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Each week, we’re bringing fun events to a different Glencoe Park!  Park-n-Play activities may include outdoor arts and crafts, sports, games, dance lessons, fitness classes, and more! More
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New Date! Midwest Dueling Pianos

Release Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rock out as Midwest Dueling Pianos perform on Liza's Gazebo in Kalk Park. Pack a picnic, bring your family, and come ready to dance

The one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that is Midwest Dueling Pianos will leave you singing, cheering, dancing, and laughing so hard you'll be doubled over gasping for breath. The all-request driven show spans generations and keeps everyone entertained.

Midwest Dueling Pianos was originally scheduled to preform on June 11 but was cancelled due to weather. The concert has been rescheduled for July 23, from 6:30-8 PM, at Kalk Park. 

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Glencoe Park District Mourns Loss of Former Director

Release Date: Monday, July 7, 2014

Glencoe Park District’s longtime Executive Director Rodney Aiken, who retired on June 30, 2009 after 18 years with Glencoe Park District, and a total of 32 years in the parks and recreation field, passed away on July 3, 2014. Born April 4, 1950 in Naperville, IL the son of Shirley Ramsdell and the late Lawrence Aiken.
Rod was the beloved husband of Lynn, loving father of Andrea (Ed) Chacon, Rebecca McClure and Andrew (Holly) McClure, cherished grandfather of Eddie, Ethan, and Landon Chacon, and dear brother of Kim (Micky) Aiken.

Aiken contributed not only to program development throughout his time in Glencoe, but also to the updating and re-development of the Park District infrastructure.  Many parks and facilities were renovated, including Friends Park in 1995, Lakefront Park along Glencoe Beach in 1997, Shelton Park in 2006, and a substantial Watts Center renovation in 2001.  One of the largest achievements occurred when the Park Board and School District #35 Board approved a land exchange at no cost to Glencoe families, through which the title of the former North School was transferred to the Park District. 

The Community Center renovation, spearheaded by Aiken and completed in 2008, was a major project and milestone for the Glencoe community. The project began in the mid 1990’s and included years of planning, research, and community focus groups, which concluded with a very successful referendum.  Today, the Community Center is a beautiful landmark in Glencoe that retained its historic integrity with tasteful touches of modern architecture and aesthetics.

“I had the privilege to be on the Board that hired Rod,” states Park Board President Hilary Lee.  “I feel very lucky to have been a part of Rod's tenure.  I will miss his amazing calmness and his incredibly upbeat outlook on life.”

Aiken’s career in parks and recreation started as a teenager.  He thrived and enjoyed recreation programs as a child, and began working at a local YMCA throughout high school.  This led to the declaration of a Parks and Recreation Administration major in college, and graduating with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field.  Aiken served the Elmhurst Park District for two years as Recreation Supervisor, then as Recreation Center Director.  He later joined the Palatine Park District for nine years as the Superintendent of Recreation.  During his career, Rod was a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.

"Rod Aiken led the Glencoe Park District during a time of explosive growth in facilities, programs, and attendance by Glencoe residents. He cared about this community and served it well,” said Commissioner Robert Kimble. “He was also a good friend. My wife, Peggy, and I always cherished time with Rod. He was both thoughtful and fun. We had great conversations. We will miss him.  Our thoughts are with Lynn and the other members of his family."

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation Leadership Academy, 536 East Ave, La Grange, IL 60525 or the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, P.O. Box 617, Douglas, MI 49406.

A celebration of Rod's life will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Glencoe Community Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Arrangements entrusted to: Friedrich-Jones Funder Home & Cremation Services, 44 South Mill St, Naperville, IL 60540. 

July 4th Fun Run Results

Release Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014

Congratulations to all of the runners who completed Glencoe's 4th of July Fun Run.

  • Women’s 18 & Up:  Stephanie Pappadis-Corrado (15:24)
  • Men’s 18 & Up: Miles Keleher (12:58)
  • Girls 17 & Under: Cara Keleher (13:05)
  • Boys 17 & Under: Quincy Tichenor (12:42)


Glencoe's 4th of July Celebration

Release Date: Monday, June 30, 2014

July 4th is a great time to get together with family, friends and neighbors. In Glencoe, residents of all ages can take part in a full day of festivities on Friday, July 4.

