Introduction to Wilmette, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles NW of Evanston, Illinois (center to center) and 15 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Wilmette History

The Potawatomi Indians were the early inhabitants of this area. The French-Canadian fur trader, Antoine Ouilmette, married the Potawatomi chief Sauganash’s daughter and convinced the local Native Americans to sign the Treaty of Prairie du Chien in 1829. As a token of appreciation, he was given 1,280 acres of land by the U.S. government. The village was named in his honor. In the 1840s, European settlers began arriving in this region, and the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad tracks entered Wilmette in 1854. The Village of Wilmette was officially incorporated on September 19, 1872.

Wilmette and nearby Attractions

  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
  • Morton Grove Historical Museum
  • Leaning Tower of Niles
  • Wilmette Golf Course
  • Thornwood Park

Things To Do In Wilmette

The village of Wilmette is near Charles Gates Dawes House, a 25-room house built in the 19th century. Visitors can take a trip to a number of museums nearby including Skokie Heritage Museum, Kohl Children's Museum, and Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. For those interested in the historical and cultural background of the Village, a visit to Wilmette Public Library and Wilmette Village Hall may prove interesting. The Leaning Tower of Niles, a half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is nearby. One can also visit Merrick Rose Garden and Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. Wilmette also has a large number of parks providing various amusement facilities. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, the Westmoreland Country Club, and the Wilmette Golf Course.

Wilmette Transportation

The nearest airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Wilmette Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by National-Louis University,’school of Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Northeastern Illinois University.


Total Population 27,420
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 11,600
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 65.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 81.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $159,185
% Above Poverty Level 97.2%
% Below Poverty Level 2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 11.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 19.9%


People Living Alone 19.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,701
Median House Value $629,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.9%
Irish 15.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wilmette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Evanston, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60091
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.072
Longitude -87.722

Wilmette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Evanston 75,603 $104,904
Glenview 45,969 $122,724

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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