the native americans called it “winnetka,” which translates to “beautiful land.” today “winnetka” is synonymous with “affluence.” located about 16 miles north of the chicago loop, between kenilworth and glencoe, lake michigan and the edens expressway, winnetka is a quaint, quiet, exclusive north shore suburb. its public school options are a dream come true. new trier high school, which consistently rates among the top public high schools in the nation, is right smack in the middle of the village. plus, three small shopping districts offering just enough food, goods, and services to keep the locals from having to stray very far on evenings and lazy weekends, but not enough to permit long-term sustenance. fortunately, old orchard shopping mall is a short drive away. as an added bonus, winnetka is flush with public parks, including five along the lakefront, which means that the villagers have ready access to an 18-hole golf course, a tennis center, an ice rink, and several baseball diamonds. and then there’s the massive public library. for commuters who like to avoid the traffic on the expressway, there are three metra stops in winnetka, and pace bus transportation is also available.