The village of Bannockburn was originally settled in the 1920s as a tranquil retreat from the commotion of city life. This idyllic suburb is located 30 miles from Chicago and only 4 miles from Lake Michigan. Once home to former Bears coach Mike Ditka and former Bulls coach Phil Jackson, Bannockburn is well-known for sprawling properties and multi-million dollar homes. The Bannockburn Elementary School District boasts small class sizes, while students in grades 9-12 attend the award-winning Deerfield High School.
The Bannockburn suburb was founded by Scottish real estate developer William Aitken, who named the area in honor of the village of Bannockburn in Scotland. Aitken’s vision for the 110-acre land parcel was a community of “country estates.” These properties were developed specifically with large lots to emulate country living and entice the affluent members of his bridge and country clubs. The construction of the Bannockburn suburb began in 1924, and by 1929 the community had progressed enough to achieve incorporation. Bannockburn has maintained a deliberately gradual growth since its establishment, taking pains to preserve as much of Aitken’s original “country” character. The construction of the Tri-State Tollway in the 1950s encouraged further development in the Bannockburn suburb, as did the construction of several business parks along the village’s northern edge in the 1960s and a commercial zone in 1984. Municipal services also expanded slowly in an effort to limit residential taxes—Bannockburn established its first police station in the 1970s and its village hall in 1992.
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