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The village of Glencoe up in North Shore is a haven for fans of fine suburban living and Frank Lloyd Wright. It is bordered by Highland Park, Winnetka, Lake Michigan, and the Cook County Forest Preserve, making it an ideal place to enjoy both the woods and the water. Downtown Chicago is roughly 25 miles away.

Glencoe was incorporated in 1869. It’s unclear where the name came from. Some say it was inspired by Glencoe Village in Scotland, while others say Glencoe was named after Matthew Coe, one of its earliest settlers. Like its neighbor, Highland Park, Glencoe also became a haven for prominent American architects, making its real estate market highly distinctive.

Quick facts:
  • Glencoe is a compact village, only encompassing almost four square miles of total area. As of 2019 Census estimates, about 8,860 people call this North Shore village home.
  • There are 13 structures in Glencoe that were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. These include the William A. Glassner House and the Booth Cottage. Both were built in the early 20th century.
  • Glencoe and nearby Highland Park served as the settings for iconic John Hughes films: Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • There are several points of interest located throughout the village, such as the Chicago Botanic Garden, Skokie Lagoons, and Glencoe Golf Club.
  • Glencoe hosts several events every year, including the Glencoe French Market, the Glencoe Festival of Art, and Movies on the Green.
Schools in Glencoe

Glencoe is home to some of the best schools in the North Shore. The village is served by Glencoe District 35, which operates South School, West School, and Central School.

Other schools located in Glencoe include Glencoe Montessori School and Glencoe Park District Early Learning Center.

Dining and shopping in Glencoe

Glencoe’s central area (called Downtown or Uptown depending on who you’re talking to), is a bustling part of the village where you can find a variety of retail and dining spaces. That said, there are many restaurants and boutiques scattered around Glencoe.

Glencoe real estate and homes for sale

If architecturally distinctive homes are your cup of tea, Glencoe real estate will suit your preferences perfectly. The housing market is a treasure trove of finely designed properties by prominent architects of the 1900s.

Detached single-family homes are the most popular type of property, and they come in an array of architectural styles. These include bungalow, contemporary, Colonial, ranch, traditional, Victorian, Tudor, and French Provincial. These luxury properties also range from historic homes to new constructions.

Glencoe real estate also offers apartments, townhouses, and majestic lakefront estates.

Make Glencoe your home

Interested in homes for sale in Glencoe, or are you planning to sell your Glencoe property soon? Let’s get in touch. Call me today at 312.485.0897 or send me at email at cgreen(at)bhhschicago(dotted)com to discuss your real estate plans and needs in Glencoe and the North Shore area.

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