Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Communities on Chicago’s North Shore along Lake Michigan

Evanston Glenview Northbrook Prospect Heights Skokie Wheeling and Winnekta
Minutes north of Chicago’s city center, along the shores of Lake Michigan, are the communities of Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Prospect Heights, Skokie, Wheeling and Winnekta.
Evanston the Glen Town Center pays tribute to the former U.S. Naval Air Station that occupied The Glen until the mid-1990s. From 1935-1993, the station played an important role in four major wars and was the training ground for thousands of navy recruits. The Center offers distinctive shops with everything from games to art, unique restaurants, and entertainment for the whole family. The museum is dedicated to preserving the memory and history of the men and women who served at the naval air station in Glenview, a significant piece of the village's history.  
Glenview downtown has several stores featuring antiques and collectibles. The Grove Interpretive Centers features a Native American Village, Log Cabin, One-Room Schoolhouse and the Wetland Greenhouse. 

The Evelyn P. Tyner Interpretive Center
32-acres preserving rare vegetation and 160 plant species native to the prairie

Northbrook traces of its pioneer past remain in the 18 streets named for settlers, who made their home on the boundless prairie that was once home to hunting camps for bands of traveling Potawatomi Indians. In the heart of downtown, Village Green offers an old-fashioned gazebo, lush greenery, picnic areas and a playground with slides, ramps, tunnels, bridges, swings and sand. The park is known around town as the home of Little League Baseball, Park Fest concerts and other favorite community events such as Northbrook Days and the Fourth of July celebration.
Prospect Heights in 1935, two young developers, Carlton Smith and Allen Dawson, built their first homes on farmland along Elmhurst Road as the start of a well-planned community. A development firm worked with the resilient, caring families to create and maintain a responsible community in which they could raise their children with pride. Today, Prospect Heights is a community of single-family half-acre homes, multifamily areas, as well as increasing numbers of businesses and centers of economic development. Parks, hotels, restaurants and entertainment options offer visitors multiple options to enjoy this lovely suburban city.
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Skokie has come a long way since the early 1800s, when it was a land of swamps and forests and a place where buffalo, wildcat, fox and deer were plentiful. The Village of Skokie today is a culturally diverse and economically progressive community. Skokie's history is rich with influences of American Indians, French and British explorers and the emigration of European settlers. Its proximity, just 16 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, makes it one of the North Shore's most accessible destinations for world-class arts and cultural entertainment, dining options and shopping venues. Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park boasts a magnificent open-air art exhibit displaying more than 70 sculptures positioned along 2-miles of beautifully landscaped walking, running and biking paths.
Winnetka incorporated in 1869, its small-town spirit, charm and traditions make it one of the most delightful villages along Lake Michigan's North Shore. With tree-lined streets, sandy beaches, outstanding parks, quality recreational facilities as well as four business districts, Winnetka is truly a beautiful land, as its name suggests; its striking landscape has been home to many feature films including Home Alone, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Wheeling incorporated in 1894, it was an overnight stop for travelers headed to the Wisconsin Territory via the overland trail, now known as Milwaukee Avenue (Illinois Route 21). The cozy string of inns, taverns and eateries established in the 1830's were the start of what is now Wheeling's renowned Milwaukee Avenue's Restaurant Row. This welcoming village also boasts a diverse and dynamic community of 40,000 people as well as a unique balance of industry, commercial development and residential neighborhoods. Just 16 miles north of O'Hare International Airport.
The Chicago Botanic Garden includes 23 lush gardens on 385 acres of rolling hills and tranquil lakes at this spectacular botanical sanctuary.  Highlights include the Japanese Garden with its carefully styled plants and judiciously placed stones, the garden is a tribute to the beauty of pure form. There are seasonal art exhibits, and educational activities for adults and families.   
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