Winnetka, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Chicagoland municipality
muni-name = Winnetka
muni = Village
date = 1869
state = Illinois
county = Cook
township = New Trier
gov = Council-manager
head_label = President
gov_head = Edmund C. Woodbury
pop = 12,419
density-km = 1,252.0
density-mi = 3,242.7
status = up
percent = 10.66
prevyear = 1990
white = 96.29
black = 0.2
hispanic = 1.3
asian = 2.4
islander = 0.0
native = 0.0
other = 0.3
zips = 60093
acode = 847 and 224
area-km = 10.2
area-mi = 3.9
pci = 84,120
geocode = 82530
mhi = 195,879
mnhv = 1,532,440 (2008)
mhv = 1,397,240 (2008)
website =

Winnetka is a village located approximately 19 mi (30 km) north of downtown Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. It has a population of 12,419. Winnetka is located at coord|42|6|22|N|87|44|16|W|region:US-IL_type:city(12419)|display=inline,title (42.106227, -87.73801).GR|1

Winnetka is located 198m (650ft) above sea level and has a magnetic declination of 3° 10' W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.30%) is water.


The first houses were built in 1836. That year Erastus Patterson and his family arrived from Vermont and opened a tavern to service passengers on the Green Bay Trail post road. The village was first subdivided in 1854 by Charles Peck and Walter S. Gurnee, President of Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Winnetka's first school opened in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1869 with a population of 450.

The name Winnetka is claimed to have been found in a book, meaning beautiful land in a local Native American language. However, no language has been found with a word anything resembling both Winnetka and the definition. [ [ Timeline ] ]

The oldest surviving house in Winnetka is the Schmidt-Burnham House. It was relocated in the 2003 from its original location on Tower Road to the Crow Island Woods.Fact|date=November 2007

The Crow Island School, designed by Eero Saarinen, was declared a National Landmark in 1990. It was declared 12th among all buildings and the best architectural design of all schools. 10,000 people showed up for the opening in 1938.

Claims to fame

* In 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Winnetka. A plaque dedicated to him is on the Village Green, a park in the town, where he spoke. [ [ Interfaith Housing Center Photo Report ] ]
* The movies "Home Alone" and the beginning of "Home Alone 2" were both filmed in Winnetka on Lincoln Avenue.
* A very popular TV series, "Sisters" (1991-96), was set primarily in Winnetka.
* Portions of films Ocean's 12, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, She's Having a Baby and Uncle Buck were filmed in Winnetka.
*Winnetka is home to the Hadley School for the Blind.
*Site of the Hubbard Woods Elementary School shooting by Laurie Dann
*Home to killer David Biro
*Considered to be the center of the North Shore


The Winnetka Public Schools system (District 36) consists of three elementary schools and two middle schools.Websites for public schools: K-4 [ Hubbard Woods] , [ Crow Island School] , [ Samuel Sewall Greeley] ; 5-6 [ The Skokie School] ; 7-8 [ Washburne School] ] Hubbard Woods, Crow Island, and Samuel Sewall Greeley Elementary Schools serve grades kindergarten through four. Students in fifth and sixth grades attend The Skokie School. Seventh and eighth graders attend Washburne School, named after educator Carleton Washburne.

Winnetka's schools were modeled after Washburne's educational philosophy in an experiment called the Winnetka Plan. The town's schools continue to reflect his educational philosophy.

Winnetka is in New Trier Township, and public school students who reside in Winnetka attend New Trier High School for grades 9 through 12.

Private schools

*Faith, Hope & Charity School, (JK-8) Catholic school
*North Shore Country Day School, a private K-12 academy
*Sacred Heart School, (JK-8) Catholic school
*Hadley School for the Blind

Notable residents

*In 1925 Hollywood leading man Rock Hudson was born in Winnetka.
*The four siblings who make up the Ying Quartet were born in Winnetka.
*The six members of Garage Band are from Winnetka.
*Former Price is Right host Bob Barker lived in Winnetka for three years of his childhood.
*David Biro, former New Trier High School student. David Biro was convicted of murdering a man and his pregnant wife in a townhouse in Winnetka.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 12,419 people, 4,162 households, and 3,433 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,242.7 people per square mile (1,252.0/km²). There were 4,310 housing units at an average density of 1,125.4/sq mi (434.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.29% White, 0.25% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,162 households out of which 47.2% had children under the age of 18, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the village the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $195,000, and the median income for a family was $200,000+. In 2007, Winnetka was ranked by CNN Money as having the 4th highest median household income in the country. [ [ 25 top-earning towns - Winnetka, Ill. (4) - Money Magazine ] ]


External links

* [ Winnetka Public School District]
* [ U.S. Census data on Winnetka]
* [ Village of Winnetka]
*Winnetka Historical Society []

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