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Memorial_Day_HouseThe Village of Winnetka is a full-service community—offering residents outstanding police, fire, public works, and administrative services.  With a little over 12,000 residents and just 17 miles from the City of Chicago, Winnetka is uniquely nestled along the North Shore and Lake Michigan.  Winnetka has long had a reputation for attractive residential neighborhoods, citizen involvement, local shops and educational excellence.

Winnetka operates under a Council-Manager form of government, where the Village Council appoint a Village Manager to carry out day-to-day operations.  The Manager oversees the six operating departments: Community Development, Finance, Fire, Police, Public Works, and Water & Electric. 

Those new to the community are encouraged to visit the Newcomers page, which provides an overview of critical service information. New and long-term residents alike should utilize the Village’s FAQ section, organized by department, to find out answers to common questions.  A full list of the Village’s Documents and Forms will be helpful for those requesting a special service or seeking a permit.

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