The Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve is a natural gem hidden in the woods just a few miles south of Chicago, Illinois. This bedroom community is located on the west side of Lake Michigan, about a half-hour drive from Chicago, and is home to 27,077 residents who pride themselves on having a down-to-earth - to - earthy vibe.
The economic status of the inhabitants remained high throughout the 20th century. In 2018, per capita income in Wilmette was $82,805, which is well-off compared to Illinois and the nation. The village ranked 46th in population per 10,000 residents and 47th in Illinois, with a population of more than 1.5 million.
In recognition of this fact, the US government awarded him, his wife, and their children the Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civilian honors in the United States, for their service to the nation.
The grant, later known as the Ouilmette Reservation, covered a stretch of forest on Lake Michigan and confined what was now the western part of the new community's boundary. The western section runs from McHenry County College (US 14) to Crystal Lake, west of N. Oak Street; the southern section is south of the Green Belt Forest Preserve; and the eastern section is north.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources granted the Park District a $2 million grant to preserve the 5.22-acre site. In recognition, the government gave Archange and his children 1,280 hectares, which include the Ouilmette Reserve and the Green Belt Forest Reserves.
The offer was accepted and in 1869 the station began to operate, bringing new residents and tourists to the area. Five years later, the Chicago and Milwaukee Electric Railway Company expanded the C-NW track that ran east along Greenleaf Avenue to Waukegan and connected to a new station at the intersection of Green Leaf Avenue and North Milwaukee Avenue.
The business district was expanded and quickly developed into the Green Bay Trail, the first of its kind in the United States. Today, it is 9 miles parallel to the Chicago and Milwaukee railroads.
The Lily Cache Greenway moves from the Bollingbrook-Plainfield border to the east - west to the ComEd Greenways. The North Shore Channel Trail runs west-east along the Chicago River, north-south along Lake Shore Drive, and south-north through the city of Chicago.
The eastern edge of Racine County is the North Shore Trail, which stretches south from the Racine-Kenosha border. The Prairie Trail stretches along the length of McHenry County and is managed by the McHenry County Conservation District. Racine's southeastern neighborhood is home to a railroad track that runs north through the town of Racines to the village of Caledonia. The Kuhn Road Trail begins and continues north - south along the north side of Lake Shore Drive, south - west along Lake Street and east - east along North State Street.
The Valley Line Trail, also known as Sauganash Trail, runs along El Paseo, which runs from north to west along Lake Street, south to east along North State Street and east to south along South State Avenue.
In the early 1840s, an immigrant from Trier founded a farming and business community with the Ouilmette family, who moved from Iowa to their cabin on the lake. On the south side of Lake Street, north of South State Avenue, a cohesive farming community developed. It was part of the New Triers Township, founded in 1850, which built roads, a school and drainage ditches, and the first public school in Illinois.
The Wilmette Park District Board of Commissioners was appointed to serve the entire village, a responsibility that was later taken over by the Evanston Park District.
Wilmette is currently served by Union Pacific Railroad, which operates Metra commuter trains on the old Chicago and Northwestern lines. The Green Bay Trail runs parallel to and north of the Chicago city limits, and the Lincoln Valley Line Trail connects with the existing Valley Line Trail in west Chicago. Wil Mette is currently operated by the Pacific Railway union, which operates the MetRA commuter train on the older Chicago & Northwestern Railroad line, and Wilmetme is currently served by Union Pacific Railroads, the oldest Chicago & Northwestern Railway line.
The Sturtevant Trail of Racines runs 3.5 km from the west side of Racines to the eastern edge of the village of Sturtevant. The Lake George Trail, as its name suggests, runs along the north shore of Lake George before turning south to bypass the eastern shore of Wolf Lake. Lake Street is east of the Edens Expressway, and the Chicago River Trail, a two-mile trail in the Wilmette borderland, runs north to south along Lake St. George and Lake Avenue.