More than a million cubic yards of concrete, 1.5 miles of runways and 108 U.S. Navy buildings have been removed in Glenview, a community north of Chicago that has seen condos and other housing flourishing in place of a former air base. The Glen, a 1,121 acre mixed-use district, features new homes and condos, offices, and retail space. Public amenities include Lake Glenview, Park Center, Gallery Park, Air Station Prairie, two golf courses, and a Metra train station. Located just 16 miles northwest of the Loop, Glenview is an upscale community bordered by 1,131 acre of forest preserve property.
It also has 480 acres of park land and a public golf course. The area is well-situated for access to a variety of recreational activities including an evening of music at Ravinia Festival, an outdoor concert venue where people picnic on the grass as they listen to music of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and nationally-known acts that perform throughout the summer. Glenview is also close to the Chicago Botanic Garden, an Illinois botanical museum that has 23 gardens on 285 acres, along with plants, flowers, greenhouses and educational classes.
Glenveiw was first settled by farmers in the 1830s. One of the first was John Kennicott, a physician who also operated a nursery with as many as 134 varieties of apple trees. The village was named Glenview in 1895 and was incorporated in 1899. The Glenview Naval Airbase was constructed in the 1940s. It was the home to various squadrons including the Coast Guard Air/Sea rescue helicopter service for Chicago and Lake Michigan. As a result of military restructuring, the base was closed in 1995. The village developed the base into The Glen which comprises 15 percent of the land mass and is a community hub that boasts upscale restaurants, shops, townhouses and condos. The final residential project at The Glen is called Patriot Commons at The Glen.
It will offer 120 units of condominiums and townhouses with floorplans of 900 to 2,400 square feet. It is within walking distance of dining and shopping and is nestled next to The Glen Club, an 18-hole championship golf course. Because Glenview is mostly built-out, condos in The Glen are highly sought after. A recently listed condo with cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, high-end finishes, custom bookshelves, a balcony and a luxurious master bedroom suite is priced at $550,000. While The Glen is pricey, there are less expensive condos in Glenview. One bedroom units can be found for as low as $130,000 in multi-unit buildings that were likely built in the 1960s or ‘70s.
A condo in Glenview is sure to appreciate, particularly as this community has shown an ability to re-invent itself and will continue to grow through redevelopment. Next on the community’s agenda is a proposal to redevelop its downtown district with retail, restaurants and, of course, condos.