  • 8 AM: 2-Mile Rotary Fun Run (Starts at the Train Station)
  • 10 AM: Village Art Fair (Wyman Green)
  • 10 AM: Preschool and Family Games (Kalk Park)
  • 12 PM: Glencoe's Got Talent (Kalk Park)
  • 2 PM: July 4th Village Parade (Starts at Central School)
  • 4 PM: Concessions by Red Hen (Lakefront Park)
  • 4:30 PM: Old-fashioned Games (Lakefront Park)
  • 5:30 PM: Park and Ride to Lakefront Park starts (Village and Train parking lots)
  • 6 PM: Music by Shout Out (Lakefront Park)
  • 9 PM: Fireworks Start (Lakefront Park; Rain Date July 5)
The day will kick off at 8 AM with the annual 2-Mile Fun Run, which is co-sponsored/organized by the Glencoe Rotary Club. The run starts at the Glencoe train depot and twists throughout town. Residents do not need to pre-register to participate; just show up ready to run!

Family Games follow at Kalk Park from 10 AM to 12 PM. Preschool-aged children will enjoy games like the Duck Splash, Bozo Buckets, Bean Bag Ring Toss, Bowling and Spray Bottles. Slightly older children can participate in games like Crazy Water Cup Relay, Balloon Relay, Mummy Wrap, Eating Races, and Egg Toss.

The Village of Glencoe’s Art Fair at Wyman Green will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM. Local vendors and artists display their work at booths stretched across the green. This event is always a nice highlight for adults, as residents eagerly look forward to browsing the unique art pieces. 

Do you have a special talent you would like to share with your friends and neighbors? If so, you need to be part of Glencoe's Got Talent at 12 PM at Kalk Park! The sixth annual talent show will feature performers of all ages and talents, including singers, musicians, and dancers. Please fill out an entry form and drop it off either at Village Hall, the Glencoe Public Library, or the Takiff Center. Admission is free and open to all; the deadline for registration is June 30 by 5 PM.

The annual July 4th Parade takes place at 2 PM, which showcases Glencoe families, neighborhoods, camp groups, and local organizations. All residents have the opportunity to participate. If your group is interested, meet at Central School (620 Greenwood) to line up for this one-of-a-kind small town parade, which follows a neighborhood route through downtown Glencoe.

At 5:30 PM, Glencoe residents and non-residents can take advantage of the Park & Ride to the Lakefront Park. Families can park at either the Village lot or train lot and take the free bus shuttle to Lakefront Park. Throughout the evening, food will be available for purchase from Red Hen at Lakefront Park.
With a repertoire of songs from the 50s to today's Top 40, the band Shout Out will kick off festivities at 6 PM at Lakefront Park. Shout Out's fun mix of music will get you dancing like there's no tomorrow. 

To cap off the July 4th festivities, a spectacular fireworks show will be launched from the sand at 9 PM. You can watch the enhanced show at Lakefront Park! Please note, due to recent storms, the ground may be muddy. Wear appropriate shoes, bring bug spray, and bring tarps/chairs to enjoy the show! 

PLEASE NOTE: As a safety precaution, Glencoe Beach will be CLOSED on July 4 in order to prepare for the fireworks show. Glencoe Beach tokens will be honored at Maple Avenue and Elder Lane beaches in Winnetka. Glencoe Park District residents without tokens will be assessed the Winnetka Park District resident rate ($5) with proof of residency required. All non-resident guests will be required to pay the non-resident fee ($10).

 The following street closures are in effect from July 3 at 10:00 PM through July 5 at 6:00 AM:
  • Hazel and Park Avenue (up to Longwood) 
  • Longwood (between Hazel and Park Avenue)

 There will be no parking on any of Hazel and Park Avenue on July 4. Other parking restrictions may be posted by the Village of Glencoe.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 24 2014

FREE! Park-n-Play

Saturday, July 26 2014


Sunday, July 27 2014

Sand Sculpting Contest

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