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If you're looking for a well-lit holiday adventure, here are a few spots in the Windy City that will brighten your way! Chicago's annual Zoo Lights are truly a treat to behold. Once a year, the award-winning animal habitat finds itself draped in the color and lights of Christmas, two-million to be exact, now through January 5th. Enjoy visits with Santa in the Helen Brach Primate House and rides on the Lionel Train Adventure.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens is hosting a holiday light extravaganza, Lightscape! The event will run through January 5th and is a great way to get into the spirit of the season. Your mile-long path will be lit with a litany of lights, sounds from singing trees and a waterfall of fairy lights.
In Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, you'll find a 45-foot Christmas tree ensconced in no less than 30,000 fairy lights. This year's theme, "Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light", will be on display until January 5th. More than 50 smaller lit trees will be decorated to represent cultures from across the globe.
Don't forget to take a gander around Chicago's 60-foot tree all ablaze since its official lighting on November 22nd, in Millennium Park, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street. You can also bring the whole family to Navy Pier's Winter Fest for some holiday ice skating and a chance to marvel at 500 trees decorated with more than 25,000 ornaments for a spectacular and glittering evening out. The "Illumination: Tree Lights" at The Morton Arboretum will awe with the iridescent shimmer of thousands of light effects while you crowd round a bonfire, make a s'more and enjoy some warm cider and live music. The best way to see all Chicagoland has to offer this season? The CTA Holiday Train replete with bows, candy stripes and good cheer!
Winnetka & Glencoe are preparing up for the annual 5K Turkey Trot, just in time for the holidays. Want to work up an appetite before your Thanksgiving meal? Head over to the Hubbard Woods Train Station on the Green Bay Trail, located at 1065 Gage Street on Thursday, November 28th. The run will begin at 9 am.
This year's registration fees will be $35 for anyone 19 years and older and only $20 for anyone 18 years old and under. Same-day registration will jump to $40 for adults only. Participants must pick up race packets from Road Runner Sports, located at 232 Lake Avenue in the Ednes Plaza, in Wilmette on Tuesday, November 26th from 2:30 pm to 7 pm or Wednesday, November 27th from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Turkey Dash will begin for kids 6 and under at 9:40 am and all children will be awarded a medal! The course winds through the scenic streets of Glencoe via the Green Bay Trail. All participants will receive race-day hats and commemorative t-shirts will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can register for the event by visiting https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=80496.
The Glencoe Village Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval to a plan seeking to develop 12.2 acres into a residential subdivision that would include 29 homes and be known as Hoover Estate, located at 1801 Green Bay Road. Glencoe Developers LLC is now working on revising its proposal to incorporate more details about stormwater drainage that existing neighbors have voiced concerns over.
Included in this stipulation is the need for a permit from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to build two basins on the property designed to channel water from land surrounding nearby homes to the Cook County Forest Preserves and eventually Lake Michigan. Resident Rick Rosin, asserted, "There are details to be worked out. If these are not gotten right, this will be a severe detriment to a lot more than just 29 homes. We are talking about all the homes in Terrace Court and Carol Lane basin." Larry DiVito, Glencoe Developers' Director of Development was more hopeful, however, stating, "Now we can get to work and solve all the problems that have been raised in a detailed way. We think we have a good plan and have solutions for everything they talked about."
Glencoe Developers' final blueprints will be reviewed once again by the Plan Commission and Village Board for approval before construction can begin, but many members are hopeful with Hall Healy, a former member of the village's Sustainability Task Force stating, "The Hoover Estate development offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity..." To stay updated, visit https://www.villageofglencoe.org/.
Mark your calendars for an evening at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, October 19th from 6 pm to 10 pm to celebrate Glencoe's 150th Anniversary. The Village of Glencoe was first incorporated in 1869, and members of the community have been busy planning historic and commemorative events to honor this moment for over a year.
The Village put together a "Sesquicentennial Planning Committee" and they've been busy organizing, "a series of events and activities, in conjunction with community organizations and other volunteers, to make 2019 a year to remember." The Chicago Botanical Garden's weekend Sesquicentennial Gala represents a culmination of the committee's hard work and year-long preparation. The evening begins with cocktails served in the Chicago Botanical Garden's McGinley Pavilion at 6 pm, followed by a dinner in stunning Nicholas Hall at 7 pm.
Best selling author and television journalist, Mike Leonard will be present as the Master of Ceremonies to announce Glencoe's Hall of Fame honorees at 8 pm. Music by Doug Frew of the Writer's Theatre will showcase the tune "I Love This Town", as a musical tribute to the Village of Glencoe. Finally, take your partner's hand and join in the dancing fun provided by the Pipes Vocal Magic band for the rest of the night. To purchase tickets to this historic dinner and musical tribute, please visit http://www.glencoehistory.org/sesquicentennial-gala/.
Glencoe is making an effort to transform parkland located along Old Green Bay Road to include a new and expanded playground at Lincoln and Crescent Avenues. The village also plans on enhancing the amenities available in five parks between Park Avenue and Maple Hill Road.
Officials are hoping to do so through funding provided by both private and public sources. The current playground at Lincoln and Crescent Avenues is 3,000 square feet and plans to refurbish it would expand the site's size to over 4,700 square feet. It will also include new sensory and interactive features like a hand-cranked train system and water display. To date, the Glencoe Parks & Recreation Department has collected a $200,000 grant from the State of Illinois with both a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant (OSLAD) and a $667,150 federal government matching grant in the works.
The resultant space would end up costing Glencoe roughly $2,235,000, according to Erin Classen, Superintendent of Marketing and Communications for Glencoe Parks & Recreation. The village is also in talks with a local family who are looking to make a private donation in the amount of $300,000 to make the new all-accessible park a reality. The family would receive naming rights for the park. Lisa Sheppard, the Park District's Executive Director, remarked on the park, "This is a playground with something for everyone at all ages." To learn more, visit http://www.glencoeparkdistrict.com/Parks.
Glencoe Village officials have pushed back the completion date for renovating one block of pedestrian and vehicular space located in front of the Writers Theatre, at 325 Tudor Court. The project has been dubbed, appropriately, "Tudor Court". Plans call for sidewalk repairs, new landscaping, enhanced lighting, curb relocation, and improved pedestrian crossings.
Glencoe is assuming a $1.5 million bond arrangement that will end up costing the city annually anywhere from $145,000 to $171,000, according to Finance Director Nikki Larson. Glencoe is also conducting an online auction to secure banks and financial institutions able to provide a platform for funding. Because bids for the project returned higher than officials expected this year, construction has been postponed to the spring of 2020, with a completion date scheduled for mid-summer, or from March of 2020 to early July of 2020. Those dates could change, Council members stress, if details of the project simultaneously shift. However, most officials take the long view noting the time frame for such an important and expensive project is for the most part, on target. Village Manager Phil Kiraly, reflected, "It's six months, so it is not the end of the world. It's not ideal, but we will get through it." For more information, follow the Village of Glencoe at https://www.villageofglencoe.org/.