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Kenilworth

Distance to Downtown Chicago
14 Miles

Average Drive Times
33 Minutes to Chicago Loop
34 Minutes to O'Hare Airport
44 Minutes to Midway Airport

Known as the wealthiest and most exclusive community in the Chicagoland area, the small village of Kenilworth is a master-planned development on the shores of Lake Michigan, approximately 14 miles north of downtown Chicago. It was planned by architect Daniel Burnham to resemble a grand retreat in Warwickshire, England. Kenilworth has grand estates on large lakefront lots, with styles including Traditional, English Manor, Prairie Style, Williamsburg Colonial, Tudor and French Provincial. Kenilworth truly is a picturesque and serene village.

Kenilworth’s settlement began in 1889 when Joseph Sears purchased land along Lake Michigan with the intent of creating a planned community with underground utilities, streets that maximize sunlight in homes, no alleys or fences, high construction standards, large lots, and paved streets. Little commercial or industrial development exists in the quaint community. Sears’ vision was for a family-oriented village with a church and a school. Today, Kenilworth has its own school district in which children attend the appropriately named Joseph Sears School. Sears School is for kids in grades kindergarten through eight, while grades 9 through 12 are completed at the highly acclaimed New Trier High School in Winnetka.

While Kenilworth’s area is very small (only .6 square miles), the village is not without various points of interest. The Kenilworth Fountain, designed by George W. Maher, is located in the heart of Kenilworth on Kenilworth Avenue, just east of the railroad tracks. Further east is the Kenilworth Avenue Beach, which is divided into a swimming beach and a sailing beach. The Kenilworth-Winnetka Baseball Association plays little league games at Pee Wee Field, a quaint stadium located just off Green Bay Road. The Kenilworth Assembly Hall is a community building used for gatherings, school events, and organizational meetings. The Kenilworth Park District offers many sports and summer programs for young children. Six parks and 200 acres of lakefront beach complete this picture-perfect community.

Although Kenilworth does not have its own downtown area, it is within minutes of the business districts of the surrounding communities of Wilmette and Winnetka. Homers Ice Cream is a local favorite, especially for little leaguers after a double header on a long, hot summer afternoon. Captain Nemo’s is another restaurant where customers can order subs, soup, and chili. In addition, Kenilworth is very close to Plaza Del Lago, a shopping center with restaurants, specialty stores, doctors’ offices, and clothing stores.

Kenilworth’s public transportation system allows residents quick and easy access to the city. Kenilworth has a Metra station located just off Green Bay Road at Kenilworth Avenue. The Pace bus also serves Kenilworth and the Linden stop of the Purple Line “L” train, located in Wilmette, is just minutes south. Using Sheridan Road to Lake Shore Drive or the Edens Expressway (I-94), Kenilworth is about a 20 to 30 minute drive to the city.