A strong mix of recreation, housing, education, cultural and business services add to the intangible quality of life Glenview's residents enjoy.
The Village of Glenview had 350 residents when it was incorporated in 1899. Today, the population is almost 45,000. Located in Cook County, the Village's fine amenities and services, excellent schools, 34 parks and playgrounds covering more than 290 acres, numerous options for shopping and dining and proximity to local expressways and commuter trains have made it one of Chicago's premier suburbs -- a vibrant, thriving community that manages growth with success and style.
Glenview is located between the Edens Expressway (I-94) to the east and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to the west, just 20 miles north of downtown Chicago.
The Glenview Park District provides year-round recreation and maintains 735 acres of land including 38 landscaped parks and school grounds, 38 outdoor tennis courts, 50 ball fields, 30 basketball courts, 13 field houses, 27 soccer fields, 2 sledding hills, 2 skate parks and a mini-arboretum. The Glenview Park Golf Club is a 110-acre, 18-hole course in the heart of Glenview. The Glenview Tennis Club offers 8 indoor courts. Park Center, a 165,000 square foot community center has a health & fitness club, indoor track, four-pool aquatic center, 2 gyms, banquet room and preschool, arts and senior center wings.
Glenview has many natural spaces and places to experience and enjoy. The Natural Resources Commission is responsible for promoting the restoration and Glenview's native landscapes and ecosystems. The centerpiece of the community is the 140-acre Gallery Park which features the 45-acre Lake Glenview, 6 miles of walking and biking trails, an amphitheater, boardwalk, playgrounds, gardens, fountain, tennis courts and athletic fields. Air Station Prairie is a 32-acre site owned and managed by the Glenview Park District. It contains a collection or rare, native prairie vegetation which can be accessed by walking paths.
The Glen Town Center - "This perfectly-planned town offers beautiful shop and restaurant-lined streets with apartments above – just like a European town. And it's a hive of activity, with people enjoying the magnificent architecture, the beautiful tree-lined streets, the wide walkways and all the parks. Not to mention the incredible array of dining and shopping opportunities. It's true, people come for the shopping they stay for dinner. Or they come for lunch and stay for shopping. Or they stop by to visit with friends or have a cup of coffee (or a glass or wine or beer) with business associates."
The Glenview Art League has been serving the needs of Glenview area artists since the mid 1950's. The art league sponsors several activities including: The Summer Art Fair, featuring fine art by over 100 artists; Monthly demonstrations by professional artists; The annual Youth Art Fair, featuring work by approximately 200 young artists; Weekly painting sessions, held outdoors when weather permits. The art league also offers occasional workshops, and offers members opportunities to display their work. The art league meets on the first Tuesday of each month, October thru May.
"If your kids think that milk comes in a carton, corn comes in a can and chicken comes in a cellophane wrapped package, it's time for a visit to Wagner Farm!" Wagner Farm is a site dedicated to providing educational opportunities and historical interpretation of family farming and rural life in the Glenview area during the first part of the 20th century.
The Glenview History Center is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that preserves the cultural heritage of Glenview and its people. The Society maintains two facilities: the 1864 Farmhouse Museum and the modern Hibbard Library, a replica of the Victorian coach house. The museum displays furniture, clothing, pictures, and other memorabilia from the Civil War period to World War II.
Glenview is served by several public school districts as well as local private schools.