Richest American Cities - Chicago Suburb Glencoe, Illinois

Chicago Botanic Garden; Glencoe IL
Chicago Botanic Garden; Glencoe IL | Source

In North Chicagoland through 2024

Glencoe is a lush suburb that surrounds the wonderful Chicago Botanic Garden in Cook County, the home of the Blues Brothers and the Second City improv group that has given us laughs through Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Dan Aykroyd, Joe Flaherty, John Belusi, Stephen Colbert, and dozens more.

The village is also on the Chicago North Shore, which is actually the southern curve of Lake Michigan. It has been named to the list of the Best 25 Places to Live in the US since 2011 at BusinessWeek and CNNMoney.

Village projects include Tuneup Downtown Glencoe, an expansion of retail, services, and dwellings; A new JPMorgan Chase bank is under construction and local monuments are being restored.

Chicago Botanic Garden

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1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
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The Village of Glencoe is located on the North Shore, which is actually the southern curve of Lake Michigan.

North Shore at Chicago.

This is the North Shore at Chicago, looking northward to the Village of Glencoe, which is 25 miles away.
This is the North Shore at Chicago, looking northward to the Village of Glencoe, which is 25 miles away.

Reference Points for Glencoe

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Great Lakes and Glacial Ravines

The Glencoe bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan are cut though by many ravines that were left by another era's glacier movement down through the area and back to the north. The glaciers cut out the Great Lakes as well and today, each lake is accompanied by an official Circle Tour.

Circle Tours take the motorist and his guests or family around the perimeter of each of the Great Lakes. In addition to these driving tours, a grand Circle Tour outlines all of the five lakes together, taking the visitor through both the United States and Canada. A tour of Lake Erie that I always enjoy is discussed at the Lake Erie Circle Tour.

The Lake Michigan Circle takes travelers up the North Shore of the Lake, past Chicago, Glencoe and other places, along the shore in Wisconsin, across the South Shore of Michigan's upper Peninsula, across the five miles of the Mackinac Bridge, down the shore along Western Michigan, through Gary Indiana, and back to Illinois.

The bluffs and ravines of Gencoe make it a good place for photography and enjoying nature near the lake. Three golfing clubs are successful in this areas as well, surrounding the Village of Glencoe: Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe Village Club, Skokie Country Club. Likely, Gencoe was named after Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands and that country is the birthplace of golf.

Cook County Forest Preserve

The Cook County Forest Preserve surrounds the Village of Glencoe on three sides. Areas of the preserve are undergoing reforestation.

Frank Lloyd Wright Houses

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes and Buildings

The Ravine Bluffs Development bear the North Shore was begun in 1915 by the famous architect for one of his attorneys. Additional homes, business building and even bridges in Cook County were the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

In the early 2010s, one of the Wright houses was ready for rehabilitation. Not insulated when it was built, the energy of the rehabbed home is now solar and geothermal energy operated.

One of the good things about Wright architecture is his development of a double-pane window that is soundproof. I stood in the living room of his Falling Water house in Pennsylvania and could not hear rain, wind, river, or automobile noises through the closed windows.

Slowly, the houses in the Ravine Bluffs Development are becoming local and national landmarks. The Sylvan Road bridge in the development is already an official landmark.

Sylvan Road Bridge Leading from the Glencoe Bluffs

Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge
Ravine Bluffs Development Bridge | Source
Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park And River Forest, Illinois
Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park And River Forest, Illinois

This volume provides large color photographs of some of Wright's most magnificent entries into the Prairie Style architecture that he developed in Chicago and suburbs like Glencoe. Many are National Historic Sites.

 

Homes and Apartments

Older housing is being demolished in the village and gradually being replaced with larger dwellings. During January 2015, Zillow real estate site listed 66 houses and condos for sale in the area, at a range of $109,000 to $5,400,000 and with a median price of $1.8 Million.

Approximately 1,900 apartment vacancies were listed for the area as well in local newspapers and on Craigslist, in a range of $450/month for a Studio or 1BR in Glencoe to $23,000/month for a 3BR apartment in Downtown Chicago.

A number of communities for Active Seniors ages 55+ also thrive in the Glencoe Area, including:

  • Village at Victory Lakes at 1075 Victory Dr.; Lindenhurst IL 60046
  • Willow Lake at 161 West River Road, Elgin IL 60123
  • Fanciscan Village at 1270 Franciscan Dr.; Lemont IL 60439

Skokie Lagoons

Sensational Attractions

  • Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL.
  • Glencoe Beach - Maintained by the Village of Glencoe.
  • Farmer's Market in Downtown Glencoe.
  • Glencoe Grand Prix - Bicyling Event under USA Cycling each May; several age classifications, including children. Music, food, block party.
  • Grand Food Center - A high-service supermarket.
  • Green Bay hike/bake trail
  • Ravine Bluffs Development at Sylvan Road - See the six historical homes and the Frank Lloyd Wright bridge.
  • Skokie Lagoons
  • Writer's Theater, associated with Architect Jeanne Gang. She is responsible for building the theater's new location by 2016.

