Celebrate Glenview's 125th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Glenview!

The Village of Glenview officially turns 125 years young on June 20, 2024, and a group of representatives from the Village of Glenview, Glenview Park District, Glenview Public Library, Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Glenview History Center and local school districts have been planning several programs and events this summer to celebrate the occasion with the entire community.​ ​

If you want to get in the spirit of the celebration, Glenview 125 apparel is now available for purchase at glenview125.com!

Local restaurants will also be providing these children'​s activity sheets​ in celebration of Glenview's 125th!

A full rundown of events is listed at right, and read on below for a brief history of Glenview's incorporation. Want to learn more? ​Visit the Glenview History Center​ or our Glenview history content.

The history

In the late 1800s, as Glenview transitioned from a farming community to a suburb, it was becoming apparent that more services were needed that could not be provided by the existing county government or informal township structure could provide were needed. A local government was envisioned to more quickly meet those needs, like sidewalks and water service.

The Swedenborgians, who had settled an early “planned” enclave on 40 acres in the 1890s, pushed for a referendum to incorporate as a village in 1898, under the Illinois Cities and Village Act of 1872. It failed.

They made a second attempt in 1899. On May 23, Alfred Goerwitz, John B. Synnestvedt, Gerhard Clavey and 27 others signed an application at Glenview House -- yes, that Glenview House! -- seeking incorporation as the Village of Glenview. It was filed June 2 in Cook County Court, at which time a special election was set by Judge Orrin Carter from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 17 at the Rugen and Appleyard general store.

The question on the ballot was whether to form a village from Section 34 and most of Section 35 of Northfield Township. Of the population of about 350, only men could vote. The tally was 59 for and 51 against. The results of the election were filed with the court on June 20, the official date of incorporation.

Special Events

Glenview 125

Glenview 125 Proclamation

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18​

Glenview Village Hall

The Board of Trustees will issue a proclamation ringing in the 125 celebration along with a speaker from the Glenview History Center. A ceremonial birthday cake will also be presented (and eaten!)

Glenview History Center Art Exhibition

May 16-July 16

Glenview Public Library

View artwork from the Glenview History Center's collection spanning 125 years of Glenview history.

A Celebration of Glenview

7 p.m. Thursday, June 20

Glenview Public Library

Join us to celebrate our Village's history on the 125th anniversary of the Village's incorporation. Presented in partnership with the Glenview Public Library and Glenview History Center. Register here​.​​

Summer Fest

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22

Lehigh Avenue and Jackman Park

This perennial Glenview festival organized by the Glenview Chamber will be devoted to Glenview's 125th birthday, with giveaways, prizes and the usual assortment of food, entertainment and all the best Glenview has to offer. Special performances by Glenview students will take place in the Jackman Park gazebo.

Step Back in Time: Exploring Historic Downtown Glenview

Saturday, June 29

Downtown Glenview

Join us for a guided walking tour of downtown Glenview. Meet at the Glenview Public Library's South Patio. Presented in partnership with the Glenview Public Library, Glenview History Center, and the Friends of Downtown Glenview. Register here.

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Downtown Glenview

The culmination of the 125 celebration comes at the Fourth of July Parade. The theme of this year's parade is Past, Present and Future to celebrate Glenview's 125th birthday. Be on the lookout for special 125-themed giveaways on the parade route! ​

Heritage Trees Walk

7 p.m. Thursday, July 25

Glenview New Church Parking Lot

Join Glenview's Natural Resources Manager, Robyn Flakne, and environmentalist Kent Fuller for a pleasant tour of local Heritage Trees. Discover the program's significance and explore the rich history of Glenview's natural treasures. Register here​.