CAGE Article
Tim Shaker


Located in Illinois’s North Shore region of Wilmette, the CAGE neighborhood is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the area. CAGE stands for the four streets which run through the 24-square-block section: Chestnut Avenue, Ashland Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, and Elmwood Avenue. The neighborhood is surrounded by Sheridan Road to the east, Green Bay Road to the west, the village of Kenilworth to the north, and Forrest Avenue to the south.

The majority of the homes in the CAGE were constructed from the 1890s to the 1930s, with a small portion being built a little more recently. Most of the homes are therefore built in a traditional Victorian or colonial style, although many owners have updated the interiors to modern standards. The neighborhood acquires its old-town feel from the brick streets, spacious front yards, towering trees, and charming lamp posts.

One of the oldest homes in the area is the Gage House on Elmwood Avenue. Built in 1873 by Asahel W. Gage and later owned by his father John Gage, the multicolored three-story Victorian house encompasses all of the CAGE’s classic attributes. Filled with 10-foot-high windows, a balustrade on the front balcony, and a cupola on the exterior, the Gage House is certainly quite impressive and was given local landmark status in 1989.

Houses in the CAGE district typically go for at least $1 million, but lower prices can be acquired for houses that require some fixing up.

Children living in the CAGE can go to the public Central School elementary school for kindergarten to fourth grade. It is the biggest elementary school in Wilmette.

The CAGE is also a quick walk to downtown Wilmette and the 60-acre Gillson Park on the shore of Lake Michigan. These features make the CAGE a very desirable living space for families of all sizes.