Two Cities Within Top ZIP Codes in Illinois

ZIP codes in Illinois
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Many communities just outside of downtown Chicago offer luxurious homes and appealing amenities. Let’s take a closer look at two towns that make up some of the most desirable ZIP codes in Illinois. 

60305 - River Forest

River Forest, known for its distinct architecture and high-end properties, also houses two renowned universities: Dominican University and Concordia University of Chicago. This Chicago suburb contains elegant historic homes, some of which the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright designed. Despite being close to Chicago, the town is also immersed in scenery, with many nature areas, including the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Within this preserve, residents and visitors can also explore the Trailside Museum of Natural History. As of February 2024, the median home sale price fell 20.9% year-over-year to $457,000, according to Redfin. 

60091 - Wilmette

About 15 miles from downtown Chicago, Wilmette, known for its unique historic residences and tree-lined brick streets, is a picturesque lakefront town. Many visit the town to see the Baha’i House of Worship, one of Illinois’s most notable architectural landmarks. The community features numerous parks dispersed throughout, and Gillson Park stands out as a popular spot for a day at the beach. Also, the Village Center, among other commercial areas, is a convenient place to explore a wealth of shops and restaurants. Wilmette’s home prices typically range between north of $449,000 to almost $2 million, per Redfin, though the median sale price, as of February, was $615,000