Kenilworth, just one square mile in size, is one of the country's first examples of a planned community. All the streets are named after English country villages. Joseph Sears, Kenilworth's founder, was a visionary and planned the village's layout to maximize sunlight and placed all utilities underground. Houses were on large plats of land and no fences were initially allowed. The original town limits (east of Green Bay) were intended to be walkable for Joseph Sears School students.
Many homes in Kenilworth were designed and built by prominent architects, one of whom, George Maher, who lived and built over 40 homes in the village, and Franklin Burnham who designed the Kenilworth Club and the Kenilworth Train station. Many different building styles are seen here including Prairie, Arts and Crafts, and English Tudor.
Kenilworth is located 17 miles north of the Chicago Loop. There is one Metra North Train stop centrally located on Green Bay Road. See Kenilworth Train Schedule.
Kenilworth's crown jewel is its school, Joseph Sears School which educates children from kindergarten through eighth grade, a rarity in modern times. Most homes located in Kenilworth are close enough for children to walk to school, and for those residing west, there is a tunnel under Green Bay Road which opens right onto the school's playground.
Kenilworth students go to New Trier High School, located just two blocks north of Joseph Sears. No buses required.
Great Schools rating for Joseph Sears is 10 out of 10
Local Private Schools
North Shore Country Day School - 310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Saints Faith Hope & Charity - 180 Ridge Road, Winnetka
Loyola Academy High School - 1100 Laramie, Wilmette
Regina Dominican High School (girls) - 701 Locust Road, Wilmette
Kenilworth has a beautiful public swimming beach and the separate Kenilworth sailing beach where boats can be stored. Both are located at the east end of Kenilworth Avenue. The beach is open to all, but residents pay slightly less for individual and summer passes.
Kenilworth's Park District offers summer programs and t-ball. Other park district activities are purchased through neighboring villages - Wilmette Park District and Winnetka Park District. Library services are also available through the Wilmette Public Library and the Winnetka Public Library.
For information on Kenilworth, please see the village's site: Kenilworth IL
Kenilworth's commercial district runs the length of Green Bay Road from the border of Winnetka to the border of Wilmette and in the first block of Park Drive. Businesses include Hairsay Salon, RRB Cycles, and Federalist Antiques. There are no restaurants in Kenilworth, but check my North Shore dining guide for all the nearby restaurants: Winnetka & North Shore Restaurants.
Kenilworth also has its own police force, but fire support comes from neighboring villages. The Kenilworth Historical Society is located on Kenilworth Avenue across the street from the Kenilworth Club.
DEMOGRAPHICS (as of 2014)
As of the 2010 census, Kenilworth has 2,562 residents with 800 households.
Per capita income of $102,667
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