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Living in North Shore Chicago

Along the shores of Lake Michigan lie the prestigious suburban communities of Chicago’s North Shore. This region's name was first coined with the founding of the North Shore Improvement Association, and later adopted partly as a result of Joseph Sears' efforts to promote his newly developed neighborhood, Kenilworth, in 1890.

The North Shore’s rich history and heritage date back to the years when European immigrants first began settling in the Chicago area. However, much of the early development in the North Shore was largely attributed to the Great Chicago Fire, which caused many urban dwellers to flee from the bustle of city life and into the beautiful suburbs along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Over the years, an increasing number of impressive estates have been built throughout this region. Today, the most sought after suburbs and lakefront communities in Chicagoland are found in the North Shore, including Wilmette, Lake Forest, Glencoe, Winnetka, Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Kenilworth, and Evanston.

If you are in search of modern and trendy areas closer to downtown, you can look for the stunning selections of North Shore Chicago real estate in cities like Evanston and Wilmette. You'll also find impeccably maintained century homes in the master-planned community of Kenilworth as well as numerous landmark estates in the vibrant municipality of Highland Park, which is home to the famous Ravinia Festival.

With leading attractions like the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, the magnificently ornamented Bahá'í Temple, and the scenic Gillson Park in Wilmette, residents of Chicago’s North Shore are surrounded by a wealth of recreational opportunities. In addition to a myriad of activities, the North Shore is home to a pleasant blend of luxury lifestyle amenities as well as a vast array of beautifully landscaped parks, picturesque beaches, boating docks, and lakeside trails that are spread throughout North Shore's suburbs.

North Shore is also home to the renowned Northwestern University in the picturesque city of Evanston. Stroll through the campus, and you'll discover a collection of impressive historical buildings including the stately University Hall and the Gothic-styled Deering Library. The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, with its beautiful outdoor sculptural garden, is situated on the campus of the university. Just south of campus, you can enjoy a host of eclectic shops, eateries and cafes to spend your day after touring campus.

Premium education services are available for children living on Chicago’s North Shore, with the extremely successful New Trier High School located in Winnetka. Indelibly branded as an idyllic location for raising children, the neighborhoods in the North Shore provide families with the comforts of a small town lifestyle and the quietude only a sprawling lakefront home in the suburbs can offer.

Commuters in North Shore are well connected by the areas transportation system, with both the Metra Rail and the CTA making several stops throughout both North Shore and Chicago proper. Living in North Shore Chicago provides convenient access to The Loop, O'Hare Airport, and the great beaches of Lake Michigan.

Explore the sights, tastes, and sounds of the North Shore and fall in love with one Chicagoland's most distinguished communities. To learn more about living in North Shore Chicago, contact us at Jameson Sotheby's International Realty.