Suzie Hempstead

Moving to the North Shore

Few places in America can compare to the communities in the North Shore. With close proximity to Chicago and bordering the shores of Lake Michigan, with numerous cultural and historical attractions from museums, architectural landmarks and breathtaking gardens, the North Shore offers an affluent lifestyle with the best of everything.

Antioch
"I invite you to experience our hometown atmosphere as you stroll and shop in our beautiful and quaint downtown. We are also fortunate to have 15 developed parks inside the village limits. These facilities provide for the recreational needs of our community. Antioch's newest park is the William E. Brook Wetland Sanctuary and Entertainment Center which is located in our downtown area. This 9-acre area includes an educational wetland sanctuary with a boardwalk, walking path, interpretive nature signs, two ponds and the entertainment center. The Village of Antioch's 'It's Thursday' concerts are held at the entertainment center and the park area is also the location for Antioch's 'Taste of Summer', carnivals, craft fairs and special events throughout the year. These events are sponsored by the Village of Antioch, Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other organizations of our community." READ MORE

Bannockburn
Often referred to as "one of the North Shore's best kept secrets", the Village of Bannockburn is located 27 miles north of downtown Chicago. READ MORE

Deerfield
As one of the predominant suburbs that make up Chicago's North Shore region, the Village of Deerfield is located on the border of Lake and Cook Counties and has a population over 18,000. The spacious suburban character, superlative schools and quiet atmosphere of Deerfield's residential neighborhoods are among the community's greatest assets. READ MORE

Evanston
Known as "The Downtown of the North Shore", the City of Evanston is a vibrant community comprising many strong neighborhoods, races, religions and levels of income. Evanston is located just north of Chicago along Lake Michigan. READ MORE

Glencoe
You'll love living in Glencoe, a beautiful lakefront community along Chicago's North Shore. Enjoy the quaint commercial district with its restaurants, chic shops and acclaimed Writers' Theatre, designed by Studio Gang in 2015. Glencoe's Park District with its many neighborhood parks and playgrounds, the gorgeous Glencoe Beach and Watts Fieldhouse Skating Rink are favorites among residents. All of this combined with award-winning schools make quality of life in Glencoe second to none. READ MORE

Glenview
The Village of Glenview had 350 residents when it was incorporated in 1899. Today, the population is almost 45,000. Located in Cook County, the Village's fine amenities and services, excellent schools, 34 parks and playgrounds covering more than 290 acres, numerous options for shopping and dining and proximity to local expressways and commuter trains have made it one of Chicago's premier suburbs -- a vibrant, thriving community that manages growth with success and style. READ MORE

Grayslake
Established in 1895, the Village of Grayslake is located approximately 40 miles north of Chicago and 14 miles west of Lake Michigan. Its central location puts residents within a 15-minute drive to major regional shopping centers, golf courses, beaches, state parks, Six Flags Great America and more. READ MORE

Gurnee
The qualities which make the Village of Gurnee an attractive hometown for residents and businesses and a popular destination for tourists have their roots in a planning process which began decades ago. The community integrates open space, a variety of businesses and housing of every size and type. READ MORE

Highland Park
Hugging Lake Michigan for nearly five miles, the City of Highland Park is home for more than 30,000 residents and 850 businesses. This progressive community offers many natural amenities including ravines, lake shore and an abundance of wildflowers and trees! Highland Park's neighborhoods are filled with a mix of housing styles ranging from historic colonials to award-winning contemporary homes to comfortable downtown condos. READ MORE

Lake Bluff
Some call Lake Bluff a great place to live. Others may refer to its unique character and hometown values. Chicago Magazine ranks Lake Bluff as one of 20 great towns and neighborhoods of the Chicago Metropolitan Region, and Coastal Living Magazine raves Lake Bluff is "a community for the community-minded." Whatever is said, one can't beat the community atmosphere found in this North Shore town! READ MORE

Lake Forest
The community of Lake Forest is recognized for its natural beauty, sensitivity to open space and preservation of its historic structures and landscapes. Vibrant business districts, including the historic and charming Market Square, welcome residents and visitors alike. Chartered in 1861, the City of Lake Forest is home to prestigious businesses and residential locations and offers many excellent schools and cultural opportunities. READ MORE

Lake Villa
"Originally settled in the early 1800's, Lake Villa was once a resort town where the affluent and many other tourists came to relax. Several of the early mansions built here at that time, still stand and are a rich part of our history." READ MORE

Lincolnshire
Located along I-94 in Lake County and 38 miles from downtown Chicago, the Village of Lincolnshire was incorporated in 1957. The residential character is largely one-half acre lots and larger with most of the residential development located east of the Des Plaines River. West of the river, a growing commercial and corporate office tax base includes Marriott Resort, several restaurants and retail areas and a corporate center which is home to several Fortune 500 companies. READ MORE

