Cook County, 16 miles N of the Loop. In 1836, Erastus and Zeruah Patterson established the
Patterson Tavern along the Green Bay Trail, which connected Chicago to Fort Howard in Green Bay,
Wisconsin. Eighteen years later Charles E. Peck and Walter S. Gurnee, president of the newly formed
Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad, platted three hundred acres in New Trier Township along the western
shores of Lake Michigan. The town was named Winnetka, a Native American word thought to mean "beautiful place."
That year, the Chicago & Milwaukee began servicing Winnetka and other shoreline communities north of the city.
In 1869, Winnetka was incorporated as a village, and Charles Peck donated land now known as the
Village Green east of Winnetka's main business district.
Winnetka Population (year 2000): 12,419.
Winnetka Estimated population in July 2005: 12,452 (+0.3% change)
Males: 6,020 (48.5%), Females: 6,399 (51.5%)
Winnetka Zip code: 60093
Winnetka Median resident age: 39.8 years
Winnetka Median household income: $167,458 (year 2000)
Winnetka Median house value: $756,500 (year 2000)
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Quick Links for Winnetka
Village of Winnetka Web site
Winnetka Public School District