Forest Glen is a small neighborhood within the larger neighborhood of Hubbard Woods in the northern part of Winnetka. It is just north of the intersection of Tower Rd and Hibbard Rd., with two entrances onto Tower Rd. marked by pillars. It was developed from the twenty acre estate of a wealthy Chicago couple who summered here with their seven children during the 1920′s and 30′s. The estate included a mansion, stables and a large greenhouse which housed a swimming pool and exotic plant collection.
The land was sold in 1939 to North Shore architect and builder C.A. Hemphill, who subdivided it into 57 lots and began building single family homes. Homes in the west section were built between 1939 and 1941, but building ceased during World War II and did not begin again until late 1945, when the east side was developed.
Why Do People Live in the Forest Glen Neighborhood?
Forest Glen is a friendly neighborhood of single-family homes that is popular with young families due to its proximity to Hubbard Woods shops, restaurants, Starbucks and the Metra station. It is also a short walk to Hubbard Woods Elementary School and Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School. There are traditionally two neighborhood parties during the year: a block party in the fall and a holiday party in December.
Looking for a Forest Glen home in Winnetka IL?
People who move to Forest Glen usually intend to stay and raise their families there, so homes do not come on the market very often. As of this writing there are only two homes available but there are several homes available in surrounding Hubbard Woods.
You can see all the homes for sale in Hubbard Woods here.
What's the Neighborhood Like?
Most of the houses in Forest Glen are two story brick or stone Colonials. The lots sizes are irregular, but most are around 8000-10,000 square feet. Prices range from $800,000 to around $1,500,000.
What Types of Activities Are Offered Nearby?
Hubbard Woods has its own shopping area along Green Bay Rd. with stores and restaurants, as well as a Metra station. Most of the shops and restaurants are locally owned. Hubbard Woods Park is right next to the train station and has a playlot. There used to be a gazebo here, which was featured in the movie, Home Alone, but it was recently torn down. The Winnetka Park District often has events here such as free concerts and movies in the summer. In winter part of the park is flooded for ice skating and pond hockey.
The Winnetka Park District offers many activities and sports for both kids and adults. The Winnetka Community House on Lincoln Avenue has a fitness center, a theater, gym and classrooms, and offers a variety of sports and activities. The Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Golf Club and Winnetka Ice Arena are on Hibbard Road, along with paddle tennis courts and the Skokie Playfields, which are used for football, soccer and lacrosse. Winnetka also has three beaches for residents' use. Tower Road Beach is the closest to Forest Glen, about a mile away. You can also go kayaking on the Skokie Lagoons, on the western border of Hubbard Woods. Kayaks can be rented on Tower Road.
What Schools Will the Kids Attend?
Forest Glen is served by Hubbard Woods School (K-4), after which kids attend Skokie School (5-6) and Carleton Washburne School (7-8). High schoolers attend New Trier High School (9-12). Ninth graders attend New Trier's Happ Road campus in Northfield, while upperclassmen attend the Winnetka campus.
There are also some private school options in the area. Sacred Heart and Saints Faith, Hope, Charity are Catholic primary schools in Winnetka. Loyola Academy is a Catholic High School in nearby Wilmette. North Shore Country Day School is a private prep school in Winnetka.
You can go here for a guide to Winnetka pre-schools.
You can download a free guide to schools on the North Shore here.
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