2021 May/June Newsletter

Helping Hands


A few days ago, I spoke with Twelve Tone, the new music school that took over the former Rock House space. They want to be good citizens and active supporters of downtown. I introduced them to FDG and our mission. I talked about how we give support to downtown businesses by publicizing their events on social media, our newsletter and our website. As the conversation wound down, they asked my favorite question …

How much does it cost?

The simple answer is zero. FDG is a non-profit volunteer group comprised of citizens who care about our downtown. We support the local businesses with publicity, we advocate on their behalf with the Village, and we hold events to draw in the community. We do not impose membership fees or dues on the the businesses we support.

On a deeper level though, of course there are costs to what we do. Simply existing as a organization requires filing and infrastructure fees, as well as social media and web site costs even before we spend on actual events. Those expenses have been paid by FDG members digging into their own pockets. However, as we grow and expand our mission, that model is hard to sustain.

Do you want a vibrant, successful downtown with a multitude of attractive shops and fun events for the entire Glenview community? Did you enjoy Blocktoberfest? Did you participate in the Holiday Window Contest? Do you want to see more of these? FDG needs your help.

What can you do? 

  1. Donate. With an organization like ours, a little goes a long way. Even a donation of $20 can help us offset fees and continue to operate. And your contribution is tax deductible. Our homepage has a “donate today” link: https://downtownglenview.org
  2. Volunteer. As important as funding is, our life blood is volunteers. We have a great need for people skilled in social media, design, and event planning to expand our existing abilities. Click here for opportunities https://downtownglenview.org/c…

Thank you for considering a future with FDG,

Greg Goodsitt, FDG Chair

Volunteers Making Glenview Brighter

Chicago River Cleanup

Friends of the Chicago River and other volunteers rolled up their sleeves for our first Chicago River Day cleanup just west of Heinen’s on May 8. Pictured here are FDG members Megan McClung, Shawn Eshoo and Melissa Dahlquist. Thank you for making downtown Glenview more beautiful!

Spreading Hope & Joy

Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook led its first community-wide window painting project to spread hope, joy and to shine a light on the importance of children’s mental health and emotional wellness. Many volunteers worked to paint dozens of windows downtown. Thank you for leading this inspiring project!


Share Your Opinions About Glenview

The Glenview Connect process is in the final stretch, with the next community Zoom workshop scheduled for 7pm on May 27 to review and edit final recommendations (the last 20 slides give a comprehensive look at possible plans for downtown). The Village wants to hear all voices and visions regarding future economic development in key community locations and the downtown. Complete this survey and you can enter your email in a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards.

Small Memorial Day Ceremony Planned

Glenview will honor its fallen soldiers with a small Memorial Day ceremony at 10am on Monday, May 31 at the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Glenview Rd. and River Dr. This is a welcome return after the event was cancelled in 2020. Then and now we would like to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice with this moving tribute written by FDG Volunteer Jim Sullivan.

Get to Know … Lori Waller and Courtney Chessen of Mandarine

What sets your business apart?

What sets Mandarine apart is that we offer full-scale interior design in addition to our retail shop. We are able to service our clients top-to-bottom to meet all of their design needs. We believe in accessible design; everyone should be able to have a home they love. We have assembled an amazing team that is hands on from the start of each project no matter the size.

Why Glenview?

We love being in Glenview because it allows for easy access to our shop from all over the Northshore and Chicagoland area. We love the diversity that Glenview offers as well as the charm of the revitalized downtown area.

You might be surprised to know…

When we started Mandarine over six years ago, we never anticipated opening up a second retail shop in Darien, CT and are now about to open a third shop in downtown Winnetka – coming fall 2021! It’s a very exciting time for Mandarine so please stay tuned for details! Our two additional shops never would have happened without the sucess of our Glenview location.

What’s your favorite joke? 

Our favorite joke: “I think we need fewer pillows,” said no interior designer ever.