Why is Winnetka so beautiful?

You can't spend much time in Winnetka without pausing, at some point, to gape in wonder at the striking physical beauty of the community.

What makes Winnetka so beautiful?

Lake Michigan and the Skokie Lagoons, its eastern and western borders, are an obvious choice. The intensely varied architecture of Winnetka buildings is another, along with the tastefulness of most of it.

The scale of Winnetka's pedestrian-friendly shopping areas makes more than a modest contribution.

There's beauty, too, in Winnetka's small-town pride in one of its own, an Olympic gold medalist.

What keeps Winnetka beautiful is the unceasing toil of a small army of mostly immigrant laborers. Have you paused, at some point, to wonder about that?

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