Wilmette is a vibrant community comprised of many strong neighborhoods, races, religions and levels of income. The Village extends approximately five miles west from Lake Michigan and is approximately one mile wide. The Village is a home rule community with a Village President and Board of Trustees elected at large and a Village Manager who runs the day to day operations of the Village. Wilmette was incorporated as a municipal corporation in 1872.
Wilmette is located 14 miles north of downtown Chicago on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Wilmette was recently recognized as the best place to live in Illinois (2015). The village boasts well-developed urban forests, and has enjoyed Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation since 1983. Well-maintained parks and outdoor spaces highlight the North Shore village's dedication to staying green.
Community Awards & Recognitions
Niche, “Best Places to Live in Illinois”
Accredited Police Department
Accredited Fire Department
AAA Bond Rating
Tree City USA
Business Week, "One of the Best Places to Raise your Kids"
Money Magazine, Listed in the "25 Top earning Towns" in the country
Part of Forbes Magazine's "America's Most Educated Small Towns"
Situated along Lake Michigan with 63 acres of lakefront parks
20 Parks (188.3 acres)
63 acres of lakefront parks
Swimming and Sailing Beaches
Wilmette Golf Course
Community Recreation Center (Center Fitness Club, North Shore Theater of Wilmette)
Centennial Recreation Complex (indoor tennis, ice skating and outdoor pools)