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Like many Chicago suburbs, Glenview was historically a tight-knit farming community that was transformed by suburban expansion. The Naval Air Station Glenview drew numerous developments to the town between 1923 and 1995 and led to substantial population growth. After the base was closed, the village turned the old naval complex into a major shopping and residential development called “The Glen.” It now contains a movie theater, two golf courses, a museum, shopping, and office and residential areas.
Cost of Living
Like many older suburbs, Glenview experienced high population growth in the past decades, but this has largely stabilized. Glenview is very attractive to high-income earners, and this is reflected in the average housing costs; Glenview is generally higher priced than its neighbors and tends to be more expensive than other northern Chicago suburbs. Home prices are above average for the state and the area, but in return, Glenview offers quality school systems, well-maintained parks and playgrounds, shopping and dining options, and other community events and amenities.
Glenview offers multiple transportation options that connect the town with neighboring areas and downtown Chicago. The Metra Milwaukee North Line services Glenview with two stations and takes commuters downtown in about 30 minutes. Amtrak trains run between Milwaukee and Chicago’s Union Station, offering six daily stops at Glenview’s downtown station, and the Pace bus service connects Glenview to surrounding areas along four routes. Locals also have easy access to I-94 to the east and I-294 to the west, and O’Hare International Airport is about 20 minutes away.
Glenview is served by nine separate school districts, which include multiple elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Residents also have access to numerous private institutions, offering preschool and K-8 education. GreatSchool ratings for schools in Glenview range from excellent to above average. Northwestern University is eight miles away from the Glenview city center, and Oakton Community College, North Park University, and Northeastern Illinois University are also nearby.
Glenview is a bustling town that is home to a number of exciting events, restaurants, and amenities that attract residents and visitors alike. Glenview hosts both the Summer Fest and the Grove Folk Fest, and the Glenview Park District put on art, dance, golf, fitness, sport, and theater programs for residents. The Flick Outdoor Aquatic Center is a local favorite in the summer months, offering a five-pool water park complex, an interactive spray-play area, water slides, and lap swimming, and the Glenview Ice Center offers lessons and recreational skating for all levels.
Glenview also boasts its share of wildlife and nature preserves. The Grove, situated on 145 acres of prairie grove land, offers an outdoor history and nature museum, animals for visitors to interact with, nature trails and hands-on programs. Downtown Glenview offers numerous shopping and dining options, including the Glen Town Center, the Patriot Marketplace, and food from both locally-owned eateries and well-known chains.
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