Glencoe is a small, historic Village (pop. 8,700) located approximately 20 miles north of Chicago accessible by the Edens Expressway, Metra’s Union Pacific North Line, and Pace Bus Route 213. The Village was developed as a planned community around a central downtown serving as its main focal point. Outside of downtown the Village is primarily residential, its neighborhoods dotted with parks, schools, and houses of worship. The Village is nestled within a greenbelt. Three of its four borders are surrounded by natural and recreational open space – including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Cook County forest preserves, the Skokie Lagoons, one public and two private golf courses, and Lake Michigan with public beach access provided at Lakefront Park.
Character abounds in Glencoe. The tree-lined residential streets include a broad variety of architectural styles dating from the Village’s incorporation in 1869 to present day. Many of the homes were designed by noteworthy architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Robert Seyfarth, Keck & Keck, and many others. For the architecture enthusiast, a stroll through one of Glencoe’s neighborhoods is a treat.
If the nostalgia of “Main Street” appeals to you, then Downtown Glencoe is the place to be. It continues to function as the central meeting place for residents with the post office, library, theatre, and shopping all within a few blocks. But don’t be fooled by its simplicity. Behind the historic facades of this commercial center are several upscale restaurants, unique specialty stores, and a variety of salons and personal care services. While shopping downtown enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan from Park Avenue.
The ambiance of Glencoe is not only known to residents and visitors – it has also attracted Hollywood. Glencoe was the setting for the 1983 film Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise. Scenes from the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off were filmed in Glencoe including one scene at the Glencoe Beach, as were scenes from Sixteen Candles and Uncle Buck. The Glencoe train station is featured in scenes from Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, as well as John Hughes' She's Having a Baby. The 2011 film Contagion featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Matt Damon also has scenes that were filmed in Glencoe.
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Located approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, Glencoe is easily accessible off I-94 (Edens Expressway), by Metra commuter rail (Union Pacific North Line) as well as the CTA Purple Line with a connection with Pace Suburban Bus service. Summer shuttles to the CBG from the Metra station.