The Vault: Baird & Warner’s Role in Shaping Today’s North Shore

Did you know that without Baird & Warner, some of Chicago’s North Shore communities might not be as popular as they are today?

After World War I, Chicago enjoyed a building boom that continued until the Great Depression. In fact, between 1900 and 1920, the population of the North Shore exploded. A big reason for the growth was the construction of more train lines and the city stations on these lines that Baird & Warner helped develop. Another reason was the redevelopment of large private estates previously used as summer getaways.

Baird & Warner was there at the beginning — and every step of the way — during this historical growth. In 1923, the brokerage opened its North Shore office in Evanston and helped support sales for three key subdivisions: Bannockburn in 1924, Deere Park in 1925, and Skokie Ridge in 1927.

These three developments contributed significantly to the North Shore landscape helping draw residents to the area. In fact, they’re just as popular today as they were 90-plus years ago.

• Bannockburn — Built and conceived by William Aitken, a Scottish real estate developer, Bannockburn was named for a town in his native Scotland. It was, and remains, its own village. Fun fact: Baird & Warner sold and marketed the homes as “your country estate.”
• Deere Park (Highland Park – Braeside neighborhood) — Developed from two estates along Lake Michigan, these were to be homes for permanent residents — not just weekend retreats. Fun fact: Baird & Warner developed and sold all 197 new home lots.
• Skokie Ridge – Glencoe — This is the smallest of the three developments at 153 lots. Fun fact: Baird & Warner developed the lots, built the streets, and installed sewers and utilities.