Members of the Glenview community are very proud of their Village — and proud they should be. When it comes to residential communities, Glenview has long been considered one of the finest in the Chicago metropolitan area – a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family or to visit.
For the day visitor, the new resident and the long-time community members, Glenview and its relatively new development of The Glen area offer shopping and services galore.
The Carillon Square Shops in the area of Lake Avenue and Waukegan Road offer an “A to Z” gamut of opportunities – from the Art Post Gallery with its huge inventory of original fine art to Wild Birds Unlimited with all manner of bird seed, bird feeders, baths and more.
Among Carillon’s shops are Becky & Me Toys, replete with traditional and contemporary dolls, books and other products appealing from infants to pre-teens; Carillon Dry Cleaner for dry cleaning, shirt laundering and alterations; D’Artagnan’s Fine Spirits for spirits and cigars; Fan “C” Fans, featuring Casablanca ceiling fans; Home Office Solutions, extending comfort and style for home and office; the largest Herman Miller retail selection in the country; and for unique floral and gift ideas, the door is open at Hlavacek Florist. The ever-expanding list of resources at Carillon goes on to include doctors and restaurants as well.
Across from Carillon Square there are a number of food spots — among them are a Burhops, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks and Einstein Bagels.
Nearby hair designers like Estetica Professional Hair Design at 1159 Waukegan Road (847-729-0780) and Leonardo Hair Art at 1808 Glenview Road (847-724-4700) are available by appointment. These long-time area establishments are known for extending pampering and style for the discerning, and rendering color and cuts to perfection.
When it is the house that needs cleaning attention, Dorothy’s Cleaning Service has long been depended upon for lending sparkle — and leaving homeowners with peace of mind that their treasures are in the best of hands.
And though time was that this jewel of a village was somewhat limited in shopping opportunities, this was absolved multi-fold when, in1993, the U.S. Department of Defense recommended that the Glenview Naval Air Station be closed, and the future of a brand new neighborhood with a 67-year history began.
For 58 years, from 1937-1995, the Village had enjoyed a strong, friendly and productive relationship with the Navy men and women. With that great respect for this longtime relationship, the Village of Glenview accepted the designation of Local Redevelopment Authority and also elected to assume the role as Master Developer.
The mission statement for the redevelopment project stated the goal was to “create a lasting source of pride for the community by building quality public amenities, infrastructure, housing plus recreational and job opportunities.”
After extensive community input and years of planning for retail, residential, sports/leisure/entertainment and office/light industrial build-out, the Naval Station area has undergone redevelopment into “The Glen.” This almost 1.5 square mile area comprises 15 percent of the land mass in Glenview.
The redevelopment outcome has enhanced even more this unique village, creating an astounding addition — something only progressive thinkers and dream-builders could create.
Incumbent in the expansive plan has been The Glen Town Center — offering shopping and entertainment opportunities galore. This 450,000 square foot retail, entertainment and housing district was designed as a main street shopping experience. It is a pedestrian-friendly area and many inveterate shoppers who love to shop ‘til they drop say, ”The Glen has it all in upscale retail.”
Anchored by a 150,000 square feet Von Maur department store, Dick’s (formerly Galyan’s), a specialty retailer of outdoor and athletic equipment, apparel and shoes, a Book Warehouse store, a 10-screen cinema by Crown Theaters and a broad spectrum of restaurants and food stores, this is by many judged the most talked about community shopping in the Chicago suburbs.
Regardless the season, The Glen is a wondrous place for shoppers to wander — whether through the parks or down the shopping lane. With an abundance of covered parking, shoppers need not worry about their cars.
If shoppers feel the urge to update a wardrobe, add a bit of sizzle to life, or enhance their home’s ambiance, The Glen offers stores and boutiques to satisfy every whim. Retailers are visible and the main street storefronts are animated. When the need to relax and refresh strikes, the restaurants on the main street are welcoming, and in season, shoppers enjoy delightful café dining along landscaped sidewalks.
The Glenview Naval Air Station reuse plan is a compilation of the community’s hopes and dreams and with each passing year, the vision grows. For additional information about the shopping and entertainment opportunities in Glenview, visit www.TheGlenTownCenter.com.