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North Shore, Chicago

The North Shore suburbs of Chicago are rightfully considered to be one of the elite places to live and work. Because of their special status, many nearby suburbs also tag themselves as being part of the exclusive North Shore Club.
The “true” North Shore communities begin in the south in Evanston and proceed northward through Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. The “us too” communities lie to the west and include Skokie, Glenview, Northbrook and several others. These communities are also highly attractive and desirable towns to live in, even if they lack the Lake Michigan beaches that help to truly define being part of the North Shore.

Baha'i House of Worship

The Bahá'í Temple, located in Wilmette, is the oldest Bahá'í House of Worship still standing and is the only Bahá'í Temple in North America. Bahá'í welcomes everyone to enjoy this sacred space and renew their spirit by engaging in personal prayer and meditation. Bahá'í believes we are all part of the same family – one religion, one humanity, one God. It’s only how we express our beliefs that suggests a difference. The beauty and tranquility of the gardens and temple encourage you to take a pause from your usual busy, hustling life to relax and feel at peace with the world.
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Westfield Old Orchard

There are a number of outdoor malls around the Chicagoland area, but Old Orchard is a gem – a perfect addition to the North Shore’s many features and amenities. With four well-known and well-regarded anchor stores - Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor and Macy's – this mall is likely to satisfy everyone’s shopping needs and desires. With over 140 other specialty shops both mid-range and upper end shoppers are sure to enjoy themselves. Easily accessible from the Edens Expresspay, the mall also offers a multi-screen cinema and a variety of dining options including Roka Akor which was rated as a top 10 sushi restaurant.

North Shore Schools

The schools of the North Shore – both public and private – are consistently rated among the top in the nation and a definite draw for families with children. New Trier High School is renowned for the quality education it affords to students of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, and parts of Northfield. Another factor that makes the education community and environment so unique is that there is so much continuity in people’s education experience. North Shore collegians are still friends with people they attended school with when they were young, often as far back as kindergarten. Many teachers have taught two generations of students which occasionally might afford a high school student the opportunity to hear about how his or her parent caused trouble for some teacher too! Community support for education is high so all those property taxes going to the schools are viewed more benignly here than in some places.
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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Gardens are some of the most beautiful and diverse anywhere in the country. Strolling through the perfectly maintained gardens it’s hard to believe that there are busy highways nearby. With so many different gardens, each lovely in its own way, it can be very difficult to name a favorite. There’s one devoted to water lilies, one to evergreens, both Japanese and English themed gardens, one for vegetables. Special shows and exhibitions help to make these gardens an ever-changing and interesting experience so that you want to revisit them again and again. There are even summer time concerts held on Evening Island for a magical night’s enjoyment.

Ravinia Festival

Ravinia Festival, located at the edge of Highland Park, is so named because of the many deep ravines along the edge of Lake Michigan's shoreline. This beautiful outdoor music venue hosts over a half million music lovers annually each summer, and is the oldest outdoor music festival in North America. Each year Ravinia offers a broad range of music, featuring world famous musicians and singers, so there is sure to be something for everyone's taste. Past greats have included Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Aaron Copland, Carrie Underwood, and most recently Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga. It is also the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Sitting on 36 beautiful acres of grass and lightly wooded areas there is space for everyone and the abundant speaker system ensures that no matter where you choose to sit you'll be able to hear the music to perfection. Adding to the uniqueness of the Ravinia experience, concert goers are free to bring in their own food, wine and other beverages for picnicking in style. Indeed, it can be entertaining to just stroll the grounds during a performance to see the elaborate "picnics" some attendees are enjoying.

Northwestern University

What was once nothing more than farms and swampland in the mid-1800s has become Northwestern University and the city of Evanston. As a top ranked school in the country, Northwestern’s undergraduate admission standards are very high so being accepted is a nod to a student’s academic prowess. This prestigious university also includes a number of highly-ranked graduate schools like the Feinberg School of Medicine, the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Kellogg School of Management and several others. Northwestern can boast a lengthy list of well-known alumni including a U.S. Supreme Court Justice (since retired), actors, comedians, and the current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel. The university is not just about academics however. As a member of the Division I Big Ten conference, many Northwestern sports teams have won national titles. Notable among these teams is the women’s lacrosse team which holds several NCAA championship trophies. The school also has 100s of student organizations devoted to the varying interest of its large and diverse student body. The school’s annual Dance Marathon which has been going on since 1975 has raised over $14 million for local charities.
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The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

Brick and mortar bookstores are becoming increasingly rare these days, so finding one, particularly one as personal feeling as the Book Stall (located in Chestnut Court in Winnetka) is even more exciting if you still treasure holding a physical book in your hands. The store has been in existence for 75 years and is a treasured part of the North Shore. Boasting a broad range of book genres, a helpful and knowledgeable staff, and a variety of special services it’s another one of the wonderful features of the North Shore. The store also provides free gift wrapping if you’re buying a book for another bibliophile, a children’s book club which each month sends a hand-selected book directly to the child at home, guest author appearances and a dedicated staff (headed up by owner Roberta Rubin) many of whom have worked at the Book Stall for over 20 years.
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Bikram Yoga North Shore

Recently named "Best Yoga Studio" by its welcoming community of students, Bikram Yoga North Shore is the hottest yoga studio on the North Shore. From your very first class at Bikram Yoga North Shore in Glenview, you will get stronger, look leaner and feel amazing. Practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40% humidity, Bikram Yoga is designed to keep every muscle, joint and system of your body healthy. Students leave the studio each day happier because of this life-changing yoga. There is absolutely no experience necessary to join anyone of the 30 classes offered each week at Bikram Yoga North Shore. After just one class, you will feel better than ever. Unique in its offering, students come from all over the North Shore to get the benefits of this practice. Take advantage of our Introductory Month Offer to begin your own transformation.

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

While the City of Chicago is known for its multitude of fine museums, residents of the North Shore can find plenty of opportunities for cultural and artistic enjoyment and edification right in their own neighborhood. The Block Museum of Art, located on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, offers a wide range of exhibitions, collections, film screenings and cultural programs and workshops. Open to both students and general public, art lovers can come and enjoy the Block’s diverse collection of art and exhibits from artists such as Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Honore Daumier, etc.
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Morton's The Steakhouse

If you love a good steak, then you should go to Morton’s! The Northbrook location of Morton’s The Steakhouse is ideal for a special occasion dinner, a pre-concert meal before heading for Ravinia Park, or perhaps a meal after working up an appetite after spending the day exploring the grounds at the Chicago Botanic Gardens located just a few miles east on Lake Cook Road. Morton’s is known for its excellent prime steaks, outstanding service and is a popular dining destination for both business and community.
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