Introduction to Wilmette, Illinois
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.
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.