USCG Station Wilmette Harbor
10 Harbor Dr., Wilmette, IL 60091
In Wilmette, the summers are warm and wet, the winters are freezing and windy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 83°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 91°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 1 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 69°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 21°F and high of 32°F.
The wetter season lasts 6.5 months, from March 28 to October 11, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on June 13.
The drier season lasts 5.5 months, from October 11 to March 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on January 29.
Cost of Living
In Wilmette, IL, the overall cost of living index is 166, which is 68% higher than the Illinois average and 66% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Wilmette, IL, the city’s goods and services are 14% higher than the Illinois average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
The Chicago area has plenty of couture ice cream operations—like Ruth and Phils Gourmet Ice Cream, with such arcane flavors as sour cream cinnamon—but a big, hearty city demands the kind of hearty ice cream that Al Capone used to enjoy. In 1935, Gus Poulos made up his first batch of ice cream at this very location in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, and it’s an obligatory pit stop for visitors and Chicagoans alike. Capone might have been a bad guy, but he knew good ice cream.
Butterflies and Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. It runs from 10 am – 5 pm May 25-Sept. 2 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Come out to Hubbard Woods Park on Wednesdays for concerts and activities. The Grand Food Center will be on-site selling hot dogs, brats, burgers, chips and beverages. Visit winpark.org for other concert details.
Close to downtown Chicago, Chicago’s North Shore features Northwestern University, Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia, the only Baha’i House of Worship in the Western Hemisphere, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, the Charles Gates Dawes House, the Block Museum of Art, Historic Wagner Farm, Kohl Children’s Museum, many equity theater companies as well as unique galleries and museums. Of course, there is also the beaches and lakefront paths that hug the shores of Lake Michigan.
The magnificent chateauesque mansion of former U.S. Vice-President Charles Gates Dawes is located adjacent to Lake Michigan. This National Historic Landmark has been faithfully restored to its 1920s origins and enhanced with exhibits focusing on Evanston history. Docent led tours of the house take place a few times daily Thursday through Sunday. Spring, summer and fall, lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront are offered. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape.
Climb a waterfall garden, discover hidden rooms inside an English Walled Garden, cross bridges spanning sparkling lakes, a Japanese Garden and discover a garden with trains chugging across bridges and trestles. The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. There’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection. Enjoy seasonal festivals, tours by train or on foot, art exhibitions, and lots of ways for families to learn about the wonders of nature.
Grosse Point Lighthouse, on the shores of Lake Michigan, was built by the US Government in 1873 as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago after several shipwrecks demonstrated its need. In 1999, Grosse Point Lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service; the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes to carry that status. The Garden Club of Evanston maintains wildflower and butterfly gardens on its property.