Lindenhurst
Located only a few minutes west of the I-94 Tollway, the Village of Lindenhurst offers an ideal residential and business environment. Its neighborhoods incorporate scenic wetland preserves, lakes, rolling hills, woods and over 400 acres of forest preserve. In addition to the 18 sites maintained by the park district, recreational pursuits can be enjoyed at nearby Hastings Lake YMCA, Chain-of-Lakes state Park and Six Flags Great America theme park. According to the village website, over 90 percent of the residences are owner-occupied, detached, single-family homes. The park district has over 110 acres spread throughout the community and a 25,000 sq. ft. community center with full-size gymnasium, walking/jogging track, dance studio, senior/adult room, preschool, multi-purpose rooms and conference room. Lindenhurst's motto, "Developing Today for Tomorrow" expresses an attitude for planned positive growth both for commercial trade and suburban living. READ MORE

Mettawa
Located 35 miles from Chicago, Mettawa residents enjoy a country atmosphere and natural beauty. Home sites are typically 5 acre parcels of meadows and woods. With close proximity to Lake County Forest Preserve areas and the Des Plaines River, outstanding recreational opportunities abound. A number of equestrian trails and centers make this community particularly appealing to those interested in horse properties. Transportation options include Route 60, Interstate 94 and St. Mary's Road. The Lake Forest West Metra train station is also a short distance away. Several public school districts surround the village. Teens attend Adlai E. Stevenson High School or Libertyville High School. READ MORE

Mundelein
The Village of Mundelein, a vibrant and progressive community of nearly 32,000 residents, is situated in the center of beautiful Lake County, Illinois—one of the strongest areas of commercial and industrial growth in the nation, with excellent housing, recreation, educational, and business opportunities. Boasting a long and rich history, the village was settled in 1835. English emigrants came to the area later and built churches and schools, expanding the settlement to the Diamond Lake area. In 1924, the village adopted its present name in honor of Archbishop George Mundelein of Chicago and his successful completion of St. Mary's of the Lake Seminary. READ MORE

Vernon Hills
Originally rolling farmland, Vernon Hills has been one of the fastest growing villages in the metropolitan area. Residents are served by 3 public school districts, Vernon Hills High School, Libertyville High School and Stevenson High School. More than 350 acres of parks and three lakes provide a wealth of recreational opportunities, including a jogging path, tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. READ MORE

Wadsworth
Once a center for agricultural trade in the late 1800s, the Village of Wadsworth today offers a quaint and open atmosphere as well as a highly desirable address. Many farms still surround the village, which is located just north of Gurnee near the Wisconsin border. Residents are committed to preserving the appealing rural feeling of the town. Almost all new construction encompasses an acre or more of land with some locations calling for as many as five acres for a home site. READ MORE

Wilmette
Known for its beautiful lakefront, the Village of Wilmette is located approximately 16 miles north of downtown Chicago and extends about 5 miles west from Lake Michigan. Residents enjoy diverse architecture, tree-lined brick streets, well maintained parks and excellent public and private schools. READ MORE

Winnetka
Incorporated in 1869 and picturesquely situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 16 miles north of Chicago, the Village of Winnetka offers tree-shaded streets and neighborhoods as well as three quaint in-town business districts. "Winnetka" is a Native American word meaning "beautiful land", and the village has retained the natural beauty that brought early settlers to the area. READ MORE

Schools

Lake Forest Public Schools
Cherokee Elementary | Everett Elementary | Sheridan Elementary | Deer Path Middle School | Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest Private/Parochial Schools
Lake Forest Academy | Lake Forest Country Day School | School of St. Mary | Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Lake Bluff Public Schools
Lake Bluff Elementary | Lake Bluff Middle School

Lake Bluff Private Schools
Forest Bluff Montessori School

Videos

A beautiful fall day in Lake Forest.

On this gorgeous Friday in Lake Bluff I stopped by open day of the farmer's market.

Hike or bike the trails at Elawa Farm, Lake Forest - part of the Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve. Here is what I saw on what turned out to be a really nice June day.

Cross country skiing through Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve - just one mile west of Lake Forest, IL

The "Rocky" Steps at Lake Forest Beach

A holiday weekend at Lake Forest Beach

South Park in the Northmoor neighborhood

I listed and sold 744 Northmoor in Lake Forest - an adorable bungalow in a fantastic location! In this video I show you South Park, which is just steps away from the home.

The Town of Fort Sheridan

Touted as the newest North Shore community in 100 years, the Town of Fort Sheridan is a totally unique residential suburb situated on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.

Fort Sheridan was originally developed as a US Army installation on 640 acres of prime Lake Michigan property in the late 1890s. While the army has moved on, the historic buildings and grounds have been lovingly restored to their original greatness and adapted for 21st century families.

Some of the finest dining on the North Shore is within walking distance in downtown Highwood. A convenient Metra station provides access to the Loop, Ravinia Festival, and the rest of the North Shore. The shops of Highland Park and Lake Forest are only minutes away!

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