Northbrook Theatre, and the Ed Rudolph Velodrome.


North Shore real estate is made up of the following individual communities: Lake Bluff, Knollwood, Green Oaks, Lake Forest, Bannockburn, Highwood, Highland Park, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Niles, Morton Grove, Skokie, Evanston, and Lincolnwood.

Though often referred to as a whole, each of the North Shore communities has a distinct feel. Median home costs vary depending on the community. Expansive, multi-million-dollar lakefront estates are common in Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, which are all located directly on the shores of Lake Michigan. Evanston is also home to numerous condos. Smaller and/or more affordable homes are located in the remaining North Shore communities.

Schools, Health, and Transportation

Chicago’s North Shore is home to some of the best public and private schools in the nation, including Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, and Northwestern University. It also houses several nationally recognized and award-winning hospitals, including NorthShore Evanston Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

Metra’s Union Pacific North Line connects the communities in the North Shore to downtown Chicago, and most also are served by the Pace bus system. Evanston and Wilmette, which are also served by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)’s Purple Line, tend to have the best public transportation for commuters. Travel time by car from the North Shore into downtown Chicago can range from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. The Cook County suburbs (especially Evanston, Glencoe, Kenilworth, Wilmette, and Winnetka) tend to have shorter commute times into downtown than the Lake County suburbs.


Presented by Deborah Cassidy of RE/MAX Showcase - North Shore Real Estate. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (847)366-0151 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

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