2021 November/December Newsletter


Merry and Bright

After a really long pause, the holidays are bouncing back. Look no further than the return of the much beloved Glenview Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Holiday In the Park and Parade starting at 4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 27 beginning at OLPH and ending at Jackman Park. Bundle up the kids, grab some hot chocolate and kick off the season in style as you enjoy the festive floats and twinkling lights. While downtown, take in the stunning window displays and unique gift ideas offered by our local businesses. When in doubt, remember no one ever was disappointed by a gift card.

Inspire and Invent

The holiday break can leave us scrambling for things to do with the family. Good news! The Innovation Center at Glenview Public Library is here with all sorts of creative activities. Deanna Musurlian (pictured), Head of Innovation Services, and her team are ready to help you craft one-of-a-kind objects using 3D printing, laser engraving and embroidery. Imagine making engraved holiday ornaments on paper, leather, cork or wood. Or building 3D printed creatures. Or try your hand at the embroidery machine to make unique t-shirts. The possibilities are endless. Check out glenviewpl.org for more info.

You Want the Moon?

You want the moon? You got it! Back by popular demand! It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play at the Oil Lamp Theater. Don’t miss this showcase of actors’ talents as they play multiple characters in this lively, joyful performance. Nov. 26 – Dec. 30. Tickets can be purchased here.

Get to Know … Tyler Pontarelli and Mario Minelli of Forza Meats

What sets your business apart? 

We strive to bring a truly unique offering to our customers, to be the only place in the area where they can get things like dry-aged steaks and hand-made sausages, among all the other craft and artisanal products we offer. We also like to think we’re unique in other ways–by marrying the combination of butcher, deli, and kitchen, as well as blending a modern look and feel with old-school service and farm-to-table practices.

Why Glenview?

Mario and Tyler were Glenview born and raised, and have returned to raise their own families here. We loved the idea of bringing a fresh take on a tried-and-true model to our hometown, and we felt that Glenview was a sleeping giant in terms of the market for our products and services.

You might be surprised to know…

We opened a 2nd location on Dempster Street in Skokie this year, where we operate both a retail butcher shop as well as a wholesale meat business. We produce burgers and sausages for a growing number of restaurants, brewpubs, country clubs, and other food service establishments, including all the burgers for both Hackney’s locations here in Glenview! 

What’s your favorite joke? 

We have a chalkboard at our new Skokie shop where we just started a tradition of posting a new terrible “dad joke” every week. The “best of the wurst” so far is: “I would like to tell a meat joke…but I would probably just butcher it.”

Friends of Downtown Glenview


Help Wanted: FDG is looking for energetic volunteers to help with various downtown initiatives including event coordinators. Please fill out this simple volunteer form and we will contact you to discuss how you can help.