Map of Winnetka and Vicinity


Chicago’s North Shore after the first quarter of the 20th century.

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This wonderfully illustrative map of Chicago’s northern suburbs focuses on Winnetka but includes portions of the adjacent communities of Wilmette, Northfield, and Skokie. It captures the region nearly a century ago; at a period of tremendous growth and development during the height of the Roaring ’20s.

Of particular contemporary interest are Vista Del Lago and Breaker’s Beach Club, in Kenilworth. These planned, but never realized, lakeshore nightclubs were part of an unincorporated strip known as ‘No Man’s Land.’ Illegal fireworks, greasy hot dogs, and plenty of alcohol for the underaged were available at the various theaters, shops, and gas stations dotted throughout the small, self-policed enclave.

A wealth of more genteel, though perhaps mundane, information is also depicted. Winnetka’s city limits are highlighted in yellow, and fine details are shown for local transportation routes, subdivisions, and geographic features. Plot sizes and owner’s names are provided for many of the parcels of land outlined within the image, and though many had been subdivided, a significant level of development remains before the map would reflect today’s borders (notably in the Skokie marshes, upper left).

Dated using the presence of the Village Hall (built in 1925) and the absence of the Marble Cenotaph (1927) and Sacred Heart Church (1926). The map was published in Winnetka by the engineering firm of Windes & Marsh.


Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1926

Author: Windes & Marsh

Sheet Width (in): 33.75

Sheet Height (in): 23

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Faintly toned along the top and bottom edges of the sheet, and some minor offsetting visible in the upper and lower left corners. A bit of wrinkling and minor edge wear from where the map was previously rolled, but remains in very good condition overall.


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