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Takiff Center Closed Wednesday, August 20.
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  • Real Time Registration for Fall Programs starts at 6:30 AM on Wednesday, July 30. 
  • Click here to read our general guidelines for emergency program cancellations. 
Follow us to fun!
Follow us to fun!
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
Your tot will be dancing and singing along as talented children's entertainers take the stage.  Grab a blanket and get ready to enjoy a morning concert in the park. More
Glencoe Beach
Glencoe Beach
Right in your own backyard is Lake Michigan’s most beautiful spot on the North Shore – Glencoe Beach! Spend your summer at the beach; season tokens are now on sale at the Takiff Center and at Glencoe Beach!
Glencoe Preschools
Glencoe Preschools
Come visit our busy preschool rooms: Children's Circle, Early Learning Center and Glencoe Junior Kindergarten
Children's Circle Full Day Preschool
Children's Circle Full Day Preschool
Children's Circle Full Day Preschool combines full-day flexibility and high quality teaching to create preschool programs geared to the diverse needs of busy families.
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Fall Registration Starts July 30

Release Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fall GuideMake an Italian Feast. Take a Yoga Class. Build Robotics and Code with Legos. Join the After-School Art Club.  Learn Tennis or Cheer. Go To Baking Boot Camp. What will you do this fall?

The Fall Guide to events and activities was mailed to Glencoe households this week. Inside, you'll find details about sports and after-school programs, as well as details about new special events, preschool classes, and more. Click here to read it online!


Online Registration for Fall programs will start at 6:30 AM on Wednesday, July 30. With Real-Time Online Registration, you will register for programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead of waiting for the program lottery, your registration will be confirmed immediately. 

Online registration is the BEST way to ensure your spot. It is also the fastest and most convenient way to register. However, you can still register in person, by mail, or by fax.  

In order to ensure your spot in our fall programs, we suggest you set up your household account immediately and confirm your username/password is correct. That way, on July 30, you can log in, click on the class you want, submit your registration payment, and receive confirmation immediately. 

If you have any questions, call us at (847) 835-3030. Staff will be available at 6:30 AM on July 30 to assist with registration. Registrations will be accepted online, by fax, or in person; telephone registrations will not be accepted at any time. 

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)


Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 31 2014

FREE! Park-n-Play

Friday, August 1 2014

NEW! Pirates at the Pier

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