For most non-Midwesterners, the City of Chicago is almost synonymous with the word Illinois. For those in the know, outside the City of Chicago are lush prairies and preserves and some truly amazing suburbs that offer an abundance of opportunities to their inhabitants. The North Shore, in particular, is filled with areas that are rich with culture, stocked with amenities, and embrace the nature that surrounds the living spaces.
The Village of Glenview is one such place. Twenty miles or so north and a bit west of Chicago, Glenview was incorporated in 1899. It has grown from the 350 residents of that time to a population over 47,000. A place of economic and cultural diversity, the Glenview area boasts more than 290 acres of parks and playgrounds as well as numerous golf courses, spas, restaurants, theaters and shopping plazas.
The Village of Glenview is near major expressways and offers two train stations on Metra’s Milwaukee North line for easy access to Chicago. Amtrak’s Hiawatha service also makes daily stops in Glenview. Glenview is known to have a relatively low crime rate and a visible, responsive police force when the need does arise. It also has schools that rank in the top five percent in the nation and boasts one of the consistently highest graduation rates in the State of Illinois. The Glenview Public Library has a robust offering of innovative programs and educational opportunities as well as research resources available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
There are tremendous opportunities for involvement in the community. The Friends of Downtown Glenview is a non-profit organization that focuses on building support for economic growth and the establishment and continuance of a vibrant downtown area. Founded on professional town planning principles, the Friends of Downtown Glenview go beyond parades in their efforts to continue to grow and improve downtown Glenview through a mixture of professional expertise and personal passions.
There are also senior-focused amenities in the Glenview area. The East Wing Glenview Senior Center provides a place for entertainment and educational experiences, as well as the opportunity, meet others in the community. Down the road, in Northfield, the North Shore Senior Center has been working since 1956 to help older adults redefine the process of aging.
Outdoor Adventures and Beauty
The Skokie Lagoons nature preserve offers seven interconnected lagoons perfect for canoeing, kayaking, or sailing. The Skokie Lagoons are spread through Glencoe and Winnetka, both approximately ten minutes from Glenview. The preserve also offers biking, hiking, and some of Cook County’s best fishing.
The Grove is a Glenview based nature preserve and home to a unique outdoor history and nature museum. The over 100 acres of preserved prairie grove land offers trails and educational opportunities to learn about the Native Americans and settlers who lived on the land. The Grove is a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a short twelve-minute drive from Glenview. Located in Glencoe, the Chicago Botanic Garden showcases an amazing array of plants in their aquatic garden, Dixon Prairie, Krasberg Rose Garden, and many other beautifully maintained spaces. You can also bike the garden paths or attend one of the hundreds of classes, workshops and events offered in the one of a kind, blended indoor/outdoor learning environment.
Indoor Fun and Learning
Funtopia is a recreation center in Glenview that offers climbing walls, ropes courses, a jungle gym, and more. With areas suitable for different age groups from toddlers on up, Funtopia is a family-oriented facility with active play in mind.
Also located in Glenview, the Kohl Children’s Museum provides an exciting combination of fun and education. Geared towards children eight years old and younger, the Kohl Children’s Museum hosts a number of interactive exhibits where children can engage in multi-sensory learning experiences.
More Introspective Experiences
A less than fifteen-minute drive will take you to Skokie and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. To preserve the legacy of the Holocaust and honor those lost, the museum strives to foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. It does so through the teaching of universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference and via exhibits that explore the impact of the Holocaust.
Founded in 2005, the Oil Lamp Theater is located in downtown Glenview. It is a professional, not-for-profit theater with a unique venue where it presents traditional theater that appeals to core American traditional values. The intimate, sixty seat space helps the organization create an immersive guest experience and, with each performance, challenges the audience to explore the topic of love and its impact on life.
This is an excellent time to explore a move to one of the fabulous North Shore towns and villages. For more information on properties in Glenview and surrounding areas, contact me today