The following stories about Glenview were written by Realtor® Margaret Ludemann of Coldwell Banker.
Our Town...Glenbrook South High School
If you live in Glenview as I do chances are that you’re very familiar with Our Town’s high school, Glenbrook South. Maybe you’re an alum…or a parent of a current or former student…or perhaps your neighbor’s son or daughter is a student there. Come to think of it, you may be all three. I’m in that second category as my son is a junior this year. Regardless of how we’re affiliated with GBS, what we share is a pride in the Titans.
The pride is well placed. In fact, GBS was recently ranked as one of the top high schools in the country! Niche is a Pittsburgh based company whose analytics identify and rank schools and neighborhoods. Information is gathered to determine school rankings by compiling data, which is collected and monitored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Our Town... Oil Lamp Theater
My husband is a big burly guy, over 6’ tall, and somewhere north of 200 pounds. He was a defensive tackle in football and a catcher in baseball. Pretty tough guy. Oh, and he loves romantic comedies. Mention Meg Ryan and tears will flow. And that’s one of the many reasons he is so passionate about Oil Lamp Theater, a passion which I share. Let me explain.
OLT is a small playhouse in downtown Glenview. For 5 years it has brought the joy of live professional theater to all who have spent an evening in its charming venue. You are greeted by Artistic Director Keith Gerth who welcomes you to a warm, inviting lobby that feels like your living room or den. It’s BYOB with no corkage fee, and there are complementary freshly baked cookies. More...
A Sign of Summer...in Our Town
A couple of months ago I wrote an Our Town story about the unofficial – but very real – sign of spring in Glenview, the opening of the Glenview Dairy Bar. Well, there’s also a sign of summer…outdoor dining in Glen Town Center.
There are seventeen restaurants in The Glen. Seventeen! My sister visited from out of town recently. We walked through Glen Town Center passing outdoor diners at Your Pie, State and Main, Flight Wine Bar, Ra Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Uno Mas, Bravo Cucina Italiana, Yardhouse, and other wonderful restaurants. What a great variety of cuisines! Italian, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Irish, and traditional American. More...
Our Town... Memorial Day
Every other day of the year we’re a part of a huge metropolitan area, and we think of ourselves as Chicagoans in addition to residents of Glenview. But each Memorial Day the calendar seems to dial back about 50 years, and we’re a small town again with a small town feel and home town values.
There’s a parade, of course, and it was another good one this year. The GBS band was in great form, and we saw our brave veterans marching and our flag waving proudly. I love seeing the families along the parade route. A little girl sitting on dad’s lap. Mom holding the hand of her little boy. Many joyfully waving small American flags. More...
Our Town... First Dates
My husband bought the movie tickets on our first date. It was in the city, long ago. Of course he wasn’t my husband then, but I remember thinking he was off to a good start. ‘Splitting the bill’ seemed to be the thing back then, or maybe I had been seeing the wrong guys. Now that I think about it, I’m sure I had been seeing the wrong guys. Anyway, my memory of that evening remains strong, and I bet you remember yours, too.
Fast forward. My family has lived in The Glen since nearly its beginning. You know about its vibrant downtown area called Glen Town Center with upscale shopping, tons of great restaurants, a coffee shop, and – of course – a cool movie theater…perfect for first dates or even 50th anniversaries. More...
Our Town…Glenview’s Wagner Farm
I particularly love the barn dances. I don’t know what that says about me, but for me there’s nothing like grabbing my husband and heading to Wagner Farm for its annual barn dance. And best of all, it’s just a short drive from my Glenview home. In fact, it’s a short drive for anyone living in Our Town.
You know about Wagner Farm. It’s a community jewel, and one of the few remaining farms in north suburban Cook County. The Wagner family worked and lived on the farm until 1997 when the Glenview Park District purchased it for the benefit of Glenview and area residents. It is preserved as a working farm to allow kids to learn about farming and animals. The district tells us that Wagner Farm is “where education meets history”. More...
Our Town…highly ranked for safety
Safety. You’ll find few other factors more important to home buyers. And here’s some great news for those of us who are fortunate to live in Glenview. Our town is ranked the 37th safest city in the United States!
OK, let’s put that in perspective. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are 19,354 incorporated communities in the country. So, Glenview is in the top 0.0019% of American cities in safety. Rare air, indeed. More...
Our Town…97%...Read On
That’s the percentage of residents of Glenview Illinois who rate their community as “an excellent or good place to live and raise children.” I’ve lived in a lot of places before settling in Glenview, including large sophisticated cities like Chicago and Boston. And mid-sized cities like Newton, Massachusetts and Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve even lived in a really, really small town (population 85…that’s not a typo). But of all the places that I have called home at various times in my life, I’ve never seen a number like that. 97%. Wow. More...