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Things to Do

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The Winnetka Park District (WPD) operates and maintains a total of 27 parks—encompassing over 242 acres. The Park District primarily serves the Village of Winnetka, but also includes portions of the Village of Glencoe and Village of Northfield.

The WPD maintains an interactive map of the current park facilities.

Within Winnetka, there is also forest preserve land operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC). The District maintains over 68,000 acres of land in Cook County, 80% of which is estimated to remain in a wild or semi-wild, natural state. Forest preserve areas are open sunrise to sunset 365 days a year.

The FPDCC’s district wide map displays the many natural areas and activities available at its numerous facilities. Winnetka is located in FPDCC’s Region 4 or “North Cook County.” Located within Winnetka are the Skokie Lagoons—a Forest Preserve site that offers picnicking, trail hiking/riding, horseback riding, fishing, and birdwatching opportunities.

Community Events

At virtually any time of the year, local activities and events abound for residents and visitors alike. Below is a small sampling of the events that are part of the unique Winnetka tradition:

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  • Memorial Day Parade- a Winnetka Park District event, with appearances from the U.S Coast Guard, military units, veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and more
  • Winnetka Children’s Fair- a 65-year tradition of community and family fun, fellowship, and participation. The Fair is coordinated by the Board of Directors of the Winnetka Community Nursery School and is attended by people throughout the North Shore annually at the Winnetka Village Green
  • Firecracker 5K- a Winnetka Park District 5K races for runners of all ages, which is help around the 4th of July
  • 4th of July Parade, Fest at Duke Childs Field, and Fireworks- Winnetka Park District events to celebrate America’s IndependenceJuly_4_Events.2
  • Sidewalk Sale- the North Shore’s premier Sidewalk Sale held by the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce in late spring or early summer. Local retailers display a wide range of goods—from fashion and jewelry to sporting goods and books—at discounted prices
  • Veteran’s Day Observance- a special remembrance ceremony, with guest speakers and refreshments, honors the nation’s veterans
  • Police and Fire Open House- Local visitors are able to see all of the fire apparatus and rescue equipment as well as participate in live demonstrations. The Police also offer tours of the Communications Center, Lockup, Firearms Range, and Fitness Center as well as display their vehicles and equipment
  • Winnetka Tree Lighting- the annual lighting of the tree at Station Park, followed by caroling and hot cocoa
  • Holiday Red Invitation Sale- the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber’s annual holiday sale, which follows all weekend long after the tree lighting
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