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Living in Kenilworth, Illinois

Located north of downtown Chicago, the planned community of Kenilworth is one of the most affluent North Shore suburbs bordering Lake Michigan. With its felicitous location by the water, Kenilworth offers an idyllic setting for the exquisite collection of private beachfront estates which grace the area.

Kenilworth is widely considered to be home to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the Midwest, boasting a selective population of about 2,500 residents. In fact, Forbes magazine has ranked Kenilworth as the second most affluent neighborhood in the entire United States, dubbing it the “most exclusive neighborhood in the Midwest.” With access to all the world-class amenities Chicago has to offer, including dining, shopping, and entertainment by car or METRA commuter rail, Kenilworth allures some of the most successful C-level executives and professionals in Illinois.

Families residing in Kenilworth enjoy more than the majestic lake views and a high profile address. Children living in the village have access to one of the best ranked schools in the nation. For one, students of Kenilworth attend the New Trier Township High School, which has garnered more than its share of press in recent years. Out of the 2013 class, 98 percent went on to college, including 37 National Merit Finalists. In addition, the class of 2013 earned a mean ACT score of 27.5, which was the highest in Illinois for an open enrollment public school and among the top scores throughout the entire United States.

For lifestyle amenities, residents living in Kenilworth are nearby the historic Plaza del Lago of Wilmette, which has long served the community as a luxury shopping center since the Roaring 20's. The Spanish style plaza, nestled between Wilmette and Kenilworth, offers a wonderful blend of retail stores and restaurants.

Additionally, the historic Kenilworth Club, designed by the influential architect George W. Maher, is a beautiful venue used for both community and private events. Built in 1907, the one-story clubhouse has been meticulously maintained as an active community building. Having been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Kenilworth Club has been masterfully renovated to preserve the authentic charm and elegance of its past. For outdoor recreation, Kenilworth Beach is a beautifully-kept public beach where residents can spend a relaxing day overlooking the stunning views of Lake Michigan.

Largely made up of ultra-luxury single family housing, Kenilworth is one of the most expensive suburbs from which to buy a home. Among the Kenilworth, Illinois real estate that graces the North Shore, you will find an eclectic blend of custom built estates on expansive lots. Comprised of the finest selections of architectural designs ranging from the grand Georgian estates with brick facades to the exquisite American Colonial homes to even the grandiose Classical Revival estates, Kenilworth is an incredible place to search for a home. With the diversity in Kenilworth, Illinois real estate, be sure to consult with a Sotheby's expert to ensure that you'll find the home that uniquely suits your tastes and desires.