Incorporated in 1869 and picturesquely situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, just 16 miles north of Chicago, the Village of Winnetka offers tree-shaded streets and neighborhoods as well as three quaint in-town business districts. "Winnetka" is a Native American word meaning "beautiful land", and the village has retained the natural beauty that brought early settlers to the area.
Recreational facilities include four public beaches and a boat launch, numerous parks and athletic fields, indoor tennis club, ice rink, public golf course and forest preserve areas.
The Winnetka Community House, a non-profit organization, presents numerous recreational programs and activities for all age groups. Residents also enjoy abundant community organizations involving history, art, music, gardening, sports and other interests.