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Tour the community around you
Wilmette is not only a picturesque place to call home. It’s also home to many local attractions and events. Take advantage of all the beauty and culture you’ll discover just beyond your doorstep.
Village of Wilmette
Known for its sparkling lakefront and tree-lined streets, Wilmette is a charming North Shore suburb that boasts a peaceful, family-oriented way of life and a thriving local business community.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Discover a lush, local treasure and the area’s favorite year-round destination for appreciating nature (located in nearby Glencoe)—plus classes, tours, and special events for all ages.
Old Orchard Shopping Center
The Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, located in neighboring Skokie, is the area’s preferred shopping destination, and features a wide assortment of outstanding retail, dining, and entertainment options to please every taste.
A cultural gem of the North Shore since 1904, the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park attracts about 600,000 listeners to some 120 to 150 events that span all genres from classical music to jazz to musical theater every June through September. Perfect for a picnic under the summer stars!
Theater and entertainment destinations
When you join the Mather Place community, you’ll soon discover plentiful local entertainment options.
The North Shore Center
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is a popular, dynamic, two-theater complex on Chicago’s North Shore. Home to Northlight Theatre and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, it offers a diverse event calendar, and is conveniently located near Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, a wide range of excellent restaurants, and plenty of free parking.
The Wilmette Theatre
The Wilmette Theatre offers top-quality first-run and art films, plus a variety of live theater, concerts, comedy, and kids’ shows.
The Century 12 Evanston/CinéArts 6 and XD Movie Theatre in nearby Evanston is another great movie destination—and there are also many nearby restaurants.
The Wilmette Public Library
The Wilmette Public Library hosts a variety of events to appeal to your inner book lover, as well as events suitable for your grandkids.
It’s just easier here. I see my friends in the neighborhood and I still drive and get around like always.