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McKenzie Square

About McKenzie Square:

I vividly recall my first encounter with McKenzie Square, whereby I was enamored by the charm of the homes, the tree lined streets and the number of parks comprising the neighborhood.  At the time, we were living in the city and had just begun our home search on the North Shore. It happened to be a lovely day in the fall and I convinced my husband and two young boys, begrudgingly, to drive up with me to look at a few open houses that had piqued my interest. As was often the case after touring a few properties, my boys became restless so it was time for a change of scenery. With this in mind, we decided to find the closest play ground and by chance came upon Vattman Park. Once there, we saw several families at play with their kids both on the play ground as well as tennis courts and I remember thinking to myself what a great area this would be to raise a family. As we were getting out of the car I happened to notice several neighbors talking  and inquired as to the name of the neighborhood. It was at this time I learned the term McKenzie Square.  

McKenzie Square takes its name from the highly acclaimed McKenzie elementary school which is at the epicenter of the Square.  Although not a true square by mathematicians terms, the area is  defined by the following streets : Lake Ave to the North, Green Bay Rd to the East, Wilmette Ave. to the South and Ridge Rd to the West. What makes this area so appealing is its central location to Wilmette’s downtown, public transportation, the district 39 schools and the surrounding parks. The neighborhood is very community oriented comprised of families with children of varying ages, often choosing to move to the area to be within walking distance to McKenzie Elementary School, where kids can walk to school at an early age,  as there are no major though fares for them to cross!


A few more facts about McKenzie Square:

  • Solid housing stock ranging from charming four squares built in the1920s to 5BR+ new construction
  • Situated approximately 1.7 miles from the Lake and Gilson Park
  • Comprises 3 parks: Vattman to the North, Earlywine to the South and Howard Park to the West
  • Includes Wilmette’s award winning library and post office
  • Easy access to the city, approximately 15 miles, and walking distance to both the train and EL
  • Proximity to Centennial, which houses the Wilmette public park facility's popular water park, along with indoor skating rinks and tennis center




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