[[Image:North Shore of Chicago Map.PNG|thumb|right|300px|Map of the
area.The North Shore
is marked in Red
;The City of
;Lake and Cook
Chicago, as seen from Northwestern
University campus at Evanston.
The North Shore
refers to the lakefront suburbs
north of Chicago. It includes several of the wealthiest and most
affluent communities in the United States and is home to some of
the richest families in Illinois.
Historically, the North Shore referred to the
area serviced by the now defunct Chicago North Shore
and Milwaukee Railroad, which ran along Lake Michigan's western shore between Chicago and Milwaukee from 1896 until 1963.
inland suburbs — e.g., , Glenview, Deerfield, Northfield, and Northbrook—also are considered by some to be part of the North
Shore because of their contiguity and affluence.
suburbs are also home to various regional shopping destinations,
including Westfield Old
Place, The Glen Town Center
However many believe that the North Shore
comprises only the suburbs fully or substantially developed before
World War II
and certainly prior to the
1963 demise of the North Shore rail line) directly adjacent to the
lake, not the younger (mostly developed after World War II), inland
suburbs. The North Shore is noteworthy for being one of the few
remaining agglomerations of streetcar
in the United States.
Shore is also the home of the Ravinia Festival, a world-class outdoor music theater.
Green Bay Trail, an award-winning
pedestrian and bicycle path, begins in Wilmette and runs north just
to the east of the Chicago Botanic Garden and past the front gate of Ravinia Festival park
all the way up to Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, alongside
Metra's Union Pacific North Line railroad
Many credit Walter S.
Gurnee as the father of the North Shore
Europeans settled the North Shore after an 1833 treaty with local
Native Americans. The region began to flourish after two-term
Chicago Mayor Walter S. Gurnee
made numerous investments along the
western shore of Lake Michigan, gaining great influence in the
area. For instance, he helped to create the Chicago & Milwaukee
Railroad, a commuter train service to Chicago which allowed people
to move out of the city. While trains ran from Chicago all the way to
Milwaukee, the term "North Shore" typically refers only to the
communities between Waukegan (or perhaps Zion) and Chicago.
This area became popular with the affluent wanting to escape
life and grew before and especially
just after World War II
. Large mansions
were built, along with less lavish homes. The largest North
Shore suburb Evanston, the closest to Chicago, is the home of Northwestern
Today the North Shore remains one of the most affluent areas in the
United States. Seven of its communities are in the top
quintile of U.S. household income,
and three of those (Kenilworth, Winnetka and Glencoe) are in the top 5 percent. From Evanston to Lake
Bluff, only Highwood falls below the national median.
Municipalities on the North Shore
The now-defunct Chicago North Shore
and Milwaukee Railroad
served the following suburbs (from north
Movies that take place in the North Shore
This area received much exposure in the 1980s as the setting of
many teen movies
, particularly those of
. The most notable movies through the years are:
- Ordinary People (1980)
- was filmed in Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest,
Northbrook and Wilmette.
- Class (1983) - was filmed
at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest and other locations in
- Risky Business (1983) -
was filmed in Deerfield, Highland Park and Skokie.
- Sixteen Candles (1984)
- was filmed in Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Skokie and
- Weird Science
(1985) - was filmed in Highland Park, Skokie and Northbrook.
- The Breakfast Club
(1985) - was filmed Northbrook.
- Ferris Bueller's Day
Off' (1986) - was filmed in Highland Park, Winnetka,
Northbrook, Lake Forest and Glencoe, in addition to many locations
in Chicago itself.
- She's Having a Baby
(1988) - was filmed in Winnetka, Skokie, Glencoe and Northbrook in
addition to many locations in Chicago itself.
- Uncle Buck (1989) - was
filmed in Evanston, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest,
Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka, in addition to many
locations in Chicago itself.
- Home Alone (1990) - was
filmed in Lake Forest, Winnetka, Wilmette, Highland Park and
- My Best Friend's
Wedding (1997) - was filmed in Vernon Hills, in addition
to many locations in Chicago itself.
- The Deep End of
the Ocean (1999) - The plot of the book takes place in two
suburbs located north of Chicago.
- Shattered Glass
- Cheaper by the
- Surviving Christmas
- Mean Girls (2004) - Mentions
Walker Brothers Pancake House in Highland Park and Old Orchard Mall
- Derailed (2005)
- Chain Reaction (1996)
has scenes at a famous Lake Bluff estate and was largely shot in
- The Weather Man (2005)
- was filmed in Evanston and Skokie in addition to many locations
in Chicago itself.
- Chicago's North Shore. Documentary by Geoffrey Bear
In the 1993 movie Judgment
which is set in Chicago, gang leader Fallon (played
by Denis Leary
) comments, "Yeah,
$100,000 may buy you out of North Shore, pu*sy, down here it means
Places of interest
- Ebner, Michael H. Creating Chicago’s North Shore.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.