2020 September/October Newsletter

Changing Landscape

With the change in seasons, please continue to support our restaurants by layering up outside, dining in or carrying out.

Ten Ninety kept the Oktoberfest spirit alive in Downtown Glenview with live music and a socially distanced party on Sept. 25-26. And you can read our feature on Glenview House below to hear about their new Fall menu offerings. 

FDG is working on creating a family-friendly Halloween display/contest and we hope to share more information soon. The Glenview School of Arts and Glenview Grind have teamed up for a Fall art contest – read more here: https://glenviewschoolofarts.com. 

And if you are wondering about Trick-or-Treat, please follow these very specific guidelines created by the Village: : https://www.glenview.il.us/Pages/Halloween.aspx 

Happy Fall from FDG!

Meet Lindsey Dorfman, Glenview Public Library Director

Lindsey Dorfman, the new Director of the Glenview Public Library, says Glenview has given her “a kind and gracious welcome.”


Lindsey is a native Michigander. While attending Western Michigan University, she worked in the university library. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University in Detroit and then moved to Chicago to work in public libraries for eight years before returning to Michigan. Coming back to Illinois, she says, “feels like coming home.”

Between college and graduate school, Lindsey worked in the hospitality industry where she learned about providing a high level of service. At the Kent District Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was the Director of Branch Services before coming to Glenview, she spearheaded a customer service initiative to connect the public to library services.

Now at GPL, she encourages staff members to engage with patrons to help people discover all that the library has to offer, such as the new main floor Marketplace, a collection of high interest books and materials displayed in a way that makes it easy for patrons to explore and discover new titles. Lindsey is also excited to introduce the community to the Innovation Center, the GPL’s new makerspace where patrons can use design tools and equipment for a hands-on learning experience. As we deal with the COVID-19 crisis, she is focusing on leading the library team through this difficult time and providing service in ways that keep patrons and staff safe.

Welcome, Lindsey!


Public Workshops on Downtown Development

The Village Board is inviting residents to participate in a series of workshops that will lead to an Economic Development Strategic Plan and a Downtown Revitalization Plan Update. The first workshop is scheduled via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. Hear about Glenview’s research report from the project consultant on the Village’s past and present economic climate and trends impacting our future. Stay connected on the project website at glenviewconnect.com. Scroll down to the bottom left and sign-up for updates.

FDG Pursuing Riverfront Pedestrian Trail

FDG is exploring a collaboration with KraftHeinz to establish a pedestrian trail along the Chicago River North Branch, West Fork, which runs along the KraftHeinz property in Glenview.

The path would provide a scenic connection between Judy Beck Park at the southeast side of the property, and Waukegan Road at the north side. We believe a riverfront pedestrian trail would enhance the existing natural beauty of the river along the KraftHeinz property, providing a tranquil connection between downtown Glenview and Judy Beck Park (and vice versa) for KraftHeinz employees as well as Glenview residents. Stay tuned for further details. Photo: FDG Volunteers Melissa Dahlquist & Jordan Marsh

Get to Know …

Michael Canning of Glenview House

What sets your business apart?

We are a small business, not a chain, so we can focus on Glenview. We are trying to foster a sense of community and want to be the place where people celebrate things big and small. A public house like ours is the perfect place to gather and we are proud to be the face of Glenview.

We also have a tight, loyal employee base. We truly are like a family with most of us having been here since we renovated in 2010. I like to give our employees the freedom to try new things and get creative with our food and drink offerings.

What’s next for the Glenview House?

Since we are a single restaurant we are not stuck with a corporate kitchen menu. We’ve been getting ideas from customers about what they would like from us and we’ve been working hard to to introduce some new, creative offerings for the fall/winter menu. We are excited to now offer an Oktoberfest sausage plate (with Lake Geneva bratwurst), a Short Rib entree and our Three Beef Burger (all pictured below).

You might be surprised to know…

Glenview House is one of the oldest public houses in the Chicagoland area. We were here in 1878 before Glenview was incorporated. In fact, the town charter was signed on the third floor (which was destroyed in a fire in 1923). One of the biggest parts of the renovation was opening up the 2nd floor, which had been a boarding house and divided into many small rooms. When we renovated, we put a lot of thought into keeping a historic feel while also giving the building a much-needed fresh look. 

What’s your favorite quote?

There is no bad idea. I want everyone – especially our team – to speak freely and share ideas. All ideas are worth building upon and if you piece it together thoughtfully, you can come up with something great.