Wilmette is a great place to live, work, play and satisfy the most discriminating palate. Whatever your dining pleasure, Wilmette has become a mecca for dining. It offers an array of food establishments from fine dining to carry out restaurants and everything in between. The downtown area especially has become known for its restaurants, offering indoor and outdoor dining along with a beautiful illuminated small town setting. You can even enjoy a movie at th Wilmette Theatre followed by a delightful meal, dessert or drink. In addition, on Saturdays mornings from April to October fresh fruits, vegetables, desserts and novelties are offered at French Market.
Wilmette is home to the Bahá'í House of Worship, the continental Bahá'í House of Worship for North America and presently the only one in the United States, as well as the administrative offices for the Bahá'í National Spiritual Assembly. In 2007 the structure was named as one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois" by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism. It is open seven days a week to anyone who wishes to visit. There is no charge and no collection is taken.
Wilmette Public Library is one of the best public libraries on the North Shore. It is staffed by courteous, helpful, and professional personnel who can assist you in all your library needs. Besides an extensive collection of books, resource material, magazines, DVDs and technical equipment, the Library offers many other services. Among these are:- Virtual and in-house programs for adults, teens and early childhood
The Wilmette Theater is a two-screen multiplex located on Central Avenue in one of its downtowns. The theater shows classic films, contemporary movies, as well as hosting live performances.
The Wilmette Park District oversees over 300 acres of parks and open land including Gillson Park and Beaches; Keay Nature Center; the Community Playfield, Mallinckrodt Park and a portion of the Green Bay Bike Trail. Five facilities including the Lakeview Center; Centennial Recreation Complex; the Community Recreation Center; the Wilmette Golf Club and the Mallinckrodt Center house Park District programs and activities. Neighborhood parks can be found in 15 additional locations throughout the village. A wide range of recreation programming encompasses children and adults from four months old to seniors.
The village is home to Wilmette Golf Course, designed by Joe Roseman, which is open to the public. The golf course is a facility of the Wilmette Park District.The village is also home to a private golf course at Westmoreland Country Club, established in 1911.The Canal Shores Golf Course straddles the border of Wilmette and Evanston.