2020 February Newsletter

Bess Plans Move Forward

On Feb. 18, the Glenview Village Board voted 4-2 to approve The Drake Group’s plans to develop the former Bess Hardware site which features a five-story building with 68 apartments and one retail location.

FDG Leader Greg Goodsitt, pictured above, made a final presentation to the Board urging consideration of a larger setback for more community interaction and green space. 

Since it was not a unanimous vote, the Board will cast a second consideration vote at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 3.  The Drake Group plans will continue to receive feedback from the Village Appearance Commission. The next Appearance Commission meeting is March 11 at which public comments can be made. 

Library Closed for Renovations: Feb. 24 – March 1The Library will be closed to patrons from Monday, February 24 through Sunday, March 1. More than 350,000 volumes will be moved during this time and new carpeting will be installed. The Drive-Up Window will remain open from 9 AM-5 PM Monday–Friday to pick up holds. The outdoor book drops will also remain open. No fines will be assessed for materials due during days that the Library is closed. Other improvements will be made to the Library during March and April including construction of a new Innovation Center and Marketplace. Only portions of the Library will be closed during this construction. For more information on Library renovations, visit www.glenviewpl.org/renovations.

Chill in the Glenview House Igloo

Glenview House has introduced a unique dining opportunity on its back patio. The Glenview House Igloo offers comfortable seating for 6 adults.  The space includes a space heater, blankets and a bluetooth speaker. Dress warmly and enjoy food and drink from the Glenview House menu. Two-hour reservations require a $200 food and beverage minimum and can be made by emailing Jennifer Johnson at: events@theglenviewhouse.com

Get to Know… Ali Graeme of Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery

1. What sets your business apart?Sweet Ali’s is a dedicated (and certified) gluten free bakery whose products don’t taste gluten free. We do not use any wheat, barley or rye in any of our products. Instead, we use a specialized blend of flours (rice, tapioca, potato) to recreate all the amazing bakery treats you love – only gluten free! We offer a variety of sweet, savory, and special occasion baked goods. Sweet Ali’s also offers dairy-free, vegan and other allergen-free options.

2. Why Glenview?We opened a bakery in Hinsdale almost 10 years ago. When we decided to expand, we knew we wanted to be on the North Shore. We visited many communities over several months and just fell in love with Glenview.

3. You might be surprised to know…We have over 100 different products and we can be found in 150 retail grocers and restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area.We sell over 60,000 cupcakes each year (across both bakeries)

4. What’s your favorite quote?“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Green