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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,367
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens17.8%
Employed Population 16+11,623
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married65.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher81.1%
Median Earnings25+$80,726
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,078

Wealth

Median Family Income$175,027
% Above Poverty Level96.7%
% Below Poverty Level3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home11.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation21.1%

Housing

People Living Alone20.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,713
Median House Value$636,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.8%
German22.2%
Irish16%
English10%
Polish8.2%
Russian7.1%
Italian6%
French Except Basque3.3%
Swedish2.5%
Scottish1.8%
Greek1.7%
Norwegian1.7%
Ukrainian1.4%
Welsh1.2%
Hungarian1%
Dutch1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Arab0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Serbian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Iranian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Latvian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Israeli0.3%
African0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Macedonian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Albanian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Wilmette Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60091
Phone Area Codes224,847
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.07
Approximate Longitude-87.72

Wilmette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance5.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.8 inches
StationWAUKEGAN
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip34 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance25 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Evanston75,472$104,409
Glenview46,559$133,738
Kenilworth2,613$250
Northfield5,374$141,277

Wilmette Public Libraries

Wilmette Public Library District
1242 WILMETTE AVENUE
Wilmette, Illinois
(847) 256-5025

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Wilmette Public Schools

Central Elem School
910 Central Ave
ZIP: 60091
(847) 251-3252
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Harper Elem School
1101 Dartmouth St
ZIP: 60091
(847) 251-6754
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Highcrest Middle School
569 Hunter Rd
ZIP: 60091
(847) 853-2900
Middle
Total Enrollment 841
Marie Murphy School
2921 Illinois Rd
ZIP: 60091
(847) 251-3617
Middle
Total Enrollment 261
Mckenzie Elem School
649 Prairie Ave
ZIP: 60091
(847) 251-2295
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Romona Elem School
600 Romona Rd
ZIP: 60091
(847) 256-0211
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
Wilmette Junior High School
620 Locust Rd
ZIP: 60091
(847) 256-7280
Middle
Total Enrollment 884

Wilmette Private Schools

Arlyn Day School
3013 Illinois Rd
ZIP: 60091
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 34
Baker Demonstration School
201 Sheridan Rd
ZIP: 60091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 250
Loyola Academy
1100 Laramie Ave
ZIP: 60091
Secondary
Total Enrollment 2072
Regina Dominican High School
701 Locust Rd
ZIP: 60091
Secondary
Total Enrollment 325
Ronald Knox Montessori School
2031 Elmwood Ave
ZIP: 60091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Rose Hall Montessori School
1140 Wilmette Ave
ZIP: 60091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
St Francis Xavier School
808 Linden Ave
ZIP: 60091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 310
St Joseph School
1740 Lake Ave
ZIP: 60091
Elementary
Total Enrollment 270
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