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Opening a Business

Opening a Business in Winnetka

Step 1: Tell us what type of business you would like to open and where you would like to open it.

We will perform an internal zoning review to determine if the Village code allows your type of business in the location you requested.

Step 2: If the zoning is approved, schedule a free pre-occupancy walk through inspection.

This is an on-site meeting to inspect the property and discuss if any corrections need to be made before opening. This is a great opportunity to learn about building permit and sign regulations and the many ways the Village can help to promote and market your new business to the community.

Check out our New Business Resource Guide and Contact Cindy Plante at or 847-716-3528 for any questions about starting a new business in Winnetka.

Transportation Options

Winnetka has convenient access to a variety of transportation options, including METRA commuter rail and PACE suburban bus routes.    The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) website provides trip planning tools to assist you when traveling anywhere within the region.


Metra Union Pacific North (UP-N) Line

Winnetka's three Metra stations are located on Metra's Union Pacific North Line, providing convenient access to downtown Chicago, with northbound service to Kenosha.   Winnetka is served by frequent daily service to the West Loop via the Ogilivie Transportation Center (500 W. Madison St.).


Metra Station Information

  • Indian Hill Station - 111 Green Bay Road (at Winnetka Ave.)

Station Information (no agent)

Commuter Parking map

  • Winnetka (Elm Street) Station - 754 Elm Street (at Green Bay Rd.)

Station Information

Commuter Parking maps

  • Hubbard Woods Station - 1065 Gage Street (adjacent to Hubbard Woods Park)

Station Information

Commuter Parking map


PACE Bus Service
Local bus service is also available and is coordinated by PACE, the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority. Winnetka is served by two regular PACE routes, as well as a dedicated "shuttle service" for students attending New Trier's West Campus in Northfield, or Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

  • Route 213 (Green Bay Road) - Provides service between downtown Evanston's Davis Street CTA Purple Line station and Northbrook Court (Lake Cook Rd).  Stops near New Trier High School Winnetka Campus as well as Ravinia and the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Monday through Saturday (no Sunday service).

  • Route 423 (Sheridan Road / Elm Street / Hibbard Road /Willow Road)  -   Route 423 provides access locally to New Trier High School (via Sheridan Road), Winnetka Metra (Elm Street) station, Washburne/Skokie Schools, and Skokie Playfields.  Provides service between Wilmette 4th & Linden CTA Purple Line and Harlem CTA Blue Line station. Monday through Friday (No Saturday or Sunday service).

  • Route 213/423 (New Trier West/Loyola Academy Student Shuttle) - on school days only, PACE operates a shuttle providing service, via Green Bay Road and WIllow Road, to New Trier's West campus in Northfield as well as Loyola Academy in Wilmette (schedule below).  Consult PACE website for maps and complete schedule.

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