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The community is known for its natural beauty, lakefront views, and tree-lined streets.

Welcome to Wilmette

A beautiful community along Lake Michigan

Wilmette is a vibrant suburb of Chicago, just west of Lake Michigan. The community is known for its natural beauty, lakefront views, and tree-lined streets. The Village of Wilmette is primarily residential, with luxurious homes perfect for families and individuals alike. Residents enjoy easy access to all sorts of entertainment and cultural events occurring throughout the year. Wilmette offers a delicious selection of restaurants, including a fantastic steakhouse, several shopping districts, and Gillson Beach. The neighborhood is also home to the Bahá'í House of Worship, the only one in the United States, and is open for anyone to visit.

What to Love

Local Lifestyle

The suburb of Wilmette is a peaceful and welcoming community providing residents with recreational and cultural outlets to keep them occupied. The acres of parks and lakefront views foster a sense of connection between residents and the great outdoors. Friends and family can spend time together at local restaurants or enjoy one of the art museums located throughout the town. There are also various recreational activities, such as swimming, hockey, and ice skating, so residents can stay active and healthy.

Dining, Entertainment and Shopping

Wilmette has plenty of shopping options for residents to choose from without leaving the community. Plaza Del Lago is one of Wilmette's most distinctive shopping centers, due to its Spanish-inspired architecture. It hosts over 25 specialty shops, name-brand stores, and restaurants all in one. If you are an antique lover, stop at Josie's Antiques and other shops on Ridge Road to find unique hidden treasures.

Delicious food is easy to come by in Wilmette as dozens of locally-owned restaurants serve various cuisines. Sophia Steak prides itself on serving great steak, but they don't stop there.

Their kitchen also cooks fresh seafood, salad, sides, and even burgers. Speaking of seafood, Burhop's is known as one of the finest seafood markets and restaurants in the North Chicago area. Diners can enjoy a delectable "sea-to-table" meal of crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and much more.
Wilmette is also full of culture and entertainment on every corner. The famed Wilmette Theatre enhances the movie-going experience by providing lush, comfortable seating, delicious snacks, and popular films and movies. Established in 1951, the Wilmette Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving Wilmette's history by sharing the community's stories.

Things to Do

One attraction unique to Wilmette is The Bahá'í House of Worship. The magnificent architecture of the temple is a reflection of the Baha'i Faith. The temple welcomes visitors of all faiths and even hosts group tours, weddings, and celebrations. The temple strives to educate visitors about the Baha'i Faith while providing a welcoming space for people to worship.

Centennial Park and Recreation Center host an indoor swimming pool, ice rinks, and tennis courts. The ice rink is home to the Wilmette Hockey Association and other local hockey clubs Members of the park can also reserve a plot in the community gardens to grow plants and vegetables to show off their green thumbs.

What's better than relaxing on the beach on a hot summer day? Gillson Park and Beach is 60 acres of fun that families and residents have enjoyed for decades. Guests can have a picnic in the pavilion and then go for a dive at the swimming beach. There is even a Dog Beach, allowing for off-leash play for pet owners to enjoy.


Wilmette is served by Wilmette Public Schools District 39.

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