Wilmette is fortunate to have excellent public transportation available. The Village is served by Metra Railroad service, CTA rapid transit service, and Pace bus service as well as having easy access to the Edens Expressway. For additional information on available transportation in Wilmette please visit the following web sites:
The Village of Wilmette is the second suburb north of downtown Chicago located approximately 16 miles away. The Village extends five miles west from Lake Michigan and is approximately one mile wide. Its municipal neighbors include Evanston and Skokie, Glenview to the west and Kenilworth and Northfield to the north.
Village Center Parking
You’ll find plenty of convenient parking in Village Center. The Village provides parking for residents, shoppers, and commuters. Below are links to maps where you can find specific locations of available parking.
All on-street parking in the Village Center is free. Times are posted and range from 1-3 hours. This parking provides easy and convenient parking in-front of your favorite shop. On-street parking is unrestricted between the hours of 6 pm – 2 am.
Village Center Parking Lots
If you plan to spend several hours in town, consider parking in one of our five off-street parking lots. All are free and open the public and range in time from 90 minutes to 4 hours. Some parking lots contain permit parking spaces so be sure to check the signs to make sure you are not parking in a restricted spot. These permit parking spaces are designed for employee and resident parking spaces.
Metra Parking Lot
Village Center is a transit hub where several Metra and Pace lines converge. The Village has designated several parking lots for use by commuters. These parking lots are metered during the day, but are free on weekends and evenings after 4 pm for use by the public when restaurants and entertainment destinations are at their busiest.
Getting to Wilmette
The Village of WIlmette is located directly off of the Edens Expressway (I-94). If you are coming from the north, exit I-94 at Skokie Boulevard and you are in Wilmette! Once you have exited the highway, you will find one of the Village's major shopping centers, Edens Plaza, on your righthand side. To get to downtown Wilmette, simply turn left at the second stop light at Lake Avenue and take Lake Avenue to Green Bay Road.
If you are coming from the south, you can exit I-94 at Lake Avenue East or Lake Avenue West. Exiting on Lake Avenue East, you will find Edens Plaza on your left and can continue to downtown Wilmette by continuing on Lake Avenue to Green Bay Road.
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Wilmette is served by two train systems:
The CTA purple end at Linden Avenue in WIlmette. The purple line goes north into Evanston and into the northern limits of Chicago.
The Metra stops right in Wilmette's downtown at 722 Green Bay Avenue. The Union Pacific North Line runs from Kenosha, Wisconsin to downtown Chicago.