Grand Food Center - "A Fabulous High-Service Grocery"

Companies That Advertise the Most Job Vacancies

  1. Ageatia Technology Consultancy Services
  2. Idea Software Solutions
  3. Swift Transportation
  4. Roehl Transport
  5. Barton Associates - Healthcare Professionals
  6. Oracle
  7. Enterprise Solutions
  8. Marriott
  9. Care.com - Health & Medical Staff
  10. Allstate Insurance

Local aerospace companies also provide consistent openings with employers such as Accellent Manufacturing, Amphenol Aerospace, Baxter International, Honeywell, and Woodward.

Highest Demand Jobs in the Glencoe Area

Out of 174,000+ job openings posted in mid-January 2015:

  1. IT Project Managers
  2. Teaching and Research positions at University of Chicago
  3. Truck Drivers - CDL - Salaried and Owner-Operators
  4. IT Engineers - Especially Java and .net Developers; a growing number are involved in Aerospace and Defense.
  5. RNs and Nurse Practitioners
  6. Salespeople
  7. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  8. Account Managers/Executives, high-ticket sales
  9. Business Analysts
  10. Sales Representatives

For the future through 2024, highly paid jobs will likely increase in Health & Medicine, Transportation/Trucking, IT, and Sales-related positions that include medical devices and other merchandise. The University of Chicago partners with businesses associated with top medical centers around the world as well as members of the NASA Commercial Crew across America.

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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful photos and you described these cities to the point and in a very simple way.


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

@DDE - Thank you very much. A friend's sister was an airline attendant based in Chicago for many years and really loved it there. She could go to Glencoe for outdoor activities and scenery, and shop in Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. She met her husband there!


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the details and views of Glencoe--apparently a dream world for some, but a pleasant reality for others.


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

@MsDora - I am eager to see what more they do with the downtown district! Thanks for your comments; I agree it seems like a dream world - except cold weather.


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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Lovely photos and an interesting hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

@BlossomSB - Thanks for reading! The architecture and natural surroundings are probably my favorite aspects of this area. I don't have a chance to visit as often as I'd like.


Ghaelach 23 months ago

Afternoon Patty.

You sure have a basket full of info in this hub.

The only Glencoe I had visited or even heard of is in the Glencoe mountain range north of Glasgow, Scotland. Now I know another across the pond on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, USA. Anyone thinking of going to Glencoe only needs to read your hub and they have all the facts and figures about the place that they need.

If it alright with you I'll be sharing this with my friends out there in cyber space.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Ghaelach.

PS: Check your fan mail.


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

@Ghaelic - It is wonderful to have you stop by and post such uplifting comments! I had relatives living in Scotland at one time. Thanks for the fan mail!


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Team Wiseman 23 months ago

Tons of information in this article, a lot of it new info for me. Thanks


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

There's a lot in those suburbs! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Patty, get ready to call me a liar. I was born in Cook County. But apparently they kicked me out. Through reading I find that Brussels seems to be the pinnacle of the financial world of Europe. And I have suspected that Chicago was the epicenter here in the U.S.

Very interesting article.


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Patty, thanks for refreshing my memories. I remember all these things. I love the Frank Lloyd House, the lake front. I lived and worked in Chicago, if the weather were not so harsh in the winter. I would still be there. But my home is here not and here is where I plan to stay. But I still love Chicago.

Voted up, UABI and shared


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Ralph Deeds 23 months ago

Nice work, Patty! Check out Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

@Shyron E. Shenko - You're right about the cold winter by the lake. I love to visit all the places there, too -- I like that certain radio programs like the news are broadcast in short segments in different languages.

@Ralph Deeds - Thanks for your comments -- I've been to both places and can call a friend there and get some new information on what's happening now. Thanks for that suggestion!


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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I see we have the case of the vanishing comment. So, agaiun, great information, etc., etc.


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Patty Inglish, MS 23 months ago from North America Author

@mckbirdbks - Eerie! -- I had approved your comment and when I saw this one, went back and checked, and it had become marked "spam" - there be ghosts here. Sorry that happened, for whatever reason.


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Rangoon House 20 months ago from Australia

I love Chicago, but the downtown apartment rental is rather impressive. I spent my 18th birthday visiting Chicago, so it will always be a special place. Love the architecture, the public art, and the climate! Thank you for all the detailed information.

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