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Encyclopedia > North Shore (Chicago)

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. Today it refers to the suburbs north of Chicago along the lakefront. Now, as then, the area includes many of the most affluent communities in the Midwest and in the United States. This area received much exposure in the 1980s as the setting of many teen movies, particularly those of writer/director John Hughes. The Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, often called the North Shore Line, was an interurban railroad that operated commuter and passenger trains between Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one in the group located entirely within the United States. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... This article is about Milwaukee in Wisconsin. ... The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The teen film (also called teen movie or teenpic) is a film genre in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst and alienation. ... John Hughes, Jr. ...


A few inland suburbs — e.g., Skokie, Glenview, Deerfield, Northfield and Northbrook—also are considered by some to be part of the North Shore because of their contiguity and affluence. These suburbs are also home to various regional shopping destinations, including Westfield Old Orchard, the Glen Town Center and Northbrook Court shopping malls. However, most locals insist that the North Shore comprises only the older 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. This is a trivia section. ... Incorporated Village in 1899. ... Incorporated Village in 1903. ... Northfield is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, approximately fifteen miles north of Chicago. ... Incorporated Village in 1901. ... Westfield Old Orchard, formerly Old Orchard Shopping Center, is an open-air upscale shopping center in Skokie, Illinois. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see mall. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The North Shore is noteworthy for being one of the few remaining agglomerations of streetcar suburbs in the United States. A streetcar suburb is a community whose growth was mostly shaped by the coming of the electric streetcar or tram. ...


The North Shore is also the home of the Ravinia Festival, a world-class outdoor music theater. The 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 tracks. The Ravinia Festival is the summer music program offered at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois. ... Inside the Chicago Botanic Garden; view of a lake and different flora. ... Shoreline along the Northern Unit of Illinois Beach State Park Main beach in the Southern Unit of Illinois Beach State Park Illinois Beach State Park is part of the Illinois state park system and is located along Lake Michigan in northeast Illinois in the city of Zion and the Village... Zion is a city located in Lake County, Illinois. ... Metra (officially the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is Chicagolands commuter rail system, serving over 200 stations on 11 lines across the Regional Transportation Authoritys six-county service area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) providing over 67 million rides annually. ... The Union Pacific/North (UP-N) is a commuter rail line provided by Metra and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding suburbs. ...

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Early Years

Many credit Walter S. Gurnee as the father of the North Shore

The North Shore was first settled after the signing of an 1833 treaty with local Native Americans. Thanks to Walter S. Gurnee, a two-term mayor of Chicago, the region began to flourish. He had made numerous investments along the western shore of Lake Michigan and was very influential in the area. With the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad he helped to create commuter train service to Chicago. This service let people move out of the city and into the surrounding area. 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. A painting of Walter S. Gurnee Source: http://www. ... A painting of Walter S. Gurnee Source: http://www. ... Walter S. Gurnee (born: March 9, 1813; died: April 18, 1903; buried in New York, NY) served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1851-1853) for the Democratic Party. ... Waukegan is a city in Lake County, Illinois, of which it is the county seat. ...


This area became popular with the affluent wanting to escape the undesirable parts of urban life, and the area grew just before and especially in the years just after World War II. Huge mansions were built in the area, although not all of the houses in the area are lavish. The largest North Shore suburb is Evanston, which is also closest to Chicago. Evanston is the home of Northwestern University. Crowded Shibuya, Tokyo shopping district An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Incorporated City in 1872. ... Northwestern University (officially abbreviated NU; sometimes abbreviated NWU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university with campuses located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. ...


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. This graph shows the American definition of social class according to the New York Times using the quintiles as measurement for class. ... For information on the income of individuals please see Personal income in the United States This graphic shows the distribution of gross annual household income. ... Incorporated Village in 1889. ... Incorporated Village in 1869. ... Incorporated Village in 1869. ... Highwood is a city in the Morraine township of Lake County, Illinois, United States. ...


Communities on the North Shore

Winthrop Harbor is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. ... Zion is a city located in Lake County, Illinois. ... Waukegan is a city in Lake County, Illinois, of which it is the county seat. ... North Chicago is a city located in Lake County, Illinois. ... Lake Bluff is a village located in Lake County, Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1861. ... Highwood is a city in the Morraine township of Lake County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated City in 1869. ... Incorporated Village in 1869. ... Incorporated Village in 1869. ... Incorporated Village in 1889. ... US Baháí House of Worship in Wilmette Wilmette is a village in New Trier Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated City in 1872. ...

Places of interest

Shoreline along the Northern Unit of Illinois Beach State Park Main beach in the Southern Unit of Illinois Beach State Park Illinois Beach State Park is part of the Illinois state park system and is located along Lake Michigan in northeast Illinois in the city of Zion and the Village... Zion Station is the third dual-reactor station in the Commonwealth Edison network and serves Chicago and the northern one-fourth of Illinois. ... Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) is a diversified pharmaceuticals and health care company. ... Naval Station Great Lakes is the United States Navys Headquarters Command for training issues, located in North Chicago, Illinois. ... Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a private graduate school located in North Chicago, Illinois. ... Lake Forest College, founded in 1857, is a liberal arts college located in Lake Forest, Illinois. ... Fort Sheridan water tower and barracks complex Fort Sheridan, Illinois was a United States Army Post named after Civil War Cavalry General Philip Sheridan, to honor his many services to Chicago. ... The Ravinia Festival is the summer music program offered at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois. ... Inside the Chicago Botanic Garden; view of a lake and different flora. ... A map of the location of Baháí Houses of Worship worldwide; Green represents countries that currently have Baháí Houses of Worship (with a blue dot for the city); Red represents countries where a House of Worship existed, but no longer does; Light Green represents countries where Houses of Worship were... The historic Grosse Point Lighthouse is located in Evanston, Illinois. ... Northwestern University (officially abbreviated NU; sometimes abbreviated NWU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university with campuses located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. ...

Movies that take place in the North Shore

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 teen film widely considered as the definitive work in the genre. ... Cheaper by the Dozen is a 1948 novel by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. ... Derailed is a 2005 American thriller/drama film based on a James Siegel novel by the same name adapted by Stuart Beattie. ... Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. ... Home Alone is a 1990 comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. ... Mean Girls is a 2005 film written by (and co-starring) Tina Fey. ... This article is about the Julia Roberts film. ... This article is about the film. ... Risky Business is a 1983 film written and directed by Paul Brickman. ... Shattered Glass is a 2003 film about the fast rise and steep fall of Stephen Glasss journalistic career at the The New Republic magazine during the mid-1990s when his serial journalistic fraud was exposed. ... Shes Having a Baby is an American movie, released in 1988, which was directed by John Hughes. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Promotional poster for Surviving Christmas Surviving Christmas is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Mike Mitchell, and stars Ben Affleck. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Weather man and Weather Man redirect here. ... Weird Science (1985) is a movie written and directed by John Hughes. ...

References

  • Ebner, Michael H. Creating Chicago’s North Shore. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.

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North Shore (Chicago) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (607 words)
The North Shore is noteworthy for being one of the few remaining agglomerations of streetcar suburbs in the United States.
The North Shore is also the home of the Ravinia Festival, a world-class outdoor music theater.
The North Shore was first settled after the signing of a 1833 treaty with local Native Americans.
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