Along with a reputation for being home to some of the region's wealthiest homeowners, the Glenview area is also regarded as having one of the best school systems in Chicago. In fact, in 2014, Business Insider ranked Glenbrook South High School as the 19th best public high school in the United States, and in 2015, that same publication ranked the Glenbrook School District 225 2nd in the state and 10th in the nation. For these reasons, Glenview ranks high on the best communities in the Chicago area for raising a family.

Glenview is located in Northfield County, but the land on which it sits was once known as Northfield Township. As the township grew to the point that it required its own post office, an official name for the town was needed. After careful consideration, the name "Glenview" was chosen by the villagers in 1895; then, in 1899, the village was officially incorporated. Despite becoming incorporated, Glenview's growth remained slow, and it wasn't until World War II that the region started replacing a good portion of its farmland with residences, businesses, industries, and the Naval Air Station Glenview. With the building of the military base, the area quickly turned more residential. The Naval station would remain in operation until 1995 when it was closed under the Base Realignment and Closure process. The land was returned to the city, and in 1999, construction was completed on The Glen, which is the city's largest mixed-use development.

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Glenview, Illinois is a suburb that is located on Chicago's northern side, and it's part of what is known as the North Shore, which is a collection of neighboring suburbs situated along the coastline of Lake Michigan. Neighborhoods included in the North Shore are among the most affluent in the Chicago area. As of the 2013 United States Census, Glenview was home to more than 45,400 residents.

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